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More than 460 bridges in poor condition, awaiting repairs

Oct. 22, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) — More than 460 bridges in Massachusetts are in poor condition and will stay that way without further investment, the state's secretary of transportation said. The Patriot Ledger reported Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said at a meeting this week that the number of bridges...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 21 The Decatur Daily and The TimesDaily on outdoor trails and historic sites in Alabama: With the new coronavirus taking its toll on leisure travel and many people stuck at home and starting to go stir crazy, it’s important to remember that taking care...

Nebraska Dept. of Transportation head leaving for new job

Oct. 20, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An official who oversaw Nebraska's road and bridge repairs after last year's historic floods and helped create the state Department of Transportation is leaving his post for a private-sector job, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday. Nebraska DOT Director Kyle Schneweis is stepping...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 14, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 13 The Tampa Bay Times on the importance of making plans to vote in the upcoming general election: Election Day was exactly three weeks from Oct. 13. No one needs reminding how important this election is. If you have already returned your ballot, great. If you...

3 West Virginia airports draw federal funds for improvements

Oct. 13, 2020 4:28 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia airports are in line to receive federal grants for improvements, officials said. Yeager Airport in Charleston will receive $1.2 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the airport announced along with U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice holds a Monday March 16, 2020 news conference at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The West Virginia Education Association filed a court challenge Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, to the state's color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes during the coronavirus pandemic. The union wants to replace the school reentry map that has undergone multiple changes by Republican Gov. Jim Justice and state officials with one compiled by independent health experts. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Incumbent Gov. Jim Justice outraises Democratic challenger

Oct. 7, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice raised nearly $890,000 for his reelection bid over the past three months, according to new campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. Democratic nominee and Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango reported raising nearly $564,000 in his...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

Coronavirus closes Kentucky city's public works department

Oct. 6, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — One Kentucky community is without a Public Works Department for two weeks after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The worker tested positive last week and contact tracers have since told the city that all 21 employees in the department need to quarantine, Richmond City...