The four-lane bridge north of Seattle that collapsed and send several cars into the Skagit River Friday was rated by the Federal Highway Administration as "functionally obsolete" and was in far better shape than many bridges around the country.
Source: Asbury Park Press | New Jersey |
May 28, 2013
President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie will reunite in a tour of the coastline Tuesday, seven months after a similar meeting resulted in the shunning of Christie by conservatives across the nation.
While proponents say the new standards will better prepare students, critics worry they'll set a national curriculum for public schools rather than letting states decide what is best for their students.
Source: AP/Philadelphia Inquirer | Nation |
May 28, 2013
Three U.S. states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments over gay marriage, raising questions about how the developments might affect the justices' consideration of the issue.
Source: Hartford Courant | Connecticut |
May 23, 2013
A coalition of gun owners, gun dealers and firearms rights organizations have sued the governor and members of the state's attorney's office, contending that the gun law passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings violates the Constitution.
Advances in technology like drones, fences and surveillance cameras are playing a prominent role in the immigration debate. Some argue they've made the border more secure than ever, but governors in border states say the work is far from done.
At least 51 people were killed when a massive tornado blasted through central Oklahoma, flattening neighborhoods and destroying two elementary schools. The grim work of search, rescue and recovery continues today.
Massachusetts, which served as the model for Obamacare, conducts competitive bidding to promote cost-efficient plans in its exchange. But in the 34 states where the federal government will be running the exchange, the government has decided to permit any plan to qualify that meets a minimum set of standards set by the law.
Alaskan officials are hoping to prod the federal government into measuring the amount of oil and gas beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and are offering state money as part of their plan to push the project forward.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.