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04/13/2014Planned Nuclear Waste Facility Raises Fears for Great Lakes

April 13--Some materials that would be stored in a proposed underground nuclear waste facility less than a mile from Lake Huron are hundreds of times more radioactive than was told to Canadian government officials considering the site. That revelation was brought to light by Frank Greening, a nuclear scientist who once worked for Ontario Power Generation, the utility seeking the deep geologic ...
04/12/2014Rebounding Construction Industry in Wis. Looks to Apprentices to Fill Void

April 12--JANESVILLE -- Paul Wesling and Nick Tibbott work in different fields, but they are examples of a growing trend in the Wisconsin construction industry. Both are apprentices, filling positions employers and industry observers say are critical to an industry sector that's growing and in need of skilled workers. It wasn't all that long ago when Wisconsin contractors were suffering the ...
04/09/2014Speakers Blast Ameren Plan for Ash Landfill

April 09--WASHINGTON, Mo. -- Speaker after speaker drew applause Tuesday night as they railed against Ameren Missouri's plan for a coal ash landfill along the banks of the Missouri River. For Ameren, the packed Knights of Columbus meeting hall in Washington, Mo., was not a friendly audience. Only one person out of more than 100 present spoke in favor of the utility's plan to build a landfill ...
04/09/2014Mo. House OKs Sales Tax to Fund Transportation Spending

April 09--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri House approved putting a 1 cent sales tax increase for transportation on the ballot today. The 10-year penny tax hike would provide $800 million each year for maintenance and construction on roads, bridges and other transportation projects. Supporters said the money was needed to fill a hole in the Missouri Department of Transportation's budget, which ...
04/08/2014Regulator OKs Ameren Solar Project in Mo.

April 08--The Missouri Public Service Commission Tuesday approved Ameren Missouri's proposal for a 5.7 megawatt solar power array, the utility's first foray into commercial-scale solar generation. Ameren Missouri announced in January it planned to build a commercial solar array next to its substation in O'Fallon, Mo. The 19,000 solar panels planned for the 19-acre site at 1621 Highway 79 would ...
04/10/2014Indy Developer Pursuing $125M Apartment Plan

April 10--An Indianapolis developer with local roots is planning to build three separate downtown apartment projects totaling 661 units in the Quality Hill and the West Crossroads areas. Jim Thomas, a partner with Cityscape Residential who grew up in Raytown, wants to enter the urban market in a big way with an investment in new apartment construction totaling $125 million. If his development ...
04/10/2014Majority of Red Wings Arena Construction Jobs to Go to Detroiters

April 10--Just over half of the estimated 5,500 construction jobs being created by the Detroit Red Wings' new arena project will go to Detroit residents under a plan approved Wednesday by Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The DDA approved a recommendation from Olympia Development, the private entity of the Ilitch family that owns the Red Wings, to hire a joint-venture construction ...
04/10/2014Ikea Investing in Ill. Wind Farm

April 10--Swedish home goods retailer Ikea is investing in an Illinois wind farm, the first time it has plunged money into such a project in the U.S. The wind farm, about 150 miles south of Chicago, is expected produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 34,000 homes and is part of IKEA's goal to offset its own electricity needs by 2020. The company said the wind farm is expected to ...
04/10/2014$225M in Upgrades to Restore Rail between Chicago, Rockford

April 10--Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route. Service between the two cities stopped in 1981. The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with one roundtrip daily between Union Station and a temporary 7th Street station in Rockford, according to the Illinois Department of ...
04/07/2014Mich. Set to Enact New Oil and Gas Extraction Laws

April 07--New state laws enacted Tuesday could give old, no-longer-productive oil and natural gas wells in Michigan a new life -- injecting carbon dioxide gas into them to force up more product. But that could lead to an all-new network of pipelines in Michigan transporting carbon dioxide to the wells. And that causes landowners like Livingston County resident Beth Duman to cringe. Duman and ...
04/04/2014Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Calls for Revitalizing City Airport

April 04--Detroit's aging city airport could gain new life and again provide passenger service if a plan is approved to spend millions on a terminal, Jetway for passengers and major upgrades. The $28.5 million earmarked in Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr's restructuring plan would also set aside money for a study of the airport's role in its east-side neighborhood. The area near Conner and ...
04/02/2014Reports of Smoke Lead to Partial Shutdown of Ill. Nuclear Plant

April 02--Reports of smoke inside a nuclear power facility near Moline, Ill., on Wednesday prompted a partial shutdown of the plant and an alert from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, though federal officials said no injuries or abnormal releases of radioactive material have occurred. Operators at the Quad Cities power plant, a western Illinois commercial facility operated by Exelon ...
04/05/2014Deal to Clean Up Chicago-Area Radioactive Waste

April 05--Every time developers dig up a patch of Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood to build hotels or high-rise condominiums, the soil must be tested for radioactive thorium dumped years ago at several sites near the Chicago River. Tons of contaminated soil have been removed in recent years as the neighborhood undergoes a rapid transformation from its industrial past. Now the city and the ...
04/03/2014Mo Senate OKs $600M Bonding Proposal for Building Repairs

