President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have supported including a $2 trillion infrastructure package in a stimulus bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pushed back. Trump cites zero interest rates as a good reason to proceed with infrastructure projects as part of a pandemic relief package, but McConnell and other Senate Republicans have advocated for a bill narrowly focused on economic relief.
Officials in Routt County, Colo., have named a temporary replacement for City Manager Tom Sullivan, who retired from his post in March after serving the city for nearly two decades. Mark Collins, former city administrator in Sheridan, Wyo., will serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is hired.
The Trump administration will pump $25 billion in emergency Federal Transit Administration funds into public transit systems, including $5.4 billion for New York City. The administration is also giving $10 billion in grants to airports and $1 billion to Amtrak amid deeply reduced ridership.
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the $4 fee that Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport wants to charge ride-hailing services for dropping off and picking up passengers at the airport. Lawmakers have filed legislation to block the fee; an Uber representative said the company was studying next steps, while Lyft has not commented.
Amazon announced Thursday that masks and other medical equipment on its platform will be sold only to hospitals and government agencies, and it will also expand temperature checks to include all Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees by next week. Employees with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must go home and can return to work only after going 72 hours without a fever.
The US Army Corps of Engineers will open 20 of the 350 bays of the Bonnet Carre spillway today to relieve pressure on Mississippi River levees protecting New Orleans. The unprecedented fifth opening in five years will eventually include up to 105 of the spillway's bays.
Princeton University researchers have developed an initial design for kinetic umbrellas that could be tilted to form a flood-protection canopy. The team gathered more than 100 years of data and used computational modeling to show the hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped concrete umbrellas could withstand a wall of water about 75% of their deployed height.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to spend more than $1 billion on 188 road projects this year in a repair season that could benefit from pandemic-reduced traffic flow. County and city projects also are planned.
TC Energy has not begun construction in Montana on the Keystone XL pipeline, despite expectations it would Wednesday. The developer has postponed construction to later this month, although spokeswoman Sara Rabern says the situation is fluid.
Effects of the coronavirus pandemic are evident under social distancing rules in Oregon, but major rail and airport construction projects proceed in the Portland area. In some cases, hiring is down and workers have requested time off.
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