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Government to crack down on unsafe tour bus operators
By JOAN LOWY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators will launch a national crackdown on unsafe tour bus operators and try to toughen oversight of the industry in the wake of recent fatal accidents.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday teams of investigators will focus on bus companies with a history of problems in safety sweeps over the next two months.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also met with bus industry officials and safety advocates Thursday to discuss how the government might weed out unsafe bus operators.
Eight people were killed after a tour bus crash in Southern California earlier this month. Nine people were killed and 38 others injured when a tour bus crashed in northeastern Oregon just before New Year's. Both bus companies have been shut down for safety violations.
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Posted: Saturday, February 16 2013, 09:23 PM CST
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Hearing could resume in case of 4 Tulsa deaths
May 24, 2013 09:04 GMT
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing four women in Tulsa could resume soon.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/16X0EnM ) a judge is expected to rule on a request that could determine whether James and Cedric Poore's hearing will resume Friday.
Their hearing stalled Thursday after the defense filed a motion to recuse the judge assigned to the case.
Special Judge Stephen Clark denied the motion, as did Presiding Judge William Kellough.
Kellough is expected to rule on the defense's request for time to appeal on Friday morning.
The Poores are charged with murder and robbery in the January deaths of Misty Nunley, Julie Jackson, Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor. The four women were found tied up and shot in the head.
The Poores have pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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