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[Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] The White House intends to schedule meetings with transportation leaders next week before the congressional committees’ consideration of multiyear highway policy bills. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated she anticipates President Joe Biden will meet with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and other key policymakers, for negotiat...
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The White House intends to schedule meetings with transportation leaders next week before the congressional committees’ consideration of multiyear highway policy bills.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated she anticipates President Joe Biden will meet with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and other key policymakers, for negotiations on infrastructure policy.
Biden has been promoting his $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan, meant as a transformative proposal consisting of comprehensive surface transportation measures, and climate change policies. The corporate tax rate would increase to 28% from 21% to fund many of the plan’s components.
It’s time to get serious about infrastructure negotiations. pic.twitter.com/EsFvDzZEZG— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) May 4, 2021
“The president believes Congress can and should move forward with multiple policies at the same time,” Psaki said May 5. “I know those members who are playing central role, roles in these negotiations, and obviously they can speak to the frequency of the discussions and the status of them and we defer to them; they will be important participants, of course, in any outcome of negotiations around the American Jobs Plan.”
Capito and her Republican colleagues recently unveiled a nearly $600 billion surface transportation-centric blueprint as an alternative to Biden’s plan. She has expressed a willingness to meet at the White House.
“Let’s get serious about really trying to reach a negotiated infrastructure package,” said the senator May 3. She is the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee. “I’m very encouraged by this. I’ve talked to a lot of my colleagues and certainly talking constantly with the White House and others. I just feel like there is a real desire and will for us to work together on something we’ve traditionally worked together on through many, many years.”
On the House side, several transportation policymakers have announced funding requests for projects in their districts as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee readies its consideration of a highway policy bill this month.
The panel intends to review the funding requests during its consideration of a legislative update to the 2015 FAST Act federal highway law. The law’s provisions expire at the end of September. Democratic leaders point to the legislative update as being a pillar of Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure agenda.
The requests are part of the committee’s revived practice of considering member-designated transportation projects, commonly referred to as earmarks. These requests from lawmakers, including the panel’s leaders, range in size.
Per the funding requests, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the committee chairman and ranking member, respectively, are seeking approval for projects related to freight and commuter corridors, ports and multiuse features.
Specifically, DeFazio announced he is seeking approval for 10 projects, such as $4.5 million for the Port of Coos Bay, as well as $1.5 million for the River Road-Santa Clara pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Eugene, Ore.
Graves announced he is seeking $19 million for a safe streets and sidewalks plan in Excelsior Springs, Mo., and $5.5 million for Interstate 35 improvements in Kearney, Mo.
At a hearing last month, DeFazio reiterated his support for member-designated projects, or earmarks. “I appreciate the committee’s ranking member Sam Graves for our ongoing dialogue and for working with me on including member-designated projects in our surface [transportation] bill,” said the chairman. “Just like I know my district better than someone at a federal agency and am held accountable by my constituents, so do the members.”
The American Jobs Plan will create millions of good-paying jobs by rebuilding and in many cases, re-imagining infrastructure in Oregon and around the U.S. See how the #AmericanJobsPlan can benefit our state: https://t.co/LAlM7DGcqg pic.twitter.com/G5qoNTdjqo— Rep Peter DeFazio (@RepPeterDeFazio) May 4, 2021
The chairman continued, “I know that members of our committee share a lot of goals, regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, and we have a proven track record of achieving results.”
Other notable requests include $1 billion for upgrades along the I-26 and I-526 interchange in North Charleston, S.C., sponsored by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.); $2 million for the Berkshire Valley Road Truck Circulation project in Kenvil, N.J., sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.); and $3.5 million for the Hamilton Road East-West Connection project in Bloomington, Ill., sponsored by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.).
As Davis explained in a letter to the committee’s leadership: “The funding is designated for the final connection of a 7.2-mile east-west transportation improvement project, providing safer, easier roadway travel.”
Democratic leaders during this session of Congress revived the legislative earmarking practice, suggesting that doing that would facilitate adoption of comprehensive transportation legislation. Earmarks, which were banned in Congress about a decade ago amid controversy, are proposals to legislation specifying a funding amount. Earmarks sometimes bypass debate in committees with jurisdiction over certain projects.
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North Charleston, SC (WCIV) — For one local nurse, her journey in the medical field started years before she ever took her first class at Trident Medical Center. "If it's for you, then its for you. It will show through your heart and through your care," said Christina Smalls, a clinical nurse coordinator in the medical-surgical department at Trident Medical Center. Smalls has been a nurse for 5 years, but before she was a nurse at Trident, she was a visitor with her grandfather. "My grandfather was a...
North Charleston, SC (WCIV) — For one local nurse, her journey in the medical field started years before she ever took her first class at Trident Medical Center.
"If it's for you, then its for you. It will show through your heart and through your care," said Christina Smalls, a clinical nurse coordinator in the medical-surgical department at Trident Medical Center.
