Virginia Officials Defend Response to Snowy Gridlock on I-95

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) –A winter storm that started as rain — meaning roads couldn’t be pretreated — followed by an unusually heavy snowfall and plunging temperatures resulted in the stranding of hundreds of motorists along a stretch of one of …
Source: Journal USA Virginia Officials Defend Response to Snowy Gridlock on I-95

Florida Bridge Collapse Survivor Copes With Injuries, Anxiety

Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle. Humble said Monday …
Source: Journal USA Florida Bridge Collapse Survivor Copes With Injuries, Anxiety

Nashville Mall Damaged in 2010 Flood Seeks More Insurance Money

The owners of Opry Mills are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that reduced their 2010 flood insurance coverage from $200 to $50 million. Severe flooding closed the Nashville, Tenn., shopping mall for an extended period. After …
Source: Journal USA Nashville Mall Damaged in 2010 Flood Seeks More Insurance Money

Storm Bonnie Could Dampen Holiday Cookouts Off Southern Coast of U.S.

A storm that would be named Bonnie threatens holiday cookouts and celebrations along the U.S. coast from North Carolina to Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend. If the low-pressure system now northeast of the Bahamas develops, it will become the …
Source: Journal USA Storm Bonnie Could Dampen Holiday Cookouts Off Southern Coast of U.S.

SUV Driving Simulator Lab Developed at UAB


The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced it has developed the first SUV driving simulator laboratory in the world. In the development of this lab, UAB partnered with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, which provided a full-bodied 2016 Honda Pilot built …
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Houston Recovers From Another Deadly Flood


As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation’s fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston’s mayor said there was no immediate solution. Heavy flooding has become nearly an annual …
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New Law Allows Florida Insurers to Offer Limited Sinkhole Coverage


Legislation introduced this year by Republican Senator Jack Latvala and passed into law today, gives insurers in Florida the ability to offer a new type of personal lines residential sinkhole insurance coverage. The bill, SB 1274, outlines how insurers can …
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Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Now Tracking Earth’s Shrinking Ice Caps


It is the morning of the last test flight before the first joint NASA-NOAA mission to map melting ice caps, and Miss Piggy is being difficult. Sitting on the flight line just outside Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base, …
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Mississippi Recovers From Worst Floods Since Katrina


Mississippi officials say the damage from floods this month is the most widespread the state has had since Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson tells The Clarion-Ledger federal and state assessment teams have been on the ground …
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North Carolina Reverses Safety Warning on Well Water Near Duke Ash Dumps


North Carolina is reversing warnings about water that health officials said was too polluted to drink and now reassuring residents who live near pits that hold waste from decades of coal-burning for electricity that their well water is safe. The …
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Florida High Court Rules That Artist Can Sue UPS in State Court Over Lost Paintings


The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that an artist can sue UPS in state court over two paintings removed from their shipping tube while in transit and sold by the company UPS contracts to handle its lost-and-found operation. The …
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More Than Half of Mississippi Fatal Fires in Homes With No Smoke Alarms


More than half the people killed last year by house fires in Mississippi were in homes without working smoke alarms, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office said. Fire Marshal Mike Chaney points said his office investigated 55 fire deaths in …
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North Carolina Gets $1M in Fines From Employers Without Workers’ Comp


The commission responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws has cracked down in the last year on employers who don’t carry proper insurance, collecting $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the …
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South Carolina Governor Won’t Seek Direct Aid for $376M in Flood Damaged Crops


Farmers packed the Statehouse on Monday to beg Gov. Nikki Haley to ask Congress for money to offset their estimated $376 million in losses from last month’s historic flooding. But the Republican governor is unwavering in her refusal. Farmers should …
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