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04/24/2014Caterpillar 1Q Profit Climbs 5%, 2014 Forecast Rises

Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results. The Illinois-based company now expects 2014 earnings of $6.10 per share excluding restructuring costs. That's up from its previous forecast for $5.85 per share and well above Wall ...
04/24/2014Three Workers on Fix50 Road Project in Calif. Hurt in 'Unusual' Construction Accident

April 24--Day two of the Fix50 project downtown provided little drama for commuters, as traffic mostly flowed smoothly. It was a different matter inside the construction zone, where three workers were injured Wednesday morning by a flying board. In what Caltrans officials called an unusual incident, a worker accidentally swung the end of a two-by-four over the concrete safety barrier that ...
04/23/2014FDOT Picks Skanska-led JV for $2.3B Interstate 4 Overhaul

April 23--The I-4 Mobility Partners team led by the Swedish international construction conglomerate Skanska won the $2.3 billion bid today to rebuild Interstate 4 through downtown Orlando. Construction on what is being called the ultimate improvement to the highway could begin as early as Christmas, though next year may be more likely. I-Mobility beat other three other bidders, each of whom ...
04/23/2014Army Corps Delays Key Everglades Restoration Project

April 23--Federal officials Tuesday potentially derailed a nearly $2 billion plan intended to help the Everglades and curb coastal water pollution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Review Board in an unexpected move Tuesday refused to sign off on the Central Everglades plan, which would redirect more Lake Okeechobee water south to replenish Florida's famed "River of Grass." That ...
04/23/2014Removing Coal Ash From All 14 Duke Energy Sites Could Cost $10B

April 23--Duke Energy's top North Carolina executive told state lawmakers Tuesday that digging up coal ash from disposal sites across the state and trucking the industrial waste to modern landfills, as critics are demanding, could cost as much as $10 billion. A cheaper option, which leaves the coal ash in place at most sites, would cost at least $2 billion. Duke officials are keeping a low ...
04/22/2014World Cup's Road to Brazil Remains Bumpy

April 22--RIO DE JANEIRO -- In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners ...
04/23/2014N.D. OKs $375M Transmission Line in Historic Battlefield Area

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday approved a permit for a proposed $375 million high-voltage power line that would run through the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield, a site in the western part of the state where a battle between U.S. Army soldiers and American Indians occurred in 1864. Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative wants to build the 197-mile line from ...
04/23/2014Stalled U.S. 460 Project Could Cost Virginia $500M

April 23--RICHMOND -- Virginia could be on the hook for $400 million to $500 million in costs and penalties in a worst-case scenario if a stalled 55-mile toll road project from Petersburg to Suffolk isn't built, state Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne told lawmakers Wednesday. Testifying before a legislative panel, Layne put that value on potential state losses from a limited-access ...
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 ...

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