Smalls has been a nurse for 5 years, but before she was a nurse at Trident, she was a visitor with her grandfather.
"My grandfather was a cardiac patient, turned orthopedic patient and then he was diagnosed with cancer and it spread," said Smalls.
Christina's grandfather's diagnoses meant he spent hours upon hours receiving care at Trident.
"If it wasn't happening at Trident, then it wasn't happening to him. So I've always been here with him by his side," Smalls said.
What she saw in her time spent at Trident as a visitor inspired her to pursue a career in nursing, with a specific goal of working for Trident Health.
"I've experienced the best nursing care here, so I feel like I can give that back in return," said Smalls.
But Smalls says the last year has been difficult on the Med-Surg floor, with hospital beds filled with COVID-19 patients. Getting through the pandemic has been all about teamwork, she says.
"I've learned so much. Just how to adapt in different environments. I've worked in other units. The teamwork aspect is great. I knew that you cant be a nurse unless you have teamwork, but we pulled it together," said Smalls.
Kelly Hough is also a nurse at Trident. She agrees the pandemic brought their team closer.
"It helps us realize the importance of teamwork, each other, being families for patients, and just how important patient care truly is," said Hough.
Both of the women say the most rewarding part of their job is helping others and knowing what they do every day is in solidarity with their patients.
"I come in and say, 'Whatever it is that we are doing today, we are doing it together. It doesn't matter. I'm here for you, I just want to help you. Whatever it is. A smile, a laugh, cry, I'm all yours,'" said Smalls.
Smalls recently received the Daisy Award from the DAISY Foundation, a group that honors the heroic efforts of nurses in providing care to patients.
Goose continued on its warpath down the East Coast on Thursday with a one-off show at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC. The show comes in the midst of the band’s spring jaunt following a two-night run at Showtime At The Drive-In in Frederick, MD earlier this week. Opening up the first frame with Wes Montgomery‘s “Switchin'”, th...
Goose continued on its warpath down the East Coast on Thursday with a one-off show at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC. The show comes in the midst of the band’s spring jaunt following a two-night run at Showtime At The Drive-In in Frederick, MD earlier this week.
Opening up the first frame with Wes Montgomery‘s “Switchin'”, the band caught fire early. With the torrential downpours that plagued the first night of Frederick a distant memory, it was fun in the sun as Goose rolled through originals “Western Sun”, “The Whales”, and an always-welcome “Hot Tea”.
The jams kept on coming with “Lead The Way” and the Peter Anspach pop-club dance anthem “White Lights” before the long-awaited “The Way It Is” closed the first frame. On Tuesday at Frederick, the band’s set was delayed considerably due to rain, resulting in a truncated single-set show. Pre-written setlists obtained by fans revealed that the Bruce Hornsby & The Rage cover was intended as the encore for that evening. While Wednesday also saw no cover of “The Way It Is”, it appears that Thursday was the night for the 80s chart-topper.
Returning for set two, Goose fired up a “So Ready” that nearly toed the line between “So Ready” and “Slow Ready”, barely eeking out as a standard “So Ready”. The second set continued on with originals including “This Old Sea”, “Into The Myst”, and “Drive” before segueing into a lighthearted telling of Otis Day & The Knights‘ “ShamaLamma Ding Dong”, which offered a much-needed breather from the extended improvisation.
Finally, the second set came to a close with Peter’s clavinet vehicle “Earthling Or Alien?” The band returned to the stage with one more cover in store, choosing a passionate telling of Bobby “Blue” Bland‘s classic “Turn On Your Lovelight”.
Scroll down to check out Goose’s “Switchin'” opener from Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC on Thursday as well as the night’s full setlist.
Goose – “Switchin'” (Wes Montgomery) – North Charleston, SC – 5/6/21
Setlist: Goose | Riverfront Park | North Charleston, SC | 5/6/21
Set One: Switchin’ (Wes Montgomery), A Western Sun, The Whales, Hot Tea, Lead the Way, White Lights, The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby & The Range)
Set Two: So Ready, This Old Sea, Into the Myst, Drive > ShamaLamma Ding Dong (Otis Day & The Knights), Earthling or Alien?
Encore: Turn On Your Love Light (Bobby “Blue” Bland)
Charleston, SC (WCIV) — Colonial Pipeline said they are rebooting the pipeline that was attacked by ransomware over the weekend. But the side effects of the problems are lingering in The Lowcountry. But fuel in The Lowcountry is supplied through another source besides the Colonial pipeline. The mad dash for gas is what's slowing the process, not the supply of the fuel. "Well that's something that really concerns me. I'm an interpreter and I go all over the state of South Carolina and even out of st...
Charleston, SC (WCIV) —
Colonial Pipeline said they are rebooting the pipeline that was attacked by ransomware over the weekend.
But the side effects of the problems are lingering in The Lowcountry.
But fuel in The Lowcountry is supplied through another source besides the Colonial pipeline.
The mad dash for gas is what's slowing the process, not the supply of the fuel.
