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Heading from Ohio down to Florida? I-75 traffic impacted by Irma

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM


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Traffic on Interstate 75 from Michigan all the way down to Florida has been heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, and travelers should be prepared for delays if they’re traveling South.

In Ohio, there are road closures and road work currently taking place along I-75 right now. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there are several major roadwork projects along I-75 in the state right now. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning told this news organization that travelers should download the OHGO app to get real-time traffic information before leaving for a trip.

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In the Toledo area, traffic has seen some delays due to one project. “On I-75, from I-280 to I-475, we have a major project that has the road restricted to two lanes with no shoulders. It’s tighter than normal, but it is open and flows at construction zone speeds. There are some local ramp closures associated with the project, but it shouldn’t affect people traveling to Florida,” said ODOT District Two spokeswoman Rebecca Shirling Dangelo.

The largest road work projects are currently happening in the Toledo, Findlay and Cincinnati areas. If you’re traveling from Dayton to Florida on I-75, some road traffic to be aware of includes:

• In Dayton, there is currently roadwork on I-75 northbound between SR-4 and Stanley. The left lane is closed. This shouldn’t impact a trip down to Florida, but could slow traffic on the way back home. Travelers can view local accidents in real time here. In Norwood in Cincinnati, between I-71 southbound and Smith near mile marker 6, there is ramp construction that has closed the left lane.

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I-75 is also seeing some delays in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. In the aftermath of Irma, Georgia transportation personnel have been working since the storm passed through the state to clear debris and ensure safe and passable interstates and state routes.

Following the storm, more than 1,100 incidents of roadway closures were reported. Currently, fewer than 100 remaining roadway closures exist on state routes, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Nearly 1,000 maintenance and construction forces continue to work to ensure all interstates and state routes are open and remain open.

Transportation officials advised travelers to check their gas level before leaving, as gas shortages continue in Georgia and Florida. Visit GasBuddy for a list of open gas stations in the areas that you are traveling through. Motorists should also pay attention to malfunctioning traffic signals and slow down while watching for downed trees, power lines and debris.

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In Florida, motorists traveling back after evacuating for Irma are dealing with increased traffic congestion, The Miami Herald reported. I-75 over the Sante Fe River near mile marker 408 near Miami remains open, but major delays would occur if it did shut down.

“If the interstate had to be shut down, however, such a closure of the interstate would force drivers onto long detours that could add as much as 200 or 300 miles to an already grueling trip home,” the Miami Herald reported.

Find more travel information for specific states at:

• Ohio: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/pages/home.aspx

• Kentucky: http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

• Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/tdot

• Georgia: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane

• Florida: http://www.fdot.gov/

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Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused buildings to sway and break apart in Mexico City on the anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 quake that did major damage in 1985.

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Pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over.

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Meghan Markle: 7 things to know

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

Meghan Markle is not only dating Prince Harry. She is an actress, humanitarian and lifestyle blogger.
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Meghan Markle is not only dating Prince Harry. She is an actress, humanitarian and lifestyle blogger.(Darren McCollester/Getty Images for REEBOK/Getty Images for REEBOK)

For over a year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been dating. As engagement rumors continue to build, here are five things to know about the actress.

She’s had smaller parts before her role on “Suits”

Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane in the USA series “Suits,” but she’s had smaller parts in movies and TV shows like “Horrible Bosses,” “Fringe,” “CSI” and “CSI: Miami.”

She is a biracial woman

“My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I'm half black and half white,” she wrote in a 2015 essay for Elle. She touched on the subject again in her 2017 profile in Vanity Fair, saying that her appearance led to conflict in seventh grade when she had to check one box for a mandatory census.

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Markle, who has fair skin, loose curls and freckles, was told by a teacher to check the box for Caucasian based on her appearance.

“I didn't tick a box. I left my identity blank – a question mark, an absolute incomplete – much like how I felt,” she wrote.

Her background led to an onslaught of racist comments that were condemned in a statement from boyfriend Prince Harry in November 2016.

She’s a humanitarian

Over the years, the actress has held a number of roles for multiple organizations. She was a mentor to Crystal Valentine, one of the winners of Glamour’s 2016 College Women of the Year. That event recognized students for campus leadership, community involvement scholastic achievement and unique goals. That same year, she became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, which included traveling to Rwanda for a clean water campaign.

She is also an advocate with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

She’s a college grad and worked at a U.S. Embassy

A 2003 graduate of Northwestern University, Merkle majored in international relations and theater. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. During her senior year, Merkle worked at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

Before her big acting break, she’s had multiple jobs

Markle reportedly has beautiful handwriting that led to a lucrative freelance career as a calligrapher. In a 2013 interview with Esquire, she said she’s done work for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding invite and for Dolce & Gabbana. Once out 

She ran a lifestyle blog

Until April 2017, Markle ran TheTig.com, a lifestyle blog she began in 2014 that focused on food and travel and touched on politics.

