'Suspicious' Potato Grenade; Driverless Taxi Pulled Over; Kmart Nears Extinction | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 63

Also on the podcast, warehouses pay $2.50 per hour in California, "world's" first cannabis breathalyzer, heavy EVs pose accident risks, freight railroad problems and injuries up as Amazon pledges to be "Earth's safest."

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Super Heavy EVs Pose Traffic Accident Risks

Traffic fatalities are on the rise and new super-heavy electric vehicles could make things even worse.

'World’s First' Marijuana Breathalyzer Nearly Ready

Cannabis is now legal in some form in 37 states. As restrictions ease, workplace drug testing is changing on a fundamental level. 

Kmart Nears Extinction

On Saturday, April 16, the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey will close for good. Once it shutters, only three stores will remain in the U.S., it used to have more than 2,000. 

Cops Confused after Pulling Over Driverless Taxi

On April 1, the San Francisco Police Department pulled over a Chevy Bolt for not having its headlights on. Much to the officer's surprise, the car was empty.

'Suspicious' Potato Turns Out to Be Grenade

Workers at the Mr. Chips french fry factory received a bit of a scare last week after an unusual discovery on the conveyor line. 

In Case You Missed It

Freight Railroads Work to Resolve Service Problems, Delays

Federal regulators are holding hearings to see what is causing capacity problems. Railroads say it's outside their control, like the broader supply-chain issues and widespread labor shortages.

DOL Finds Pay Practices Abusive to Warehouse Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor recently discovered three San Diego-area customs warehouses that were paying wages as low as $2.50 per hour.

Injuries at Amazon Up 15% After Pledge to Become 'Earth's Safest'

Warehouse workers at Amazon don’t appear to be benefiting from the company’s recent pledge to improve safety.

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