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Liveblog: Stories we followed, April 5, 2017

The stories we followed in the Grasswire Newsroom, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stephen Repetski
Two years of railroad inspection reports obtained by the AP show US government regulators found nearly 24,000 safety defects on the country’s railroads. The extra inspections were initiated in response to a number of oil train derailments including the 2013 Lac-Megantic derailment in Quebec which killed 47. The inspections were conducted on close to 58,000 miles of track in 44 states and resulted in 1,118 violation recommendations issued by the FRA. Union Pacific was the worst offender with over 800 of those violation recommendations. A serious-enough track defect could result in a train derailment.
“U.S Pacific Command detected and tracked what officials assess to be a North Korean missile launch at 11:42 a.m. yesterday, Hawaii time – 5:42 p.m. EDT – Pacom officials announced. “The launch of a single ballistic missile occurred at a land-based facility near Sinpo, officials said in a statement, adding that the missile was tracked until it landed in the Sea of Japan nine minutes later. “Initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile, officials said.
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