Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
Ten years ago Alabama ranked in the top 10 in the country in highway quality.
Now we rank in the bottom 10.
We rank in the bottom three in percentage of miles of urban and rural interstate in poor condition.
Our tremendous growth the past 10 years is part of the reason for this situation.
Attracting new businesses has had great upside for the state but it has taxed our highway system as more goods and services than ever before are being transported.
The time is right for a comprehensive transportation plan to position ourselves to not only deal with our current growth, but continue to grow.
Perhaps businesses can stagger work hours to decrease the number of vehicles on the roads during certain crunch times or even encourage more working from home?
Perhaps more toll roads or truck only routes should be established.
Maybe it's time to invest more deeply in mass transit to provide an alternative to the everybody drives to work in a car situation we have now.
Wouldn't it be great to be more like some counties, where bikes and scooters are the preferred mode of transportation. Perhaps we can set a new national trend here.
Our highways are wearing out faster than we can fix them. The backbone of our economy depends on a great highway system.
State lawmakers can be a big help by making transportation improvement a priority.
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