- - Monday, June 21, 2010

ARIZONA

Bus owner fined in fatal crash

PHOENIX | A Los Angeles-based bus line involved in a fatal crash that claimed six lives south of Phoenix in March has been fined by the federal government, and its owner has been charged with safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Monday it has issued a notice of claim charging Tierra Santa Inc. owner Cayetano Martinez with multiple federal motor carrier safety violations.

FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro said the government has worked tirelessly to bring this civil penalty case forward.

The federal government also fined the bus carrier $72,760 as a result of the investigation into the March 5 crash along the westbound Interstate 10 near Sacaton on the Gila River Indian Nation.

DISTRICT

Capitol Dome to get fresh coat of paint

The dome of the Capitol building in Washington is getting a fresh coat of white paint to help protect its cast-iron surface.

Work began Monday to build a scaffolding and hanging platforms for the project.

The Office of the Architect of the Capitol said the project is expected to take five months. The 9-million-pound dome was last painted in 2002. It is inspected each year for any cracks that must be sealed.

Workers will evaluate the dome for a more comprehensive restoration project. Plans call for eventually removing the old paint and repairing or replacing broken ironwork.

The dome was completed in 1866, replacing an earlier version made of copper and wood. Its last major renovation was in 1960.

FLORIDA

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