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07/28/2014MAD Architects and Studio Gang Will Design George Lucas Museum in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Monday that Beijing-based MAD Architects would be the principal designer for the site, while Chicago's Studio Gang would design the landscape and a bridge to the city's Northerly Island nature area. The "Star Wars" creator ...
07/27/2014Developer Wants to Open Casino Near Detroit Airport

July 27--Banking executive Jerry Campbell -- the developer of the failed $50-million Pinnacle Race Course who walked away from its $2.5-million tax bill four years ago -- is now working to open an Indian casino just a mile from the abandoned track near Detroit Metro Airport. His partner in the new casino venture, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the same tribe that opened ...
07/29/2014Long-Awaited Streetcar Line Breaks Ground in Detroit

July 29--Next stop: 2016. The long-awaited start to construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar line got under way Monday along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. With construction scheduled to last a little over two years, look for the M-1 cars to be running by late 2016. Construction crews were using heavy equipment to break up the pavement on Woodward to prepare to lay down tracks for the new ...
07/27/2014Wis. Utilities Take Aim Against Solar Power

July 27--Two Wisconsin utility companies -- once among the early leaders in promoting solar power -- now say the solar industry has grown so much it is hurting their business and their customers. Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) and We Energies, Milwaukee, are asking state regulators for rate changes that they call a matter of fair treatment for all. But opponents are kicking up a storm of ...
07/23/2014Mo. Supreme Court to Review Labadie Coal Ash Suit

July 23--Opponents of Ameren Missouri's effort to build a coal ash landfill in Franklin County won a rare legal victory Tuesday. But the challenge from residents also raised questions about what constitutes a fair public hearing, questions the judges said would best be answered by the Missouri Supreme Court before the case heads to trial. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District did not ...
07/22/2014Court Ruling Gives Boost to Ill. 'Clean Coal' Project

July 22--State regulators have the right to force Illinois consumers to purchase electricity from a proposed "clean coal" facility for the next 20 years in order to help fund the $1.6 billion federal project, according to an appellate court decision handed down Tuesday. The 2-1 decision could represent a potential leap forward for the federal FutureGen 2.0 project, which has been stalled ...
07/19/2014Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Researcher Works to Build Largest Microgrid

July 19--A small wind turbine recently erected near Outpost Natural Foods on E. Capitol Drive is more than a token piece of green power. It's a high profile element of a project by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher who aims to build one of the largest experimental microgrids in the country. Adel Nasiri, a professor of power electronics at the UWM College of Engineering and Applied ...
07/17/2014We Energies Stops Burning Coal at One Milwaukee Unit

July 17--Coal burning has stopped at one of two units at the Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee. URS Corp. began construction last month on the project that will convert the Valley plant to burn natural gas instead of coal. The work marks a milestone for We Energies and advocates who pushed the utility for several years to shift away from burning coal in Milwaukee. "We are glad to see that they ...
07/20/2014Detroit Arena Project Would Add Hundreds of Market-rate Apartments

July 20--Apartment hunters could have as much reason to cheer as hockey fans when construction starts this fall on Detroit's new arena project. Included in plans for the $200-million entertainment district are hundreds of market-rate rental units in at least four new mid-rise buildings that are set to go up around the arena as well as near Comerica Park. The apartments are expected to be ready ...
07/21/2014Company Proposing Natural Gas Mega-line in Mich. Argued in 2012 Line 'Was Unneeded'

July 21--The energy company that wants to build a mega, multi-state natural gas pipeline through six southeast Michigan counties on its way to Sarnia, Ontario, because of what it called "growing markets" had argued just the opposite when it sold an existing line to another company less than two years ago because it said the capacity wasn't needed. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners argued ...
07/16/2014ComEd Eyes Superconducting Cable in Chicago Loop in Anti-Terror Plan

July 16--Commonwealth Edison is working on a plan to install superconducting cable below Chicago streets to shield the Loop against power disruptions caused by terrorism or superstorms. "This program is designed to provide protection in a catastrophic situation," said Terry Donnelly, chief operating officer at ComEd. If the electric grid in the Loop area were to be compromised, the cable could ...
07/16/2014Minnesota Power Reaches Deal on Pollution Controls at Coal-fired Plants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants. The company will install the technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants. The deal announced Wednesday by the ...
07/12/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago's Millennium Park, 10 Years Old and an Economic Boon

July 12--Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from charges of wild overspending. They cling to the spectacle-filled public space like chewed pink bubble gum stuck to the sole of an elegant ...
07/15/2014Microsoft To Buy Power From 175-MW Wind Farm Under Construction in Ill.

