Cincinnati bridge collapse becomes political fodder for highway spending

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Construction worker mourned in I-75 bridge collapse.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati police chief urged morning commuters to plan ahead Tuesday after an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed, killing one person and injuring another. Drivers should stay away from the collapsed overpass north of downtown Cincinnati and leave with plenty of time to get to work, chief Jeff Blackwell said after Monday night’s accident. The highway will be shut down indefinitely.(Photo: Cameron Knight, The Cincinnati Enquirer) CINCINNATI — As city officials continue to investigate what caused an I-75 bridge overpass that was undergoing demolition to collapse late Monday, a construction worker who was killed is being mourned. He said Alabama must contend with a budget shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars and tackle an overcrowded prison system that has been plagued with problems for decades.

Bentley, who campaigned as an opponent of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, also said the state must work to make health care more accessible and affordable. Following months of delays, jury selection is set to begin Tuesday afternoon in the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding scores more in a mass shooting at a crowded Colorado movie theater in 2012.

The “catastrophic pancake collapse” happened about 10:30 p.m. as a crew prepared for demolition of the old Hopple Street overpass, according to a statement from the City of Cincinnati. Crystal Hargett, of Bracken County, said she got a phone call shortly after 10:30 p.m. from her husband, Billy, saying that he had just lost his best friend. Holmes, a 27-year-old former graduate student, faces 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges in the shooting, which took place in Aurora, Colo., during a showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”. Some 9,000 summonses have been mailed out to potential jurors in Arapahoe County—one of the largest jury pools ever called in the U.S., according to legal experts.

He rushed over to try, unsuccessfully, to save the victim. “Billy said he just pulled his brother out,” Crystal Hargett said through tears. “They were so close that (Billy) called him his brother. They drove to work together every day.” “You’re looking at three children under the age of 9 at home in Kentucky that are going to wake up looking for their daddy,” Hargett said. “And his fiance, they were high school sweethearts. I just am in fear that something could be impacted if it became an endangered species.” Fire officials were combing through the rubble of an Annapolis-area mansion searching for six missing people Tuesday after the home known locally as “the castle” was destroyed in a fire, the Baltimore Sun reported. The city tweeted: “Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays.” Over the course of the night, dozens of onlookers had stopped their cars on the new Hopple Street bridge, on the shoulder of the interstate or on a nearby off ramp. Tieke, of Cincinnati, ran heavy equipment in the Army and for the city for 30 years. “I don’t know how this could have happened,” Tieke said. “Accidents happen.

Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, genetic analysis of its origins is still under way. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the care and management of the bones. “At present there is no indication he has a different origin than North American Native American.” While scientists say the finding is still subject to change, such a conclusion would bring a dramatic end to a debate that has polarized the field of anthropology since 1996 and set off a legal battle between scientists who sought to study the 9,500-year-old skeleton and Northwest tribes that sought to rebury it as an honored ancestor.

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