HONOLULU (AP) — A proposal to create a new Hawaii state agency to build and renovate public schools is moving forward despite concerns the agency would be exempt from many legal...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Abortion restrictions that were enacted when Republicans controlled Virginia’s General Assembly are being undone in legislation approved by the Democrats who are now in...
HONOLULU (AP) — A bill before the Honolulu City Council proposes to reduce the long-term carbon footprint of Oahu’s buildings, but the measure has encountered opposition from Oahu's gas utility...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James is accusing a Hudson Valley town and county of “a concerted, systematic effort” to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving into the town,...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Work has begun on a project to restore and update the House and Senate chambers in the Rhode Island State House.
The $2.5 million historic preservation project began...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to see Californians "harden" their homes to protect them from deadly wildfires, but he declined Thursday to endorse a proposed $1...
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have arrested two of the owners of a commercial complex that caught fire this past week, killing 26 people and injuring about 70, an...
BOSTON (AP) — Environmental advocates are pressing for an increase in the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in Massachusetts.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska earthquakes (all times local):
A seismic expert says Alaska and California use the most stringent standards to help buildings withstand earthquakes like the one that struck Anchorage.
There was minimal structural damage Friday to Anchorage buildings, though some major roadways will need significant repairs.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state's Panhandle did not have tighter building codes until just 11 years ago; it was once argued that acres of forests would provide the region with a natural barrier against the savage winds of a hurricane.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It was once argued that the trees would help save Florida's Panhandle from the fury of a hurricane, as the acres of forests in the region would provide a natural barrier to savage winds that accompany the deadly storms.
It's part of the reason that tighter building codes — mandatory in places such as South Florida — were not put in place for most of this region until just 11 years ago.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Even Father Jesus isn't above the law of man.
A Mississippi city has denied a proposal for a church by a man named Father Jesus, saying he failed to have a professional engineer draw up the plans.
Jesus said the church he's calling "Saints of the Most High" wouldn't be very big -- just 12-feet by 24-feet (27 sq. meters), and he'd begin with just three members.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Idaho lawmakers are hoping to tweak a proposal banning local cities and counties from adopting residential building code provisions that are more stringent than those already approved by the state.
The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday agreed to send HB 547 to be amended by the full Senate.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's House has approved legislation banning local cities and counties from adopting residential building code provisions that are more stringent than those already approved by the state.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The tiny home movement has really taken off, except that no one on Cape Cod or the Islands has been able to legally live in one.
Even on Nantucket, which passed a bylaw allowing tiny homes in 2016, none have been permitted because state building codes still make them illegal, said Andrew Vorce, Nantucket's town planner.
It's no different in any other town.
"The (state) building code is where the real bump in the road is," said Victor Staley, Brewster's building inspector.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials are expected to approve city building code changes that would allow some residents to build tiny homes, guest houses and small studios on their property.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has given preliminary approval to a proposed settlement agreement in a lawsuit over the design, construction and maintenance of a Lexington condominium complex.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the condo owners alleged poor construction, negligence and building code violations in the complex near the University of Kentucky.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
5 YEARS AFTER SANDY, NJ NOT READY FOR NEXT BIG ONE, Oct. 31
Five years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey Shore. Billions have been spent to rebuild what was damaged or destroyed, but hardly enough has been done to protect New Jersey from the next big one.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City's monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in the United States, Chile and New Zealand, according to new data compiled by a team of structural engineers at Stanford University.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Supporters of "tiny houses" say the state should adopt guidelines that make the small, non-traditional dwellings easier to build and own in the state.
Maine's Technical Building Codes and Standards Board held a hearing on Monday where residents said they were in favor of the state adopting its first guidelines about the tiny houses. The hearing happened following a legislative push by Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, who supports tiny houses.
MIAMI (AP) — After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida's storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tiny homes are coming to Garfield County as commissioners have approved land use and building codes that allow the small dwellings in unincorporated parts of the county.
The Post Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2nUb5qE ) that the commissioners ended requirements that single-family homes be at least 20 feet long by 20 feet wide. They also changed building codes to allow ladders in lieu of full staircases.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters say a South Carolina bill that lets football stadiums bypass international building codes stops taxpayers' money from being flushed down too many toilets.
The bill, approved by the House 101-0 last week, reduces the number of restrooms required in newly built or renovated stadiums for middle and high school sports.
DENVER (AP) — Denver is joining other cities around the country in requiring that standalone public bathrooms be open to anyone who wants to use them.
City councilors unanimously approved a change to the city's building code on Monday requiring that all new and existing bathrooms be labeled with signs designating them as gender neutral. Bathrooms that have more than one stall will remain labeled as being for men or for women only.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The cost to build new schools in at least one Texas city could rise as much as 30 percent as officials look to comply with new building codes requiring storm shelters.
Fort Worth leaders are expected to adopt an updated code based in part on Federal Emergency Management Agency recommendations that new schools with at least 50 students have a designated shelter.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A new study in Kentucky says U.S. Geological Survey maps overstate the earthquake hazard for the central United States, resulting in overly stringent building codes and policies.
That conclusion is from the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky, The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/2ePkQi5) reported.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Board of Health has voted to scale back strict building codes and other rules governing the state's abortion clinics.
Monday's vote reversed regulations enacted under former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. They required facilities to follow hospital-like outpatient standards and other rules. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar regulations in Texas in June.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are re-visiting building codes and other restrictions on state abortion clinics that were approved by former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some building industry officials want South Dakota to enact statewide energy codes that commercial builders would be required to meet.
In return for federal stimulus money in 2009, the state said it would work toward building codes aimed at making new homes and commercial buildings more energy-efficient, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2aXI7xs ) reported. A 2017 deadline looms.