July 15--Microsoft Corp. will buy wind power from a new Illinois wind farm for the next 20 years to offset its power needs, part of a plan by the technology company to become offset its carbon output. The 175-megawatt wind farm is under construction 60 miles outside Chicago at the border of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. It's 96 percent owned by EDF Renewable Energy, a U.S. subsidiary of ...
07/15/2014Indiana Considers Toll Road to Planned I-69 Bridge

July 15--If Indiana follows the recommendation of the Indiana Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure, the proposed I-69 bridge at Henderson should be under construction within five years. And the Mid-State Corridor -- formerly called I-67 -- from Pike County, Indiana, to the Natcher Bridge east of Owensboro should be started in the next five to 10 years. "I feel really good about ...
07/15/2014Utilities Await Mo's. Approach to EPA Carbon Proposal

July 15--JEFFERSON CITY -- Ameren Missouri says it must decide quickly on how to comply with proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting carbon pollution. But with a state plan likely three years away, it's unclear which steps it should take and whether it can get credit for all of them. Mike Menne, Ameren's vice president for environmental services, told state and federal ...
07/14/2014White House: Highway Trust Fund Depletion Affects Jobs in Mo. Ill.

July 14--WASHINGTON -- With Congress struggling to agree on at least a short-term fix for the nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund, the White House Monday began a public relations offensive warning that inaction could be devastating for highway construction and repair, and a missed opportunity for economic stimulus and innovation. The Obama Administration issued a report from the Council of ...
07/14/201450 Years After St. Louis Arch-Climbing Protest, 'We Still Have Work to Do' on Minority Hiring

July 14--ST. LOUIS -- Fifty years ago today, civil rights protesters Percy Green and Richard Daly walked onto the massive work site that was then the Gateway Arch grounds, climbed a construction ladder up the north leg of the partly completed Arch and perched there, 125 feet up, for some four hours to protest the lack of minority hiring on the project. Fifteen years ago last Saturday, another ...
07/12/2014Solar vs. Electric Battles Heating Up in Iowa, Wis.

July 12--Skirmishes between solar power supporters and electric utilities are intensifying, with standoffs in Iowa and Wisconsin attracting attention around the country. Most recently, in a decision cheered by solar advocates, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday rebuffed concerns raised by Iowa regulators and Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp., which argued that a solar company's move to install ...
07/13/2014Demolition Unearths Legacy of Toxic Pollution at Milwaukee Plant

July 13--The abandoned Milwaukee Die Casting plant's legacy of toxic chemical contamination is being fully revealed this year in its demolition -- a cleanup that could cost former operators as much as $10 million, federal and state environmental officials said. Much of the expense will come from properly disposing of building debris and soil soaked with hydraulic fluids containing ...
07/10/2014I-35E Open to Traffic in St. Paul, But Bridge Slide Continues

July 10--Motorists will no longer face Interstate 35E closures in St. Paul and Maplewood, but the Larpenteur Avenue bridge deck is still being slid into place. I-35E will reopened Thursday morning after Ramps and lanes closed Wednesday between Interstate 94 and Minnesota 36. The Larpenteur Avenue bridge slide, which is about half complete, will continue this Thursday night. I-35E will not ...
07/10/2014Chinese Developer Announces Plans for 89-story Skyscraper in Chicago

July 10--Chicago woke up Wednesday to the prospect of an 89-story skyscraper, which would be the city's third-tallest high-rise and which its Chinese developer wants to start building later this year. But it is easier to announce a supertall tower than build one, as the as-yet unrealized plans for the 2,000-foot Chicago Spire show. The plan for the Lakeshore East tower, with completion ...
07/10/2014U-M Model Shows How Pipeline Break Would Devastate Great Lakes

July 10--A rupture of 61-year-old, underwater oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac would be "the worst possible place" for a spill on the Great Lakes, with catastrophic results, according to a University of Michigan researcher studying potential impacts of a spill. David Schwab, a research scientist at the U-M Water Center recently retired from the National Oceanic and ...
07/11/2014Construction Worker Hurt in Fall at Downtown Madison, Wis. Job Site

July 11--A worker fell 40-50 feet from scaffolding at a Downtown construction site Thursday afternoon, apparently suffering serious injuries, authorities said. Crews were called around 1:30 p.m. for a report of a man who fell at a construction site at 425 W. Washington Ave., according to the Dane County 911 center. Bernadette Galvez, a spokeswoman for the Madison Fire Department, said the man ...
07/10/2014Wis. Regulators Move to Change Incentives for Renewable Energy

July 10--State energy regulators moved Thursday to make a big change in how incentives are provided for renewable energy projects. The state Public Service Commission agreed to set up a $16 million revolving loan fund that would work with a commercial lender to help finance installation of solar, wind or bioenergy projects. The program is modeled in part on a similar initiative already in ...

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