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Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont 7th state to outlaw car smoking with kids

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is now the seventh to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

The law that took effect Tuesday also bans smoking on all state property, in hotel rooms, and on the property of hospitals or secure residential recovery facilities owned or operated by the state.  Go to full article
Looking down on the action at Airborne Park. All photos: Sarah Harris
Looking down on the action at Airborne Park. All photos: Sarah Harris

Almost airborne at Airborne Park Speedway

Fans, friends and families have been coming to Plattsburgh's Airborne Park Speedway for stock car racing since 1955. Since those old days stockcar racing has become a national phenomenon, one of the nation's favorite spectator sports.

But on this popular regional track, the passion is more personal. The cars are mostly homemade and the drivers range from teens to retirees.

"Stock" doesn't really say it all about these cars, or the people who love them. Sarah Harris went to the track and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
Looking down on the action at Airborne Park. All photos: Sarah Harris
Looking down on the action at Airborne Park. All photos: Sarah Harris

Almost airborne at Airborne Park Speedway

Fans, friends and families have been coming to Plattsburgh's Airborne Park Speedway for stock car racing since 1955. Since those old days stockcar racing has become a national phenomenon, one of the nation's favorite spectator sports.

But on this popular regional track, the passion is more personal. The cars are mostly homemade and the drivers range from teens to retirees.

"Stock" doesn't really say it all about these cars, or the people who love them. Sarah Harris went to the track and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
Lead wheel weights.  Photo:  Jeff Gearhart
Lead wheel weights. Photo: Jeff Gearhart

New York among leaders getting lead out of the environment

The U.S. has worked to get lead out of gas and out of paint, but the biggest source of lead in a consumer product is still on roadways. It's in the form of wheel weights, used to balance the tires on our cars. The Environmental Protection Agency says about 1.6 million pounds of lead falls off of vehicles each year, and winds up in the environment. New York is among a handful of states that is leading the effort to ban lead wheel weights. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Dropping the needle on Chrysler add-on "Highway Hi-Fi"
Dropping the needle on Chrysler add-on "Highway Hi-Fi"

Adirondack Attic: an in-car phonograph

We continue our new series -- the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.  Go to full article

Under the hood of "Cash for Clunkers"

On Capitol Hill, there's growing momentum for legislation called "Cash for Clunkers." In fact, there are several bills circulating in Congress and the details are in flux. But the general idea is to use tax dollars to encourage people to trade their old gas guzzling clunker for a new fuel efficient car. The hope is to help the slumping auto industry and the environment at the same time. Tamara Keith gives the environmental claims a test drive.  Go to full article

Automakers push a gas tax

Chances are, you haven't bought a new car this year. Auto sales are down across the board, including in the small car and electric-gas hybrid markets. Now some dealers and automakers are proposing a way to move some of those more fuel efficient cars: increase the gas tax. Samara Freemark explains why the same people who sell cars might want to make driving them more expensive.  Go to full article
David and Nancy Currier
David and Nancy Currier

StoryCorps: Cars and love

The StoryCorps mobilebooth spent nearly a month here in the North Country this summer. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. Nancy Currier and her husband David visited the booth in Glens Falls a couple of weeks ago to talk about the unusual way that they met.  Go to full article
Andrew Angellotti turned his gas-powered pickup into an electric. Photo: Dustin Dwyer
Andrew Angellotti turned his gas-powered pickup into an electric. Photo: Dustin Dwyer

Teen builds electric pickup

People have been talking about electric cars ever since cars first hit the road. But nobody's mass producing an electric car right now. General Motors says it's working on a gas-saving electric vehicle that could be ready in 2010. But some people aren't waiting around. Dustin Dwyer recently met someone who converted his pickup to run on batteries.  Go to full article
Transparent view of the Chevy Volt, which could be in showrooms in the next few years. (Photo courtesy of GM)
Transparent view of the Chevy Volt, which could be in showrooms in the next few years. (Photo courtesy of GM)

GM electric car--not just PR stunt?

General Motors killed their last electric car in the 1990s. Now the automaker is working on a new car that could go 40 miles on electricity alone. The car could be in showrooms in two to three years. Dustin Dwyer visited the shop where the new Chevy Volt is being designed.  Go to full article

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