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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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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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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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5/23/2019

President Trump on Wednesday quickly halted a meeting on infrastructure with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and that left other members of Congress scrambling to find a way to work toward a $2 trillion infrastructure package. House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said he wants "to work with Republicans to move individual pieces of legislation that will make a difference" even if a larger package cannot be adopted.

5/23/2019

Newt Gingrich, former Republican speaker of the House, suggested recently that an infrastructure plan should involve tolling of federal highways and public-private partnerships for funding. "I think you could easily get to a half-trillion dollars or more with those partnerships," he said.

5/23/2019

The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is planning to convert a 70-mile section of the Florida Turnpike to open-road tolling. The conversion includes a stretch of the turnpike from Osceola County to Sumter County and should be completed in 2020.

5/23/2019

Drivers are expected to hit the road in large numbers over the Memorial Day weekend. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is predicting more than 2.2 million vehicles will use the turnpike, up from 2.1 million last year.

5/23/2019

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony and jubilee to celebrate the new SH 45 SW, a 3.6-mile toll road. The event is scheduled to take place May 25.

5/23/2019

Connecticut lawmakers want out-of-state drivers to pay 40% of the cost for proposed tolls, and that could mean charging them rates twice as high as those paid by Connecticut residents. A draft of the proposed legislation has been released, but the amount drivers pay could change based on negotiations with the Federal Highway Administration.

5/23/2019

Drivers with obscured license plates are costing the Washington State Department of Transportation thousands of dollars in lost revenue. However, the agency's director of systems engineering said the number of unread license plates is a small percentage of the millions of toll transactions processed each year.

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