Lawmakers: Bridge collapse shows need for highway spending

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Construction worker mourned in I-75 bridge collapse.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio transportation authorities say that the overpass demolition work that resulted in a fatal collapse onto Interstate 75 is part of a three-year, nearly $91 million project.CINCINNATI – Officials are investigating the collapse of a highway overpass that was undergoing demolition – an accident that killed a construction worker and injured a truck driver in Cincinnati Monday night and also caused a traffic disruption expected to last for days. Transportation authorities said southbound lanes of Interstate 75 through Cincinnati would be shut down for at least 48 hours, CBS News affiliate WKRC reported. In an op-ed posted on The Cincinnati Enquirer’s website, Sanders said the accident illustrates the need for more federal spending on highways and bridges — and he makes the case for a proposal to spend $1 trillion over five years “to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure.” A worker operating a backhoe was crushed to death when the bridge collapsed.

The firm also is responsible for cleanup of the hundreds of tons of concrete and steel that are covering southbound lanes in Cincinnati some five miles north of the Ohio River. A workplace incident, with respect to a construction crew that was doing work out here,” City Manager Harry Black said at a news conference early Tuesday. “Something went wrong and a tragedy occurred as a result. “As of right now, it occurs there has been a loss of life of one person,” Black continued. “We don’t believe there has been any other loss of life.

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. 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.

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. 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. In recent years, lawmakers have punted on a real fix to the trust fund shortfall, instead passing dozens of short-term patches paid for with what critics say are budget gimmicks.

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. A major Midwest interstate linking Michigan to Florida remained closed in Cincinnati Tuesday morning after an overpass scheduled to be removed collapsed, killing one person. 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.

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