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02/24/2015Public Invited to Weigh In on Seattle-Tacoma Airport Plans

Feb. 24--The Port of Seattle wants the public to know how it is planning to cope with growing pains at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. To that end the port, Sea-Tac's owner this week announced three public meetings to discuss the airport's proposed Sustainable Airport Master Plan. The public open houses are set for three dates at three locations: --March 4, 5 to 7 p.m. Mount Rainier High ...
02/17/2015County Council Approves Tacoma Narrows Airport Master Plan

Feb. 17--The Pierce County Council approved the Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan Tuesday without a controversial proposed 1,000-foot runway extension. The document now goes to the Federal Aviation Administration for review and approval. Gig Harbor residents who live around the airport at the southeastern end of the peninsula were concerned about the proposed 1,000 foot extension. They cited ...
02/24/2015Blowback: Wind Farms Run Afoul of Mich. Neighbors, Regulators

Feb. 24--As Michigan increasingly banks on wind power to drive the expansion of its renewable energy portfolio, wind farm projects are increasingly stirring up turbulence with the people next door to the turbines. Most recently, neighbors of a 14-turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula community of Garden filed a lawsuit against the developer in U.S. District Court last month, alleging the ...
02/18/2015Deal Reached for New Customs Plaza in Detroit, Clearing Way for Bridge Project

Feb. 18--WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Canadian officials Wednesday afternoon announced a long-awaited deal to build a new customs plaza in Detroit, marking one of the last hurdles to be crossed before construction of a new international span can get underway. Lisa Riatt, Canada's transport minister, announced the agreement in a news release from Ottawa even as the U.S. Department of Homeland ...
02/19/2015Proposed Cuts Could Cost Chicago Transit $130M, Officials Say

Feb. 19--The CTA, Metra and Pace would lose almost $130 million in state funding under the 2016 budget plan that Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Wednesday, potentially threatening transit services provided to disabled riders and opening the door to deep service cuts and fare increases for daily commuters on trains and buses, transit officials said. The CTA alone would suffer a state cutback of ...
02/19/2015Rail Co. Plans $120M in Capital Spending in Wis.

Feb. 19--BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday that it will spend an estimated $120 million on rail improvements in Wisconsin during 2015. BNSF's planned projects in Wisconsin include constructing 4 miles of double track through La Crosse. BNSF's maintenance program in Wisconsin will also include 220 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of nearly 25 miles of rail and about ...
02/20/2015Audit Faults Mich. DOT Oversight of Flawed Road Projects

Feb. 20--LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Transportation's monitoring of road warranties -- intended to hold contractors responsible for poor work -- is ineffective because the department doesn't properly inspect and follow up on the completed projects and make sure contractors correct deficiencies, Auditor General Doug Ringler said in a report released today. "Our review ... identified ...
02/23/2015Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Detroit-Windsor International Trade Crossing

Feb. 23--WASHINGTON -- Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a legal challenge to federal officials' selection of a southwest Detroit neighborhood as the location for the proposed New International Trade Crossing. The Detroit International Bridge Co. -- which owns the rival Ambassador Bridge and is controlled by Manuel (Matty) Moroun and his family -- had asked the ...
02/20/2015Wall Collapse Injures Worker at Wis. Construction Site

Feb. 20--A worker at a construction site off John Nolen Drive was injured Friday morning when a wall collapsed on him and trapped him, authorities said. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office was notified of the incident, according to the county 911 center. The medical examiner is called to incidents in which someone has died. The worker was injured at the future site of the Watermark Lofts ...
02/22/2015Cheap Natural Gas Might Doom Proposed Mich. Nuke Plant Project

Feb. 22--Federal regulators are close to approving construction of Michigan's first new nuclear power reactor in more than a quarter century, although it's an open question if it will ever get built. The proposed new reactor, named Fermi 3, would sit next to DTE Energy's currently-operating Fermi 2 nuclear plant on Lake Erie near Monroe, about 30 miles south of Detroit. It also would neighbor ...
02/17/2015DNR to Regulate Water Discharge at Mo.'s Largest Coal-fired Plant

Feb. 17--For 15 years, Ameren Missouri has operated the largest coal fired power plant in the state under an expired water permit. Now, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is finally moving forward with a new permit that would regulate water discharges from the Labadie plant in Franklin County. While environmental groups criticized what they said were lenient rules, the permit would ...
02/17/2015Cubs Oppose Rooftop Businesses' Effort to Halt Wrigley Construction

Feb. 17--The Chicago Cubs asked a judge Tuesday to deny an emergency request from two rooftop businesses to temporarily stop construction at Wrigley Field. The team said in court papers the rooftop businesses -- Lakeview Baseball Club and Skybox on Sheffield -- haven't provided any evidence that they will "suffer any harm over the next few days or weeks" to justify an emergency restraining ...
02/12/2015'Back to Business' as CH2M Hill Calls off Alaska Unit Sale

Feb. 12--Senior managers of CH2M Hill were in Alaska Feb. 4 meeting with the company's employees. Their message: The company's oil and gas business is no longer for sale and it's business as usual. CH2M Hill Senior Vice President for Corporate Development Matt McGowan and Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Patrick O'Keefe said the company wanted to test the market's reception ...
02/14/2015Mich. Panel: Radioactive Fracking Waste Dumping Is Safe

