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04/16/2015Virginia Cancels Troubled $1.4B U.S. 460 Contract

April 16--The state is terminating its $1.4 billion contract on the troubled U.S. 460 project and will try to recoup some of the $250 million it has spent on a road that was never built, the transportation secretary said Wednesday. The project itself is not dead -- the state is pursuing a scaled-back version of the proposed corridor improvements -- but Wednesday's announcement signaled the ...
04/16/2015Spanish Consortium To Build $477M Power Plant in Mexico

Madrid, Apr 16 (EFE).- A consortium formed by Spain's OHL Industrial and the SENER engineering group won a $477 million contract to build a combined-cycle power plant in the Mexican city of Empalme.The power plant, which will use natural gas and have a generating capacity of 770 MW, is expected to go online in 2017, supplying electricity to northern Mexico, the companies said.OHL Industrial ...
04/16/2015Apple Announces Investments in Chinese Solar, U.S. Forest Projects

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups. On ...
04/16/2015U.S. Home Construction Off to Weak March Start

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders opened the spring buying season in March at a slower pace than last year, a warning that recent hiring gains have failed to translate into a stronger real estate market. Construction firms broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000 homes last month, a 2.5 percent decline from the pace in March 2014, the Commerce Department said Thursday. ...
04/16/2015Work Plan Possibly Ignored in Wash. Overpass Accident That Killed Family

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV (http://is.gd/Clcl28) that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its ...
04/16/2015Indiana House Sends Construction Wage Law Repeal to Governor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conservative groups and Gov. Mike Pence gained a victory Thursday with final legislative approval for a bill repealing Indiana's law for setting wages on public construction projects. The Indiana House voted 54-40 in favor of the repeal, even with 13 Republicans splitting from the GOP supermajority to join Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill, which supporters ...
04/15/2015Texas High-Speed-Rail Plan on Collision Course With Opposition

April 15--High-speed rail in Texas is in trouble before it pulls out of the station. Supporters of high-speed rail acknowledge that they're concerned about legislative and other efforts to block a proposed bullet train from Dallas to Houston that a private company, with backing from a Japanese rail company, wants to open in 2021. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would bar ...
04/15/2015Brazil Governing Party Treasurer Arrested in Petrobras Kickback Case

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police on Wednesday detained the treasurer of Brazil's governing Workers' Party in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras, and the party said later he had asked to resign the post. Joao Vaccari Neto was detained in Sao Paulo as he was heading out for an early morning jog, police and judicial officials told reporters at a ...
04/15/2015John Laing Consortium Exits $10B Toll-Road Project In Australia After Plans Scrapped

LONDON (Alliance News) - Infrastructure investor John Laing Group PLC on Wednesday said the East West Connect consortium has reached a deal with the Victoria state government in Australia on a heads of agreement for the East West Link project. The agreement will allow the state government to acquire the East West Connect project companies for a nominal consideration and will allow the sponsors ...
04/14/2015Turkey Launches Nuclear Plant Construction, Sparking Protest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of parts of its first nuclear reactor, sparking an angry protest by activists. Activists say Tuesday's ceremony came despite ongoing court cases against the nuclear plant being built by Russia in Akkuyu, in the Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin. Protesters blocked a gate leading to the ceremony area, ...
04/14/2015Duke Energy Says Coal-Ash Guilty Plea May Cut Power to Military Bases

April 14--REPORTING FROM RALEIGH, N.C. -- If Duke Energy pleads guilty to federal criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, will the lights go out at Ft. Bragg, N.C.? The nation's largest electric utility raised that possibility in federal court Tuesday, suggesting that a federal law could prevent a guilty Duke Energy from supplying power to military bases and federal facilities in North ...
04/15/2015Construction Worker Killed in Accident at Petaluma, Calif. Jobsite

April 15--A worker killed in a construction site accident early Wednesday in southern Petaluma was a Novato man who was helping move a huge pipe as it was being set on the ground when it began to roll and crushed him, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Jared Overfield, 28, was hit by the 40-foot, 8,000-pound concrete pipe, which rolled over him. He died in the 7:15 a.m. ...
04/15/2015Indiana Senate Narrowly Backs Repeal of Construction Wage Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican-led push to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects narrowly passed through the Senate on Wednesday, despite concerns from both sides of the aisle about how the bill will affect Indiana's middle class and construction industry. Senators voted 27-22 to support eliminating the boards that set wages for state or local projects costing ...
04/14/2015Seattle To Replace Water Main at Risk After Dig for TBM Bertha

