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Final transportation funding includes emergency and cost waivers provision

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first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Monday that House and Senate negotiators have agreed to include in a final transportation budget bill for the coming year his provision to replenish the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund and provide important cost waivers that Governor Shumlin and others consider to be crucial to repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.The bill also includes Leahy’s truck weight provisions for Vermont, to move heavy trucks from smaller state roads, including roads crossing through the downtowns of several Vermont communities, onto the state’s interstate highways.  Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its Transportation Subcommittee, which handled the writing of the bill.Governor Shumlin has called the Leahy waivers a top priority for Vermont among many disaster-relief steps that are now pending before Congress.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) both support Leahy’s provision, and Welch played a critical role in pushing the Leahy-authored waivers among leadership in the House of Representatives.Following is a summary of the Leahy provisions in the final bill ‘·       Leahy worked to add $1.662 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to:o   Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds, which is especially critical as Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;o   Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days.·        The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways for the next 20 years.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the flooding disaster.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Leahy will speak on the Senate floor tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at approximately 11:45 a.m. about the legislation, and how it will help in Vermont. Leahy’d office. WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2011)last_img read more

Video: Ronaldo says ‘Real Ronaldo’ debate must be boring for CR7

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first_imgHow to distinguish between the two Ronaldos has been a bit of a problem ever since Cristiano Ronaldo burst on to the scene and showed his brilliance. The Juventus forward was always going to have to go some way to get to the level of his Brazilian namesake but over an incredible career he’s done just that. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Gorgeous Bollywood Divas Who Earn A Lot8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… He did eventually start the game, after initially being left off the starting XI when team sheets were handed in, but France, inspired by Zinedine Zidane, were too good for the Selecao and Ronaldo was like a ghost of himself on the pitch. The 2002 World Cup winner had a very good career but it would have been even better if not for the serious injuries that kept affecting him, especially recurring knee problems. It’s something that Cristiano Ronaldo has been lucky to keep clear of for much of his career as his fitness hasn’t even deteriorated too much despite reaching 35 years old. ‘Original Ronaldo’ and, cruelly, ‘Fat Ronaldo’ have both been used at times to describe the man who won FIFA’s World Player of the Year three times. Asked by Fabio Cannavaro on an Instagram Live about being called the ‘Real Ronaldo’ the 43-year-old said, “For CR7, it must be boring to hear that I am the real Ronaldo. “People cannot be compared. Cristiano will remain in football history for the goals and for the continuity he has achieved. He will remain one of the best, like Messi.” Read Also: Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 27 goals in 26 games for the Old Lady this season in Serie A as they look to win yet another Scuetto. Juve bought the former Manchester United winger to help them win the Champions League though, so his time in Turin may be considered a relative failure unless he manages to secure the side’s first European title since 1996. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Brazilian was named the best in the world before he reached his 21st birthday in 1996 and again a year later. He finished second in 1998 and probably would have won the award that year were it not for his mystery injury on the day of the World Cup final.last_img read more

Julie Gardner, 59

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first_imgJulie Gardner, 59, of Greensburg passed away on April 22, 2019.  She was born on September 20, 1959 in Greenfield, Indiana the daughter of Judy Bailey Dent and the late Max Bailey.  Julie was a 1978 graduate of Greensburg Community High School.  She married Jeff Gardner on July 19, 1980 and together they had two daughters Leah and Erin.  Julie worked at 5th 3rd Bank in Greensburg for 25 years and after retiring she went to work as a receptionist at Columbus Regional Hospital in the Emergency Room.  Julie was a member of the First Christian Church of Greensburg.Survivors include: Husband- Jeff Gardner; Daughters- Leah Shields and Erin (David) Speakman; Grandchildren- Carsyn Shields, Ryder Shields, and Nash Speakman; Mother- Judy Dent; Brother- Gary (Julie) Bailey; Sister- Brenda Koors; Sister in Law- Jill (Chris) Schroeder;  Nephews- Darren Koors and Matthew Koors; and Nieces- Alexis Bailey, Abigail Bailey, Brandi Collins, and Kyley Lee. She was preceded in death by: Father- Max Bailey.A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2:00 pm until the Funeral at 6:00 pm.  Rev. Allen Collier will be officiating.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation- Cancer Center.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more