Traffic flows through downtown Little Rock on Interstate 630 on Oct. 19, 2023. A new verification system cut the number of uninsured drivers in Arkansas by half in three years, officials say. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Number of uninsured drivers in Arkansas plummets with new verification system, automatic fines

BY: - October 26, 2023

Arkansas cut its percentage of uninsured motorists in half over the last three years, thanks to new software that monitors coverage in real time.  Instead of checking a driver’s insurance only at registration, during a traffic stop or after an accident, state DMV officials deployed an instant verification system in 2020.  When insurance coverage lapses, […]

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (left) and Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont at the U.S. Capitol head to lunch with Senate Democrats prior to a vote on an agreement to avert a looming rail strike on Dec. 1, 2022. (Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies in order to avoid a catastrophic rail strike, but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected […]