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Companies altered road test results given to Idaho agency

Feb. 23, 2020 8:01 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Companies that are responsible for checking the quality of Idaho’s road materials have altered the results of their asphalt tests thousands of times, government documents show. Those changes may have allowed contractors that repair and build Idaho’s highway infrastructure...

Corps closes Missouri River levee break near Rock Port

Feb. 22, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ROCK PORT, Mo. (AP) — Work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha District said in a news release. The break just southwest of Rock Port was one of...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. A federal judge ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not liable for damages to thousands of Houston homes that were inundated by two federally owned reservoirs in the days following Hurricane Harvey because they would have flooded regardless. U.S. Judge Loren A. Smith of the Court of Federal Claims dismissed the case on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Judge: Army Corps not responsible for Harvey flooding damage

Feb. 19, 2020 3:26 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers isn't liable to damage to thousands of Houston homes that were inundated by two federally owned reservoirs in the days following Hurricane Harvey because they would have flooded regardless. U.S. Judge Loren A. Smith of the Court of...

Lisa Tynes chats Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, on her front porch as her handiwork, the

Should locals forfeit rural ways to address city flooding?

Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DARLINGTON, La. (AP) — Hunter Tynes says he's looking for a third donkey to run with the 35 head of cattle on his 100 acres off a lonely stretch of highway in western St. Helena Parish. The donkeys fight off marauding nighttime coyotes that come after his cattle, which were nibbling in the rye grass...

Budgets boost plans to deepen Mississippi River in Louisiana

Feb. 11, 2020 6:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend more than $85 million this year on a project to deepen the main channel of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana announced the funding in a news release Monday. It comes after the Corps endorsed the dredging...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A bridge too far? UK looks at linking Scotland, N Ireland

Feb. 10, 2020 12:56 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it is seriously studying the feasibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, an audacious idea that has been floated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, said the proposal was being taken seriously and...

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Scientists at the Pasteur Institute developed and shared a quick test for the new virus that is spreading worldwide, and are using genetic information about the coronavirus to develop a potential vaccine and treatments. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

Feb. 6, 2020 8:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time. Just days after Chinese scientists shared the genetic map of the culprit coronavirus, researchers at...

Indiana bridge indefinitely closed after truck strikes frame

Feb. 5, 2020 3:30 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An 80-year-old bridge in southwestern Indiana is now closed indefinitely after inspectors found that it sustained major damage when a truck carrying an oversize load struck it last month. The Indiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the southbound U.S. 41 truss bridge...

Bridge delayed as landowners say they didn't get fair offer

Feb. 2, 2020 9:00 AM EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — When the Peterson family was told 20 years ago the federal government would need its land to build a new, wider Deep Creek Bridge in Chesapeake, it abandoned any ambitious plans to develop it. Why invest in building something to attract long-term tenants on a property that would only...

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, provided by the Nevada Division of State Parks, shows a boat dock at Cave Lake, a reservoir that was created by the construction of the Cave Creek Dam in 1932, at Cave Lake State Park about 15 miles southeast of Ely, Nev. State officials have completed the first phase of a rehabilitation project at the nearly 90-year-old dam in eastern Nevada where they had found

Initial repairs complete at high-hazard eastern Nevada dam

Jan. 31, 2020 12:32 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State officials have completed the first phase of a rehabilitation project at a nearly 90-year-old dam in eastern Nevada where they had found “unstable and potentially dangerous” conditions. The Nevada Department of Wildlife closed the reservoir temporarily at Cave Lake...