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03/24/2015Victims of Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Worked for Three Different Companies

March 24--RALEIGH -- Authorities have identified the employers of the men killed and injured in a scaffolding collapse on Monday at a construction site in downtown Raleigh. Two of the men who died worked for Juba Aluminum Products Co., and one worked for KEA Contracting Inc. of Raleigh, according to N.C. Department of Labor spokesman Neal O'Briant, citing "preliminary information." The ...
03/24/2015Duke Energy to Fight $25.1M Coal-Ash Fine

March 24--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will "vigorously contest" a state-record $25.1 million fine for contamination of groundwater at its Sutton power plant in Wilmington. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources fined Duke on March 10. DENR has said it expects to levy more fines as the department investigates coal ash contamination at other plants. "This is a difficult step, but we ...
03/24/2015YMCA Plans $20M Renovation of Flagship Charlotte Facility

March 24--When the Dowd YMCA opened 55 years ago on Morehead Street, it served only men, uptown's current boom was decades away, and no one had ever heard the term "Crossfit." Now, shifting demographics, an aging building and new fitness trends are pushing YMCA of Greater Charlotte to renovate its flagship location. The organization plans to spend $20 million to remake the building, ...
03/24/2015Probe Into Fatal Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Could Take Months

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's workplace safety agency is leading an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers. The State Department of Labor is receiving help from Raleigh's police and fire departments as it interviews dozens of workers at the Charter Square building under ...
03/23/2015Scaffolding Collapse at Raleigh Construction Site Kills Three Workers

March 23--RALEIGH -- Three construction workers were killed and another seriously injured late Monday morning when an exterior lift system tore from the side of an office building under construction in downtown Raleigh. A witness, LeRoy Kelley, said workers were dismantling a "mast climber" on the 11-story Charter Square building on Fayetteville Street when the elevator-like system collapsed, ...
03/23/2015Three Workers Dead in Scaffolding Collapse at Downtown Raleigh Jobsite

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital. Jeffrey Hammerstein, community outreach chief for Wake County EMS, said three men died and a fourth was seriously injured in the accident at the glass and steel building called Charter Square ...
03/20/2015St. Pete Committee Fails to Choose Finalist for New Pier Design

March 20--ST. PETERSBURG -- After 12 hours of discussion and public hearing to rank the seven proposals to replace the city's landmark Pier on Friday, a selection committee chose none. Instead, the six-member Pier Selection Committee voted to delay its decision to allow members to submit more questions to the competing firms, and will meet again at a time to be determined. The day-long effort ...
03/19/2015Orlando Cancels Demolition Contract on Round Building After Contractor Defaults

March 19--The Colosseum still stands in the heart of Rome, the survivor of multiple earthquakes through the centuries. The Parthenon also survives, despite being nearly blown to smithereens by the Venetians during a siege of Athens in 1687. And like those gems of world architecture, Orlando's Round Building is proving surprisingly difficult to destroy. The formerly seven-story structure, which ...
03/18/2015Martin County, Fla., Prepares for Legal Fight Against All Aboard Florida Project

March 18--Martin County is building its case against All Aboard Florida. Commissioners -- who have pledged a total of $1.4 million to fight the private railroad company -- on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $161,000 gathering potential evidence for legal action. The county earlier this month committed $80,000 for outside legal counsel to help challenge the $3 billion Miami-to-Orlando ...
03/18/2015Miami Commission Headed for Tri-Rail Showdown With Mayor

March 18--A push to use millions in public funds to bring commuter trains from Palm Beach and Broward counties to downtown Miami may lead to a showdown next week between the Miami Commission and Mayor Tomás Regalado, who says he will veto any attempt to pay for the project with city money. Documents published Wednesday by the city clerk's office show commissioners are scheduled to vote March ...
03/17/2015Early Work on $135M West Palm Beach Spring-Training Complex Set to Start

March 17--It's not quite the construction equivalent of "play ball,'' but the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals plan to start preliminary work on their proposed $135 million spring training complex later this week, possibly as early as today. The first players on the 160-acre site south of 45th Street will be engineers, land-planners and appraisers who will start conducting initial ...
03/17/2015Massive Miami Mall Project Wins Approval for Land Deal

March 17--Miami-Dade commissioners gave resounding approval Tuesday to a land deal designed to bring the nation's largest mall to the northwestern part of the county near Miami Lakes and Hialeah. The four-million-square-foot American Dream Miami complex, a shopping and entertainment theme park big enough to have both a ski slope and submarine tours, is now cleared to spend $12 million on state ...
03/17/2015Proposed North Carolina Toll Project Suffers Another Setback

