WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm Elaine Chao to run the U.S. Transportation Department, the agency that overseas aviation, vehicle, train and pipeline safety. Chao served as U.S. labor secretary under former President George W. Bush, and deputy transportation secretary under President H.W. Bush. She also served as director of the Peace Corps. She will face key decisions on how to regulate the growing use of drones and automakers’ plans to offer self-driving cars. She will be a key player in the Trump administration’s plans to win approval for a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal over 10 years. The department has a $75 billion annual budget and around 60,000 employees and includes the Federal Aviation Administration, which handles air traffic control.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The White House announced Monday that Ray Starling, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), will be leaving the senator’s office to serve as special assistant to the president for […]
EDWA, EGYPT – Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims, Health Ministry officials said.There […]
ASHEVILLE and DURHAM The Festival of Lights began at sundown Saturday, but Hanukkah celebrations have taken place across the state throughout December.Despite Hanukkah not being a primary religious celebration for the Jewish community, Jewish […]