Maine asks railroad to fix roads, culverts after derailment

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Maine asks railroad to fix roads, culverts after derailment AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators have asked a railroad cleaning up a freight train derailment site to repair forest management roads and culverts damaged by heavy equipment and that led to the discharge of sediment into area waters.State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Melanie Loyzim in a letter Thursday to Canadian Pacific Kansas City said the equipment used to reach the derailment site in a rural area of Somerset County “crushed culverts and displaced soil in and adjacent to several streams,” and no attempts have been made to correct the damage.“CPKC must immediately take measures to stabilize the access roads leading to the derailment site, stabilize all stream and culvert crossings, and prevent further discharges of sediment to waters of the state of Maine,” the letter said.An email seeking comment was sent to a CPKC spokesperson on Saturday.Three railroad employees were hurt when three locomotive engines and six train cars car...

Again Plan A and Plan B for Heat’s Spoelstra, this time regarding Knicks’ Randle

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Again Plan A and Plan B for Heat’s Spoelstra, this time regarding Knicks’ Randle It again is double duty for the Miami Heat scouting and video staff, working with a Plan A and a Plan B for the second consecutive playoff series.In the first round, it meant preparing for the Milwaukee Bucks both with and without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who played 2 1/2 of the five games in the Heat’s 4-1 series win.Having moved on from that challenge, it now is the sprained left ankle of New York Knicks forward Julius Randle that has Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff working with dual game plans for the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.Randle initially injured the ankle in the Knicks’ March 29 home victory over the Heat, missing the balance of the regular season. The All-Star forward aggravated the injury as the Knicks closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 on Wednesday night. He is listed as questionable for Sunday.“You have to prepare for both, if he’s available or not available,” Spoelstra said ahead of Sunday’s Game 1 a...

Baby’s body found in Martha’s Vineyard trash collection: Massachusetts State Police seek public’s help in identification

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Baby’s body found in Martha’s Vineyard trash collection: Massachusetts State Police seek public’s help in identification Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a baby girl’s remains found in a recycling facility processing materials from Martha’s Vineyard.Workers at Zero Waste Solutions on Cranberry Highway in Rochester on Thursday came across the baby’s body in collected recycling originating from Martha’s Vineyard and shipped to the regional facility in Rochester.The Massachusetts State Police and Cape and Islands DA office say that the newborn infant’s mother may live in, have ties to or recently traveled to Martha’s Vineyard.The baby’s remains were turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical examiner, where the MSP says a post-mortem examination has begun.Anyone who has any information about the possible identity of this baby girl or her parents is urged to contact Trooper Dustin Shaw of the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands at at 508-790-5799.This is a developing story.

Chicago Bears in the 2023 NFL draft: Day 3 begins with offensive additions in RB Roschon Johnson and WR Tyler Scott

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Chicago Bears in the 2023 NFL draft: Day 3 begins with offensive additions in RB Roschon Johnson and WR Tyler Scott Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles is off and running with his draft weekend to-do list, looking to improve a last-place roster and accelerate the team’s return toward playoff contention.In a demanding and busy offseason, Poles has expressed eagerness to do his heaviest lifting through the draft. That process began in Thursday night’s first round and will continue through Saturday evening.Bears remaining picks in 2023 NFL draftRound 5: No. 165Round 7: Nos. 218 and 258As Poles and the Bears navigate the weekend, we will offer you a comprehensive look at each of the players the team selects.Catch up on our draft coverageBears trade down again and select Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright with the No. 10 pick in the NFL draftColumn: Drafting Darnell Wright the latest item on the checklist so the Bears can better evaluate Justin FieldsDay 2 of NFL draft: Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles hits the defense with pair of DTs and CB Tyrique StevensonColumn: After passing o...

NFL draft tracker: Ravens select Ole Miss edge rusher Tavius Robinson to begin Day 3

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

NFL draft tracker: Ravens select Ole Miss edge rusher Tavius Robinson to begin Day 3 The Ravens entered the final day of the NFL draft on Saturday with three picks — Nos. 124 (fourth round), 157 (fifth round) and 199 (sixth round).They used the first of those selections on Ole Miss edge rusher Tavius Robinson.The Ravens love their edge rushers, and in Robinson they got a 6-foot-6, 257-pound defender who had 44 total tackles last season, including eight for loss. He also had seven sacks and five forced fumbles, both of which led the team.Robinson’s seven sacks ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference, while his five forced fumbles put him in a tie with Houston’s D’Anthony Jones to lead the nation. Robinson, who was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, which is about an hour west of Toronto, had 28 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks coming off the bench in 2021.That he even ended up at Ole Miss was somewhat fortuitous.Robinson, 24, spent his first two years of college football playing at the University of Guelph and dreaming of t...

