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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Imagine trying to quickly turn a damp piece of plywood into a liquid and squeezing it through several small openings. That’s essentially the challenge facing biorefineries trying to turn corn waste and related materials into ethanol fuel.

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 600,000 four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs because a software error could activate the braking system, increasing the risk of a crash.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving Democrats’ climate talk to where the rubber meets the road, proposing a $462 billion trade-in program to get millions of Americans out of gas vehicles and into electric or hybrid cars over the next decade.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is taking President Donald Trump at his word that he will uphold an agreement made with farm state lawmakers and agriculture groups to maintain the ethanol requirements in current law.

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BRODHEAD, Wis. — Designed for a wide variety of crop operations, the KUHN MDS .2 Series offers many features and options to help operators succeed in almost any broadcast fertilizer or cover crop application.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people attended an event to see prototypes of electric vehicles a central Illinois startup plans to create, an effort that already has the backing of officials through promised tax breaks and incentives.

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The automotive landscape evolves every year, with various brands and models pushing the envelope in new directions. We’re rounding up the most significant vehicles for 2020, presented in alphabetical order. These are cars, trucks and SUVs that reveal major trends and shifts in the industry.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration on Sept. 6 launched an all-out assault on California over automotive mileage rules, telling state officials that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese auto sales sank 7.7% in August from a year earlier, extending a painful slump in the industry’s biggest global market, an industry group reported Sept. 11.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Sept. 5, confronting a state that has repeatedly challenged the administration’s environmental rollbacks.

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DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — People use enzymes to create fuels from plants, fungi to produce antimalarial drugs and E. coli bacteria to generate life-saving insulin. These systems are attractive because they are sustainable and rely on renewable plant biomass, but they are still wildly inefficient.

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Ford’s F-Series has dominated the full-size pickup sales race for as long as anyone can remember. For much of that time, Ram trucks have languished in third place behind the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Here’s a car-buying pro tip that may help shave serious time and negotiation stress from the average purchase process: Ask the dealership to deliver the new vehicle to your home. Taking delivery of a car can be done without ever setting foot on the dealership’s lot.

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DETROIT (AP) — Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to toughen standards for gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions, bypassing the Trump administration’s push to relax mileage standards nationwide instead.

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PENFIELD, Ill. — The I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club started in 1976 at the Bill White farm, south of Alvin. The five founding members of the club were: Bill White, Harvey Phillips, Dave, Daniel and Richard Allison.

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PARIS (AP) — Fiat Chrysler proposed on May 27 to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker and combine their investments in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles.

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Small luxury SUVs are one of the fastest-growing luxury vehicle types in recent years. They already represent 21.8% of luxury vehicles sold this year, according to Edmunds data. In 2009, they were just 8.7%.

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The roster of Mercedes-Benz vehicles is delineated by a dizzying array of alphabet-soup designations -- A, C, CLA, CLS, E, GLA, GLB, GLE, GLS, S, SL... there’s more, but you get the idea.