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07/29/2015N.J.'s Proposed $225M Settlement With Exxon Reviewed by State Judge

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A $225 million settlement between Gov. Chris Christie administration and ExxonMobil will be discussed in front of a state judge Thursday and New Jersey residents could find out soon if it will be approved. What is expected to be a final hearing between the Department of Environmental Protection and the oil company is scheduled for Thursday in Superior Court in Mount Holly ...
07/29/2015Mixed Crash-Test Results for Ford's New Aluminum-bodied F-150s

DETROIT (AP) — Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones. The four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five of the crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For now, it is the only full-size truck on the market ...
07/28/2015Interior Sec.: Deepwater Wind Project a National Model for Offshore Wind

July 28--ABOARD THE AVA PEARL -- With the first foundation of the nation's first offshore wind farm rising from the Atlantic Ocean waters behind her, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell described the project that developer Deepwater Wind is building off Block Island as "pioneering" and said it points the way toward a clean energy future for the country. "A place like Block Island, which could ...
07/28/2015Fed. Regulators Approve Offshore LNG Project in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Jul 28 (EFE).- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has authorized the development of the Aguirre Offshore GasPort, a floating terminal that will process liquefied natural gas for use in generating electricity in Puerto Rico.The Woodlands, Texas-based Excelerate Energy, which is developing the project, said the FERC's decision confirmed that the floating terminal posed ...
07/28/2015Chinese Fuel-Tank Maker To Build Detroit Plant

July 28--YFS Automotive Systems, a Chinese-owned manufacturer of automotive fuel tanks, will invest $26.9 million and create 160 jobs by locating a new plant in the city of Detroit. Today in Lansing, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $1.3-million incentive grant to bring the plant to Michigan instead of Ohio. Gov. Rick Snyder, who met with YFS officials last November in Shanghai, said the ...
07/28/2015Odebrecht CEO Indicted in Massive Brazil Corruption Investigation

Sao Paulo, Jul 28 (EFE).- The CEO of Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht was formally charged Tuesday with bribery, money laundering and criminal conspiracy for his alleged role in a $2 billion corruption scheme centered on state oil company Petrobras.Judge Sergio Moro accepted federal prosecutors' request for indictments of Marcelo Odebrecht and 12 other people, including former executives ...
07/27/2015$1B Pa. Rapid Bridge Replacement Project Gets Underway

July 27--Construction and finance professionals headquartered in an office near Pittsburgh International Airport are charged with carrying out an ambitious, $1 billion plan that's unique among the nation's infrastructure projects: Build 558 bridges across the state in three years or less. The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement project aims to cut down on PennDOT's 4,000 or so structurally ...
07/27/2015Proposed 58-Story Billboard Tower Becoming Miami's Latest Political Football

July 27--Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says a twisting 58-story billboard tower proposed in the city of Miami is illegal under the county's code of laws, and it looks like the city will give his administration every chance to enforce that position. Last week, Miami commissioners voted to repeal legislation enabling "media towers," such as the project proposed by developer Michael Simkins in ...
07/27/2015First Foundation for Deepwater Wind Farm Installed Off Block Island, R.I.

July 27--NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. -- After days of waiting for the seas off Block Island to calm, Deepwater Wind on Sunday finally installed the first foundation for the five-turbine wind farm it's building in waters off Block Island. Within minutes of the steel latticework structure being lowered into the Atlantic Ocean waters about three miles southeast of the island at 2:30 p.m., Jeffrey ...
07/27/2015House, Senate on Collision Course in Highway Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking up the Senate's highway ...
07/27/2015$610M Photonics Research and Development Hub Planned in Rochester, N.Y.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. Federal, state and local officials on Monday announced the ...
07/27/2015Judge: BP Payouts to Local Entities to Start Soon for Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days. BP's Macondo well blew ...
07/27/2015With Boston Out, U.S. Olympic Committee to Look Elsewhere for 2024 Host City Nominee

