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Audit: State gave gravel industry influence in faulty study

Oct. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in a state-funded study that found looming shortages in materials used to build highways, potentially undermining the report's credibility and wasting taxpayers' money, auditors said Friday. An...

Flood-damaged highway reopens after months of repairs

Oct. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PHELPS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A flood-damaged highway that connects northwest Missouri to Nebraska has reopened after undergoing months of repairs. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation reopened U.S. 136 west of Interstate 29 on Thursday. The major route had been closed...

Nebraska warrant issued for semi driver in fatal crash

Oct. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A warrant has been issued for a California man involved in a construction zone crash in Nebraska that killed three people. The Kearney Hub reports that 34-year-old Kenneth Kratt, of Madera, California, has been charged in Nebraska with three counts of felony manslaughter. Charging...

California will pay $12M for roads damaged in dam crisis

Oct. 15, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country's tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017. The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the...

Illinois state senator quits powerful panel amid FBI probe

Oct. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work resigned Friday as head of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, hours after the chamber released an unredacted search warrant revealing more details about...

Woman accused of killing Ohio highway worker gets $1M bond

Oct. 11, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving through an interstate construction zone outside Cleveland and killing one highway worker and seriously injuring another has been ordered held on a $1 million bond. Thirty-one-year-old Sabra Tolliver, of Lakewood, pleaded not guilty Friday in Berea Municipal...

Reeves and Hood clash on teacher pay, roads, health care

Oct. 10, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican lieutenant governor and Democratic attorney general debated teacher pay raise plans, road repairs, health care and taxes as they clashed for the first debate in the governor's race. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood met Thursday at the...

DeSantis pledges new help on Hurricane Michael anniversary

Oct. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to dedicate $23 million in interest earned off the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement fund for Hurricane Michael recovery. DeSantis made his announcement in Panama City on the anniversary of Michael devastating the area...

Legends of Connecticut's haunted cemeteries and spooky spots

Oct. 8, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — On Oct. 15, 1872, 48-year-old Mary Hart collapsed at noon in her New Haven home and died exactly 12 hours later, at midnight. She was buried in the city's Evergreen Cemetery. The next night her aunt had a vivid dream that Mary had been buried alive. The coffin was dug up and...

Erdogan attends launch of Serbia-Bosnia highway work

Oct. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Bosnia's rival leaders to end a year-long political deadlock that has fueled tensions in the country. Erdogan spoke Tuesday after a joint meeting in Belgrade with the three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency and Serbia's...