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Panic Gripped Hawaii After False Missile Alert

The second recent blunder in Hawaii’s planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones. For nearly 40 minutes people waited. Then …

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Bill, Wants Changes Made

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise. Scott said he was …

Rhode Island Attorney General Wants Uber, Lyft Drivers Fingerprinted

Rhode Island’s attorney general wants to start fingerprinting Uber and Lyft drivers, as well as traditional taxi cab drivers. The state last year adopted a new law that officially legalized ride-hailing app companies and regulates them, but it didn’t include …

LA County Supervisors Order Inspection of Dams in Wake of Oroville Emergency

Supervisors have ordered inspections of all Los Angeles County dams in the wake of flooding concerns at Northern California’s Oroville Dam. The Los Angeles Times wrote that supervisors unanimously approved the order Tuesday. The Department of Public Works has 30 …

Four Critical Defects Found in Latest Oil Train Inspections in New York

State and federal inspectors found four critical defects and 42 non-critical ones in the latest round of oil train and track inspections across New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the targeted inspections of tank cars and tracks are critical …

Washington Puts Landslide-Inspired Topo Maps Online

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is following through with a key safety recommendation that arose in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, as it starts to post intricate topographical maps online. The state generates the maps through laser-imaging technology known …

Northern Indiana City Expanding Efforts to Deal with Underground Vault Threat

A northern Indiana city is extending a campaign to repair or fill old coal-storage vaults that pose a public safety threat. Goshen started its matching funds program in 2012 after a man walking on a downtown sidewalk fell through the …

Vermont to Study Environmental Risks of Proposed Rail Tunnel

Vermont transportation officials have decided to pursue a more detailed environmental study of a proposed $40 million rail tunnel project in Middlebury, which could delay construction by at least a year. The project calls for replacing two aging bridges in …

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Losing Ground Due to Budget Cuts, Official Says

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is understaffed and struggling to accomplish its statewide public safety mission due to declining revenue that’s led to reductions in staff and restricted travel, according to the state’s commissioner of public safety. Cost-cutting measures will help …

Oregon Transportation Needs Include Preparing for Earthquake Damage

A major fault off the Oregon Coast is expected to produce an earthquake, and transportation officials say preparing for that event needs to be a top priority. The Medford Mail Tribune reported a Cascadia Subduction Zone event tops the needs …