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09/16/2014Mitsubishi To Build $600M Car Plant in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will build a new car factory in Indonesia as part of a plan to raise its production capacity in the country from 160,000 to 240,000 vehicles per year. Chief Executive Osamu Masuko said the Japanese automaker will invest $600 million in the assembly plant. He said construction is expected to begin in May next year in Bekasi, a ...
09/17/2014Miami Beach Prepares Stormwater Infrastructure for Extreme High Tides

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme high tides in the fall and spring push seawater up through aging infrastructure, flooding some Miami Beach streets with more ...
09/17/2014Texas Transmission Line Proposal Sparks High-Powered Dispute

Sept. 17--A battle is brewing between three Houston-based Fortune 500 companies -- and Texas electricity customers could be stuck in the middle. The Public Utility Commission of Texas may decide later this year whether to allow electric transmission company CenterPoint Energy to move forward with plans for a $590 million transmission line to Houston that the company says is critical to ...
09/16/2014Wynn's Planned $1.6B Resort Wins Boston Casino License

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project's economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in ...
09/16/2014House Passes Bill Increasing Oversight of VA Hospital Construction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project. Republican congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of construction projects is dysfunctional and ...
09/17/2014LAX Kicks Off $508M Renovation of Southwest Airlines Terminal

Sept. 17--The modernization of outdated terminals at Los Angeles International Airport forged ahead Tuesday as work began on a $508-million renovation of one of the busiest passenger facilities. City leaders and airport officials broke ground at Terminal 1, home to Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Known for traffic congestion and long lines, the 30-year old facility ...
09/16/2014EPA Rejects N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge Loan Proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday balked at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to use half a billion dollars in federal clean water loans to help finance the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, instead approving only $29 million. Cuomo said his administration would appeal the decision, and stressed that the $3.9 billion bridge replacement project would continue with ...
09/16/2014Study: Casing Cracks, Not Fracking Process, To Blame for Gas in Water Wells

Sept. 16--A new analysis of stray methane in water wells identifies nearby gas wells as the likely culprit, but not the hydraulic fracturing of shale deep in the ground below. The study of water supplies in high-gas areas near drilling in Pennsylvania and Texas points to problems in the cement casings and spaces around pipes as the probable cause in the rare cases that gas gets into water ...
09/15/2014Corps Halts Review of Proposed Ore. Coal Export Terminal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company that's trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to a hungry Asian market. Last month, Oregon state regulators rejected a proposed terminal on the Columbia River because it potentially would interfere with tribal fishing ...
09/16/2014Port of Anchorage Shifts Focus to Modernizing Infrastructure

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure. Lower sections of the hollow steel posts beneath the wharf are covered in corrosion caused by bacteria, silt and salty water. Steel sleeves used to cover cracks and holes have begun corroding as well. Port Engineer Todd Cowles called this a ...
09/15/2014Egypt Raises $8.5B for Suez Canal Expansion

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's Central Bank said on Monday that it has raised $8.5 billion for the construction of an expansion of the Suez Canal by selling investment certificates. Hisham Ramez told Al-Hayat TV that the bank secured the funds in just eight days by selling non-tradable certificates with a maturity of five years at 12 percent interest to Egyptian nationals. He said that by ...
09/16/2014Sri Lanka Backs China's Maritime 'Silk Road' Plan, OKs $1.4B Port Project

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government. Xi, the first Chinese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa oversaw the signing of 27 agreements in areas, including ...
09/15/2014Three Wayne County Officials Indicted Over Stalled $300M Jail Project in Detroit

Sept. 15--A grand jury indicted three people in the investigation into the Wayne County Jail fiasco. Indicted are former chief financial officer Carla Sledge; Steven Collins, a top Wayne County lawyer; and former construction manager Anthony Parlovecchio. Sledge and Collins are both charged with misconduct in office, a 5-year felony and willful neglect of duty, a one-year misdemeanor. ...
09/14/2014Brazil To Build Giant Tower in Amazon to Monitor Climate

