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Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill on Horse-Drawn Buggy Safety

Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require horse-drawn buggies to display reflectors or lights at night. The Portland Press Herald reports the push comes after several crashes involving motor vehicles in northern and central Maine, including one in …

Baltimore Officials Seek New Rules as Scooters Appear Throughout City

As more people are scooting around Baltimore officials are scrambling to create regulations for the mode of transportation that’s become popular among some residents and raised concerns including safety for others. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that more than 60 …

Pennsylvania Allows ETP Mariner East 1 Pipeline to Resume Service

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted on Thursday to allow Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Sunoco Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline to return to service, reversing a suspension tied to safety concerns. The PUC stopped flows on Mariner East …

Runner Who Broke Arm on NYC Bridge Sues Port Authority

A New York man who broke his arm running on the George Washington Bridge is suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, alleging there’s not enough space for cyclists and pedestrians. Dennis O’Donnell says he was headed …

Report: Pilots Warned Company About Helicopter Safety

Pilots for the company that operates the open-side helicopter flights like the one that crashed last month in New York City, killing five, had warned management repeatedly of safety concerns over equipment including harnesses, The New York Times reported Sunday. …

Former New Jersey Transit Worker Says He Was Fired for Raising Safety Concerns

A recently fired New Jersey Transit compliance officer told lawmakers on Friday that he was terminated for raising safety and other concerns and that the agency is a “runaway train.” Todd Barretta told a joint Assembly and Senate oversight committee …

Tour Operator in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country Gets in Tiff Over His Tuk-Tuk

Pennsylvania utility regulators are making a big to-do over Timm Wenger’s tuk-tuk. The 48-year-old entrepreneur wants to use his three-wheeled, open-sided electric shuttle to offer sightseeing tours of Lancaster the urban core of a region best known for its undulating …

Rhode Island Family Hospitalized with Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A family of five from Rhode Island has been taken to the hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Smithfield Fire Chief Robert Seltzer says it appears the two adults and three children were overcome by carbon monoxide from a malfunctioning …

State Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Driving as Winter Storm Hits Northeast

Plow trucks and shovelers in the Northeast attacked the region’s newest winter storm as fresh powder piled on top of ever-growing piles and whiteout conditions made roads unsafe, immobilizing millions of residents. Winter storm warnings were in effect from upstate …

Insurers Won’t Pay Boat Owner’s Claim in Rhode Island Lost-at-Sea Case

Insurers say they will not cover the loss of a boat owned by a Vermont man that sank off Rhode Island with his mother aboard. Nathan Carman and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, left on a fishing …