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Lawmakers consider transportation legislation

Sunday, 05 May 2013 08:59 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Amid the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal transportation funding, Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to rules for commercial driver's licenses.

State House members this week gave initial approval to legislation that seeks to comply with federal regulations dealing with learning permits for commercial driver's licenses and with restrictions on texting and using hand-held cellphones while driving a commercial vehicle.

The Missouri Transportation Department says the state could lose $30 million for one year and $60 million annually after that if it doesn't act quickly enough.

The legislation needs another round of approval in the House before it can move to the Senate. Lawmakers have until their mandatory adjournment on May 17 to approve new legislation.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — As he wraps up a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, President Barack Obama is following up in his weekly media message, saying that deepening economic ties with the Americas means more jobs in the United States.

Boosted by reassuring jobs numbers, Obama is calling for greater trade and economic cooperation with the U.S.'s southern neighbors, arguing that economic prosperity is the best antidote to drug and gang violence and, by extension, to the illegal immigration that the U.S. is seeking to control.

For the Republicans North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says Washington needs to allow states more flexibility, independence and accountability and called on Obama to show more leadership.

He argued that Washington should learn from Republican governors on how to make government work efficiently.

Bodies of 2 US airmen found at crash site

Saturday, 04 May 2013 08:07 Published in National News

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - Kyrgyzstan's emergencies minister says the bodies of two American crew members have been found after a U.S. military refueling plane crashed in rugged mountains, while the search for the third crew member continues.

The minister told The Associated Press that Kyrgyz search teams found the two fragmented bodies this morning. They have not yet been identified.

The KC-135 crashed on yesterday about 100 miles west of the air base that the U.S. operates in the Central Asian nation to support military operations in Afghanistan.

Officials at the U.S. Transit Center at Manas have released no information yet on the cause of the crash.

Authorities say military officials from Manas were working with Kyrgyz rescuers to search for the third crewman and the flight recorders.

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