Now that Boston is out of the picture, the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to explore other opportunities to host the 2024 Games. In a statement Monday announcing the end of the bid in Boston, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation was still interested in mounting a bid for the Summer Games. He didn't mention any city specifically, though the best bet is Los Angeles would be the candidate. ...
07/27/2015V.P. Biden, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Announce Plans for New LaGuardia Airport

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. "I wish everything I said that was truthful but controversial would turn out this ...
07/24/2015Brazil Cancels Pact to Build Satellite-Launching Center with Ukraine

Rio de Janeiro, Jul 24 (EFE).- Brazil has decided to unilaterally cancel the bilateral accord reached with Ukraine in 2003 to build a joint center for launching satellites at Brazil's Alcantara aerospace base, officials said."It was better to cancel the cooperation agreement and find other partner nations, which have yet to be determined, so we can continue to make progress in the aerospace ...
07/27/2015Plans Advance to Build 250MW Wind Farm in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England. EDP Renewables, which recently submitted its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, needs to get the green light from the state before it can begin building the 250-megawatt wind project ...
07/24/2015Boston Olympics Organizers Downplayed Opposition, Files Show

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics downplayed the opposition that was already galvanizing against it, as well as the prospects of a voter referendum, according to the documents that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee. The full, unredacted version of the bid was released Friday after city officials earlier this week called for their disclosure. The documents ...
07/24/2015I-10 Freeway in California Partially Reopens After Bridge Damage

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Construction crews have been laboring around the clock to meet a Friday deadline for the partial reopening of about 50 miles of Interstate 10 through the California desert that was closed when flash flooding damaged several bridges. The California Department of Transportation said limited traffic would resume at noon — five days after the vital link between Los ...
07/25/2015Memphis Plans $120M in Improvements to Two Wastewater Plants

July 25--Embarking on their costliest public works initiative in decades, Memphis officials plan to spend more than $120 million improving the city's two wastewater-treatment plants in an effort to reduce pollution and odors while accommodating industrial growth. With the renovations at the Maynard C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant north of Mud Island and the T.E. Maxson Wastewater ...
07/24/2015SNC-Lavalin, Aecon Consortium Selected to Build $5.3B Toronto Light Rail Project

TORONTO — A consortium including SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) and Aecon (TSX:ARE) have closed a deal to build the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project in Toronto. Under the project agreement, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and EllisDon, will design, build and maintain the light rail transit line. The line will span 19 kilometres, 10 of which ...
07/24/2015In Some States, Finding Money for Highways Is Becoming a Bipartisan Project

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways. Federal lawmakers should look at funding options like raising the federal fuel tax, since many states have had to increase their own, some state ...
07/20/2015Bay Bridge Costs Trimmed, But No Wiggle Room for Contingencies

July 20--OAKLAND -- Chopping into the swelling cost estimates for finishing the final touches of the new Bay Bridge and razing the rest of the old one has worked, but a budget approved Monday includes no room for the kinds of unexpected costs that keep popping up. The lack of contingency money bothered members of the bridge construction oversight committee on Monday as it approved a $22 ...
07/22/2015Environmental Groups Blast Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Twin-Tunnels Plan

July 22--The surest way to improve the health of the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is to increase the amount of fresh water flowing through it, yet government officials insist on pushing ahead with a twin-tunnels plan that would continue to funnel water from the troubled estuary. So argues a group of environmentalists, Delta farmers and recreational anglers in a letter sent Wednesday to ...
07/23/2015California Withholds Findings of Oilfield Contamination Study

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California oil-and-gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a "highest-priority" investigation of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles. Concerns about the safety of oilfield injection wells in the region are among many dogging state oil and gas ...
07/23/2015Feds Offer California $2M in Emergency Funds to Repair Collapsed I-10 Bridge

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government is offering California $2 million in emergency funds to repair an interstate bridge over a desert gully that was knocked down by flash-flood waters. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the availability of the emergency money on Thursday. California's Department of Transportation plans a limited reopening Friday of the ...

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