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05/23/2015Vandals Damage Inflatable Dam in Calif., Leading to Loss of 49 Million Gallons of Water

May 23--FREMONT -- Enough water to supply 500 homes for one year spilled into the Bay on Thursday after vandals damaged a water district dam in Fremont, officials said. The loss of 49 million gallons of water began sometime Thursday morning, when an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek was destroyed. Alameda County Water District, which maintains the dam, reported it to police at 11:30 a.m. "This ...
05/22/2015Developer Unveils Plans for $100M Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown L.A.

May 22--With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100-million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center. The building, proposed to the city Planning Commission on Thursday, would rise 37 stories at the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and 12th Street. The tower would have 126 units, which shouldn't be hard to sell, ...
05/22/2015$782M Rental Car Facility Planned at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is bringing all of its scattered rental car facilities together under one roof in a $782 million project. The nine-level facility will also include more than 2,600 public parking spots and will be connected to the terminals by an extension of the airport's rail transit system. It will be located near a station for the Metra commuter line ...
05/23/2015Texas Lawmakers Work on Deal for $3B for College Construction Projects

May 23--Nothing is guaranteed in the Texas Legislature -- except that the clock runs out on the session at midnight on June 1 and thousands of bills will die. But lawmakers scrambling to pass a $3 billion bond package that includes $540 million for higher education facilities in North Texas believe they have enough time and enough support to pass the measure. "It's going to pass," said state ...
05/22/2015Deere Boosts Outlook on Strong Construction Equipment Sales

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Solid sales in its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, and the company raised its outlook for the year. Deere's shares rose nearly 4 percent in morning trading Friday. The company's most profitable business is making and selling its green tractors and other farming equipment. But with less demand for large farm equipment, Deere is relying ...
05/22/2015Magnitude-5.4 Earthquake Felt in Las Vegas

May 22--A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 24 miles from Caliente, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit more than 100 miles north of Las Vegas, but multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city's famed Strip. The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, the USGS said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 were ...
05/21/2015Pipeline Operator in Calif. Oil Spill Has High Rate of Safety Infractions

May 21--Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. A Times analysis of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains' rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national ...
05/20/2015Officials Assess Damage from Big Oil Spill on Santa Barbara County Coast

May 20--A 21,000-gallon oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast is the latest reminder of the inherent risks of mixing industry and economy with nature, local politicians and environmental groups say. The rupture occurred Tuesday afternoon on an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and spilled the equivalent of 500 barrels of crude. The pipe ...
05/20/2015Despite Construction Halt, Work Continues on $1.4B Hawaii Telescope Project

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — It's not clear when construction of a giant telescope will resume near the summit of Mauna Kea, but work on the project is going on elsewhere. Many people oppose building the $1.4 billion telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Protests have led to the company building the telescope to agree to a construction moratorium. Grading and grubbing work at the ...
05/21/2015Ark. Gov. Proposes $87M Bond Package for Infrastructure at Lockheed Martin Facility

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he's proposing that the state issue $87 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin land a defense contract for its south Arkansas facility. The Republican governor said most of the bonds would go toward infrastructure improvements and equipment for the company's Camden facility if it's awarded a contract to manufacture a new tactical ...
05/20/2015Miami Beach Names Clark Construction CM for $500M Convention Center Project

May 20--The Miami Beach City Commission has awarded Clark Construction Group, the sole firm to bid for the $500 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, an $18 million contract to manage the final planning phase for the massive project. The commission voted to name Clark as the city's construction manager for the renovation project. That means Clark will get $18 million to work ...
05/20/2015UN Official Says Existing Building Laws Need To Be Enforced in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday. Major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed at least 8,622 people and damaged 756,000 houses and other buildings in Nepal. U.N. Assistant Secretary-General ...
05/20/2015Senate Panel OKs $29M to Restart Chickamauga Lock Project

May 20--Construction on a new Chickamauga lock should be revived this fall and startup work for the biggest construction project ever in Tennessee will continue next year under a spending bill endorsed Tuesday by a key Senate subcommittee. A Senate panel drafting next year's budget for energy and water development projects unanimously endorsed a plan that provides $29 million to restart the ...
05/19/2015Editorial: Congress Puts Flimsy Patches on Crumbling U.S. Roadways

