TOUGH TALK

Unity-Payson?s football coach had some strong words to share going into halftime with a 13-point deficit. He told his team exactly what they needed to hear.

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TROUBLED BRIDGES

GROWING PROBLEM:

Illinois, Missouri and Iowa rank among worst in nation for most deficient structures

By DOUG WILSON Senior Writer | 217-221-3372 dwilson@whig.com | @DougWilsonWHIG ARBELA, Mo. For a little more than a year, a bridge just a quarter of a mile from Mike Aylward?s home has been closed on Route H in Scotland County. ?I think that bridge is 120 feet long, but I have to travel eight miles to shell corn on land I?ve got just on the other side of it,? Aylward said. About 20 school children in the northeast part of Scotland County have longer bus rides due to the bridge closure. Members of the county commission also are concerned about slower response times by emergency vehicles and the fact that a pair of nearby bridges have issues that might eventually force them to close. ?We wrote a letter to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to tell them how devastating it would be to have this bridge closed if there?s an emergency,? said Eastern District Commissioner Danette Clatt. An investigation by The Herald-Whig and our newsgathering partners with WGEM- TV has revealed that structurally deficient bridges ? defined as those with at least one major element rated poor or worse ? are a widespread problem. The Federal Highway Administration reported in January that 61,064 of the 610,749 bridges nationwide are structurally deficient. More than 215 million BRIDGES continues on 4A

ILLINOIS

Illinois has 26,588 bridges, with 2,216 ? 8.3 percent ? rated as structurally deficient. Gasoline tax is 19 cents per gallon, plus a 6.25 percent sales tax. $1.1 billion in motor fuel taxes in 2014 $774 million in sales taxes after diversions

MISSOURI

Missouri has 24,385 bridges, with 3,310 ? 13.6 percent ? considered deficient. Gasoline tax is 17 cents per gallon. $495 million in motor fuel taxes in 2014 A motorist on Mo. 16 waits for three other vehicles to cross a bridge that has been restricted to a single lane of traffic due to structural deficiencies. Road stripes direct drivers toward the center of the bridge, where a temporary stop light had previously been used. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson

LARGE-SCALE PROBLEM

DO YOU DRIVE ON DEFICIENT BRIDGES?

Visit http://t4america.org/maps-tools/bridges/ and enter an address to locate nearby bridges and see which ones are structurally deficient ? bridges requiring significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement.

IOWA

Iowa has 24,300 bridges, with 5,022 ? 20.7 percent ? rated deficient. Gasoline tax is 31 cents per gallon. (Took effect in July.) $600 million in estimated annual revenues.

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Get a close view of the corrosion and deterioration seen on regional bridges in an online slideshow.

Casinos hope to woo new gamblers

YOUNG MONEY:

Statistics show millennials not much interested in traditional slot machines

By EDWARD HUSAR Staff Writer | 217-221-3378 ehusar@whig.com | @EHusarWHIG LaGRANGE, Mo. ? The casino industry is looking for ways to make their operations more inviting to younger gamblers who tend to shy away from traditional slot machines. According to an Associated Press report, the industry is betting the answer could be arcadestyle video games that pay out winnings based on the gambler?s skill. Prototypes for a series of new interactive video gambling machines were unveiled at a recent gaming conference in Las Vegas. Gary Smriga, general manager of the Mark Twain Casino in La- Grange, said he believes some of these new types of games will appear in Missouri?s casinos at some point in the future. CASINOS continues on 5A

AP: Many officers lose licenses for misconduct

BETRAYED BY THE BADGE:

Numerous cases of sexual abuse by police found in U.S.

By MATT SEDENSKY and NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY ? Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed. She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down and then made to lift her shirt and pull down her pants to prove she wasn?t hiding anything. She described being ordered to sit in the squad car as the officer towered over her. His TODAY 69/45

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