June 19, 1989
Power was restored to downtown and residential areas of Omaha after a blackout caused by an explosion in a transformer vault that also knocked out telephone operator service to parts of three states. Three telephone workers who were replacing a switching unit were critically burned. About 13,000 volts of electricity were running through the underground equipment when a flash fire sparked the explosion, forcing the evacuation of neighboring US West Communications and AT&T buildings, officials said.
June 5, 1998 |
US West Communications Group can't sell Qwest Communications International Inc.'s long-distance services until the local phone company gets approval from federal regulators, a federal court ruled. The Denver-based Baby Bell and upstart long-distance carrier Qwest can continue to serve customers who have signed up under the joint marketing plan, the U.S. District Court in Seattle said. US West will seek an expedited decision from the Federal Communications Commission in response to the decision.
May 17, 1997
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a compromise bill that would require tobacco companies to disclose some ingredients and to put clamps on underage smoking. A Massachusetts law that requires disclosure of all cigarette ingredients is being appealed by the tobacco companies. . . . Los Angeles-based Koo Koo Roo Inc. reported a first-quarter net loss of $3.50 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $1.80 million, or 12 cents, a year ago. . . .
May 1, 1997 |
Lucent Technologies Inc. beat out rival Northern Telecom Ltd. for a multiyear contract to provide as much as $1 billion of wireless-network equipment to US West Communications Group. Lucent also won two contracts valued at a combined $178 million to supply wireless equipment to Frontier Corp. and Korean-firm Hansol PCS. The agreements are the latest for Lucent since its split from AT&T Corp. last year.