NWS says San Diego is in the peak of marine layer season, but why?

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

NWS says San Diego is in the peak of marine layer season, but why? SAN DIEGO -- If you've noticed an increase in low hanging clouds or lingering fog in San Diego County's coastal areas recently, there's a reason why.The National Weather Service says the region is in the peak of marine layer season. The question is: what creates these hazy weather patterns in the spring?The answer is as simple as this -- cold water. Coastal fog contributes to what NWS calls ‘Gray-pril’ Air temperature normally decreases with height, according to weather officials. Due to the cold Pacific Ocean in the spring months, however, NWS says the air temperature in coastal areas increases with height instead. NWS says this results in a temperature inversion. The air below that inversion is called the marine layer, which is cooled to the point at which clouds form, weather officials explained. NWS shared this image to explain the marine layer.To explain this phenomenon further -- As the San Diego region progresses towards summer months, the ocean temperature gradually rises ...

Pipeline restores gas flow after lightning-sparked inferno

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Pipeline restores gas flow after lightning-sparked inferno CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Natural gas is flowing again in a Mississippi pipeline after a towering blaze Friday that officials believe was caused by a lightning strike.The pipeline’s owner, TC Energy Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, said Saturday that it had “completed operational adjustments.” The Canadian company notified its customers through an electronic system that it was lifting the force majeure it had declared on Friday. The contract term allows the pipeline to curtail deliveries because of forces outside the owner’s control.Tina Faraca, president of TC Energy’s U.S. Natural Gas unit, told investors on a conference call Friday that the blaze caused “very minimal impact to facilities.” Alcorn County Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens told local news outlets that firefighters were called to the compressor station of the Columbia Gulf Transmission Pipeline northeast of Corinth around 1 a.m. Friday. He said it appears that lightning sheared off a piece of pipe and set the na...

Trump ups competition with DeSantis in planning trip to Iowa

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Trump ups competition with DeSantis in planning trip to Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The competition between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis is intensifying as the former president is scheduling a return trip to Iowa on the same day that the Florida governor was already going to be in the state that will kick off the Republican contest for the White House.A Trump campaign official said Saturday that the former president plans to be in Iowa on May 13 to headline an organizing rally at a sprawling park in downtown Des Moines. That’s when DeSantis was already slated to headline Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra’s annual summer fundraiser in northwest Iowa and speak at a party fundraiser later that evening in Cedar Rapids.A Trump campaign aide said the May 13 event had been in the planning stage for weeks.The move is a sign of the escalating competition between the two men who, at least for now, are leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump and his allies have become increasingly emboldened in their efforts to attack a...

Federal government touts ‘final’ offer to striking public service union as fair

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Federal government touts ‘final’ offer to striking public service union as fair The federal government is describing the contract proposal extended on Friday to the union representing more than 100,000 striking public servants as its final offer.The Treasury Board issued a statement today saying the offer includes a better wage package and solutions to deal with priorities such as telework and seniority, but offered no further details.It describes Friday’s proposal to the Public Service Alliance of Canada as a “fair, competitive and reasonable final offer” and says employees should have a chance to review it.The comments come as the strike affecting thousands of government and Canada Revenue Agency workers dragged into an eleventh day.Union members walked off the job on April 19 after failing to reach a deal with Ottawa.The union issued a statement on Friday confirming it had received the government’s offer but declining further comment, saying only that it had resumed negotiations with the Treasury Board and hoped to continue talks over...

Man runs red light, dies after being hit by semi-truck driver in Northwest Indiana

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:02:44 GMT

Man runs red light, dies after being hit by semi-truck driver in Northwest Indiana LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana man is dead after he ran a red light Friday afternoon in La Porte County and was hit by a semi-truck driver, according to the sheriff's office.Around 3:30 p.m., Brent Freyenberger, 39, of Plymouth, ran a red light at U.S. 30 and State Road 39 near Hanna Township and was struck by the truck, according to a news release from the La Porte County Sheriff's Office. Large brush fire reported at park in Northwest Indiana The driver of the semi-truck, a 27-year-old man, of North Judson, had an upper-body injury, according to the release.Toxicology results, which are required in all serious and fatal crashes in Indiana, are still pending.

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