April 14--Crews will soon start digging up Western Avenue in downtown Seattle to replace a water main damaged last fall by the Highway 99 tunnel project. Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), said workers will replace a quarter-mile of 20-inch pipe in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Hoffman said it's crucial to fix the pipe soon, to reduce flooding risk from a ...
04/14/2015Turkey Starts Construction on Its First Nuclear Power Plant

Istanbul (Alliance News) - Turkey began construction Tuesday on its first nuclear power plant, a 22-billion-dollar project on the Mediterranean coast that was met by protests from environmentalists. The government is hoping the Russian-built plant, the first of three planned nuclear sites, will reduce energy imports. The first site in Mersin province is expected to have four units, each able ...
04/14/2015North Dakota Approves Project to Recycle Oil Drilling Waste

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure to create a pilot project aimed at treating and recycling some of an estimated 1 million tons of oil drilling waste annually for road building and other uses. Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, said the project is intended to turn "mounds and mounds and piles and piles" of the drilling byproduct into beneficial use. North ...
04/14/2015Future Unclear for New Bedford Marine Terminal as Cape Wind Stalls Out

April 14--The Patrick administration's $113 million New Bedford marine terminal, built as a Cape Wind construction staging area, has become a taxpayer-funded boondoggle now that the controversial offshore wind farm project is virtually dead in the water. The South Coast Marine Commerce Terminal, which is still under construction and sits empty, is also running $10 million over budget and ...
04/13/2015Two Developers Vie for Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel Project

April 13--When the bidding deadline hit last Friday, two developers -- Portman Holdings and Oxford Capital Group -- had submitted proposals to construct the long-discussed new hotel at the Miami Beach Convention Center, city officials said. The city of Miami Beach plans to lease land behind the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for the hotel, which is part of a wider renovation of ...
04/14/2015Miami Mega-Mall Project Wins State Approval for Land Deal

April 14--A land deal at the heart of an ambitious plan to bring the largest mall in America to northwest Miami-Dade County got the green light on Tuesday from Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members. In a unanimous vote in Tallahassee, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members endorsed selling 82 acres of state land to Miami-Dade for $12.3 million. The county will then sell it for the same amount to ...
04/13/2015Concrete Slab Falls From Overpass in Wash. State, Crushing Truck, Killing Three

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A concrete slab fell from a construction site on a Washington state highway overpass on Monday, crushing a vehicle driving underneath the span and killing a young couple and a baby boy, police said. When workers were finally able to reach the damaged pickup, they found the victims — a man and a woman in their mid-20s and an infant, Bonney Lake police said Monday ...
04/07/2015Brazil Eyes Solar Power as Drought Squeezes Hydropower Resources

Drought-hit Brazil is turning to the solar energy source once dubbed a fantasy by the country’s president Brazil’s devastating drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously. The combination of an imminent energy crisis, as reservoir levels fall too low to generate power, and the appointment of a more ...
04/13/2015Audit Finds Problems in Calif.'s Pipeline Oversight After Deadly 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says. The audit finds widespread breakdowns in performance by state-appointed utilities commissioners and by the state Public Utilities Commission overall since a ...
04/11/2015Calif. Authorizes Condemnations for More High-Speed Rail Property

April 11--Rail condemnations --The state Public Works Board voted Friday to authorize the use of eminent domain or condemnation to seize 38 pieces of Valley property for high-speed rail use. --The land encompassed by the latest resolutions amounts to more than 150 acres in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties. --Since December 2013, the state has adopted 192 condemnation resolutions that ...
04/14/2015Developer Scraps Plans for Luxury Condo Project in Minneapolis

April 14--Almost four months after getting final city approval, the developers of 602 North First, a high-end, 30-unit condo in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood, pulled the plug on the project Monday. "We just don't see sufficient demand for this type of high-quality construction," said Curt Gunsbury, owner of Solhem Companies. Gunsbury and business partner Robb Miller, of TE Miller ...
04/06/2015Investigation Continues Into Raleigh Platform Collapse That Killed Three

Tragedy struck at the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh, N.C., when scaffolding that was being dismantled collapsed on March 23. Three workers died at the scene. A fourth worker, Elmer Guevara, landed on top of a portable toilet – which apparently helped break his fall. He is in serious condition in the hospital with multiple injuries. The victims have been identified as 41-year-old ...

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