As the familiar pulses of the Emergency Alert System sounded the alarm on TVs across the state and storm notifications flashed across cell phone screens, New Jerseyans braced for the worst as tornado warnings hit multiple counties Tuesday night. Before 10:15 p.m., when the National Weather Service lifted tornado warnings for seven New Jersey counties, residents took to Twitter to post anxious tweets and describe the scenes in their hometowns. Others moved to diffuse the tension with a good dose of humor. Josh Sternberg wondered whether or not to wake up his kids and bring them downstairs.“Texting with friends in town,” he tweeted. “All with kids. All in their basements.”“We left the basement and now we get to watch out for the flash floods,” Sternberg later said. “And hope the kids fall back asleep without any issues. Though I’m pretty sure a giant clap of thunder scared the sh-- out of our 18-month-old. Literally.”Jessica Layton, … [Read more...] about Tornado warnings put N.J. on edge as storms raged across state
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Major flooding along the Arkansas River will threaten communities from Tulsa into western Arkansas through at least the holiday weekend, officials said Friday, as water released from an Oklahoma dam combines with additional rain in the forecast. To control flooding in Tulsa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began increasing the amount of water being released into the river from the Keystone Dam northwest of the city of about 40,000. "The dam is doing what it is supposed to do. It has maintained the flood to a manageable level," U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said following an aerial tour of the region. The river in Tulsa was just above 22 feet (6.71 meters) Friday, four feet (1.22 meters) above flood stage, and was expected to remain at that level through Tuesday. Riverside residents were urged to leave their homes and at least one oil refinery suspended operations. "The most disturbing thing that I've heard in the last 24 hours from our … [Read more...] about Major flood threat across states throughout holiday weekend
Click through the slideshow to learn these people's stories. Click through the slideshow to learn these people's stories. Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 Click through the slideshow to learn these people's stories. Click through the slideshow to learn these people's stories. These San Francisco Bay Area natives moved to red states in the South. Here’s how it’s going. 1 / 29 Back to Gallery Editor's note: SFGATE explores how people's lives change after leaving the Bay Area, for better or for worse, in our "Grass is greener" series. Today we're focusing on those who have relocated to the South. The call of the South pulled them from the Bay Area at different points in their lives and for different reasons. Tom Kerekes moved to Atlanta from an affluent East Bay suburb with his parents, just as he was starting high school. Catherine Devlin left for … [Read more...] about These San Francisco Bay Area natives moved to red states in the South. Here’s how it’s going.
The best solution to reducing the number of cars on the road does not have to involve government. It has to do with commuter choice, but only a minority of Nashvillians are not driving alone. Seven months after the overwhelming defeat of the Nashville transit referendum, talk and action have not stopped around how to improve transportation alternatives to commuters driving alone. Incremental improvements have come to WeGo, formerly known as the Metropolitan Transit Authority, that are making riding the bus or train more palatable and accessible to existing and potential riders. In September, WeGo received a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its bus fleet. On Tuesday, the Transit app announced its partnership with 12 cities or regions, including Nashville, to allow riders to do more than just plan rides. They can now integrate short-term, low-cost Uber or Lyft rides to take them to bus stops or Music City Star commuter rail line stations. This solves … [Read more...] about Nashville transit: Moving forward will be incremental. Commuters have options they are not taking
Corrections & clarifications: An earlier version of this list had the wrong description for one of the states. In the United States, the federal government is the ultimate legislative authority — wielding the power to regulate commerce, declare war, as well as establish and maintain a currency. Beyond that, however, the U.S. Constitution grants states considerable leverage in the management of their own internal affairs. Social and economic outcomes in a given state are often the product of a range of historic circumstances, including — but not limited to — the presence of major companies or universities, natural resources, and prevailing political ideology. While some of these conditions are outside the government’s control, states have the power to plan and react to economic and social conditions through carefully crafted fiscal policies and budgetary priorities. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for effective state governance, and in this way, … [Read more...] about Best- and worst-run states in America: Which one is top rated?