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08/25/2015Wis. Utility to Study Solar Energy Generation With Multi-year Project

Aug. 25--Solar-energy generation is a natural fit for warm-weather locations. Can it work in Wisconsin? Alliant Energy believes it can. To verify that, the company will study solar energy generation in Madison in a multi-year project. Construction on the project's $5 million first phase started Monday on the 25 acres of land that houses Alliant's 326,000-square-foot headquarters at 4902 N. ...
08/21/2015Why Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired in Illinois

Aug. 21--Michael Rosengarden says he is a "big believer" in medical marijuana. But his sympathy for Illinois' cannabis patients runs into a roadblock at his workplace, where he won't employ anyone found with drugs in their system. "The liability is significant, and I'm not interested in losing what I've worked a lifetime to put together," said Rosengarden, president of Autohaus Automotive, a ...
08/25/2015Ohio Lawmaker Vows to Fight Pollution Controls

Aug. 25--U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) says he plans to take on President Obama's proposal to reduce smog through tighter pollution controls on manufacturers. Both the President's recently finalized Clean Power Plan -- which aims to cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases -- and a plan for stronger ground-level ozone restrictions targeted by Mr. Latta put Ohio at the crossroads ...
08/24/2015OPINION: Wis. Utility's Solar Plan Is Sound Investment Toward Future Needs

Aug. 24--Alliant Energy's deal with a South Korean company to build a solar power field in the town of Beloit is one all should appreciate for several reasons. -- It demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of solar power as a clean energy source is migrating north. -- It would be a good reuse of a former landfill. -- And, regardless of how you view the Obama administration's new demands to slash ...
08/23/2015MoDOT Brainstorming Highway of the Future

Aug. 23--Solar panels, energy harvesting and truck platooning are just some of the high-tech ideas that may be studied by state highway officials in search of future innovations for Missouri's roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently soliciting suggestions from industry, institutions and individuals that could lead to new technologies in constructing highways. In early ...
08/20/2015Mich. Road Funding -- Why Talks Failed, What Comes Next

Aug. 20--LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder is to meet today with House and Senate leaders from both parties as they try to pick up the pieces from another failed attempt to strike a long-term funding deal to repair Michigan's faltering roads and bridges. The inability of state lawmakers to reach an agreement during Wednesday's session means legislative action to commit at least $1.2 billion a year ...
08/22/2015Plan for Giant Warehouse, Subassembly Facility Near Mo. GM Plant on Hold

Aug. 22--WENTZVILLE -- The developer of a planned 1.3-million-square-foot warehouse and subassembly facility near the General Motors assembly plant says the project is on "temporary hold." "We're basically pumping the brakes a little bit," Chad Meyer, president of NorthPoint Development, said Friday. "GM is basically evaluating what's the best use of the site and what's going to best serve ...
08/23/2015Industrial Powerhouse-turned-environmental Nightmare Coming Down in St. Louis

Aug. 23--ST. LOUIS -- For the first half-century of the automotive age, the Carter Carburetor factory in north St. Louis churned out cutting-edge carburetors for generations of brawny American cars, a massive brick monument to the city's industrial heyday. Now the factory is a hollow, windowless sentinel standing guard over toxic contamination that has bled down to bedrock. The final chapter ...
08/21/2015St. Paul mayor, Soccer Team Owner Meet to Discuss Stadium

Aug. 21--St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Thursday met with Minnesota United FC owner Bill McGuire about a possible Major League Soccer stadium in the city's Midway district. Coleman spoke with McGuire in the morning and "discussions are ongoing," said Tonya Tennessen, the mayor's spokeswoman. With a competing stadium plan in Minneapolis, St. Paul is trying to lure United FC to the vacant "bus ...
08/19/2015Utility Plans Solar 'Gardens' for Two Mich. Campuses

Aug. 19--Freshmen aren't the only newbies coming to Western Michigan and Grand Valley State universities soon. The Kalamazoo and Allendale schools are the sites of Consumers Energy's new Solar Gardens renewable energy program, the power company has announced. Acres of solar panels will be built at each location; both are scheduled to open next year. A typical solar panel is a little smaller ...
08/20/2015Work Near Chicago Transit Line Raised Alarm Before Embankment Collapse

Aug. 20--Weeks before an embankment collapse shut down the CTA's Yellow Line this spring, concerns were expressed over whether nearby construction at a sewage treatment plant in Skokie was causing too much movement in the tracks, emails obtained by the Tribune show. Monitoring of the CTA rails and a steel bridge revealed that vibrations, settlement and movement of the track system often ...
08/20/2015Packers Unveil Plans for Entertainment District Next to Lambeau

Aug. 20--GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers are a moneymaking machine, as strong financially as they have been at quarterback for nearly a quarter century. Over the past four fiscal years, the Packers have cleared a net income of $140.3 million, and it would have been much more had they not decided to spend $53.7 million buying up land south and west of Lambeau Field. But as team president ...
08/20/2015Michigan Lawmakers Postpone a Roads Deal Until Fall

