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8/28/2015

New water rules by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at protecting small bodies of water were to go into effect Thursday, but a federal judge blocked them from being implemented in 13 states. Those states have sued the federal government over the rules, arguing that they are an overreach, "overly broad and infringe on [state] sovereignty." Congress has proposed a bill that would force the EPA to rescind or rewrite the rules.

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8/28/2015

Tropical Storm Erika is in the Caribbean and could reach South Florida this weekend. That has contractors in the region scrambling to secure project sites and prepare for the storm's aftermath. With about 110 high-rise condos under construction in the southeastern Florida area, that means a lot of work. This article gives a rundown of construction companies' efforts to prepare for the storm.

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8/28/2015

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has proposed a federal gas tax increase to raise funds for transportation projects but has found little support in Congress. "Politicians want to be popular with folks back home, and so they want to spend money on roads an infrastructure, because they know that it's important," he said. "They just don't want to pay for it. I can't abide by that."

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8/28/2015

A trellis frame made from a special alloy and the important ability to quickly switch from a hard-tail configuration for climbing to full suspension for speed distinguish the Bees Bike made by Germany's Altinsoy Manufaktur. The nearly $4,000 mountain bike also provides an ideal fit for each rider with an integrated systems of mounts and bolts.

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Altinsoy Manufaktur
8/28/2015

Certain iron alloys heated to 760 degrees Celsius -- or 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit -- for 30 minutes and then cooled rapidly expand in volume, thus unseating a scientific principle in place since 1841 that states volume shouldn't change. The discovery by Harsh Deep Chopra, professor of mechanical engineering at Temple University, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland, holds potential in a number of applications, including development of compact and efficient magnetic actuators due to the non-Joulian magnets' negligible generation of wasteful heat during energy harvesting.

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8/28/2015

The KRE Group is building a three-tower, 1,800-unit residential project in Jersey City, N.J. The Journal Squared towers will range in height from 54 to 70 stories. So far, 19 stories have been completed at the 2.3-million-square-foot project. The first phase should be completed in 2016.

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KRE Group, Jersey City
8/28/2015

A lack of energy infrastructure development in New England before the decade ends could increase energy costs, kill jobs and lead to $12 billion less in disposable income for the region, according to a study sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute and America's Natural Gas Alliance. Households and businesses in the region could see costs rise by $5.4 billion, which could then lead to a loss of 167,000 jobs, according to the study released Thursday.

8/28/2015

Paul Hemmer Co. is the general contractor for an 898,560-square-foot distribution center at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Ohio. Called LogistiCenter at 275, the facility is for online retailer Wayfair and will place 20 acres under one roof. Construction should be completed in 2016.

8/28/2015

SAM100, the first commercially available robotic brick mason is at work -- supervised by human masons -- on a school construction project in Washington, D.C. The machine has been on-site for about a week. "There are certain jobs that are SAM- and not-SAM-friendly ... [L]ong, straight runs of brick are perfect," said Tyler Shawcross of Clark Construction. The robot can lay brick two to four times faster than a human mason, according to Construction Robotics, which developed the machine.

8/28/2015

A federal judge has ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must spend $3 billion to repair wetlands it damaged during construction and maintenance of the 72-mile Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet canal. Congress ordered the corps to do the restoration a few years after Hurricane Katrina and clearly stated that Louisiana should not bear the costs for the corps' shortcomings, the judge noted.