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04/23/2014Strike Halts Panama Canal Expansion Project

Panama City, Apr 23 (EFE).- A nationwide strike by construction workers demanding annual salary hikes of at least 20 percent brought work on a major Panama Canal expansion project to a standstill on Wednesday.The expansion project "is completely paralyzed," Hector Hurtado, secretary of the Suntracs union, told Efe.Spokespersons for the Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, which manages the ...
04/22/2014Miami Developer Teams With Russian Group on Brickell Flatiron Condo Project

April 22--Veteran Miami developer Ugo Colombo is finalizing negotiations to jointly develop a high-end condominium, the Brickell Flatiron, with Russian developer Vladislav Doronin of Capital Group. A new rendering of the Brickell Flatiron project shows a flowing, curvy structure soaring 65 stories on a triangular lot at South Miami Avenue and Brickell Plaza. Plans for the fledgling partnership ...
04/21/2014Court Rejects Exxon Mobil Appeal of $105M Verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater. The justices had no comment Monday on their order rejecting Exxon Mobil Corp.'s appeal of the 2009 verdict the city won for the costs of removing a gasoline additive known as MTBE from drinking wells in Queens. The city argued that the company ...
04/22/2014Chattanooga Leaders Considering Light Rail Proposal

April 22--Move over Choo Choo, Chattanooga could soon have a new railroad -- and this one won't just be the stuff of legends and Big Band music. Chattanooga leaders are hoping to bring passenger rail service back to the Scenic City, which immortalized its legacy as a rail hub with the 1941 song by Glenn Miller. Now more than 40 years after the last passenger train pulled out of the city, ...
04/21/2014China Plans to Speed Up Approval Process for New Nuclear Powerplants

Beijing, Apr 21 (ANI): China is reportedly planning to speed up its nuclear energy approval as it prepares to launch projects in coastal areas to ensure energy security and economic growth, the State Energy Commission has said. According to China Daily, in a statement released on Sunday, the commission said it discussed strategic problems in the development of the energy resources industry as ...
04/22/2014Construction Workers Discover Part of L.A.'s First Municipal Water System

April 22--Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that ...
04/22/2014Oil Companies Fight North Dakota Plan to Slow Production

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dr. Lyle Best traveled nearly 200 miles from the heart of North Dakota's oil patch Tuesday to tell state regulators one thing: "Slow down." The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a ...
04/22/2014Tesla Delivers First Cars to China, Plans Expansion of Charging Infrastructure

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can. Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging infrastructure in China, Musk told reporters. He said it will open several hundred service ...
04/18/2014Iowa Officials Announce Plan for $1.1B Microsoft Data Center

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date. Gov. Terry Branstad joined with local officials to announce Microsoft's so-called "Project Alluvion," which is expected to total more than $1.1 ...
04/18/2014PortMiami Location Would Add $50M to Soccer Stadium's Cost

April 18--A Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami would cost David Beckham and his investors $50 million more to build than at other locations -- bringing the total project cost to about $250 million -- but they still want to pursue the publicly owned waterfront site, the group said Friday. Beckham's group has spent the past month reviewing construction costs for a 25,000-seat, open-air ...
04/21/2014Pakistan Plans Huge Desert Solar Park to Fight Energy Crisis

For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through summer power cuts, but now the government plans to harness the sun’s ferocious heat to help tackle the country’s chronic energy crisis. In a corner of the Cholistan desert in Punjab, power transmission lines, water pipes and a pristine new road cross 10,000 acres of parched, sandy land. The provincial government has spent $5 million to put ...
04/19/2014Creeping Landslide Devouring Part of Wyoming Town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. Workers and residents have watched helplessly in recent days as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and inched ever closer to a ...
04/18/2014Honolulu Eager to Show Rail Construction Is on Track

April 18--With its court battles behind it, Oahu's elevated rail project is poised to become a concrete-and-steel reality and city officials have launched an effort to show the public the construction that's already happening. On Thursday they offered a first glimpse of 50-ton concrete segments that will eventually form the guideway for the elevated rail line, during a media tour of the ...
04/21/2014Construction of Saudi Arabia's 1-km-Tall Kingdom Tower To Start April 27

Above-ground work on the world's first one-kilometre tall tower will start next week in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a report said. Construction on the Kingdom Tower is scheduled to begin on April 27, said reports. Construction is scheduled to complete in 63 months. The construction of the $1.2bn skyscraper will be overseen by joint UK project managers EC Harris and Mace. Kingdom Tower will be the ...
04/20/2014Fracking Foes Cringe as Unions Back Drilling Boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as ...
04/18/2014Judge Strikes Down Part of Minn. Renewable Energy Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders — and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it. The ruling was a victory for North Dakota officials and representatives of that state's coal industry, who sued ...
04/20/2014Construction To Begin on Saudi Arabia's 1-km-Tall Kingdom Tower

Saudi Arabia is to begin constructing what it plans to become the world's tallest tower, with a whopping $1.23 billion being shelled out to stunt Dubai's Burj Khalifa by almost 600 feet. Standing a massive one kilometer-high, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah will require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette . Overlooking the Red Sea, the ...
04/19/2014Houston-area Health-Care Construction Takes Off

April 19--Health systems and providers, including local giants Memorial Hermann and Methodist, are spending more than $1 billion to expand and construct hospitals and medical services in Houston and its suburbs, signaling that concerns over the economy and health care reform have subsided. Last week, Memorial Hermann announced the biggest project to date, a $650 million plan to renovate its ...
04/19/2014Construction Jobs Growing Fast in California

April 19--The healthier housing market and a slew of city towers going up are brightening job prospects for construction workers in California. Employment in commercial and residential construction grew by 2,400 in March, according to Labor Department data analyzed by the Assn. of General Contractors. Since March 2013, the state's construction workforce has grown by 37,100, or 5.9%, nearly ...
04/20/2014Construction Frenzy in Beirut Alters City Skyline

BEIRUT (AP) — One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door. Lebanon's enchanting Ottoman and colonial French-style buildings once represented Beirut's rich history, withstanding ...
04/18/2014U.S. Delays Review of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. The State Department didn't say how much longer agencies will have to weigh in but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska ...
04/18/2014Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City, No Major Damage Reported

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter ...
04/16/2014Miron Construction To Pay $4M to Settle Overbilling Claims

April 16--Miron Construction Co. Inc., one of the state's largest construction firms, will pay $4 million, change some of its accounting practices and operate with oversight from an independent monitor in order to resolve an FBI investigation into allegations that the company overbilled public school districts, documents released Tuesday show. The "non-prosecution agreement" was signed in ...
04/17/2014Minnesota Power Seeks Regulatory Approval for 350-Mile Transmission Line

April 17--Minnesota Power, the biggest utility in northern Minnesota, on Wednesday formally started the regulatory process to build a 350-mile power line that could cost up to $650 million, a project so big it has its own name -- the Great Northern Transmission Line. The line has been under development by the Duluth-based utility since 2012 after striking an innovative deal with Manitoba Hydro ...
04/16/2014Amtrak Considers Replacement for 108-Year-Old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge

April 16--Officials with Amtrak are seeking the public's input as they begin a three-year study regarding the refurbishment -- or replacement -- of their 108-year-old railroad bridge across the Susquehanna River between Harford and Cecil counties. Planing for the project will take at least three more years, the railroad says, so no final decisions have been made about future construction. ...

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