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Ohio Air Force Base Trains Cyber Army

Cyber hackers bent on chaos could potentially attack water treatment and chemical plants, power grids, financial institutions and disable weapon systems, and have stolen personal data of millions of federal employees and consumers. Every hour of every day, cyber warriors …

Big Data Helping Iowa State Researchers, DOT Manage Traffic Crashes

The traffic data hits the REACTOR lab in continuous streams from across the state – video, traffic volume, speed, backups, weather and more. Iowa State University researchers can call up all that data on the six big screens arranged around …

Study Finds Safety Benefits From Chicago’s Red Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a newly released Northwestern University Transportation Center study. The research team …

Iowa House Passes Amended Workers’ Comp Overhaul

Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill Thursday to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber …

Kansas Waterslide Death Prompts Action on Ride Regulation

Amusement park regulations in Kansas could be tightened after a lawmaker’s son was killed last year on a water slide that a passed private inspection. House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman John Barker says he will hold hearings March …

Michigan’s Auto Insurance Fee for Catastrophic Injuries Rises to $170

The annual auto insurance fee Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is rising to $170, a $10 increase. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced Monday the new per-car assessment for the 12 months starting July …

Massive Midwest Winter Storm Joins Stella, Targets East Coast

Several cities are cleaning up after a massive winter storm dumped several inches of snow across a wide swath of the Midwest. More than 10 inches of snow fell in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Now, according to the National Weather …

Illinois Bill Seeks Stiffer Sentences for Impaired Wrong-way Drivers

The mother of a Chicago Ridge, Ill., police officer killed in a 2015 crash with an intoxicated, wrong-way driver is pushing for legislation that would increase penalties for people convicted in such crashes. Lisa Smith is supporting a bill in …

Iowa Train Derailment Prompts Call for Faster Replacement of Old Cars

A fiery train derailment in rural Iowa that burned for more than 36 hours has at least one group suggesting that the industry should move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers. A Union Pacific train hauling 100 tankers full of …

Missouri Storms Damage Nearly 500 Homes, Businesses

A severe storm system pummeled parts of the Midwest overnight with tornadoes, huge hailstones and powerful winds, damaging nearly 500 buildings and injuring a dozen people in one Missouri city. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, received reports of …

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