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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet - fox29.com - state Virginia - state Oregon - state Hawaii - state Utah - state Colorado
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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet
Gas taxes have been used for more than a century for the purpose.The problem that has developed is those taxes are generating less each year due to inflation, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars. States are experimenting with various ideas that could eventually replace those taxes.One proposal that seems to be gaining in popularity would be to charge drivers by the mile instead of the gallon. Other ideas that have been presented include taxing electricity from public vehicle charging stations.Another is to tack charges onto door-to-door package deliveries. States are now weighing whether to start making the programs mandatory.In 2015, Oregon began a pilot program charging motorists by the distance their vehicle travels rather than the gas it guzzles.To participate, drivers plug a device into their vehicle and create an account to capture mileage data.The federal government is about to pilot its own program, funded by $125 million from President Biden's infrastructure measure that he signed in November 2021.So far, only three states, Oregon, Utah and Virginia are generating revenue from road usage charges.Hawaii will join them next.Last year, Colorado began adding a 27-cent tax to home deliveries from Amazon and other online retailers to help fund transportation projects.Other states have been testing electronic toll systems.Electric car sales in the U.S. rose from just 0.1% of total car sales in 2011 to 4.6% in 2021, according to the U.S.
Medicaid: More than 1M dropped as states start post-pandemic purge of rolls - fox29.com - state West Virginia - state Florida - San Francisco - state Nevada - state Arkansas - state New Hampshire - state Utah - state Kansas - state Oklahoma - city San Jose - state South Dakota - state Idaho
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Medicaid: More than 1M dropped as states start post-pandemic purge of rolls
FILE - A patient is taken from the dialysis unit after recieving treatment at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., on July 22, 2020. (Photo By Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) More than 1 million people have been dropped from Medicaid in the past couple months as some states moved swiftly to halt health care coverage following the end of the coronavirus pandemic.Most got dropped for not filling out paperwork.Though the eligibility review is required by the federal government, President’s Joe Biden’s administration isn’t too pleased at how efficiently some other states are accomplishing the task."Pushing through things and rushing it will lead to eligible people — kids and families — losing coverage for some period of time," Daniel Tsai, a top federal Medicaid official recently told reporters.RELATED: Veozah, a new menopause drug for hot flashes, gets FDA approvalAlready, about 1.5 million people have been removed from Medicaid in more than two dozen states that started the process in April or May, according to publicly available reports and data obtained by The Associated Press.Florida has dropped several hundred thousand people, by far the most among states.
43 WWII veterans honored with free trip to Normandy for D-Day anniversary - fox29.com - Usa - France - city Atlanta - state Utah
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43 WWII veterans honored with free trip to Normandy for D-Day anniversary
World War II veterans are spending time in Normandy this year in honor of commemorating the 79th anniversary of D-Day. Forty-three American veterans were once again flown on a special Delta charter flight ahead of the historic day thanks to Best Defense Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to help veterans and their families. The once-in-a-lifetime trip is free for the group of 43 veterans, who live all around the country, and includes well-trained, personal caretakers for the week-long program.The trip kicked off last week on May 30 with a special tribute dinner before everyone met at the Atlanta airport the next day.Scenes from the Delta Normandy sendoff at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. (Matthew Grimes/RANK STUDIOS for Delta Airlines) Delta employees decked out in red, white, and blue met the veterans before security – and what waited on the other side was something that called for the attention of the whole terminal. Music began to fill the halls, the patriotic sounds coming from a local marching band from Dutchtown High School.The veterans were then joined with an honor guard, the marching band, drum line, and foundation volunteers for a parade line down to their gate. "As the veterans rolled closer to their gate, French citizens ran up in tears, thanking them for their service," Best Defense Foundation said. And before boarding, many of the veterans spent time at a gate event to say hello to fellow Americans and grateful travelers.RELATED: WWII veterans return to Utah beach to honor D-Day on 79th anniversaryUpon arrival at Normandie-Deauville Airport (DOL), the veterans were greeted by Normandy residents, members of the U.S.
In Colorado River talks, still no agreement about water cuts - fox29.com - state California - state Nevada - state Arizona - Mexico - state Utah - state Wyoming - state Colorado - state New Mexico
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In Colorado River talks, still no agreement about water cuts
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The Biden administration released an environmental analysis Tuesday of competing plans for how seven Western states and tribes reliant on the dwindling water supply from the Colorado River should cut their use but declined to publicly take a side on the best option.On one side is California and some tribes along the river that want to protect their high-priority rights to the river’s water, which they use for drinking and farming. On the other side are the other six states — Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico — who say it’s time to come up with an approach that more fairly shares the river.The Interior Department did not say how states should get to deeper water cuts, but defended its authority to make sure basic needs such as drinking water and hydropower generated from the river are met — even if it means setting aside the priority system."Failure is not an option," Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau told The Associated Press.The 1,450-mile (2,334-kilometer) powerhouse of the West serves 40 million people across seven states, which span tribal land, and Mexico, generates hydroelectric power for regional markets, and irrigates nearly 6 million acres (2,428 hectares) of farmland.A multi-decade drought in the West intensified by climate change, rising demand and overuse has sent water levels at key reservoirs along the river to unprecedented lows.
Group saved from snowy trail thanks to rescuer's six-wheel drive Pinzgauer - fox29.com - state California - state Arizona - state Utah - city Moab, state Utah
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Group saved from snowy trail thanks to rescuer's six-wheel drive Pinzgauer
Search and rescue workers personal six-wheel drive Pinzgauer military utility vehicle (Grand County Sheriffs Office) A group of Arizona residents and their dog have a search and rescue worker’s personal six-wheel drive military utility vehicle to thank for rescuing them from a snowy Utah trail.According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah, the group accessed the Thompson Canyon/Polar Mesa trail at about 4,300 feet up while it was raining and snowing. Their vehicles got stuck in the mud as they tried to get up the trail.The sheriff’s office said one of the men called his wife in Arizona and asked her to call for help, but the group still continued up the trail by "winching the lead vehicle forward, with the other vehicles following in its path.""They eventually got stuck in three feet of deep snow … and were unable to move," the sheriff’s office said.READ MORE: Bullfrogs for dinner? Utah wildlife officials want you to catch – and eat – this invasive speciesAs search and rescue crews set up on both ends of the trail to start the rescue mission, one of the rescuers offered to use his personal vehicle –  a six-wheel-drive Pinzgauer all-terrain military utility vehicle – instead.He was able to reach the group at 8,500 feet up "after pushing through over a foot of sloppy mud for many miles." Snow levels had dropped to about 6,000 feet.Named Liberty and Guardian, the bald eagles were filmed shielding their only egg from the elements during a snowstorm in California.
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