Rio De Janeiro: Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute, O Estado de Sao Paulo said. The tower, which will rise ...
09/15/2014Vermont Rail Upgrade Project Fails to Get TIGER Grant

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont Transportation Agency official said Monday he was disappointed the state didn't get a federal grant that would have helped complete an upgrade to the rail system between Rutland and Burlington, but officials remain committed to restoring passenger rail service to the route. The agency learned last week that their application for a transportation infrastructure ...
09/11/2014Amazon Files Plans to Build Two More Office Towers in Downtown Seattle

Sept. 11--Amazon submitted two different sets of plans to the city of Seattle to build two office towers that will fill a city block across from the three blocks already designated for 37- or 38-story buildings at its future high-rise campus in Denny Triangle. The property comprises the block bounded by Seventh and Eighth avenues and Bell and Blanchard streets. The buildings currently there ...
09/15/2014EPA Chief Pushes for Expanded Water Rules

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy made the comments Monday during a visit to New Mexico. She stopped in ...
09/15/2014Duke Energy To Spend $500M on Solar Power to Meet N.C. Renewable Targets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy, the country's largest electricity company said Monday. The Charlotte-based company said it will build three generating facilities of its own and buy power from five other facilities built by investors in order to meet its ...
09/15/201445 Dead After Nigeria Building Collapse

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Rescue workers have recovered 46 bodies and rescued 130 survivors from a collapsed shopping mall and guesthouse at the campus of renowned Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, the West African nation's emergency agency said Monday. Joshua's church published a video purporting to show a plane flying low over the building four times before the ...
09/14/2014NYC Subway Tunnel Damaged by Sandy Restored to Service

NEW YORK (AP) — Trains will once again roll through a New York subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, taking in 27 million gallons of water. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and officials from the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority took a ride Sunday through the reconstructed Montague Tunnel linking Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Nearly two years after Sandy stormed ...
09/12/2014Two Chinese Firms Selected To Build $583M Dam in Ethiopia

The multi-purpose dam, to be built by two Chinese companies and a local firm, will be capable of generating 381 megawatts of electricity By Addis Getachew ADDIS ABABA Two Chinese companies have signed a contract with the Ethiopian government to build a dam on the Geba tributary of the Baro Akobo river basin in southwestern Ethiopia. "The $583 million cost of the dam will be covered by a loan ...
09/12/2014Mexico's Pemex Announces $5.5B in Spending on Various Projects

Mexico City, Sep 12 (EFE).- The CEO of Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos announced a total of $5.5 billion in investment in various industrial projects that he said are expected to create some 17,000 direct jobs.Emilio Loyoza made the announcement in a press conference after contracts were signed with several engineering firms to boost the production of cleaner fuels at ...
09/12/2014Future Uncertain for $1.3B I-405 Toll Lanes Project

Sept. 12--COSTA MESA -- Representatives from six cities in the I-405 corridor spoke out against a Caltrans proposal to add toll lanes on the freeway at a community forum Thursday that was attended by about two hundred residents. The plan, announced by Caltrans in July, would include toll lanes as a part of the county's impending $1.3-billion construction project to widen a 14-mile stretch of ...
09/12/2014Nevada OKs Laws that Open Way for New Tesla Battery Factory

Sept. 12--The Nevada legislature has passed a series of bills designed to lure Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors' $5-billion battery factory to the northwest part of the state. Late Thursday night, after a two-day special session in the state capitol of Carson City, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed them into law. Sandoval, in a high-profile event held last week with Tesla Chairman and founder Elon Musk, ...
09/12/2014NC Leaders Vow to End Abuse of 'Independent Contractor' Status for Workers

Sept. 12--State leaders promised change this week after years of regulatory malaise that has enabled a labor scheme that cheats vulnerable workers and robs the state and federal government of nearly one-half billion dollars each year from North Carolina alone. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he will endorse and help shepherd legislation to penalize companies that knowingly and improperly ...

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