WASHINGTON – A study by the University of Michigan finds that the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July noticeably jumped, thanks to the "cash for clunkers" program.
The average mileage for new vehicles went from 21.4 miles per gallon in June to 22.1 in July. That's best one-month mileage improvement university researchers have seen since the Environmental Protection Agency reconfigured mileage estimates in October 2007.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council Monday night heard testimony from about 60 people on an ordinance supporters say would make the city more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.
The Complete Streets ordinance would require the city to develop a plan to increase the number of paths for non-motorized travel. The ordinance was brought to the council through a petition drive. But Councilmember Carol Wood says it's an idea that the council has been working on since 2005.
WASHINGTON – General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic mercury parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing the project just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are heading to the scrap yard.
Participants in the environmental program tell The Associated Press that the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work to prevent mercury pollution.
ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.
Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.