Daily News Briefs, September 14, 2021

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Another Storm Threatens To Cause Flash Flooding In Southern US States

The New York Times reports, “Tropical Storm Nicholas could produce dangerous flash flooding in parts of upper Texas’ coastal area before moving northeast to Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama, the National Hurricane Center said [today]. Forecasters warned that the storm, which was downgraded after it came ashore as a hurricane early Tuesday, could bring ‘life-threatening flash floods’ across the Deep South over the next few days, possibly in metropolitan areas, the center said.”

KHOU reports, Houston officials are staffing the city’s emergency center today, but, so far, Nicholas has not caused major infrastructure damage in the immediate metro area.

Alabama Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Houston Metro Area Louisiana Mississippi Texas


South Africa's Finance Minister Voices Concerns About Cancelling E-Toll Debt

Bloomberg (via TimesLIVE) reports, South Africa’s finance minister has cautioned colleagues against supporting e-toll debt forgiveness, which would cost the central government about 4.6 billion ZAR (more than 323 million USD). He said there would be “serious long-term consequences if the user-pay principle is rejected.” The minister’s remarks were part of an address to his fellow African National Congress (ANC) members about government financial problems and their impact on ambitious ANC spending proposals.

Company and Agency Financial Issues And Reports ETC Systems Scofflaws South Africa South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)


Report: Russia Plans To Waive Tolling Of Electric Vehicles On A Test Basis

The Moscow Times reports, “Russian electric car drivers will be able to access toll roads at no cost starting from 2022 in a new trial experiment, the RBC news website reported [yesterday], citing a recently published draft government plan.” The pilot initiative is part of a larger government effort to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles and expand vehicle charging infrastructure in the interest of reducing carbon emissions. The article notes, “Just 1,950 kilometers, or roughly 0.02% of the country’s road coverage, are toll roads, according to the state-run TASS news agency.”

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Russia


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