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Shortage Has Trucking Industry Considering Younger Drivers

A nationwide shortage of truckers has some industry officials and national lawmakers supporting a plan to allow 18-year-olds to become long-haul drivers, while others in the industry say it’s a bad idea that will decrease safety on the nation’s road. …

Spike in Deadly Semi, Big Rig Crashes Prompts Demand for Safety Tech

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks aren’t required to have crash-avoidance technology, despite thousands of crashes annually and repeated calls for it to be mandated. Federal data shows that more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving semis and other …

Insurer Fights Paying $5.3M to Wrongfully Convicted Missouri Man

A former insurance carrier for the city of Columbia, Mo., is appealing a ruling that it owes $5.3 million to a man who served 10 years in prison before his conviction for killing a sports editor in Columbia was thrown …

Missouri Duck Boat Operators Criticize Attorney General’s Lawsuit

The operators of a Missouri duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people, say in a court filing that a lawsuit from Missouri’s attorney general is “irresponsible” and “littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo.” Attorney General Josh Hawley’s lawsuit …

NTSB Says Errors Led to BNSF Train Deaths in South Dakota

A series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two railroad workers in South Dakota last year, federal investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Thursday on the Jan. 17, 2017, …

Wisconsin Flood Damage Estimated to be $209M

Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here’s a look at where things stand: Gov. Scott Walker said the flooding and storms that began on Aug. …

Wisconsin Bowling Industry Impacted by Floods, Closures

Bowling pins topple, teeter, spin and fly. But this summer they’ve also been charred by flames and soaked with floodwater, while others are headed into retirement. In July, fire destroyed the Friendship Bar & Bowl in Adams County. Meanwhile, in …

Michigan Plans to Install 1,300 Roadside Reflectors Along M-22

The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to place hundreds of bright white reflectors along a popular road in the Traverse City region in an effort to prevent crashes caused by drivers veering out of their lane. The $300,000 project includes …

Sting Operation Recovered Dorothy’s Stolen Ruby Slippers

A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the …

Why 4 Inches of Rain Caused so Much Flooding in Wisconsin

A lot of rain – but maybe not as much as you think – fell Aug. 20 on the shallow, 281-square-mile basin of land that drains into Madison’s lakes Mendota and Monona. Most of the 12- to 15-inch deluge that …

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