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Date: Thu May 15 12:40:27 MDT 2014

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May 15, 2014

Obama Speeds Up Infrastructure Projects, Urges Congress to Act

Without quick action by Congress, the U.S. Transportation Department may begin scaling back or halting work on thousands of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at the height of the construction season this July, when the nation's Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Court Puts Gay Marriages in Arkansas on Hold
Ballot Asks Wrong Question When Translated into English
Voter ID Law Reinstated in Arkansas
Why Are Property Taxes so Unpopular in Many States?
Health & Human Services
Missouri May Be 3rd State with 3-Day Waiting Period for Abortions
The 'Defined Contribution' Part of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: This Is Where It Gets Complicated
Infrastructure & Environment
Florida Gov. Gives OK to Unpopular Power Lines, Nuclear Plant
Management & Labor
Judge Halts Illinois Pension Reforms
IT Staff Too Expensive? Just Replace the Workers with Student Interns.
Concern over Kansas Finances Lead to Credit Downgrade for State's Public Colleges
IBM's Next-Generation Smart City Solutions

With the launch of its next-generation smart city solutions, IBM has directed its thinking toward three main themes, which are tailored for cities, holistic in their execution, and interconnected. These are: Planning and Management, Infrastructure Planning, and Human Services.
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