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07/04/2015Akron, Ohio Moving Forward With Planned Sewer Project

July 04--Though the state legislature is considering legislation that would ban municipalities from having local hiring preferences, Akron is continuing to move forward with its mammoth sewer project that has local hiring goals. City Council this week voted to seek state loans for three green sewer projects. The projects, which are awaiting approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection ...
07/05/2015Probe Intensifies Into Port Authority of NY and NJ Use of Road Funds

July 05--At the Port Authority, even the lawyers are getting lawyers. More than 15 officials -- including three in-house attorneys -- have lawyered up amid an escalating investigation into the Port Authority's decision to redirect $1.8 billion in toll money from its Hudson River crossings to fix roads in New Jersey. The development signals that the 15-month-old joint investigation by the ...
07/05/2015Wash. State Senate Gives Sound Transit OK to Submit Plan for Ballot Measure

July 05--Let the campaign begin. State lawmakers last week gave Sound Transit permission to send to the 2016 ballot a mixture of sales-tax, car-tab tax, and property-tax increases. Beyond that, the GOP-controlled Senate, hardly friends of urban transit, agreed to allow a $15 billion Sound Transit 3 program, scrapping its insistence on an $11 billion cap. In return, the agency says it can ...
07/06/2015Factory Collapses in Eastern China, Killing 14 People

BEIJING (AP) — A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others, local authorities said Monday. Nine people escaped unscathed after the collapse Saturday afternoon in the Zhejiang province city of Wenling, the local government and state media said. Rescuers pulled 42 people from the rubble and sent them to a hospital, where nine died, ...
07/06/2015U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Plan to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab. The ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment, and has the support of ...
07/07/2015L.A. OKs Hollywood Towers Despite Quake Concerns

July 07--The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of the Millennium Hollywood development, even though the state geologist last year concluded there was one. The move ends a controversial two-year debate over whether two massive skyscrapers could be built safely due to seismic conditions. ...
07/06/2015Plans Emerge for New Casino-Hotel to Fill Gap on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Initial plans for a casino-hotel that may rise from the Las Vegas Strip site where the New Frontier once stood show two hotel towers with 1,100 rooms and a 126,000-square-foot space for a water feature inside. The plans were submitted to Clark County on May 28 by the owners of the 35-acre parcel across from the Wynn and Encore resorts. It represents the latest in efforts to ...
07/02/2015Foundations for First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Head for R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five massive structures that will be attached to the ocean floor for the nation's first offshore wind farm are coming to Rhode Island. Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, with the ability to power 17,000 homes as early as next year. The steel foundations were built in Houma, Louisiana. They're being shipped north on three barges, with ...
07/04/2015Power Utilities Consider Drones For Inspecting Equipment, Scanning for Outages

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. That's just for starters. Researchers and industry executives predict the ...
07/05/2015Wash. State Seeks Funds to Fix Hundreds of Fish-Blocking Culverts

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's not clear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion it will take to correct more than 825 culverts — concrete pipes or ...
07/04/2015Frustration Grows Over Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Delays

July 04--Plans to hire a contractor to build a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge have been delayed for several months, raising concerns that timetables are slipping as lives are lost. In a historic vote in June 2014, the Golden Gate Bridge District's Board of Directors voted unanimously to build a suicide barrier on the span to the applause and tears of supporters, including family ...
07/02/2015A Look Inside All Aboard Florida's MiamiCentral Project

July 02--MIAMI -- If there were any doubts about whether All Aboard Florida would be able to pull off its planned rail line linking southeast Florida to Orlando, the sheer size of the company's station planned in the heart of downtown Miami might be enough to dispel them. Construction fencing spanning six city blocks now hides much of the work going on at the site, located within walking ...
07/03/2015Planned Towers in Seattle Go Up Against City's Zoning Laws

July 03--The race is on among developers to get permits for towers in boomtown Seattle so they won't be hindered by an obscure zoning rule that sets up winners and losers. The city's tower-spacing rule, which governs a large swath of downtown, was adopted nearly a decade ago to preserve views and daylight in an increasingly dense downtown. The rule's impact and limitations are only now ...
07/02/2015Judge Denies Construction Firm's Restraining Order in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

