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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 ...
07/22/2015Collapses in Folsom, Berkeley Invite Scrutiny of Building Flaws in Calif.

July 22--After recent fatal collapses of an apartment stairwell in Folsom and a balcony in Berkeley, officials said rotted wood failed to support the weight of the victims. While building experts don't know how widespread the underlying conditions are, they say problems are common enough that another building failure could happen and that lawmakers and the construction industry should work ...
07/24/2015Illinois Tollway OKs $106M to Launch Planning for Tri-State Rebuilding Project

July 24--Although the project is five years away, the Illinois Tollway awarded $106 million in contracts Thursday to launch planning for a major rebuilding of the central Tri-State Tollway, one of the region's busiest transportation arteries. Officials also announced the creation of an advisory council of more than two dozen railroads, trucking and business associations and government agencies ...
07/23/2015Texas Awards $440M To Tarrant Water District to Build Pipeline

July 23--The Tarrant Regional Water District was awarded $440 million in low-interest loans Thursday by the Texas Water Development Board for a 150-mile pipeline that will stretch from East Texas to Tarrant County. The $2.3 billion Integrated Pipeline Project, which is being built with Dallas Water Utilities as a partner, is designed to help meet the region's water needs for the next several ...
07/22/2015Mortenson Construction, HKS, Stadium Panel at Odds Over Cost of Vikings Stadium

July 22--The outgoing treasurer of the state panel overseeing construction of the new $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings' stadium says the project is potentially $50 million over budget and is the subject of a dispute over who will pay for it. The dispute is between Minneapolis-based contractor Mortenson, Dallas-based architect HKS and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which oversees the ...
07/22/2015France Set to Back Reducing Reliance on Nuclear Power, Increase Use of Renewables

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are set to approve a bill aimed at reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power and boost the usage of renewable energy instead. The bill is expected to be approved later Wednesday by the Socialist majority in France's lower house of parliament. The main measure aims at reducing France's dependency on nuclear power to 50 percent by 2025 from the current 75 ...
07/22/2015Bahamas Judge: Megaproject Developer's U.S. Bankruptcy Won't Be Recognized

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A judge in the Bahamas ruled Wednesday that a U.S. bankruptcy filing by the developer of an unfinished $2.5 billion megaresort in Nassau will not be recognized in the Caribbean archipelago. The islands' attorney general strongly objected to the Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, arguing that having a U.S. court decide major economic matters in the ...
07/22/2015Shell Receives Fed. Permits Necessary to Begin Oil Drilling in Arctic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved permits necessary for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it's issued "conditional approval" of two permits for drilling in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea. The permits are for drilling only on the top sections of wells. Shell ...
07/22/2015Following Bridge Collapse, Crews Work to Reopen I-10 in California Desert by Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Construction crews worked Wednesday in the Southern California desert to fortify a bridge that a surge of floodwater damaged, their goal to reopen the main route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix by Friday. Resuming even a limited flow of traffic on Interstate 10 was expected to have taken weeks, but the California Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the ...
07/22/2015Constructions Begins on China's Largest Concentrating-Solar Power Plant

XINING - Construction has begun on China's largest solar power tower plant in the northwestern province of Qinghai. Occupying 2,550 hectares of the Gobi Desert in Golmud city, the plant will have an installed capacity of 200 megawatts, and be capable of supplying electricity to 1 million households, according to Qinghai Solar-Thermal Power Group. "Its designed heat storage is 15 hours, thus, ...

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