Report: State needs to spend almost $15B to maintain roads

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Washington state would need to spend nearly $15 billion over the coming decade just to get its transportation system of roads, bridges and ferries to a “minimally acceptable condition,” according to a state report.

The Seattle Times reports that’s twice the current spending on preservation, which the Washington State Department of Transportation defines as planned repairs that extend the life of an asset, as opposed to stopgap jobs like pothole filling.

“While WSDOT has been deferring this work to try and keep the entire state highway system operational, it can no longer be ignored without dire consequences,” the state

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‘Enact special law to uphold dignity of dead’: NHRC to Centre, states on Covid-19 victims | Latest News India

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With disturbing reports of mishandling of Covid-19 bodies emerging from across the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday recommended that the government should enact a special legislation to uphold the dignity and protect the right of the dead.

It has also recommended that there should not be mass burials/cremations or piling up of bodies during the transportation as it is in violation of the right to dignity of the dead.

The apex human rights body sent a detailed advisory to the ministry of home affairs, ministry of health and family welfare and states/union territories in this regard.

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White House, GOP infrastructure talks hit crucial stage

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Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, right, visits the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge construction site together with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, in southeast Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan are hitting a crucial stage ahead of talks Friday after the latest GOP offer left some dismay in the administration that there wasn’t more movement off the Republicans’ initial $568 billion proposal.

Republicans did increase their offer and have been

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Mexico enters UK’s “red list” of countries with travel restrictions

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The British government announced yesterday new changes in its system of categorization of countries based on the epidemiological risk they represent (green, yellow and red), among which the inclusion of Mexico within the red category stands out as of next Sunday August 8, which means that those who come from that country or have passed through it in the ten days prior to their arrival will face severe restrictions.

Entering the red list implies the total prohibition of entry for non-residents, and for citizens or foreigners with legal residence, having to perform a ten-day quarantine in a specific government-designated hotel

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Iberian Escape’s 2021-22 Vacation Packages Showcase the Best of Portugal and Spain

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It’s a great time to book now to secure low prices for later this year and next year”

— Steven Vigor

QUARTEIRA, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL, April 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Iberian Escapes has just launched a comprehensive range of vacation packages for 2021/22 that will allow tourists to experience the sights and sounds of Spain and Portugal. The provide the perfect selection of bespoke luxury tours that offer a range of experiences from balloon rides and swimming with dolphins, to cooking classes and wine tastings.

To top it all off, Iberian Escapes is offering 20% off any booking when

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