Declarations

Declarations

Harpers Ferry Fire “I am totally grief-stricken for our community and for the shop and property owners affected by this terrible tragedy. I am, however, thankful that no one was injured.” —Harpers Ferry, W. Va., Mayor Gregory Vaughn after a …

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A Moving Target “It seems to be a moving target. I think the important part of this is (the settlement has been reached), and where will the money eventually end up and who will have the eventual say on where …

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Uncommon Occurrence “It’s been about 10 years since we’ve had one of these so it’s not an everyday occurrence.” — Emerald Isle, N.C., Fire Chief Bill Walker, after a deck collapsed from a house and fell 10 to 12 feet …

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Montana Microcosm “What we are seeing in Montana is a reflection of what is happening around the world. Temperatures are increasing.” —Montana State University researcher Fabian Menalled said widespread infestation of wheat crops by pests in 2014 could be linked to climate …

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Uncharted Territory “Losing the qualification to self-bond and turning to the corporate surety market is uncharted territory.”  —Robert Duke, chief counsel for the Surety & Fidelity Association of America, said it’s difficult for cash-strapped Wyoming mining companies to acquire surety …

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Listen Safely “The whole thing just got so lost, you know. So the audience, honestly, most of the time when I’m talking, they’re just talking to each other and they don’t listen.” —A bus driver told National Transportation Safety Board …

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Treatment Options “I don’t think in Colorado we spend nearly enough on treatment.”  —Sen. Michael Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, applauded additions, such as treatment instead of jail, to a felony DUI bill to make a fourth DUI a felony punishable by …

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Fatality Numbers “PennDOT continuously strives to drive down crash and fatality numbers, and we ultimately want to reach zero deaths on our roads.” —Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards on the state’s effort to lower traffic deaths. …

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Big Step Forward “This will be a big step forward in the city’s overall resiliency efforts as we prepare to deal with the future of extreme weather.” —New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s …

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Climate Prep “You’re getting storms that you’ve never seen before; you’re getting winds that you’ve never seen before. We’ve got to be adapting.” —U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on adapting to changing weather patterns. During her keynote speech at the …

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