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Spartanburg County ends roads fee after high court ruling

Jul. 25, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Spartanburg County Council has voted to ends its $25 a year road fee in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision tossing a similar fee out in neighboring Greenville County. There have been other attempts in recent years to repeal the fee...

A rush to judgment raises questions about bridge inspections

Jul. 25, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Monty Frazier was on leave when he received the phone call that ended his career. It was May 11, and the 51-year-old father of three had taken the week off from his job as a heavy bridge inspector with ArDOT, the Arkansas Department of...

Bond Commission approves $1.1 billion, Lamont hints at more

Jul. 23, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

Funding for renovations to state parks, highway and bridge improvements, clean water projects and a memorial to the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School were among the $1.1 billion in projects approved by the Connecticut State Bond Commission on Friday. It marked...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 16, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ DNC...

14 crumbling bridges to be rebuilt in Maine

Jul. 04, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

HOWLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is giving the state of Maine more than $45 million to rehabilitate deteriorating bridges. The state's congressional delegation said the bridges are critical for residential traffic as well as transportation of freight in...

UN: Over 400,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray face famine now

Jul. 02, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Friday that more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s crisis-wracked Tigray region are now facing the worst global famine in decades and 1.8 million are on the brink, and warned that despite the government’s unilateral cease-fire there is...

House approves $715 billion transportation, water bill

Jul. 01, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House approved a sizable $715 billion transportation bill Thursday, a potential investment in roads, rail, public transit and water over five years that could serve as a marker in the negotiations over a bipartisan infrastructure package. ...

Buttigieg doles out transport grants with eye toward climate

Jun. 30, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doled out $905 million in infrastructure grants Wednesday, including to repair a cracking bridge in Seattle during a crippling heat wave and to expand ports in Iowa and Georgia to help reduce the number of greenhouse gas-emitting trucks on the roads. ...

West Seattle, Spokane St. bridges secure $11.2M for repairs

Jun. 30, 2021 08:00 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and the lower Spokane Street swing bridge are the beneficiaries of an $11.2 million federal grant, according state transportation officials. The money will be used to make significant structural repairs to both bridges,...

Biden taking bipartisan infrastructure deal on the road

Jun. 28, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will look to sell voters on the economic benefits of the $973 billion infrastructure package while in Wisconsin on Tuesday, hoping to boost the bipartisan agreement that is held together in large part by the promise of millions of new jobs. ...