"Well that's something that really concerns me. I'm an interpreter and I go all over the state of South Carolina and even out of state," said Miriam Berrouet, a Lowcountry resident.
Some people are worried about a gas shortage.
"My barometer to decide what's going on in our country right now is the gas prices. Think about what it was at the end of last year versus what's happening now. As gas goes, so does our country go," said Cheryl Taylor, a Lowcountry resident.
Drivers aren't the only ones dealing with lines. The same goes for gas station owners.
A man who owns nearly two dozen Lowcountry stations spoke with us.
He says two companies, Kinder Morgan and Buckeye, have fuel terminals in North Charleston.
Their product is brought in by barge on the Cooper River.
That gas is then supplied to the Lowcountry gas stations.
But the problem was when Colonial Pipeline shut down, trucks from all over South Carolina and into North Carolina came to The Lowcountry for gas, leading to a backup of trucks at the two terminals. He's hearing drivers are waiting 4 hours to get gassed up.
"It has grown into a larger disruption because of the panic buying behavior and fear of running out of gas has taken control," said Hee Yoon Kwon, an assistant professor of supply chain management at Citadal.
The way to help ease the pain at the pump is to only get gas when you need it, panic buying is causing stations to run dry.
"If no one ran to the gas station to top off their gas tanks to hoard gas in a panic buying behavior then we wouldn't have any problems whatsoever," said Hee Yoon Kwon.
One of the reasons why gas is more expensive in The Lowcountry is because it's more expensive to bring fuel in by the barge, while in the upstate they rely more directly on the pipeline and terminals.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – A dramatic three-goal comeback set the stage for an overtime winning goal by Zach Malatesta to give the South Carolina Stingrays (26-20-10-3) a 5-4 win and a two-game sweep of the Indy Fuel (30-21-6-0) at the North Charleston Coliseum on Wednesday night. Once again it was South Carolina’s captain Andrew Cherniwchan who did the heavy lifting on offense, factoring in on the scoring of all three third period goals to bring his team back from a 4-1 deficit. Cherniwchan scored twice while adding an assis...
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – A dramatic three-goal comeback set the stage for an overtime winning goal by Zach Malatesta to give the South Carolina Stingrays (26-20-10-3) a 5-4 win and a two-game sweep of the Indy Fuel (30-21-6-0) at the North Charleston Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Once again it was South Carolina’s captain Andrew Cherniwchan who did the heavy lifting on offense, factoring in on the scoring of all three third period goals to bring his team back from a 4-1 deficit. Cherniwchan scored twice while adding an assist and now leads the team with 19 goals on the year.
Four other Stingrays’ skaters had multi-point nights, including Justin Florek and Max Novak who each scored a goal and an assist, as well as Matthew Weis (3 assists) and Caleb Herbert (two assists).
The Fuel got out in front first at 7:28 of the first on a power play goal by Willie Raskob that made it 1-0.
Novak tied the game later in the frame, scoring on a backhand redirect that beat Indy goaltender Dan Bakala up high to make it 1-1 at 13:40 from Cole Ully and Weis.
Nic Pierog responded for the Fuel at 15:44, scoring his first of two tallies on the night to give Indy a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
The Fuel added two more tallies in the second to take a commanding 4-1 advantage. Diego Cuglietta had the first strike at 8:59, while Pierog netted his second of the game at 10:16.
South Carolina came roaring back in the third to tie the game. Cherniwchan got things started in the final frame, redirecting a shot by Max Gottlieb past Bakala at 2:20 to make it 4-2. A second assist on the play was also credited to Weis.
Then Florek found the back of the net from point blank range off a pass by Herbert for his 14th of the season at 7:59. The goal put the Stingrays within a goal of Indy at 4-3 and came with a second assist from Cherniwchan.
With less than six minutes to go in the game, Cherniwchan found the tying goal with his second strike of the night, a wrist shot that deflected past Bakala at 14:26 from Herbert and Florek.
The teams remained deadlocked at 4-4 for the remainder of regulation, with South Carolina ending the third with a shots-on-goal advantage of 17-5 during the final 20 minutes.
At 3:23 of the extra session, Malatesta won a battle on the left-wing wall and took the puck to the net, using a backhand shot to slip the puck into the net for the winner. Assists on the final tally went to the other two skaters on the ice at the time for South Carolina, Novak and Weis.
Both teams scored on the power play in the contest, with South Carolina finishing 1-for-7 while Indy ended at 1-for-2. Goaltender Alex Dubeau earned the victory in net for the Stingrays, stopping 23 shots to claim his 15th win of the season. Bakala took the loss for the Fuel, turning aside 38 shots in defeat. South Carolina had the edge in shots on goal during the game by a 43-27 margin.
The Stingrays return to action this weekend in Jacksonville for a two-game set with the Icemen on Friday and Saturday night. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. South Carolina will be back at the North Charleston Coliseum to host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:05 p.m.
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