The Daily Populous

Tuesday February 21st, 2023 night edition

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One union of rail workers has questioned declining maintenance standards following the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which forced the evacuation of the 5,000-person town earlier this month.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the derailment and will publish a preliminary report in two weeks.

Wayside hot-box detectors are typically placed every 25 miles along a railroad, according to a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) report.

Declining head counts have led to these mechanisms receiving less preventative maintenance, according to an official from the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen union.

Norfolk Southern did not respond to a request for comment, and the FRA declined to comment on the record.

As recently as three years ago, Norfolk Southern employed five electronic leaders in the area of its rail network that includes East Palestine.

After that position was eliminated in Norfolk Southern’s Division B, Hand said its responsibilities were likely transferred to a signal maintainer. »

Portugal. The Man spotlights health care for Alaska Indigenous communities in new video – 105.7 The Point

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The Man has released a new video focusing on the need for health care and services for the Indigenous communities in the band’s home state of Alaska.

The four-minute clip, titled “Pass the Mic: Alaska Native Health,” spotlights “the organizations working to keep Alaska’s communities of Indigenous Peoples healthy and safe,” including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation.

“I am so honored to be able to go home to Alaska and visit these beautiful communities,” says frontman John Gourley. »

It could take a decade to undo damage to the Republican Party caused by Fox News promoting election fraud claims, says former GOP official

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He accused the network of pushing election fraud claims that had damaged the GOP.

Republican former Lt. gov. of Georgia Geoff Duncan said it would take a decade to undo the damage to the GOP caused by Fox News in allegedly promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

Duncan has previously criticised Trump and his allies for promoting false election fraud claims. »

Panic as Turkey, Syria rocked again by 6.3M earthquake

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The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the tremor struck at a shallow depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).

Muna Al Omar, a resident, said she was in a tent in a park in central Antakya when the earthquake hit.

Smaller tremors have jolted the region in the last two weeks but the Monday quake was the largest since Feb. 6. »

Two goats in Texas wander into a Target and spend a few minutes perusing the aisles

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Witnesses told the constable the goats and dog separated from each other by the time the goats entered the Target unaccompanied by their fellow furry friend.

Constable Herman and his team arrived on the scene in a matter of five minutes, he reported, after the goats had been on the premises for nearly 15 minutes.

Two goats wandered into a Target near Cypress Wood and I-45 in Harris County, Texas. »