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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
By United Press International
Federal shutdown stalled auto safety regulators

Federal shutdown stalled auto safety regulators

One of the federal agencies affected during Congress's fight over a stopgap government funding bill is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Ray LaHood joins Axelrod's politics institute

Ray LaHood joins Axelrod's politics institute

CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined former Obama adviser David Axelrod's Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Auto safety advocates are calling for government regulators to crash-test older model Jeeps to make sure protective trailer hitches actually protect occupants.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Ray LaHood says U.S. needs stronger leadership

CHICAGO, June 30 (UPI) -- Washington needs strong leaders who listen and make fair decisions, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune.
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx confirmed as transportation chief

Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx confirmed as transportation chief

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, N.C., won a unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the next secretary of transportation.
Corollas, Jeeps, buttons, knobs and backup cameras

Corollas, Jeeps, buttons, knobs and backup cameras

I had a girlfriend in college who had a 1970 Toyota Corolla. Back in the day the boxy Japanese compact was a novelty, sort of like what early buyers of Hyundai and Kia vehicles experienced when they drove South Korean cars in the early 1990s.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Egypt's sentencing of 42 int'l non-profit staffers concerns U.S.

CAIRO, June 4 (UPI) -- The United States Tuesday expressed concern over sentences a Cairo court gave 42 staffers for non-profits that took foreign funds without government consent.

Kan. party bus company idled after fatal accident turns up infractions

OLATHE, Kan., June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. transportation officials disclosed Tuesday they shut down a Kansas party bus operator, finding it "utterly deficient" in running a safe operation.
U.S., Canada pursuing joint border infrastructure plan

U.S., Canada pursuing joint border infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- The United States and Canada Thursday announced for the first time they are working together on a border infrastructure investment plant.
Is the driving boom over; domestic cars quality up

Is the driving boom over; domestic cars quality up

U.S. automakers win "Total Quality" awards
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Obama nominates Charlotte mayor as transportation secretary

Obama nominates Charlotte mayor as transportation secretary

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his secretary of transportation Monday, succeeding Ray LaHood.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released voluntary guidelines to discourage automakers from installing electronic devices that could create distractions for drivers.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Airline lawsuit won't block flight delays right away

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. airline industry trade group has joined two pilot unions in a legal challenge to air-traffic controller furloughs prompted by federal spending cuts.

FAA approves Boeing plan to fix Dreamliner 787 batteries

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators said Friday they have approved a Boeing Co. plan to modify the battery on the Dreamliner 787, and the planes could return to service next week.
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro announce federal rules prohibiting truck and bus driving from texting while driving as part of the Transportation Department's anti-distracted driving campaign at the National Press Club in Washington on January 26, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Raymond H. "Ray" LaHood (born December 6, 1945) is a Republican politician from Illinois who is currently the United States Secretary of Transportation, having served since 2009. Previously, he represented the Illinois's 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms (1995–2009).

LaHood was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Mary A. LaHood (née Vogel), who was of German ancestry, and Edward M. LaHood, a Lebanese American who managed a restaurant. He graduated from Spalding Institute, worked his way through Canton Junior College and Bradley University in Peoria, earning a Bachelors of Science in education and sociology in 1971.

Following graduation, he taught junior high school social studies at public and Catholic schools, and has said that "teaching kids ... about the constitution and government" stirred his interest in politics.

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