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February 4, 1999 | Associated Press
Airline and railroad workers can sue for disability discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled in the case of an airline mechanic who said he was fired because he was taking a legal marijuana substitute. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge's ruling that would have required the mechanic to pursue his case through a grievance with his union, with limited damages. There is no ceiling on damages in the court suit.
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November 30, 2001
The Oregon and Pacific Railroad and its former top executive face more felony charges for dozens of wildfires their locomotives allegedly sparked while traveling through Siskiyou County. The latest Siskiyou County complaint blames the railroad for June's Hutton Fire that destroyed 280 acres of timberland south of Hilt. The railroad is charged with causing fires 29 times during the last five years. The railroad's retired regional vice president, Robert W.
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October 27, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A controversial pact between California air regulators and the nation's two largest railroads will be reviewed today at a meeting of the state Air Resources Board. Local activists are expected to criticize the deal with BNSF and Union Pacific railroads, saying tougher pollution controls are needed. Board officials say their ability to regulate railroads is limited. Today's meeting is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. into the evening at 9530 Telstar Ave., El Monte.
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September 21, 2002 | DAN MORAIN and MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gov. Gray Davis on Friday canceled a fund-raiser aimed at generating donations from boosters of high-speed rail, as his Republican challenger pointedly accused him of raising money from beneficiaries of legislation he has signed into law. In an attempt to dramatize the point, GOP nominee Bill Simon Jr.
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February 1, 1997 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Trains that spew clouds of smog-forming gases would be required to clean up their emissions under the nation's first pollution standards for railroads proposed Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new measure is designed to help combat smog in cities, especially in California. A single locomotive in a typical year releases as many tons of nitrogen oxides--a key component of smog--as 2,000 passenger cars, EPA officials say.
NEWS
October 14, 1989
Railroads paid the government $4.46 million in fines for safety violations during the last year, the Federal Railroad Administration has announced. The fines covered problems with track, locomotives, freight cars, signals and operating practices.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1998 | Reuters
Union Pacific Railroad plans to hire about 60,000 workers over the next 12 years to replace retirees and to handle business growth. "We plan to hire 5,000 a year over the next dozen years," said Ed Trandahl, spokesman for the Omaha-based rail and interstate trucking company. "These would be high-paid, blue-collar jobs," Trandahl said, adding that most will be locomotive engineers and conductors.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1994 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corp. said Thursday that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge in a $2.7-billion stock swap that would create the nation's largest railroad. The merger would combine Burlington Northern's routes in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Southeast with Santa Fe's lines in California, the Southwest and the Midwest. "The deal makes extraordinarily good sense," according to Susan Chapman, rail analyst with Forbes, Walsh, Kelly & Co.
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