The possibility of using highway tolls to pay for a Brent Spence Bridge replacement is once again being raised. Thursday, Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials announced a plan to jointly build and pay for a massive road project in Louisville that includes two new bridges across the Ohio River. Revenue from tolls is expected to generate up to $1.3 billion of the $2.6 billion price tag; the rest will come from state and federal funding. “We believe the toll revenue bonds and the committed traditional funding together will see both of these bridges through to completion,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Thursday.
A bill filed in the General Assembly by two Northern Kentucky lawmakers would require legislative approval for new administrative regulations that have at least a $500,000 economic impact. State Reps. Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, and Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, modeled the bill after U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act introduced in in Congress. Wuchner cited a proposed increase in private landfill fees a few years ago she fought to stop as the type of regulations she wants the legislature to scrutinize.
"Syrian forces and activists have clashed during after-prayer protests in Damascus, as Arab observers continue their mission in the country," the BBC reports. It adds that "activists said troops fired nail bombs to disperse protesters who retaliated with stones in the suburb of Douma."
Ron Paul spoke to a packed house at the Knapp Learning Center during his "Salute to the Military" event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday.
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A claim by Ron Paul's presidential campaign, and confirmed by the fact-check website PolitiFact, asserts that the Texas congressman has received more donations from active military personnel than the other GOP candidates combined.
That's intriguing, given that Paul is the only candidate calling for significant cuts in military (not defense, he says) funding, the closing of overseas bases, and the use of military force "very sparingly."
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney campaigning in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday (Dec. 29, 2011).
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With just one holiday weekend between now and Tuesday's Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, there's another poll signalling that it could be a close battle at the top between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). And also once again, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is on the rise and showing up at No. 3.
It's tempting to say what a snake-bit year this was, a year when American troops were lost abroad, a year of economic struggle and cynical politics. But it was also a year when troops came home, and people started new jobs. Steve Inskeep says it's to soon to judge 2011.