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Bridge Investigation Continues as Boats Allowed to Pass Beneath

A mile-long stretch of the Mississippi River near Memphis is reopen for barge traffic after a multi-day closure of the Hernando de Soto bridge due to a large crack found in a steel support beam on Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard greenlighted boats to start moving again Friday morning.

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A mile-long stretch of the Mississippi River near Memphis is reopen for barge traffic after a multi-day closure of the Hernando de Soto bridge due to a large crack found in a steel support beam on Tuesday.  

The U.S. Coast Guard greenlighted boats to start moving again Friday morning.

According to the Report Card for America's Infrastructure, 4.4 percent of Tennessee's bridges are structurally deficient. One of those bridges -- as was seen this week -- happens to be a major American roadway over the Mississippi River.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says the crack in the I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge is emblematic of larger infrastructure lapses nationwide that the Biden Administration aims to address with his roughly $2 trillion American Jobs Plan. 

BTH: 2021-22 Budget Season and Federal Funds in Memphis

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 gives about $160 million to Memphis. The CFO of the City of Memphis says that, unlike other federal funds, ARPA doesn't have to be used immediately. The City of Memphis has three fiscal years to allocate ARPA money.

 

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UPDATE: May 14, 11:30 a.m.: River traffic under the Hernando de Soto Bridge resumed this morning. More than 60 stalled vessels and 1,000 barges are now able to pass, though motorists will continue to be rerouted to the I-55 bridge for an indefinite time. 

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The New York Times just published an article titled, “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing.” I thought it was spot on in describing how so many of us are feeling right now.



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Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

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Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from May 11 (starting at 12:00PM).

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The Tennessee General Assembly wrapped up a session this week in which lawmakers passed a number of bills designed to consolidate Republican power in Nashville and send a clear and hostile message to minority groups.

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The Biden administration is promoting its multi-trillion dollar American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan in cities across the country. And on Thursday, that effort included a stop in the Mid-South for Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. 

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An AP statement said all employees and freelancers safely evacuated the building. AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the company is looking to the Israeli government for answers.

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