Imagine setting out on a long trip planning to buy gasoline a gallon at a time and hope it lasts until the next station.That's pretty much how Congress has been funding road and transit projects for the past six years. Every few months, it passes a temporary measure, called a "patch." Patch No. 32 will run out at the end of this month. And the strong likelihood is that it will be followed by ...
05/20/2015Oregon To Test Pay-Per-Mile Idea as Replacement for Gas Tax

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and ...
05/20/2015Liebherr Drops Lawsuit Accusing U.S. Factory Workers of Stealing Mining Truck Designs

May 20--Liebherr USA has dropped -- at least for now -- most of a major lawsuit accusing former workers at its Newport News manufacturing plant of conspiring with Chinese companies and others to rip off Liebherr truck designs. Liebherr's attorneys, with the Norfolk law firm Willcox & Savage, have told Newport News Circuit Court Judge Timothy S. Fisher that they will "nonsuit" the case against ...
05/19/2015Miami's $1.7B Worldcenter Project To Break Ground This Summer

May 19--The developers of the massive 27-block Miami Worldcenter say they're set to break ground on the first phase of the $1.7 billion project this summer after clearing another major hurdle. Miami Worldcenter Associates and partners announced Monday that they secured an administrative approval from the city's planning and zoning department, giving them the ability to seek building permits. ...
05/20/2015Interior Dept. Approves $50M for Western Water-Saving Projects

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday. "It is absolutely critical that states and the federal government leverage our funding resources so that we can make each drop count," Jewell said at a wastewater purification plant in Los ...
05/19/2015Damage to Seattle TBM Bertha Worse Than Expected, Adding to Repair Time

May 19--Now that stalled tunnel machine Bertha's front end has been disassembled, the damage looks even worse than project experts thought -- and contractors will miss their goal to resume digging in August. Not only did grit penetrate the rubber bearing seals, but the steel casings around the seals broke apart, sending fragments deep into the drive gears. Teeth were cracked in the giant bull ...
05/19/2015Duke Energy Plans $750M Nat. Gas Power Plant to Replace Asheville, N.C., Coal Plant

May 19--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will shut down its Asheville coal-fired power plant by 2020, replacing it with a larger, $750 million plant fueled by natural gas. Duke will also spend $320 million to build a transmission substation near Campobello, S.C., just across the state line, and connect it to the Asheville plant with a new, 40-mile transmission line. The route of the new line has ...
05/19/2015American Bird Conservancy: Wind Turbine Rules Needed to Protect Birds

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines. Federal guidelines from the ...
05/19/2015Owner, PM Convicted of Manslaughter in 2012 Home Construction Collapse in Calif.

May 19--MILPITAS -- The owner and project manager of a Fremont-based construction company were each convicted of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the cave-in death of a worker at a Milpitas home-build site in 2012, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said. Authorities contended U.S. Sino Investment Inc. owner Richard Liu, 53, formerly of Fremont; and project ...
05/19/2015Surge in Home Construction Lifts Hopes for U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has given a sudden jolt to what appeared to be a slumping economy. Builders broke ground on homes last month at the fastest pace in more than seven years. The stepped-up construction is helping boost sales at stores like Home Depot and Lowe's and improving the likelihood that the U.S. economy will accelerate after likely shrinking early this year. In ...
05/20/2015Chicago's CTA Expands Flyover Project, Raising Cost to $570M

May 20--A controversial CTA project to route the Brown Line onto a ramp over other elevated trains in Lakeview has been expanded in scope and would cost roughly $570 million, instead of $320 million, a CTA analysis released Tuesday said. The minimum four-year project, opposed by some residents will also disrupt rail service during off-peak hours and on weekends, as well as bring increased ...
05/19/2015Developers Reveal Details About $750M Conference Center Project in Miami

May 19--More than two years after first announcing plans to build a giant hotel and conference center in downtown Miami, developers on Tuesday will reveal new details. The $750 million project -- officially called the Marriott Marquis Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center -- is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 with 1,800 rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and event ...

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