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TIA opposes OSHA injury tracking proposal
Modern Tire Dealer
The Tire Industry Association cited methodology concerns and economic costs of a proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make workplace injury and illness data available to the public in comments opposing the proposal. In the comments on the proposed "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" rule, TIA Senior Vice President of Training Kevin Rohlwing states, "while TIA supports OSHA's laudable goal of promoting safe and healthy working conditions for American workers, we would like to register our strong opposition to the rule as proposed and suggest that the agency withdraw this proposal."
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5 steps to a successful small business loan application
Let's face it, for most small businesses, the loan process ranks right up there with root canals, bee stings and paper cuts. In other words: It's painful. It doesn't have to be. It's no secret that the past few years have been hard on small businesses in a number of ways, and the struggle to access sufficient credit has only accentuated these difficulties. The good news is that there has been an uptick in small business lending recently, and while securing funds is easier than it was a few years ago, it is still a very demanding process.
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America's big pothole problem
Fox News Radio
If you've been navigating the bumpy roads of life lately, you're not alone. Potholes are popping up across the country thanks to the winter that just won't quit. Some cities have added pothole crews — called them up earlier than usual, or only patch the worst holes.
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4 incentives Obamacare provides small businesses
The Huffington Post
One of the most prevailing misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act (i.e., "Obamacare") is that it doesn't really impact "small" businesses. While it is true that the dominant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer. It's important that owners are aware of the various ways that the Affordable Act can help their small business reduce their health care expenses.
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Sulfur in gasoline to fall by two-thirds in 2017 to cut emissions
Green Car Reports
While automakers work to lower vehicle emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency is turning its attention to the fuel that powers those cars. The EPA will introduce a new rule to reduce sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds starting in 2017, according to The Detroit News.

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Another tire aging report, another scathing attack
Modern Tire Dealer
Tire aging is an easy attention grabber for local television news stations, especially during sweeps month. ABC affiliate Channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, ran a piece on Feb. 26 that followed true to similar reports ABC has been running across the country for years.

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Car manufacturers phase out spare tires
NBC News via WCSH-TV
Open any trunk on many late model cars offered today and chances are you'll be surprised to discover there's no spare tire. There may be a spot for the spare to fit in the trunk, but more and more automakers have gotten rid of the spare.

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Severe weather: When a tornado strikes
Tire Review
Do you know your tornado and severe weather risks and what to do if bad weather threatens your community? FEMA wants to make sure you're not relying on severe weather myths when it comes to keeping your family and business safe. Read through the following to make sure you and your shop are on top of the game when it comes to inclement weather.
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New self-inflating tire tech comes to heavy duty trucks
Fox News
Pump it up when you do really need it? That's what a new automated tire inflator aims to do for heavy hauling trucks. The Aperia Technologies Halo is a bolt-on, self-contained pump designed to keep tires inflated to the perfect pressure at all times, extending their life and improving fuel economy along the way. The device attaches to the axle just like the hubodometers often seen on trailers, while a hose connects to the tire valve stem. It's powered via an internal mechanism similar to a self-winding watch, so it doesn’t require an external power system or compressor.
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Businesses brace for new credit card technology
Tech Page One
Small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. will soon have to replace their credit-card payment terminals in order to process microchip-based cards rather than those with magnetic strips. The switch, which is due to be completed by next year, means that all so-called point-of-sale devices will no longer accept cards with magnetic strips, which most Americans currently use. Instead, merchants will only be allowed to accept credit cards with microchips, which are known as EMV cards and may be more secure.
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Goodyear previews tire innovations
Rubber News
Goodyear is offering visitors to the 2014 Geneva Auto Salon sneak peeks at two innovations it has in the works, an intelligent tire concept using embedded microchips and a twin air-chambered SUV tire. The "chip-in-tire" technology allows the tire to communicate directly with a vehicle's onboard computer to enhance vehicle performance, said Goodyear Dunlop Europe. The other concept being previewed is the twin-chambered SUV tire featuring a large central groove, a design element Goodyear claims should deliver a number of performance enhancements.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Michelin launches online tool for vintage tires (Rubber News)
RMA announces National Tire Safety Week (Tire Review)
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