Feb. 14--Disposal of low-level radioactive fracking waste does not harm Michigan's environment under current rules, a panel appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder determined, and a Van Buren Township landfill could even handle higher radioactivity levels without risk. Those are among the findings in a report issued Friday by a panel appointed by Snyder. The group of regulators, academics, ...
02/13/2015Chevron Sues Mo.-based Apex Oil Over Leaky Pipe

Feb. 13--Multinational energy giant Chevron Corp. is accusing Clayton-based Apex Oil Co. of allowing a leaky pipeline to seep petroleum for years and leaving it for Chevron to clean up. In a lawsuit filed Feb. 6 in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Chevron says a Baltimore oil pipeline it sold to Apex in 1994 has leaked thousands of gallons of petroleum products into the Baltimore Harbor ...
02/13/2015Wrigley Rooftop Owners Go to Court to Block Sign Installations

Feb. 13--The owners of two Wrigley rooftop businesses went to court Thursday to stop the Cubs from installing a video scoreboard and advertising signs on the outfield walls that will block their views into Wrigley Field. The owners, led by Edward McCarthy, run the Lakeview Baseball Club, 3633 N. Sheffield Ave., and Skybox at Sheffield, 3627 N. Sheffield Ave. They filed a federal lawsuit last ...
02/12/2015Mo. House Approves 'Right to Work' Bill, Sends It to Senate

Feb. 12--Legislation barring unions from charging any fees to nonunion members cleared the Missouri House on Thursday, although its future remains in doubt. In a 91-64 vote, the "right to work" bill was sent to the Missouri Senate, where it could ultimately face a filibuster by opponents. Even if it does win Senate approval, Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to veto it. It takes 109 votes in the ...
02/11/2015Mo. Utility Outlines Issues With Carbon Rules

Feb. 11--Ameren Missouri released a "white paper" Wednesday reiterating concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate carbon emissions. The paper lays out a plan the utility says will provide more flexibility, but Ameren also took the opportunity to repeat its belief that the proposal is illegal. The EPA proposal, released last June, would reduce climate-change causing ...
02/10/2015Hard Rock Offers Help in Milwaukee Arena Deal in exchange for Casino Okay

Feb. 10--Upping the ante again in its 11th-hour effort to build a Kenosha casino, the Menominee tribe -- with the backing of Hard Rock International -- on Tuesday said it would pay $220 million to cover the taxpayers' share for a new downtown Milwaukee arena. In return, Menominee chairman Gary Besaw and Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock, said Gov. Scott Walker will be asked to reverse course ...
02/10/2015Record Number of Apartments to Arrive in Downtown Chicago This Year

Feb. 10--Nearly 3,000 apartments, a record, are expected to join downtown Chicago's rental marketplace this year, including some with rents as breathtaking as their views. The record, however, may be short-lived. Even more apartment buildings are set to come online in 2016 as developers cater to the rising tide of downtown workers, many of them employed in technology jobs, and millennials ...
02/10/2015Power Lines, Railroad, to Move for New Stadium, Says Mo. Gov.

Feb. 10--ST. LOUIS -- Utility companies have agreed to move power lines and railroad tracks for a new downtown football stadium, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday, leaping the first hurdles in the effort to cobble together land on the north riverfront. At a news conference outside the towering Union Electric Light and Power Co. building, Nixon applauded the "concrete progress" represented by ...
02/05/2015Union Challenges Ill. Gov's Charge of 'Uncompetitive Bidding' on Road Work

Feb. 05--One of the Midwest's most powerful construction unions challenged Gov. Bruce Rauner's contention Wednesday that highway construction labor agreements have cost taxpayers and tollway users more than $1 billion during the last 10 years. "Sensational numbers just alarm the public," said Ed Maher, a spokesman for the Countryside-based International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. ...
02/06/2015More New Apartments Coming to Downtown Kansas City

Feb. 06--Kansas City's downtown housing boom is getting another boost with two new apartment projects planned inside the central business district's freeway loop. The City Council on Thursday approved final tweaks for a 5.25-acre, five-building apartment complex that will add 252 market-rate rental units on the southwest side of downtown. Construction is scheduled to begin in March on that ...
02/08/2015Ill. Gov. Wants Right-to-work Zones, Which Unions Decry

Feb. 08--As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sets his sights on limiting the influence of unions in Illinois, he's pushing an idea he's dubbed "empowerment zones" -- areas across the state where voters could decide if workers in their communities should be forced to join a union or pay associated dues. It's a variation of what is more commonly called "right to work" -- rules put in place at a ...
02/04/2015Coalition Urges Ill. to Boost Energy Goals

Feb. 04--If Illinois wants to meet President Barack Obama's mandate to curb carbon dioxide pollution by 30 percent by 2030, it should invest heavily in energy efficiency and renewable energy. That was the message Wednesday at a news conference organized by a coalition of labor, business and environmental groups and headlined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The group announced it plans to push ...

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