Plans were unveiled for a $1 billion renovation project at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport outside Washington, D.C., and work could begin later this year. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released renderings of the project, which would add new security checkpoints and a concourse.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would raise the federal gas tax by no more than 1.5 cents per year. The bill would allow the government to issue $17 billion a year in bonds and put the revenue into the Highway Trust Fund to be used for infrastructure projects.
California is set to sell a portion of $10 billion in bonds to fund construction of the high-speed rail project next month, but a federal judge has ordered a hearing on a preliminary injunction the day before the sale. The suit alleges that a bill adopted last year by the state changes the scope of funding for the voter-approved bond sale, making it illegal.
A study by the Louisiana State University Economics & Policy Research Group says that not restoring coastal wetlands in Louisiana will cost the state $3.6 billion in lost infrastructure, homes and businesses over the next five decades and $7.6 billion in lost spending, wages and disruptions to the supply chain. The study did not include losses if a major hurricane hit the region, but it does note that the state's $50 billion restoration plan would create 7,800 to 10,500 jobs a year.
Florida's beaches from Perdido Key through Navarre are only now beginning to reap the benefits of funds from the BP oil spill settlement, nearly seven years after the spill, Pensacola-area officials say. "I have no doubt we will see hundreds of millions of dollars in spending in Escambia County and that the money could be transformative," says Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.
DHL, the package delivery service of Deutsche Post, will begin delivery of AmazonFresh, Amazon's fresh-food delivery service. With a high density of food stores, Germany's grocery e-commerce remains slow, even as the country remains Amazon's second-largest market.
Next year's massive biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise will be commanded by non-founding member Chile, marking a first. Previous commands have alternated among the US, Australian and Canadian navies, but Chile's navy has now "earned this responsibility through years of observation, participation, mastery and leadership at RIMPAC," said Adm. Scott H. Swift, Pacific Fleet commander.
The USS America and USS Boxer have been honored with "Battle E" awards for superior performance over a yearlong evaluation cycle. The two San Diego-based amphibious assault ships are, respectively, the newest and the oldest of their kind in the fleet.
The Coast Guard's 20th Fast Response Cutter was commissioned Saturday in Cape May, N.J. The Lawrence Lawson is named in honor of the keeper of the Evanston, Ill., lifeboat station that led the 1889 rescue of crew members from a distressed steam vessel in Lake Michigan.
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