“What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy,” she said in a message to readers.

She is a divorcee

Markle married producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They had been dating since 2004 and were engaged in 2010. Us Weekly reported that the couple quietly separated in August 2013. According to The Sun, they divorced later that year, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 8:27 PM

Royal Love: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

For over a year, Prince Harry has reportedly been dating “Suits” actress Meghan Markle. Rumors of an impending engagement continue to build for the two since reports first emerged in October that they were dating.

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Here is a timeline of the couple’s relationship:

July 2016

Markle would later reveal in an October 2017 interview Vanity Fair that she and Harry met in London in July 2016.

Nov. 8, 2016

Kensington Palace confirms Harry is dating Markle by issuing a statement calling for an end to sexist and racist harassment of Markle on social media. Markle is referred to as Harry’s girlfriend in the Nov. 8 statement from his communications secretary.

“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” part of the statement said. 

The statement went on to say Harry is worried about Markle’s safety and is “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”

Prince Harry (L) and actress Meghan Markle have reportedly been dating since 2016.(Nigel Roddis/Getty Images and Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Nov. 26, 2016

Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, issues a statement of his own supporting Harry and Markle.

“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him,” William said in a statement to The Daily Telegraph.

Dec. 14, 2016

The first photos emerge of Harry and Markle as a couple, according to a claim from British tabloid The Sun. Wearing winter coats and beanies, the couple was reportedly going to the Gielud Theatre in London. The day before, the tabloid said the two picked out a Christmas tree together. 

Jan. 15, 2017

The Sun reports that Markle has met Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte.

“It went really well and Meghan was very excited about meeting her,” an unnamed friend told the paper.

Feb. 2, 2017

The Sun once again publishes photos of the couple together, this time after a dinner date at Soho House in London. An unnamed person who saw the two told the tabloid the couple “tried to keep as low-key as possible.”

March 3, 2017

Harry and Markle were photographed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for the wedding of one of Harry’s college friends, Tom “Skippy” Inskip.  The Telegraph reported that the two were affectionate during the three-day wedding event.

May 20, 2017

Markle accompanies Harry to Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception, according to UsWeekly. Earlier that month, on May 7, People reports that the two were photographed kissing in the Coworth Park Polo Club parking lot in Ascot, England. Markle had been cheering Harry on during a charity polo match with William.

August 2017

Markle and Harry are photographed at a Botswana airport in Africa for Markle’s 36th birthday. E! News reported they stayed with close friends of Harry, who met Markle for the first time. 

Sept. 5, 2017

Markle speaks publicly for the first time about her relationship with Harry in an interview with Vanity Fair. She expressed the support she has from her boyfriend after the media attention since they began dating.

“(T)he only thing that changed was people’s perception,” she told the publication. “Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”

“We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”

Sept. 13, 2017

UsWeekly reports that Merkle has met Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Sept. 3.

“It went well. It’ll no doubt be the first of many encounters,” an unnamed source told the magazine.

The report comes as engagement rumors continue. UsWeekly claims Harry has already created an engagement ring.

Man's body decomposed in airport parking lot for 8 months

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Kansas City International Airport from afar
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Kansas City International Airport from afar(BergmannD/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The family of a Missouri man who was found dead in a vehicle in a parking lot at Kansas City International Airport is upset and said officials could have done more to find their loved one sooner. 

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The body of 54-year-old Randy Potter, of Lenexa, Missouri, was found Tuesday night at the Kansas City airport -- eight months after he was reported missing in January, KTVI reported.

Potter’s body was discovered after officers were alerted of a bad smell coming from a vehicle in one of the airport lots, WDAF reported.

Potter’s body was so decomposed, officials weren’t initially sure of the person’s gender or race, according to KTVI.

According to WDAF, Potter was last seen leaving his home on Jan. 17 as he headed to work. He never arrived at work and did not contact any friends or family members.

Carolina Potter, Randy Potter’s wife, alerted police, filed a missing person’s report and even hired a private investigator to find her husband.

“Emotionally it’s been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights,” Carolina Potter said.

The Potter family said police officers and airport officers dropped the ball.

“My husband could have been found in the first -- I’m going to be very generous -- in the first week,” Carolina Potter told WDAF.

“The fact that he sat there for that long is disgusting,” the Potters’ daughter, Nichole Potter, said.

Investigators believe Randy Potter died by suicide.