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5/23/2019

Target's efforts to boost digital sales paid off with a 42% increase in the first quarter, fueled by in-store order fulfillment and Shipt same-day delivery. The retailer expects its digital sales to grow from $5 billion in 2018 to $6 billion this year.

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Target
5/23/2019

Dodge Data & Analytics reports that new construction starts dropped by 15% in April, with most sectors reporting declines. Total construction starts, unadjusted, are down 8% year-over-year so far in 2019.

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Dodge Data
5/23/2019

During Amazon's shareholder meeting Wednesday, some of its shareholders and employees pushed for the company to provide more insight into its carbon footprint and to reduce use of fossil fuels. While Amazon does have some plans to reveal its carbon footprint, the group wants the company to take faster measures to protect the planet.

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Amazon
5/23/2019

A meeting between President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to discuss funding options for a $2 trillion infrastructure package broke down Wednesday, leaving officials to pursue other legislative paths for now. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said he plans to advance "individual pieces of legislation that will make a difference" as well as a surface transportation reauthorization bill.

5/23/2019

The percentage of people in the 100 largest US cities who live within 10 minutes' walk of a park increased by 2 percentage points this year to 72%. Washington, D.C., ranks first in the ParkScore index, released this week by the Trust for Public Land.

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USA Today
5/23/2019

Breaking a bad habit is easier if we identify something in life that is more valuable, such as giving up smoking because we love someone affected by it, writes Susan Fowler. "You can come out of the dark ages and choose to be motivated at a higher level by proactively creating the three nutriments for optimal (and sustainable) motivation: choice, connection and competence," she writes.

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Susan Fowler
5/23/2019

Autodesk has been testing a machine learning tool in its BIM software that analyzes large amounts of data to project daily safety and quality risks. One contractor reported a 20% decrease in quality and safety issues when using the software.

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Autodesk
5/23/2019

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has $370 million worth of state highway projects planned for this summer's construction season, which officially began Wednesday. The number, which doesn't reflect multi-year projects from past construction seasons, is close to the price tags from 2017 and 2018.

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Jamestown Sun (N.D.)
5/23/2019

The breakdown of the infrastructure meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders represents "bad policy and bad politics" that leaves a top national priority unaddressed and puts the politicians who fail to act in danger of being punished by voters, writes Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America. He notes, however, that both sides still have an opportunity to get a deal done if they are "willing to get serious," but "time is of the essence."

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Fox News
5/23/2019

The cost of building a Sasol chemical plant in Louisiana has risen from up to $11.8 billion in February to as high as $12.9 billion now. Sasol also noted, however, that a low-density polyethylene unit at the project was able to maintain specified production for at least three days.