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Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center is shifting its mission to focus more on growing the city’s “innovation economy” and addressing issues such as technology access for all citizens, officials said today.

Ten months after taking office, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke signed a new agreement with the public services workers union that proponents say will offer employees a bigger voice in city affairs, though one city councilman expressed worries.

The National Labor Relations Board has set April 21 for a hearing on the United Auto Workers request for a revote on unionizing Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but it isn't known if any politicians cited in the case will be asked to testify.

As the appeal of Volkswagen's union vote extends at least into April, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday the carmaker likely won't finalize bringing a new vehicle to the Chattanooga plant until the election dispute is settled.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today he still believes Volkswagen will bring production of a new sport utility vehicle to Chattanooga, but the automaker likely won’t make an announcement until an appeal over the plant’s union election is settled.

The National Labor Relations Board has set a hearing in Chattanooga on April 7 on the United Auto Workers request for a revote on unionizing Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Dr. Marc Cromie and other physicians at Chattanooga Allergy Clinic say they've fought personal battles with allergies and asthma, so they know the suffering their clients have gone through.

In the Chattanooga-made Passat's largest safety recall, Volkswagen says about 160,000 of the sedans for model years 2012 and 2013 may have a low-beam headlight bulb issue that could lead to reduced visibility.

A high-profile tract of downtown Chattanooga waterfront land put on the market related to businessman Allen Casey's bankruptcy cases could sell for one of the heftiest-ever prices per acre for a parcel in the central city.

Lawyers for three Chattanooga Volkswagen workers who have sued the carmaker in federal court have asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent VW from providing organizing assistance to the United Auto Workers in the event of a revote.

A legal group for several Chattanooga Volkswagen workers who have sued the automaker in federal court has asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent VW from providing organizing assistance to the United Auto Workers in the event of a revote.

An attorney said today there’s already interest from potential buyers in a high-profile tract of downtown waterfront property held by Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey that’s on the market for $11.2 million.

Volkswagen of America is recalling about 150,200 Passat sedans for model years 2012 and 2013 because a low-beam headlight bulb could lose electrical contact, leading to reduced visibility, according to the company.

Federal regulators have ordered the removal of a controversial run-down barge from Chattanooga's riverfront within 60 days, but bankruptcy filings have clouded the structure's ownership and could make its departure more complex.

Patrick Neely says he flies a lot for his work — upwards of 200,000 miles a year.

The United Auto Workers and Volkswagen Group of America have filed their opposition to two groups supporting some Chattanooga VW workers who want to intervene in the union's appeal for a new election at the plant.

Volkswagen says in a letter to the National Labor Relations Board that the company doesn’t support groups representing some Chattanooga plant workers seeking to intervene in the United Auto Workers appeal of last month’s union vote.

Chattanooga area air travelers can quicken their way through the security checkpoint at Lovell Field, and at other airports, by enrolling at a new Transportation Security Administration office.

The Transportation Security Administration has opened a site in Chattanooga to permit expedited passenger screening so air travelers can avoid time-consuming steps to pass through airport security checkpoints.

Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey has scaled the heights and plumbed the valleys of the real estate development game.

Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey today filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

A civil trial involving Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey, who is facing a lawsuit from investors related to downtown riverfront property, was delayed today.

An attorney accused Chattanooga developer Allen Casey on Tuesday of running something "like a Ponzi scheme" in which he took up to $7 million from deals involving riverfront land for which there's no accounting.

An attorney today accused Chattanooga developer Allen Casey and his company of defrauding people related to a tract of riverfront land and running “like a Ponzi scheme.”

Facing a lawsuit from investors, a business run by Chattanooga developer Allen Casey on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection.

Thrust into the national spotlight, Chattanooga may gain -- and lose -- from the attention garnered by the Volkswagen plant's United Auto Workers vote, observers say.

The United Auto Workers on Friday sought a new election at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, alleging that interference by politicians and outside groups hurt the union's case in last week's vote, which ended with workers rejecting the UAW.

The United Auto Workers today filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board related to what it termed interference by politicians and outside special interest groups in the election last week at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is approaching a couple of mile markers today that could help chart its future course.

An online petition seeking more reliable air service from Delta Connection carriers at Chattanooga Airport has drawn more than 100 signatures.

Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened Wednesday to try to block more investments by the car maker in the South if its workers aren't unionized, though a Chattanooga anti-United Auto Workers group termed it "spoiled grapes."

The United Auto Workers has until week's end to file an objection to the election in which Chattanooga Volkswagen plant employees turned down the union's organizing effort, a former National Labor Relations Board member says.

Fielding complaints about canceled and late flights on Delta Connection service, Chattanooga Airport officials said Monday they'd like to have a face-to-face meeting with executives for the air carrier to try to improve its on-time performance.

Gov. Bill Haslam said he hopes to start discussions as early as this week with Volkswagen about a new incentive package to help the manufacturer settle on the Chattanooga plant to produce a new line of SUVs.

Fresh from beating back a United Auto Workers bid to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, some workers are eyeing the possibility of what one termed "a micro-union" in the factory.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that the state has "re-engaged" in negotiations with Volkswagen over locating production for a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a 712 to 626 vote.

VW decided in 2008 to built its only U.S. production plant in Chattanooga, which beat out sites in Alabama and Michigan. Incentives valued at $577 million, a record for an auto plant, helped convince the German automaker to pick the Enterprise South industrial park location.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said this week that the only votes he has missed during his Senate stint were related to Volkswagen business and when he was on a trip to Israel, and that was an unexpected one.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today defended his comments on Wednesday that VW will announce in coming weeks that it will make a new vehicle at its Chattanooga plant should workers reject the United Auto Workers.

Pro- and anti-union supporters are using the Chattanooga region's prospects of wooing more suppliers as a wedge to gain votes for and against the United Auto Workers in this week's vote by Volkswagen plant employees.

In what some call the most significant American labor election in decades, Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant employees are slated to start casting ballots today in a vote that could dramatically shift the union playing field in the region.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, saying “the whole world is watching,” today urged Volkswagen employees to vote against the United Auto Workers in a three-day election that starts Wednesday.

A United Auto Workers official says that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been “swayed by special interests” and that’s why the former Chattanooga mayor is weighing into the Volkswagen plant union election in a planned press conference today.

State legislators dueled Monday over the pending union vote by workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, with state Sen. Bo Watson saying the automaker has conducted a labor campaign that's "unfair, unbalanced and, quite frankly, un-American."

A state House member from Chattanooga today criticized remarks by a pair of other Hamilton County legislators linking this week’s vote by Volkswagen plant workers on union representation to potential incentives for the automaker to expand.

A state senator said today that future financial incentives for expanding Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant may hinge on how workers vote this week on whether to accept the United Auto Workers.

Southern Momentum, an anti-United Auto Workers group, said today that a neutrality agreement between Volkswagen and the UAW has “sold out” employees at Chattanooga’s VW plant.

Union supporters and critics are stepping up activity ahead of this week's vote on organizing the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant in a city that's now ground zero in the fight over the future of the United Auto Workers in the South.

Richard Isbell is a car guy who's living his dream working at Volkswagen's auto assembly plant.

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