JetBlue adding Pittsburgh-to-Ft. Lauderdale flight
IMPERIAL (AP) - JetBlue Airways plans to add a daily, nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in the fall.
The flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport begins Oct. 29.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the new flight will give western Pennsylvanians another option for business and leisure travel.
JetBlue President Robin Hayes says it also provides more access to connecting flights to the Caribbean and Latin America, and cruises based out of Fort Lauderdale.
State patrol: Wash. mudslide area not for tourists
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Three weeks after the deadly Oso mudslide, the Washington State Patrol wants drivers to know the slide area is "not a tourist attraction."
In a statement on April 11, Trooper Keith Leary says only rescuers and emergency vehicles are allowed past the closure points along Washington Highway 530 on the west and east ends of the slide area. Those closure points are staffed by troopers who will turn back any drivers or pedestrians without proper credentials.
Leary says the patrol has gotten numerous inquiries from people outside the area contacting the closure points in quest of a look at the slide or a spot to photograph it.
The slide is not visible from the closure points. And Leary notes the area "remains sensitive for those who have lost loved ones" or have relatives still on the missing list.
As of April 11, 36 victims of the March 22 slide have been recovered and identified while seven people remain on a missing list.
New website promotes Nebraska ecotourism
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Creators of a new website hope to guide people in discovering ecotourism opportunities in Nebraska.
The site is www.visittheprairie.com and is a window to the Visit the Prairie coalition of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska, Switzer Ranch and Nature Reserve and the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Nebraska has a variety of these ecotourism opportunities, including river tubing and forest hiking, bird watching and horseback riding.
For a rancher like Sarah Sortum of Switzer Ranch, ecotourism helps keep her family employed on the land. She says it also helps wildlife, habitat conservation and local communities.
Va. historic area explores colonial consumerism
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - A new exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg is showcasing a variety of Chinese porcelain available in colonial America and exploring consumerism during the 18th century.
Officials say the display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum dispels a popular belief that colonial Virginians had limited access to the trappings of fashionable ceramics.
The exhibit includes 70 objects owned by a broad cross-section of the public, including tradesmen, merchants and wealthy landowners.
It focuses on artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations in the historic area and then moves to include Virginia and the eastern seaboard.
The exhibit also provides an overview of European trade with China, how the porcelain was made and trade routes that were used. It will remain on view through 2015.
Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai soon could have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper.
Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported Sunday that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city's largely industrial outskirts.
The park will be in the Jebel Ali area, which is home to the region's biggest port and aluminum smelter. It is expected to open in 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Dubai previously had a deal with Six Flags and several other companies to build multiple theme parks in a different area known as Dubailand. Plans for that Six Flags park were scrapped in the wake of Dubai's financial crisis, which came to a head in 2009.