FROM Kim Murphy
I-5 Bridge Collapse North of Seattle After years of warnings about the decline of America's infrastructure, the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington State collapsed last night when a truck with an oversized load struck a steel beam. Dan Sligh, who was driving one of two cars that were dumped into the Skagit River, said "When the dust hit, I saw the bridge start to fall at that point and the forward momentum just carried us right over." Kim Murphy is Seattle Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times .
Keystone Pipeline Dividing America in More Ways than One Hillary Clinton's State Department is faced with a decision that has both political parties fighting among themselves over jobs, greenhouse gases, drinking water and energy security. The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would bring bitumen — a tarry form of oil -- 1700 miles from Canada into Montana and all the way south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Public hearings have exposed what one reporter calls "an emotional fault line down the middle of the conservative heartland."
The Pipeline that Divides America -- in More Ways than One For Democrats, it's environmentalists versus organized labor; for Republicans, the oil industry versus Midwestern farmers and ranchers. For the Obama Administration, it's a momentous decision with Hillary Clinton's State Department facing charges of "crony capitalism." The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would bring bitumen — a tarry form of oil --1700 miles from the forests of Canada into Montana and all the way south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, passing through a source of drinking water for two million people. Public hearings have exposed what one reporter calls "an emotional fault line down the middle of the conservative heartland." What would it mean for jobs, the environment, energy security and election year politics?
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