REAL ID Update: Residents of 4 States May Soon Need Passports for Domestic Flights

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Need to comply Real Id Act to pass TSA security checkResidents of Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York may soon need to show a valid passport in order to board a domestic flight. The Department of Homeland Security has clarified that these four states, along with American Samoa, have not brought their driver’s licenses into compliance with the identification requirements of the REAL ID Act. When the new rules go into effect in 2016, residents of these four states will no longer be able to use their driver’s licenses as identification at the TSA security checkpoints at the airport.

Travelers who live in Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York are being urged to apply for a passport or secure another form of REAL ID-compliant identification now. In addition to passport books, other forms of accepted ID include passport cards, Trusted Traveler program cards, and military IDs, as well as the Enhanced Driver’s Licenses issued by…

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The Heart Of The Kennedys

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Or the lack of one.  There was something truly bent about that family.

There seemed to be no affection for anyone in that house.  Everybody seemed to be just using everybody else, a trend that continues in that family.  It’s said that fish and families rot from the head and that was certainly the case with the Kennedys. I’ve wondered for a long time how the family got to where it’s been my entire life and this article made things rather clear.

What can it have been like to not have ever, no matter how bad things got, to have been hugged by your mother.  To be seen by your father not as yourself, but only as means to an end. To be encouraged to treat others the same way.  To have to live in a house, when you did, where there is no space that you call yours. …

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Amtrak set to choose Alstom to build new high-speed trains, Schumer says

Amtrak‘s board is expected to select Alstom as the train provider as part of a $2.5 billion program to build the next generation of high-speed trains that will operate on the Northeast Corridor, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced yesterday.

Amtrak’s board is set to give Amtrak management the green light to negotiate a final contract with Alstom, with the goal of final approval by Dec. 31, according to Schumer’s press release.


“This contract will add a massive injection of economic energy and hundreds of good-paying jobs for the economically struggling Southern Tier,” Schumer said. “It will prove to be a win-win-win that would improve rail safety, bring jobs to Upstate New York, and improve the Amtrak experience for passengers along the entire Northeast Corridor.”

The project also will require final approval of funding through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program. Schumer indicated that he would continue to urge the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide Amtrak with the necessary approvals so that it can advance the project quickly.

The timing of Amtrak’s plan to buy next generation high-speed trains is at a critical stage for Acela service in the Northeast Corridor because the railroad’s leases on its current trains, which were acquired in 1994, are set to expire over the next six to eight years, according to Schumer.

The project is expected to create 750 jobs including 400 direct manufacturing jobs at Alstom’s plant in Hornell, N.Y. An additional 350 positions could be created at other companies throughout upstate New York.