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(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/09/2020) The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week denied Indian River County’s petition to appeal its lawsuit against Brightline/Virgin Trains USA and the Federal Railroad Administration, Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCN) reported. The county was arguing that $2.7 billion of tax-exempt private activity bonds issued to Brightline/Virgin Trains was “improper,” TCN reported. County Attorney Jeffrey Lamkin told…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/09/2020) North Dakota will soon launch an intermodal rail service to help reduce shipping costs for the state’s agricultural producers and other industries, Gov. Doug Burgum announced this week. North Dakota officials have pursued access to intermodal rail for more than 20 years. Next week, it will become a reality as Minot,…

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(Source: Labor Arbitration Institute – Conference Reporter 10/08/2020) An employee’s time away from work and the work site are their own, private time. . . unless there’s a connection (a “nexus”) to work and meets the elements of off-duty misconduct.  At a recent conference, a Chicago-based labor arbitrator talked about two cases in which the…

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