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Southern states announce civil rights trail on MLK Day

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/15/18, 11:41 am

Fourteen states announced a joint effort today to preserve sites important in the civil rights movement. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail links 130 attractions across the South, from the place where lynching victim Emmett Till was found dead near Glendora, Miss., to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Many states have promoted their landmarks individually over the years, but the trail is the first single push to get visitors to take in civil rights history as a whole across state lines.

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Train control technology could’ve prevented derailment

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/20/17, 12:24 pm

The Amtrak train that derailed Monday near Seattle was months shy of having technology installed that could have prevented the deadly crash. Work to implement the sophisticated, GPS-based system known as positive train control was planned for next spring on the newly opened 15-mile span of track where the train derailed, according to Sound Transit, the public agency that owns the tracks. The train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone before it derailed, killing three people and injuring dozens.

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Passengers still stranded after Atlanta airport power outage

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/18/17, 10:26 am

Thousands of people remain stranded after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lost power Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights. Electricity went out around 1 p.m. due to a fire at an underground power facility, according to Georgia Power. Electrical service was restored and lines were long but moving Monday morning as passengers boarded planes, attempted to reschedule flights, and picked up baggage. Delta Air Lines, with its largest hub in Atlanta, offered passengers a free one-time change to their flights.

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