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09/03/2015Construction Worker Killed in Wall Collapse at NYC Jobsite

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old construction worker is dead and two others are seriously injured after a wall collapsed on them at a Brooklyn construction site. It happened at 11:37 a.m. Thursday at a building on Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Officials said the three men were working on the building when a cinder block wall collapsed, trapping them. Police ...
09/03/2015Illinois Planning for 'Yesterday's Transportation System,' IDOT Chief Warns

Sept. 03--The state's transportation chief on Wednesday delivered a tough assessment of his agency's ability to solve problems ranging from traffic congestion to the sluggish movement of freight across Illinois, saying, "I'm afraid that we're planning for yesterday's transportation system." Randy Blankenhorn, a veteran transportation expert who has been secretary of the Illinois Department of ...
09/02/2015Los Angeles Back In as U.S. Candidate for 2024 Olympics

Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games — a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running. But with a late surge of life brought on by Boston's dropout from the process, the city found itself on Tuesday as the U.S. candidate, and its leaders were left feeling inspired and destined. "This ...
09/03/2015Planning Continues on Minneapolis Light Rail Project Despite Challenges

Sept. 03--The Southwest light-rail line continues to face serious legal and financial challenges, but on Wednesday, stakeholders began discussing an actual timeline for construction of the $1.77 billion project. "It's not too early to talk about construction on this project," said Craig Lamothe, project director, at a Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee meeting. Construction of the 14 ...
09/03/2015Calif. Gov. Proposes $3.6B Annual Highway Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle registrations and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. The administration confirmed Thursday that it was circulating the plan to legislative ...
09/01/2015Worker Killed in Fall at Casino Construction Site in Calif.

Sept. 01--EAST COUNTY -- A construction worker fell to his death Tuesday at the site where a controversial casino is being built on Jamul Indian Village land, authorities said. He was reported to have fallen about 38 feet from a platform at the top of a man lift, sheriff's Lt. Jim Walker said. The 56-year-old man appears to have died instantly, authorities said. The accident was reported about ...
09/03/2015Corps' Report Faults VA Management of Construction Cost Overruns

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Huge cost overruns and long delays at new VA hospitals in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana were caused by multiple design changes, mismanaged contracts or poor budget controls, according to Army Corps of Engineers reports released Thursday. High costs at a fourth veterans facility in Las Vegas were the result of a decision to change the plan from an outpatient clinic to a ...
09/02/2015SEC May Sue Navistar Over Diesel Engine Environmental Certification

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Truck and engine maker Navistar said Wednesday the federal government may take action against the company in a dispute over environmental certification of heavy-duty diesel engines. The investigation covers possible violations of securities law and a previous settlement between Navistar and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company's shares dropped more than 6 ...
09/02/2015Wash. State Sues DOE Over Safety of Nuclear Waste Tanks at Hanford Site

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks. In a federal lawsuit filed in Spokane on Wednesday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the U.S. Department of Energy has known about vapors sickening workers at the site ...
09/02/2015Brazil Judge Finds Odebrecht Guilty of Mistreating Workers on Angolan Project

SAO PAULO (AP) — Odebrecht, Brazil's biggest construction company, has been convicted of submitting workers to slave-like conditions at a sugar and ethanol plant being built in Angola, prosecutors said Wednesday. The labor prosecutor's office said in statement that Judge Carlos Alberto Frigieri on Tuesday ordered Odebrecht to pay 50 million reals ($13 million) in damages to the estimated 400 ...
09/02/2015Colo. Mine Waste Spill Prompts Changes in Warning System

DENVER (AP) — A massive wastewater spill from an old gold mine in southwestern Colorado prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such accidents. Colorado health officials notified only agencies inside their state after 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals gushed out of the Gold King mine Aug. 5, eventually reaching the Animas, San Juan and ...
09/02/2015Crane Operator Blamed for Rhode Island Building Collapse

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A police report shows that a construction worker blamed a mistake by a crane operator for the collapse of an athletic building under construction at Bryant University that injured six construction workers. Workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility at the private university in Smithfield Tuesday morning when the beams collapsed. The Smithfield ...
09/02/2015FAA: More Study Needed for Six Condo Towers Planned Near Miami Airport