July 02--OAKLAND -- A judge quickly denied a temporary restraining order request Thursday morning by Segue Construction that had demanded the Alameda County District Attorney's Office allow the company to observe any testing or inspection of the dry-rotted balconies involved in a fatal collapse last month. After the brief hearing, Alameda County prosecutor Michael O'Conner stood outside the ...
07/03/2015Construction Starts on Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline Project in Albania

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, or TAP, has started investing in Albania's infrastructure to prepare for starting construction of the pipeline next year. TAP said Friday it started construction and rehabilitation of some 100 kilometers (62 miles) of access roads and bridges along the pipeline's route in Albania, but gave no figures on the total investment there. The ...
07/02/2015Herzog & de Meuron's Controversial Paris Tower Gets Green Light

Paris will see its first new skyscraper in almost 40 years after the city approved controversial construction plans first unveiled in 2008. The Tour Triangle – or Triangle Tower – has sparked debate across the low-rise French capital since Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron published designs for the 42-story tower block ahead of Paris raising the height limit on new buildings. Inside, the ...
07/01/2015Taiwan Halts Construction of Fourth Nuclear Power Plant

The builder of Taiwan's problem-plagued fourth nuclear power plant officially suspended construction of the facility Wednesday in accordance with a government order. President Ma Ying-jeou in April last year ordered construction of the plant to be halted pending the result of a referendum which is yet to be held. The opposition has accused Ma of aiming to leave the decades-old problem for his ...
07/02/2015Utility Ameren Looks to Build 15-MW Solar Plant in Eastern Mo.

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County. The utility, in its application to the Missouri Public Service Commission, said it wants to create a 15-megawatt solar plant that annually would produce an estimated 20,655 megawatt hours, which could power ...
07/02/2015FAA OKs 700-ft Skyscraper Roller-Coaster Project in Orlando

July 02--The Federal Aviation Authority determined the proposed 700-foot Skyscraper roller-coaster structure, which includes a restaurant and observation deck, poses no hazard to air traffic. The decision will become final Monday because no one filed a petition against the federal agency's aeronautical study, said Kathleen Bergen, FAA spokeswoman. "The study disclosed that the described ...
07/01/2015N.C. Gov. Urges Lawmakers to Act on Bond Plan to Fund Roads and Infrastructure

July 01--RALEIGH -- Gov. Pat McCrory was joined by hundreds of county and city officials Tuesday as he pressed his case for a $2.85 billion bond proposal to fund road and infrastructure projects, but the General Assembly is not completely on board with the governor's plan. With low interest rates and imminent highway and building needs, McCrory said the time to act is now. He wants to see a ...
07/01/2015Construction Worker Killed Trench Collapse in Lakeville, Minn.

July 01--A construction worker was killed Tuesday afternoon in Lakeville when a trench he was working in collapsed. The victim, 51, was one of two brothers laying drain tile in a trench near a residential development when the trench collapsed, according to Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann. The other brother and fellow construction workers attempted to free the man, but the trench ...
07/02/2015Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over 2010 Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a years-long battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after a judge ruled ...
07/01/2015Mo. Regulators Rejects Plan for Multistate Wind Power Transmission Line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project. Three of the five members of the state Public Service Commission voted to reject plans for the Grain Belt Express, saying Clean Line Energy Partners failed to prove a need for the project. In a ...
07/01/2015Ohio DOT To Replace Bridge Near Columbus After Ethanol Tanker Truck Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation officials plan to replace a bridge that was charred early Wednesday morning when a tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned, caught fire and forced closures on two major highways near Ohio's capital, leading to damage possibly up to $1 million and two citations for the driver. The tanker overturned near a ramp between Interstates 270 and 70 on the west side ...
07/01/2015Advisory Committee Recommends $250M in Cuts to Minneapolis Light Rail Plan

July 01--Members of a Southwest light-rail line advisory board voted Wednesday to recommend ending the transit project at Southwest station in Eden Prairie, cutting about $250 million from the project's bottom line. This is less than the $341 million needed to get the project back to its original $1.65 billion price tag. But the mayors of towns along the line and Hennepin County have agreed to ...

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