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12/14/2017

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors will partner to introduce dozens of green cars over the next eight years, including many that will be electric vehicles, said Hyundai Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang.

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12/14/2017

Toyota Motor and Panasonic are considering expanding their partnership to produce batteries for electric vehicles. "The auto industry faces many hurdles to developing next-generation batteries which are difficult for automakers or battery makers to tackle on their own," said Toyota President Akio Toyoda.

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12/14/2017

Supplier role conflict occurs when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that fall outside the supplier's normal responsibilities, a situation that researchers from Miami University in Ohio studied. The study showed pervasive conflict exists with the supplier being less willing to make future accommodations, though buyers seem less impacted.

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12/13/2017

Target has made a move into same-day delivery with the purchase of grocery service Shipt for $550 million. The acquisition is Target's latest attempt to catch up with Amazon in the home-delivery space.

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12/13/2017

The Nissan Leaf electric car has been remodeled to include the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist system as an option. Nissan also extended the car's battery range to 150 miles and improved its steering.

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12/13/2017

The World Health Organization estimates poor mental health costs the global economy $1 trillion a year, so it's necessary employers create a culture where people feel as uninhibited to discuss mental health as they do physical health, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Listen to people and thank them for confiding, she writes, but avoid giving advice or pep talks.

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12/13/2017

Reason Foundation writer Robert Poole notes that many people thought toll concessions were on the way out after the bankruptcy of the Indiana Toll Road and other projects but that since 2009, nine public-private partnership concession projects have been financed, totaling $14.6 billion. In that time, only $9.9 billion has been invested in availability-payment model projects.

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12/13/2017

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says transportation officials can't build enough new roads to reduce congestion but that tolls, such as the new express lanes on Interstate 66, can change driver behavior, which can mitigate heavy traffic. He says tolled lanes and roads are a choice and that people can also choose to carpool or take public transportation.

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12/13/2017

Local governments were required to contribute $35 million to widen Interstate 25 in Colorado, and that goal was achieved when El Paso County approved $15 million in funding. The 18-mile, $350 million project will add tolled express lanes from Monument to Castle Rock, but construction will not start until the state learns whether it was awarded a federal grant.

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12/13/2017

The Washington State Transportation Commission was told to keep toll rates low for the new Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel in Seattle so people use it and don't clog city streets. Tolls, which could begin in 2019, will repay $200 million of construction bonds, as well as fund ongoing maintenance.