Today’s Headlines

  • What could the Massachusetts Senate race portend for the Democrats’ economic agenda, including their infrastructure-rich jobs bill? (Atlantic Blogs)
  • New research shows that Texas students are more likely to miss school for health reasons when air pollution climbs — even within legal limits … (Star-Telegram)
  • … meanwhile, the state is resigned to missing out on the bulk of the White House’s high-speed rail funds (Morn News)
  • Two Washington state lawmakers deliver a thorough takedown of the AP’s attempt at transportation stimulus analysis (News-Trib)
  • In Maryland, enthusiasm for the Obama administration’s new transit rule change is tempered by the knowledge that new funding remains stalled (Balt. Sun)
  • One local urban planner calls for Charlotte to recommit to its commuter rail network (Observer)

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