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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.
Summer solstice 2023 brings druids, pagans and thousands of curious people to Stonehenge - fox29.com - Britain - county Stone
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Summer solstice 2023 brings druids, pagans and thousands of curious people to Stonehenge
STONEHENGE, England - All hail the rising sun.Around 8,000 revellers gathered around a prehistoric stone circle on a plain in southern England to express their devotion to the sun, or to have some communal fun.Druids, pagans, hippies, local residents and tourists, many clad in an array of colorful costumes and even antlers, stayed and celebrated at Stonehenge for the night and greeted sunrise on Wednesday, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.At dawn, the sun rose behind what is known as the Heel Stone in the northeast part of the horizon and the first rays shone into the heart of Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments and a World Heritage Site.A sun-filled dawn followed a slightly misty sunrise, which was greeted with drumming, chanting and cheering."Stonehenge continues to captivate and to bring people together to celebrate the seasons, just as it has done for thousands of years," said Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge at English Heritage, a charity that manages hundreds of historic sites."There was a wonderful atmosphere from sunset to sunrise, and everybody enjoyed a very atmospheric morning," she added.FILE - Revellers celebrate the Summer Solstice as the sun rises at Stonehenge, near Amesbury, in Wiltshire, southern England on June 21, 2023, in a festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrating the longest day of the year when the sun is In addition to the 8,000 people present, English Heritage said that approximately 154,000 people tuned in from around the world to watch the sunset and sunrise on the charity’s livestream.All over the U.K., optimism will reign supreme as summer officially starts.
Joe Biden - Biden to tour I-95 collapse before Philly rally with unions; first big 2024 campaign event - fox29.com - Usa
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Biden to tour I-95 collapse before Philly rally with unions; first big 2024 campaign event
PHILADELPHIA - President Joe Biden will tout his pro-labor bona fides on Saturday at his first major political rally since he formalized his reelection campaign, appearing alongside union members to make his case that his economic agenda is boosting the middle class.His campaign says Biden, who will appear at the Philadelphia Convention Center, will "lay out the core principles of his economic message" in his remarks. Biden also plans to talk about how a sweeping climate, tax and health care package he signed into law last year has cut the cost of prescription drugs and lowered insurance premiums, as his administration focuses on his achievements his first two years the centerpiece argument for his reelection.Prior to the campaign event, Biden is set to take an aerial tour of Interstate 95 after portions of the critical roadway collapsed a week ago, leaving resident and commuters in travel turmoil as crews work around the clock to reconstruct the now-demolished overpass.The president is expected to receive a briefing on emergency repair and reconstruction efforts before making remarks at Philadelphia International Airport.RELATED COVERAGE: I-95 collapse: Live camera shows real-time progress of interstate reconstructionSeveral of the nation's most powerful unions — including the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — officially endorsed Biden's campaign ahead of the event.
I-95 collapse: Officials announce plan to backfill, pave damaged Philadelphia section to open temporary path - fox29.com - state Delaware - city Philadelphia
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I-95 collapse: Officials announce plan to backfill, pave damaged Philadelphia section to open temporary path
PHILADELPHIA - Just days after a tanker carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline crashed under I-95, causing part of an overpass to collapse, state and local leaders announced the timeline for its reconstruction plan. On Sunday, a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline was traveling in the northbound lanes when it overturned on the curve of an off-ramp. The crash caused gasoline to leak into the roadway and sparked a large fire under I-95 at Cottman Avenue, causing it to collapse into the roadway underneath it.  Newly obtained surveillance video captured the moment a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline crashed and caught fire underneath I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia. The resulting fire caused a portion of the roadway to collapse.The collapse left the tanker operator, 53-year-old Nathaniel Moody, whose family says he was an experienced driver with more than 10 years of experience, dead. It also left the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 closed between the Woodhaven Road and Aramingo Avenue exits. The damage has caused delays and traffic nightmares for commuters in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, and across the northeast. The cousin of a truck driver whose truck flipped and sparked a fire that destroyed part of I-95 in Philadelphia is searching for answers.
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