Fire Warnings Issued For Six States In Nation’s Midsection

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation’s midsection. The Red Flag warnings issued Friday include most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri. Oklahoma Forestry Services has already requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama,…

Bridge Collapse Puts Spotlight On Rapid Building Technique

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up…

Fallen Bridge: ‘Stress Test’ Preceded Collapse That Killed Six

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University had been put to a “stress test” and its cables were being tightened when it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said. As state and federal investigators worked to determine…

Missouri Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Ethics Commission

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri lawmakers on Thursday raised concerns that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens now has the power to appoint new members to a state ethics panel that’s currently reviewing a complaint against him. The six-member Missouri Ethics Commission will lack a quorum after Thursday, when three members’…

Footbridge Collapses Onto Busy Highway, Crushes 8 Vehicles

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday, crushing at least eight vehicles under massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing multiple people, authorities said. Search-and-rescue crews drilled holes into the debris and used dogs to look for survivors. They…