March 17--A federal judge has sided with environmentalists who sued the N.C. Department of Transportation over the Garden Parkway, dealing the controversial toll project another setback. The parkway was already on life support before Friday's ruling. It did not score high enough in Gov. Pat McCrory's new ranking system to be included on a 10-year transportation plan, but supporters of the toll ...
03/17/2015French Ambassador Impressed With MOX Project

March 17--Gerard Araud, France's Ambassador to the United States, said he and South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson share the same concern: Preserving jobs at the Savannah River Site's MOX facility and across the rest of the Palmetto State. Araud stepped into his role in September and landed in South Carolina on Monday. After touring Lexington County's two Michelin Tire plants, Araud made the ...
03/16/2015Residents Abandon Condo Complex as Orange County, Fal., Warns of Collapse Danger

March 16--Scores of residents have left the condemned Blossom Park condo complex in recent weeks, following an intensive effort by Orange County to highlight how dangerous it has become. The county has been offering financial assistance for residents to find alternate housing -- one month's rent at an extended stay motel, or first month's rent plus deposit at an apartment complex. The complex ...
03/16/2015Proposed Miami Mega Mall Aims to Defy Grim Fate of Others

March 16--You can find them by the grim score on the Internet, photos of broken, abandoned shopping malls: trees growing up through cracks in the floor, toppled ceiling panels scattered like shattered teeth, empty and unlit corridors stretching out to nowhere. "The pictures are pretty horrifying, and they tell a true story," says urban planning and economics consultant Christopher Zahas. ...
03/16/2015State Budget Constraints Could Pinch Univ. of Central Fla.'s Downtown Construction Plans

March 16--TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's desires to reduce debt, cut taxes and pay for school construction projects could hinder efforts to secure state funding for a proposed UCF downtown campus. The campus, which could serve 13,000 students and would include 590,000 square feet of academic space where the old Amway Arena stood, has been estimated to cost $200 million, nearly $60 million of ...
03/15/2015Opinion: Is All Aboard Florida a Done Deal? Maybe Not

March 15--I'm asked repeatedly by readers if All Aboard Florida is a "done deal," if there is anything that can derail the project. My typical response is something between skeptical and cynical. The Federal Railroad Administration, the agency overseeing the Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail project, operates primarily in an advisory capacity. It has limited authority beyond ensuring All Aboard ...
03/13/2015SCE&G: Further Delays and Rising Costs Expected for S.C. Nuclear Projects

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The company that owns a majority stake in new nuclear reactors in South Carolina said this week it wants approval to spend more on the project and finish construction later than expected. SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh said Friday that he has asked for a hearing before state regulators regarding the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of ...
03/13/2015Senators Critical of MOX Project's Costs

March 13--The first of two reports that will offer alternatives to the MOX method of plutonium disposition at the Savannah River Site is expected to surface in mid-April, with the second part of the study expected to come five months later. The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was one of the main topics discussed during a budget hearing before the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on ...
03/08/2015Nuclear Waste, Arsenic Found at Duke Energy Coal Plant in S.C.

March 08--HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Just a few hundred yards from Lake Robinson lies an old waste pond that, until this year, was among the least of Duke Energy's worries in the Carolinas. The pond had virtually dried up and, as coal ash basins go, didn't appear to present the same threat to groundwater, rivers or lakes that other ash basins do, environmentalists say. But documents that have ...
03/07/2015N.C. Enviro Sec. Wants Feds to Keep Wind Farms Farther Offshore

March 07--North Carolina's environment secretary has urged a federal agency not to sell wind energy leases within 24 miles of the state's coast, a limit that advocates say would largely block wind farms. The Sierra Club circulated the Feb. 23 comments of N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald van der Vaart to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The ...
03/07/2015Group Vows to Fight On Against NCDOT's I-77 Toll Lanes Project

March 07--A citizens group opposed to planned Interstate 77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville said Friday that it will continue its legal fight despite a judge's denial of the group's bid for a temporary halt to the $655 million project. Judge W. Osmond Smith III ruled Thursday against Widen I-77's request for a preliminary injunction against the lanes. Smith was appointed to the case ...
03/06/2015Mercedes-Benz to Build $500M Van Manufacturing Plant in North Charleston

March 06--COLUMBIA, SC The van division of Mercedes-Benz is investing around $500 million to building a manufacturing plant in North Charleston that will add 1,300 jobs within a few years, the governor's office said Friday. Construction on the next-generation Sprinter van plant is scheduled to start next year, Gov. Nikki Haley's office said in a statement as a news conference was being held at ...
03/06/2015Maglev-Train Plan for Orlando Airport, Convention Center Back on Track

March 06--A magnetically levitated train that would link Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center seems to be making slow progress. Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other high-level county officials have been meeting with representatives of American Maglev Technology in recent weeks to discuss the proposed high-tech rail system, which would also include a stop at Florida ...

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