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Michigan DOT Getting Brighter Orange Construction Barrels to Improve Safety

The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to change its orange construction barrels to have brighter and more costly sheeting that department officials say will improve safety. Department officials told the Detroit Free Press the cost will be minimal as …

Nebraska Girl’s Sledding Accident Lawsuit Settled for $500K

The mother of a girl injured in a 2014 sledding accident at a Nebraska school will get a $500,000 lump-sum payment as part of a settlement with the school district’s insurance company. Valarie Potter was 14 when she was injured …

New Cincinnati Streetcar Involved in 10 Accidents This Year

A new Ohio streetcar service has been involved in 10 traffic accidents and four safety “incidents” since on-street testing began earlier this year, records show. The streetcar known as the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” clipped both a cement truck and a …

Self-Driving Truck Hits Ohio Road

A self-driving truck will begin traveling on two Ohio roads this week after state officials announced details of new investments to support innovative transportation technology. A vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route …

Indiana Transportation Workers Remove Roadkill to Improve Safety

“10-4,” they say back and forth, acknowledging the instructions from Kenny Sheppard, a highway technician with the Indiana Department of Transportation. He’s driving a pickup truck south on Ind. 49 to their first stop of several in the Chesterton vicinity. …

Michigan Helmet Law Repeal Leads to Double Digit Rise in Head Injuries

Fewer motorcycle riders who are involved in crashes across the state of Michigan are wearing a helmet, and the state’s trauma centers have seen a 14 percent increase in head injuries among motorcyclists, since the state’s partial repeal of its …

Minneapolis Archdiocese Adds Funds for Sex Abuse Victims to Bankruptcy Plan

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Tuesday filed an updated bankruptcy plan that more than doubles the amount of money set aside for victims of clerical sexual abuse. In a statement, the archdiocese said the new plan raises …

Michigan Given OK by Feds to Spend $119M on Lead Abatement

Michigan won federal approval Monday to spend roughly $119 million over five years to remove lead hazards from the homes of low-income residents in Flint and other communities – the second time the state has received a waiver to spend …

Written Opioid Prescriptions Down 10% in Wisconsin

A state system to track prescription painkillers in Wisconsin to prevent abuse shows a nearly 10 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions written and filled compared to this time last year. Wisconsin’s Controlled Substance Board recently published its …

Detroit Agrees to Pay $11 M in Water Damage Claims to 800 Residents

Months after two severe storms flooded basements on Detroit’s east side, the Michigan city’s water department has decided to pay the claims of all residents who aren’t suing it. Hundreds of homes were damaged during the July 8 storm, which …

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