Aug. 20--LANSING -- Lawmakers will adjourn until after Labor Day without being able to come up with a solution for Michigan's roads. After 11 hours of closed-door talks and attempts at horse trading, the House adjourned shortly before 9 p.m. with a promise to come up with some sort of solution in the fall. Many lawmakers and interested business groups expressed optimism, but others close to ...
08/20/2015Internal Emails Shed Light on Chicago Commuter Train Embankment Collapse

Aug. 20--Weeks before an embankment collapse shut down the CTA's Yellow Line this spring, concerns were expressed over whether nearby construction at a sewage treatment plant in Skokie was causing too much movement in the tracks, emails obtained by the Tribune show. Monitoring of the CTA rails and a steel bridge revealed that vibrations, settlement and movement of the track system often ...
08/15/2015Wis. Would Be Hit Hard By New Rule on Emissions

Aug. 15--Wisconsin is among 10 states that must make the biggest cuts in greenhouse gases to meet the Obama administration's new requirements forcing utilities to make sharp reductions of carbon dioxide emissions. The regulations, announced Aug. 4, generated immediate pushback from some states -- including Wisconsin -- many of which would bear the brunt of reductions as part of the ...
08/18/2015Money for Roads? Mich. Lawmakers Will Try Again

Aug. 18--LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to meet Tuesday with legislative leaders from both parties as Michigan lawmakers return to Lansing for another attempt to reach an elusive agreement on how to pay for badly needed road repairs. The discussions return to the Capitol one day after a huge pothole on I-75 near Springwells in Detroit flattened more than two dozen tires and snarled ...
08/17/2015Construction Worker Killed in Fall at Madison, Wis. Job Site

Aug. 17--A 25-year-old construction worker died Monday from injuries he suffered in a fall at the site of a future apartment building one block off Capitol Square in Madison. Chris Lord of Dane was working as a framer at the site for the project's general contractor, McGann Construction, according to company president Bryan McGann. He had worked as a carpenter for the company for three years, ...
08/13/2015Detroit's Metropolitan Building to Become Hotel Project

Aug. 13--In another sign that downtown Detroit's hotel market is recovering after years of stagnation, developers of the derelict Metropolitan Building have decided to switch their renovation project from residential apartments to an extended-stay hotel concept. Detroit's Downtown Development Authority approved the plan Wednesday. It was only in March that the DDA approved a proposal by the ...
08/11/2015Worries Grow About Possible Kansas City Streetcar Delivery Delay

Aug. 11--Kansas City Mayor Sly James says it's crucial that the new downtown streetcar system can carry passengers in time for next March's Big 12 conference men's basketball tournament. But city officials acknowledged Tuesday that there may be a significant delay in the delivery of the streetcars, which could adversely affect that schedule. While the actual track work is done and the ...
08/09/2015OPINION: Corps of Engineers Should Clean Up Radioactive Waste in Mo.

Aug. 09--The best solution for cleaning up radioactive waste buried at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton is to give control of the site to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps runs the tongue-twistingly named Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP), which controls every other site in St. Louis County that is contaminated with nuclear waste. The radioactive waste in ...
08/10/2015U.S. Senators Try to Delay Lake Huron Nuke Waste Site

Aug. 10--WASHINGTON -- Faced with the prospect of a Canadian power company burying nuclear waste within a mile of Lake Huron, Michigan's U.S. senators today announced legislation which would attempt to force the State Department to negotiate a delay with the Canadian government. The legislation would call for the State Department to urge Canada to delay any approval of Ontario Power ...
08/10/2015Developer Downsizes Milwaukee Apartment Proposal

Aug. 10--A large apartment development proposed for Germantown has been downsized after running into opposition. JBJ Development initially proposed the 225-unit Saxony Village project for 23.8 acres at N116-W16200 Main St., a site south of Main Street at Park Avenue. That proposal called for five 45-unit, three-story buildings. At a May 11 Plan Commission meeting "a number of village residents ...
08/07/2015We Energies Wins Right to Challenge Plant Proposal For Beloit, Wis.

Aug. 07--We Energies will get its chance to challenge Alliant Energy's plan to build a power plant in the town of Beloit, in a move that one environmental advocate says came as a big surprise. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to let the Milwaukee utility company intervene in Alliant's proposal to build a $750 million, natural gas-fired power plant next to the ...
08/06/2015Proposed Ind. Solar Farm Faces Zoning Hurdles

Aug. 06--Hoosier Energy is exploring putting a solar farm west of Ellettsville in Monroe County, but recent zoning outcries and the need for a new zoning ordinance to fully accommodate the proposal may leave the utility company's expansion into renewable energy in the dark. Hoosier Energy's plans are part of an effort to construct 10 one-megawatt solar arrays throughout southern Indiana and ...
08/06/2015Chicago's Midway Airport to Get $240 Million in Upgrades

Aug. 06--Those annoyingly long airport security lines at Midway International Airport could be helped by a major $240 million remodeling of the airport over the next several years that will also include expanded parking and new restaurants and retail, according to a plan announced by city officials Thursday. Under the plan, the pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue would expand from 60 feet to ...

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