News from the Associated Press - June 18, 2014

Associated Press
June 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin inks Army deal for $35.7 million

SALINA, N.Y. (AP) - Lockheed Martin has landed a $35.7 million contract with the Pentagon to produce mobile, ground-based radar.

The units are designed to operate with such weapons defense systems as HAWK and Patriot missiles. The radar can detect and track missiles and planes from up to 400 miles away.

The Pentagon says most of the work will be done at Lockheed Martin's Electronics Park campus in the Syracuse suburb of Salina. Additional work on the contract will be done at Lockheed Martin plants in Oldsmar, Florida, and Moorestown, New Jersey.

The U.S. Army contract is at least the sixth awarded to the Salina plant since Lockheed Martin restructured in November.

Completion of the project is slated for July 2017.


SolarCity's Silevo buy could add to New York plans

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - SolarCity's planned purchase of solar panel manufacturer Silevo could lead to construction in Buffalo of one of the world's largest solar panel production plants.

SolarCity, one of the nation's largest installers of rooftop solar systems, announced the deal to buy California-based Silevo on Tuesday.

Last year, Silevo was one of two companies that committed to locate in a new high-tech clean energy complex that New York state is building at the site of the former Republic Steel mill in Buffalo.

A SolarCity spokesman says the company is moving ahead with Silevo's plans and is in talks with New York state to expand them. SolarCity says it's looking at production capacity of 1 gigawatt - about five times more than the Silevo proposal - and more than a thousand employees within the next two years.


Bill would OK Tesla dealerships in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers got to test-drive a Tesla as part of the car company's advocacy for a bill to ensure it can sell its vehicles in the state.

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved the bill, 13-1, on Tuesday.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. John Rafferty, says Pennsylvania's law prohibits manufacturers like Tesla from also acting as a vehicle dealer.

To allow Tesla to sell directly to consumers in Pennsylvania, the bill would allow an electric-vehicle manufacturer to sell its cars under certain conditions, including that it deals exclusively in its own brand.

Rafferty says a similar exemption for Saturn was allowed in 2000. Tesla has opened a dealership in King of Prussia in suburban Philadelphia, although Rafferty was uncertain how it qualified for a license.


NY passes bill to alter handicap accessible signs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Legislature has passed a bill that would alter handicapped signs.

The Republican-led Senate passed a measure that would alter the traditional image of a static wheelchair bound character used on ramps and accessible parking to show the character in motion.

Sponsoring Sen. David Carlucci, a Westchester County Democrat, says the term handicapped is outdated and offensive. The bill would prohibit the word handicapped from being displayed on signs.

The legislation, which has already passed the Democrat-led Assembly, would only apply to signs installed after the legislation is implemented.

The bill has been sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration.


NY Legislature: Candidates can't be poll watchers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Legislature has passed an amendment to state election law that would prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in an election district where they appear on the ballot.

Sponsors say in some jurisdictions, it's common for candidates for public office to be appointed poll watchers, though election inspectors say that borders on electioneering and is intimidating to voters.

The measure, if signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would take effect immediately.

The amendment says it doesn't prohibit candidates from visiting a polling place in their districts on Election Day when polls are open.

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