Sept. 28, 2012
Driverless Car to Hit California Roads
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Tuesday that makes it legal for driverless cars to travel on state highways. This opens California roads to the cars -- an important step for testing.
Sept. 5, 2012
Democrats Stress Importance of Detroit Bailout in Saving U.S. Jobs
Did President Barack Obama bailout the U.S. auto industry or did he rescue it? Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about that "tough political call," how they feel it has benefitted their states and how they perceive the Republican response to that move.
July 13, 2012
The View from the Volt: Miles Risks Safety While Talking Smart Power
Last week, a powerful "derecho" storm hammered the mid-Atlantic region, snuffing out power during the peak of a sweltering heat wave for nearly a week in some homes. Days later, Miles O'Brien traveled to Austin, Tex. to look at a neighborhood that operates on a smart grid. Here's a preview to his piece, which airs tonight.
June 19, 2012
Why Rise in Motorcycle Deaths Hasn't Meant Tougher Helmet Laws
More and more states are repealing and relaxing helmet laws, even as the death toll continues to rise from motorcycle accidents. Judy Woodruff interviews Rick Schmitt, a reporter for Fair Warning.org on the subject.
May 23, 2012
The Golden Gate Bridge, 'America's Parthenon,' Turns 75
Thousands are expected to gather this weekend in San Francisco to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary. The NewsHour has a slideshow of images from the bridge's construction to its early days to renderings of planned additions.
May 23, 2012
Happy 75th Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge
On the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reflects on the bridge's role both as a critical transportation link for the San Francisco area and as an icon of American ingenuity.
May 22, 2012
Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
This week the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75, and news outlets across the country, including the PBS NewsHour, are covering the anniversary. The first cars crossed the 1.7-mile bridge on May 27, 1937.
March 29, 2012
Transportation Bill Extension Further Delays Long-Term Solution
Congress is poised to go home for a one-week recess after punting -- once again -- on a long-term transportation funding bill. A 90-day extension is headed to President Obama for his signature, but not without drama.
March 14, 2012
Senate Passes Transportation Bill
The Senate passed a $109 billion, two-year surface transportation reauthorization Wednesday that Democrats say will save 2.8 million jobs. Senators rejected most amendments, but the measure does include proposals related to BUY AMERICA requirements, bridges and farm vehicles.
March 8, 2012
Reid Sells Transportation Bill as House Version Stalls
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he can understand the pain of drivers sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic while expending untold amounts of increasingly expensive gasoline.
March 1, 2012
California Grapples With High-Speed Rail Debate
There's a big battle going on throughout the country, but especially in California, over whether to build very expensive high-speed rail systems. In these tough economic times, how can anyone justify sinking billions of public dollars into a fast train?
March 1, 2012
Will Brown's Vision for High-Speed Rail in California Stay on Track?
Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to build bullet trains. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on whether a massive and costly high-speed rail project, now underway in a state flooded with budget cuts, will ever be completed or worth its cost.
Jan. 18, 2012
News Wrap: Rescue Operations on Stricken Cruise Ship off Italy Halted Again
In other news Wednesday, the stricken cruise ship off of Northern Italy shifted again, forcing rescue workers to halt operations again. Also, some websites went ahead with blackouts to protest anti-piracy bills in Congress.
Jan. 17, 2012
More Bodies Discovered Aboard Capsized Cruise Ship
The chances of finding survivors aboard a capsized cruise liner began fading Tuesday, as the Italian navy blasted into the ship's hull and the death count climbed to 11. Martin Geissler of Independent Television News has the latest on the continuing search efforts and the potential evidence building against the ship's captain.
Jan. 16, 2012
What Does Italy's Sinking Ship Mean for the Cruise Industry?
At least six people died after a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy Friday. Ray Suarez discusses some of the legal and safety issues stemming from the disaster with longtime travel writer Rudy Maxa, currently the host of "Rudy Maxa's World" on PBS, and Richard Alsina, a lawyer specializing in maritime law.
Jan. 16, 2012
Death Toll, Environmental Worries Mount in Wake of Italian Cruise Disaster
Search teams in Italy wrestled rough seas Monday as they looked for survivors and bodies after a huge cruise liner vessel ran aground and tipped over Friday. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports on the human accident that now threatens to become an environmental problem.
Jan. 5, 2012
How the U.S. Auto Industry Picked Up Speed in 2011
With nearly 13 million cars sold, 2011 turned out to be the strongest year for Detroit's major automakers since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Margaret Warner discusses just how that 10 percent increase came to be with David Shepardson, who covers the auto industry for The Detroit News.