Author: Kacie Candela

Gov. Newsom budget proposal doubles down on high speed rail, electric vehicles

Gov. Gavin Newsom reiterated a commitment to supporting the development of high-speed rail projects on Thursday, highlighting a $9.1 billion transit package to support transportation projects statewide. The governor presented his $286.4 billion budget proposal on Monday. The spending plan includes billions for transportation projects across the state. The proposed $9.1 billion plan would spend on projects […]

CTpass initiative offers group rates on public transportation

Patrons of public transportation in Connecticut are getting a break through a new program created through legislation, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The governor announced in a news release the launch of CTpass, a new state program designed to offer group rates to eligible organizations to gain access to public transportation services throughout the state. The program will […]

Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says

Hawaiian officials could be more transparent about how federal COVID-19 relief is being spent, according to a report from the nonpartisan Good Jobs First. The nonprofit analyzed how states were tracking Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending and providing information to the public. CRF relief was provided to states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) […]

Hundreds of Christmas Eve flights cancelled in U.S. as omicron variant impacts industry

A surge in COVID-19 cases among airline workers led to nearly 500 canceled flights across the U.S. and over 2,000 worldwide. According to the airline tracking website FlightAware, 479 flights within, into or out of the U.S. have been cancelled on Christmas Eve. United Airlines has cancelled 173 flights; Delta, 143; JetBlue, 54; Spirit, 11; and […]

New Jersey moving forward with $190 million renovation project for Newark Penn Station

New Jersey officials are moving forward with a five-year, $190 million renovation of the historic Newark Penn Station on the busy Northeast Corridor. N.J. Transit has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for master planning, design and construction assistance for the 86-year-old station. Newark Penn Station opened in March 1935 and is the seventh busiest rail station […]

Sports betting could be available in Maryland by end of NFL season

Maryland residents may be able to bet on their favorite team before the NFL season ends, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) announced this week that the online licensing portal for the 17 companies approved to offer sports betting is open. The Sports Wagering […]

UTSA stopped displaying “Come and take it” flag at football games and now faces criticism from its Board of Regents

The University of Texas at San Antonio is taking heat from the UT System’s board of regents for its recent decision to stop displaying the famous “Come and take it” flag at football games after some in the university community argued the slogan has a racist history. Regents Chair Kevin Eltife said in a statement […]

Groups Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Still Waiting for Funding Albany Pledged in Spring

Six months after New York State passed a budget establishing a historic $10 million emergency fund to combat violence against Asian Americans, community organizations say they’re still waiting for the money. The fund is the first to directly support Asian American/Pacific Islander communities in addressing hate crimes and racially based violence, amid a 356% spike […]

Pew’s new global survey of climate change attitudes finds promising trends but deep divides

People’s views about climate change, from how worried they are about it affecting them to how willing they are to do something about it, have shifted in developed countries around the world in recent years, a new survey by the Pew Research Center finds. The study polled more than 16,000 adults in 17 countries considered to be advanced economies. […]

As U.S. football season kicks off, climate change threatens the game

For many in the United States, the first sign of fall is the start of football season. College students are back on campus and broadcasting networks are gearing up for the usual Thursday-to-Monday coverage. But the impacts of climate change have undeniably worsened in recent years, converging in a cluster of disasters each summer and fall […]