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New-home construction logs unexpected gain

Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer Washington (AP) — The number of new housing projects that builders broke ground on in February rose sharply, defying economists’ forecasts for yet another drop in activity. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that construction of ...

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Hazardous dirt plagues MMSD project

Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com The price tag on a Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District tunneling project could increase by $600,000 after the state ruled dirt excavated on the job is a hazardous material. The district and its consultants knew contractors would need ...

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Boom borrowing hits churches hard

Rachel Zoll AP Religion Writer Metropolitan Baptist Church was bursting out of its home. From a group of freed slaves in Civil War-era Washington, Metropolitan Baptist had grown into a modern-day mega church and community service powerhouse. In 2006, construction ...

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News Briefs

Downtown Dayton landmark sold at auction Dayton, OH (AP) — Two Wisconsin men bought the century-old Arcade building in downtown Dayton on Thursday and pledged to restore the structure. Gunther Berg and Wendell Strutz of Plymouth purchased the historic building ...

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Snow fence finds home in green buildings

Cheyenne, WY — They’re a fixture along Wyoming’s wintery, wind-blown roadways — fences that have spent up to 50 years blocking blowing snow and keeping roadways clear of drifts in the winter. Now snow fences are finding a second life ...

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Business People

Allied Construction Employers Association The Allied Construction Employers Association announced its new board members. Mark Kemp, Superior Masonry Builders Inc., is president; Doug Carlson, KBS Construction Inc., is vice president; and Rick Murphy, Olympic Wall Systems Inc., is secretary/treasurer. The ...

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Survivors mark anniversary of crane collapse

Karen Matthews AP Writer New York — Survivors of a crane crash that killed seven people gathered with neighbors and elected officials to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly construction accident. “We’re happy to be alive, and praise God ...

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Australia cuts migrant intake

Sydney, Australia — Australia will cut its annual skilled worker migrant intake by 14 percent in an effort to preserve jobs for Australians after a spike in unemployment, the government announced Monday. Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the skilled migration ...

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