April 03--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate today passed a $600 million bonding proposal that would provide about $200 million to finance a new maximum security facility at Fulton State Hospital. The other $400 million would be split evenly between financing repairs at public higher education institutions and deferred maintenance projects at state buildings. Despite hesitation from some ...
03/31/2014Kansas City Seeks Voter Approval for $500M in Water Bonds

March 31--Two years ago, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a request to issue up to $500 million in sewer bonds to upgrade the city's antiquated sewers. Now, city leaders hope voters will do the same for the drinking-water system. Question 1 on the April 8 ballot seeks approval for Kansas City to issue $500 million in water revenue bonds. The city could borrow the money at ...
04/01/2014Ameren, Environmental Groups Square Off on Coal Ash Landfill

April 01--JEFFERSON CITY -- Trucking coal ash from its Labadie power plant to a remote landfill would cost Ameren Missouri -- and ultimately ratepayers -- $100 million more than keeping it nearby, the utility says. But critics worry Ameren's preferred site invites an environmental catastrophe that could cost a whole lot more. The first day of Missouri Public Service Commission hearings on the ...
04/02/2014Emanuel Ordinance Grants Zoning Exemption for Petcoke

April 02--Faced with public outrage about gritty black dust blowing through Chicago's Southeast Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked of forcing towering mounds of petroleum coke out of Chicago and outlawing new piles with costly regulations. But the fine print of a zoning ordinance unveiled Tuesday by the Emanuel administration opens the door for greater use of the high-sulfur, high-carbon refinery ...
03/31/2014Google Fiber Construction Disrupts as It Modernizes Kansas City

March 31--This spring will look less leafy at 39th and Genessee streets. Blame the need for Internet speed. A crew, hired by Google Inc. to make way for the company's overhead fiber optic lines, transformed the neighborhood ginkgo trees into tall stumps one morning last summer. "They butchered 'em, just butchered 'em," said Ted Larkin, the owner of three buildings in the neighborhood. ...
03/30/2014Detroit Resurrecting Development Deals Killed By Recession

March 30--The Great Recession hit Detroit hard. Unemployment and poverty soared, foreclosures kicked thousands of residents out of their homes, and a number of highly touted downtown and east riverfront development projects died on the drawing boards. Detroit will need years to recover. But happily some of those high-profile development projects are coming alive again, if in somewhat different ...
03/25/2014Missouri Offering Bridge Giveaway

March 25--They are a pair of aging beauties. And wow, you should check out their impressive measurements. Interested? If so, they can be yours at no cost. All you have to do is come up with a good use for them and the ability to relocate two half-mile-long steel spans that now cross the Missouri River. They are the Platte Purchase and Fairfax bridges that carry U.S. 69 traffic over the ...
03/26/2014Developer: 'Huge Interest' in Chicago Spire Deal

March 26--Six years after work to construct the tallest building in the western hemisphere came to a standstill, Chicago Spire developer Garrett Kelleher is back, this time with a partner, talking with potential buyers and making plans to find funding to restart the project. Standing in a hallway just after a bankruptcy court hearing Wednesday, during which a federal judge said she would ...
03/27/2014Vacancy Rate Drops in Major Detroit Office Buildings

March 27--Vacancy in Detroit's highest-profile office buildings declined to 11.5%, down from 26% three years ago, according to a recent analysis from Jones Lang LaSalle. Much of the demand, the firm said, has been driven by suburban tenants who have moved into offices in the city. In the past year, the three largest tenants were Title Source, which took 330,000 square feet in the First ...
03/26/2014Mich. OKs Loan for Detroit Rail Line

March 26--The odds that Detroiters will be riding a Woodward Avenue streetcar line by late 2016 rose Tuesday thanks to a $10-million loan from the state to the planned M-1 Rail line. The Michigan Strategic Fund, meeting in Detroit, voted Tuesday to approve the $10-million loan to M-1. As part of M-1's complex, multilayered financing plan, the state money will serve as a sort of bridge loan to ...
03/24/2014Proposed $350M Mixed-Use Project Heads to Chicago City Council

March 24--A $350 million proposal to build twin high rises, other buildings and redevelop four existing structures at the former Children's Memorial Hospital campus in Lincoln Park is headed to a full City Council vote next week after the Zoning Committee today endorsed the plan. The redevelopment would include two 21-story apartment towers with retail and office space, a smaller condominium ...
03/23/2014Springfield, Ohio, Sewer Project Costs Could Climb to $243M

March 23--SPRINGFIELD -- The total price tag for a federally mandated project to cut down on raw sewage flowing into local waterways could more than double earlier estimates and might now cost as high as $243 million. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required the city of Springfield to draft a long-term control plan in 2004 to significantly reduce the amount of stormwater overflowing ...

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