Sept. 02--The Federal Aviation Administration has informed several developers including Related Group and Florida East Coast Realty that the height of their proposed condo towers may interfere with flights at Miami International Airport and will need further study. The rulings are not final and mean that the FAA will study the potential impact of the skyscrapers on flight safety for another ...
09/01/2015Miami OKs Construction of Mixed-Use Tower Atop Historic Church

Sept. 01--Miami isn't losing Biscayne Boulevard's grand Christian Science church -- it's gaining a mixed-use high-rise tower. On Tuesday, Miami's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board voted during an unusual and a somewhat testy hearing to approve one of the most uniquely designed towers in the city's history. They designated the shuttered First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1836 ...
09/01/2015Texas Regulator Clears Gas-Drilling Firm of Causing Series of Earthquakes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. The preliminary findings mark the first decision by the Texas Railroad Commission since it was authorized last year to consider whether seismological activity was caused by ...
09/01/2015TVA Signs Agreement to Purchase Power From 80MW Solar Farm in Ala.

Sept. 01--As TVA diversifies its power generation, the federal utility will look to the sky for a portion of its energy from the largest solar farm yet built in the Tennessee Valley. TVA tentatively has approved an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to buy power for up to 20 years from a bank of solar panels projected to generate 80 megawatts in Lauderdale, Ala. Although TVA declined to ...
09/01/2015Charges Filed Against Ex-Head of Brazil Nuclear Power Firm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal prosecutor's office filed formal corruption charges on Tuesday against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal. The prosecutor's office said in a statement that it charged Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva with money laundering and corruption for allegedly ...
09/01/2015Athletic Facility Being Built at University in Rhode Island Collapses

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An athletic building under construction at a private university collapsed Tuesday, injuring six construction workers and leaving crumpled steel strewn across the site. Workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility for Bryant University in Smithfield around 8:15 a.m. when the beams collapsed, university spokeswoman Elizabeth O'Neil said. The six ...
08/31/2015Construction of Japan's Tallest Skyscraper Expected to Begin in 2023

Japan's tallest skyscraper around 390 meters high will be built in front of Tokyo Station, with construction work scheduled to start in fiscal 2023 for completion in fiscal 2027, its developer Mitsubishi Estate Co. said Monday. The new landmark in Tokyo with 61 stories above ground and five underground will be a complex of offices and commercial facilities, and may also have hotels and an ...
09/01/2015Bezos-owned Space Company To Build Rocket Plant Near Cape Canaveral

Sept. 01--Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is set to announce in mid-September that it will put a new rocket-manufacturing facility just south of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will launch the rockets from nearby Cape Canaveral. The new facility will create 330 jobs at an average annual wage of $89,000, and Blue Origin will invest between $205 million ...
09/01/2015U.S. Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in Seven Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008. The report also revised up the June ...
08/31/2015North Texas Invests More Funds To Explore High-Speed Rail Plans

Aug. 31--The effort to connect cities from Fort Worth to Houston by high-speed rail continues to chug along, and attempts to stop the plan through political channels have faded for now. The Regional Transportation Council earlier this month agreed to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep up planning efforts on the portion of the proposed bullet train system that would connect Fort Worth, ...
08/30/2015Eni Finds 'Supergiant' Natural Gas Field Off Egyptian Coast

ROME (AP) — The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian leader's office said. Eni said the discovery — made in its Zohr prospect "in ...
08/28/2015Construction Begins on $4B Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia

After four years of delays, construction of a controversial, $4 billion thermal power plant funded by an Indonesia-Japan consortium on the main island of Java kicked off Friday. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, took place in Central Java Province's Batang Regency amid objections from some villagers there whose land was forcibly taken by the ...
08/30/2015Bones Unearthed During Road Project in Penn. May Be Victims of 1918 Spanish Flu

Aug. 30--It was a morbid discovery along a Schuylkill County highway -- a scattering of human bones, including a leg, ribs, skull fragments and a piece of jawbone. The bones had been resting below a grass-covered stretch for a century or so as the country road alongside it grew into Route 61, taking traffic from Interstate 78 through the anthracite patches. This month, state road crews cut ...

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