>>Home Prices Rise Slightly In February
(Washington, DC) -- Home prices are rising slightly for the first time in eight months. The latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20 city price Index rose a tenth of a percent in February compared to the previous month. Year-over-year prices increased four-tenths of a percent, but the rate slowed from prior months. A combination of low inventory and high demand pushed home prices up overall nationwide. Sunbelt cities like Miami, Tampa and Atlanta led the list of places posting biggest price gains.
>>PacifiCorp Trial Underway Over Beachie Creek Fire Damage
(Portland, OR) -- A trial against PacifiCorp is underway over damage from the 2020 Beachie Creek Fire. The blazed burned 200-thousand acres over Labor Day weekend in 2020. Five people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed. The National Weather Service forecast strong winds through the Willamette National Forest. The lawsuit contends PacifiCorp should have cut power to the Santiam Canyon. PacifiCorp filed motions to have the lawsuit dismissed, but they were denied by the court.
>>MA Lawmakers Reintroduce Free Transit Bill
(Boston, MA) -- Democratic Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are reintroducing a bill that seeks to increase free transit services across the country. The bill would form a 25-billion-dollar competitive grant program over five years to allow transit districts to offer free trips. Transit agencies would be able to apply for funds that would allow the elimination of fares.
>>SpaceX Rocket Damages Launchpad Site
(Brownsville, TX) -- Elon Musk is confirming that the launchpad at his private spaceflight complex in South Texas was heavily damaged by last week's Starship liftoff. A cloud of silt and sand was blown miles away from Boca Chica Beach. Musk said on Twitter that they have been building a steel plate that will go under the rocket, but it was not ready in time. He's vowing to launch again in one-to-two months
>>GM Recalls 40,000 Chevy Trucks For Break-Pressure Sensor Issue
(Detroit, MI) -- General Motors is recalling more than 40-thousand Chevrolet medium-duty trucks due to a problem with the break-pressure sensor that raises the risk of fire. Federal regulators say a faulty assembly could leak brake fluid and cause an electrical short circuit. The recall covers Chevrolet 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500 model trucks from 2019 to 2023. GM is advising owners to park their trucks outside until dealers have the parts to fix them free of charge. GM said it's not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
>>Judge Tells Plaintiffs They Must Pay Rivian Legal Fees
(Morgan County, GA) -- Covering legal costs is going to cost a pretty penny for those challenging the development of an electric vehicle plant in Georgia. A judge told plaintiffs last week that it would cost over 365-thousand-dollars to fight a case in court that addresses zoning for the Rivian project in two counties. The order could still be challenged in the state Supreme Court or Court of Appeals. Around 75-hundred jobs are expected to be added at the Rivian site.