KBAR-FM off the air for 30 minutes for transmitter repairs

April 18, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

Radio goes silent as parts get replaced

KBAR-FM radio station temporarily went off the air for 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon as Victoria Electric Cooperative replaced transmitter parts.

Radio station employees said the station is now fully operational.

Shortages could slow down auto production

DETROIT - The U.S. auto industry is facing two serious problems that could limit the number of new vehicles in showrooms later this year.

The most immediate problem is a shortage of a plastic resin used to make fuel lines and other parts. Last month, an explosion knocked out a plant in Germany that makes the substance. That could cause auto assembly plants to slow down in a few weeks.

And if sales of cars and trucks continue to grow, the industry could run short of parts later this year because there aren't enough factories to make them.

Verizon to auction pricey spectrum

NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless says it will auction the rights to use some radio frequencies, which could be worth billions of dollars.

Verizon bought the rights to use the frequencies from the government for 4.4 billion in 2008.

Buyers could use the spectrum to offer wireless broadband. The licenses cover areas like New York City, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.

Verizon says the sale is contingent on it getting government approval for three deals to buy spectrum from cable companies and Leap Wireless for a total of about 4 billion.



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