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Gulf Coast Braces for Second Round of Flooding in Sally’s Wake

A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Homeowners and businesses along the soggy Gulf Coast began cleaning up Sept. 17 in the wake of Hurricane Sally, even as the region braced for a delayed, second round of flooding in the coming days from rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains.

September 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Arizona, Wisconsin Earn 'C' Grades on ASCE Report Cards

Arizona and Wisconsin Left: Motorists head northbound toward Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 93, near Kingman, Ariz. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press); Right: Highway 43 in Milwaukee, Wis. (PaaschPhotography/Getty Images)

The American Society of Civil Engineers infrastructure report cards for Wisconsin and Arizona reflected mediocre cumulative grades.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Targets 'Nuclear' Verdicts

Courtroom scene Plaintiffs attorneys often use emotional arguments with juries when trying to win cases against trucking companies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

The trucking industry is making gains in its fight against the plaintiffs bar and the increasing size of jury verdicts levied against motor carriers, but those in the trenches say the battle is not over.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Safety

DOT Announces $1 Billion in BUILD Grants

Erie, Pa. A view of Erie, Pa., which lies along Lake Erie. About $21 million was directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the Erie Bayfront Parkway Mobility and Freight Improvement Program. (zrfphoto/Getty Images)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that $1 billion in funding has been awarded through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Hurricane Sally Unleashes Flooding Along the Gulf Coast

A resident watches as flood waters move on the street in Pensacola, Fla. A resident watches as flood waters from Hurricane Sally move on the street in Pensacola, Fla., on Sept. 16. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore in Alabama with 105 mph winds and torrential rain Sept. 16, swamping homes and trapping people in high water along the Gulf Coast as it crept inland for what could be a long, slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Pelosi: House to Stay in Session Until COVID-19 Rescue Deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to her office on Capitol Hill on Sept. 14. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to her Capitol Hill office on Sept. 14. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sept. 15 the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief, a move that came as Democrats from swing districts signaled discontent with a standoff that could force them to face voters without delivering more aid.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
September 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Stakeholders Urge White House to Assist in 5.9 GHz Preservation

Meadows White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (Stefani Reynolds/SIPA/Bloomberg News)

Freight and passenger transportation groups are seeking the White House’s support to halt the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal that would shift certain auto safety airwaves for broadband uses.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 15, 2020
Government, Safety

Hurricane Sally Slows, Gathering Deluge for the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally is moving toward the Gulf Coast. Vinny Pero, 2, walks with his mom Nikita Pero on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, Miss., before Hurricane Sally's landfall. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early Sept. 15 as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with up to 2 feet of rain and the possibility of tornadoes.

September 15, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

COVID-19 Pandemic Stalls Replacement Cycles

Truck fleet Jacek_Sopotnicki/Getty Images

Motor carriers paused their replacement cycles during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most dealers, fleets and analysts said the industry merely delayed making purchases for a few months, and they don’t expect long-term changes.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
September 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Hurricane Sally to Hit New Orleans, Alabama Coast

A satellite photo of Sally, then a tropical storm, late Sept. 13. A satellite photo of Sally, at this point a tropical storm, late Sept. 13. It has since been classified as a hurricane. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Sally will begin hammering the U.S. Gulf Coast with flooding rains late Sept. 14, before making landfall between New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., and potentially causing as much as $3 billion in losses and damage.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2020

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