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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:26

Devastating Tornado Leaves Path of Destruction

The storm system that swept across the Midwest on Sunday night left 8 people dead and thousands of people homeless.  The storm claimed 6 lives in Illinois and 2 in Michigan.  According to the Chicago Tribune, 81 tornadoes were sighted throughout the Midwest and many areas saw large amounts of hail. Washington, IL, one of the hardest hit areas by the storm, estimates that up to 500 homes were damaged in its community.  Many towns throughout the region saw similar damage.  Currently 7 counties in the state of Illinois are being considered disaster areas. 

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  • Date occured Sunday, 17 November 2013

A new chart released by BCA, an independent investment research company, shows that infrastructure spending on non-defense structures has seen a significant drop from roughly $325 billion in 2002 to under $250 billion in 2013.  It is important to note that this data includes both state and federal spending.  State investment in infrastructure has been very low since the recession began, and it is expected that this spending will increase in the future.

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  • Date occured Sunday, 10 November 2013
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