Morning Scoop: Amtrak train plunges from bridge, killing three, injuring 100

By Uloop Staff on December 19, 2017

Uloop Morning Scoop for December 19 was compiled by Uloop Staff and Natalia Kolenko. Trouble reading this email? Get the online version here. 

 

AMTRAK DERAILMENT IN WASHINGTON STATE KILLS 3, INJURES NEARLY 100

Train cars dangle from a bridge near Olympia, Washington. (Image: Reuters video)

Three have died and over 100 were injured when a Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state yesterday.

CNN reports, “The Amtrak Cascades 501 was making its first trip on a new service route when the train ran off the track near DuPont, spilling 13 cars off an Interstate 5 overpass onto rush hour traffic below, authorities said.”

The National Transportation Safety Board says the train was traveling at nearly 80 miles an hour — 50 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.

All the deaths have been contained to the train according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer.

The train was on its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, when 13 of its 14 cars jumped the tracks and tumbled onto highway, stranding motorists traveling in both directions.

 

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REPUBLICAN TAX OVERHAUL VOTE MIGHT HAPPEN TODAY

Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump have promised a tax bill would be passed and signed by Christmas. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The Senate could push through the trillion-dollar tax overhaul bill sometime today.

Vice President Mike Pence has postponed a planned trip to the Middle East in order to remain in Washington in the event his vote is needed to break a tie.

The New York Times took a look at what’s in the final bill, and a put together a calculator that can determine how your taxes might change.

 


TODAY IN A TWEET

The Washington Post has a story on ‘rogue Nativity scenes.’ The un-traditional arrangements feature Ronald McDonald, two Josephs and a powerful anti-gun scene. Oh, and this one:

 


UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO CREATES 4-YEAR GUARANTEED TUITION PRICING

Four years of college…with a guaranteed tuition price! (Image: Uloop News file photo)

Anyone attending the University of Toledo starting next fall or later will not have to worry about tuition hikes: The school passed a measure guaranteeing a locked-in tuition rate for four years.

The Toledo Blade reports “UT’s plan will freeze tuition and general fees as well as set guaranteed prices for housing and meal plans for undergraduate students. Students who need more than four years to complete their degree can apply for extensions of the locked-in prices.”

Toledo joins schools around the country to adapt this pricing model.

 


LAST BUT NOT LEAST: DON’T FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

It can be easy to forget about yourself during the holidays. (Image: Uloop News file photo)

Amid the inevitable stress of the holidays — buying gifts, dealing with family and making time for your old friends –  it’s important to take care of yourself, writes Uloop’s Brittany Hawes.

Even if it is the season of giving, you won’t feel in a very “giving mood” if you’re not happy and taking care of yourself.

She came up with 5 ideas on how to take care of yourself during the holidays that will help everyone have a better holiday season.

 


Six days until Christmas, do you know what your finals grades are? And have you told your parents yet?  

And remember, you can use Uloop to find a part time job on your campus, connect with a tutor or get a head start on housing for next year. 

 


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