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AL nonprofit urges Medicaid expansion to save rural hospitals; Harris skipping Netanyahu address shows daylight with Biden on Israeli leader; Biden to give first speech since dropping out of race; IN students face stricter attendance rules, new reading requirements; New Missouri law ensures medication access.

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Kamala Harris builds momentum toward nomination and vets potential Veeps. She and Trump take aggressive stances, as plans for a September debate continue. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll resign, but will also appeal his corruption conviction.

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There's a gap between how rural and urban folks feel about the economy, Colorado's 'Rural is Rad' aims to connect outdoor businesses, more than a dozen of Maine's infrastructure sites face repeated flooding, and chocolate chip cookies rock August.

WYDOT gets grant for Wind River Canyon corridor study

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Wyoming's Wind River Canyon corridor turns 100 years old this year, and federal grant money will soon support a study on potential improvements. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced $1.8 billion for infrastructure projects nationwide, including more than $1.6 million for a resilience and feasibility study in the Wind River Canyon corridor. The windy road links northern and southern Wyoming through the remote Big Horn Basin.

Cody Beers, senior public relations specialist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said everyday during the summer, about 5,000 vehicles travel the road, which is tough to maintain.

"It is a route that is fraught with rockfall, landslides," he explained. "It basically makes its own weather."

Weather and vehicle accidents often close the road, Beers said, and alternate routes are either 85 or 150 miles out of the way. Project partners include the towns of Thermopolis and Shoshoni, as well as the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes on the Wind River Reservation, through which the road also passes.

Many tourists use the scenic route, according to Beers, but it's also a vital route for people who live in the communities near it, including his own family. Beers added that his son and daughter-in-law live on one side of the canyon and are due to have a baby in a hospital on the other side.

"This canyon thoroughfare is very important to livelihoods, families, businesses, tourists, anybody using it to get from one community to the other. And we really believe that an alternate route is worth exploring," he continued.

WYDOT is interested in exploring an alternate route, Beers said, potentially a little-used road east of the highway, connecting the small towns of Lysite and Ten Sleep.


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