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Tanker truck after being hit by train off Highway 730
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Train Hits Semi-Truck Loaded with Jet Fuel Near Irrigon – Driver Escapes Serious Injury

The Oregon State Patrol reports a semi-truck loaded with 10,000 gallons of jet fuel was hit by a train on Highway 730, which runs from Irrigon alongside the Oregon side of the Columbia River, then up into Washington and connects with Washington Highway 12 at the Wallula Junction.

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Artist Conception of New Red Mountain Interchange Project
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Gas Tax Hike Would Help Fund Red Mountain Interchange – Is It Necessary? [POLL]

Newstalk 870 reported earlier this week the Washington State Transportation Committee was going to push for a 10-cent gasoline-tax hike at the pump.

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State Transportation Committee wants another gas tax hike
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10-Cent Gas-Tax Hike Proposed by Washington Legislature

If approved, gas prices could climb even higher.

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TSA doesn't return your money if you leave it at the checkpoint
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TSA Pockets Over $500,000 In Change Left by Travelers at Security Gates!

The TSA has been taking your money!

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes 2-Day Trip Through LA Streets To Its Final Destination
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Nine Ways to Travel, Ranked By Safety . . . From Walking and Planes, to Motorcycles and the Space Shuttle:

Here's a new list that ranks nine types of travel from least safe to most safe, based on the number of deaths for every one billion miles traveled.  Motorcycles are the least safe, below walking and cycling.  Trains are the safest, just ahead of buses and airplanes.

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Airbus removes litium-ion batteries from it's aircraft
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Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Safe? Boeing 787 Uses Same Technology as Hybrid Chevy Volt and Others

Friday, Airbus announced they were dropping use of new lithium-ion batteries for its A350 airliner following battery issues in Boeing 787 Dreamliners. 

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Hinkle Bridge Near Hermiston to be replaced
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Old Hinkle Bridge to Be Replaced Soon Near Hermiston

It will be a much-welcomed improvement for the thousands who travel Highway 207 South of Hermiston.

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Washington State Patrol crime lab reports no pot spikes-yet
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Washington Officials Say No Spike in Pot DUI Cases – But January Tests Uncomplete

Despite over 130 drivers being nailed for driving while high, marijuana DUI cases have not gone up.

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Shocking Report Shows Just How Bad Traffic Is in America – Seattle Is One of Worst

A new study has found that Americans wasted $121 billion in gas in 2011, because of traffic. We also sat in our cars an extra 5.5 billion hours that year because of traffic. And the average American wasted an average of $818 in 2011 because of – you guessed it – traffic.

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Where are the hot vacation destinations? Ireland?
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Travel Leaders Hot Vacation Destinations for 2013 – You’ll Be Surprised! – Listen to Shows!

 

Some of the hottest travel destinations for 2013 are not a big surprise, but others will make you say "hmmm."

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