Baltimore fines contractor for not hiring enough black firms
BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore is fining a construction contractor $40,000 for failing to turn enough work over to black-owned firms.
Portland Public Schools nearly scammed out of $2.9M
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — District officials say Portland Public Schools was bilked for $2.9 million when a fraudster posing as one of the district's construction contractors hoodwinked employees into...
Republican businessman to run for US Senate in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican construction contractor Mick Rich is making a second run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.
The Mick Rich 2020 campaign committee filed paperwork August 1...
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Officials say a North Carolina county got scammed when criminals posing as representatives of a construction contractor tricked county workers into transferring about $2.5...
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming home construction contractor has been arrested after skipping a court appearance on police claims that he stole $50,000 worth of property from his...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A construction contractor says the primary suspect in the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck approached him in April about building a secretive and...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A statewide trade group representing commercial, industrial and public works construction contractors says it has established a $5 million endowment that will fund programs...
Contractor fined $44K for botching tiny house project
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas construction contractor has been fined $44,000 after botching a tiny house project.
A Sedgwick County judge found that Rogers Contracting owner Brad Rogers, of...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 race for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local):
Republican construction contractor Mick Rich says he is contemplating...
Vermont seeking public input on regulating contractors
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials are seeking a second round of feedback from the public on a proposal to regulate home improvement and construction contractors.
Lauren Hibbert, of the Office of Professional Regulation with the Secretary of State, says the initiative began after staff at the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program noticed a high frequency of complaints about contractors from property owners.
Atlanta corruption investigation stretches into Mississippi
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall has stretched into Mississippi with a new bribery charge leveled against a former Atlanta city employee and political consultant.
A new indictment filed in Atlanta this week against Mitzi Bickers alleges she tried to get city contracts in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2014 and 2015 by paying for entertainment, transportation and campaign services for that city's mayor and other city officials.
Airport expansion eyed for New Mexico’s booming oil region
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico's booming oil and gas region want to expand their regional airport.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County commissioners voted last week to seek a construction contractor to start expansion at the Lea County Regional Airport.
RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a construction worker was injured after a pickup truck tumbled at least 100 feet into a sinkhole that's being developed into a tourist attraction near the resort town of Branson.
Playhouse Square to lift curtain on 34-story apartment tower; parking lot closing next week
Playhouse Square to lift curtain on 34-story apartment tower; parking lot closing next week
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Playhouse Square Foundation is ready to raise the curtain on a 34-story apartment tower in downtown Cleveland's theater district, where site preparations will start next week and a formal groundbreaking could take place in early April.
NEW YORK — Congressional Republicans created a juicy new tax break for business owners when they rewrote the U.S. tax code late last year. Three months later, hundreds of thousands of U.S. employers still don’t know if they qualify.
The City of Roseburg has been awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to help finance loans to low- and moderate-income homeowners to repair their owner-occupied homes.
3 decades later, charge filed in Richland contractor’s death
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Investigators say they have solved the killing of a Richland construction contractor more than three decades ago.
The Tri-City Herald reports that Franklin County prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge Wednesday against 54-year-old Theodore Milam, who's already in the Spokane County Jail for several violent crimes dating to 1999.
MAYVILLE — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week to preview the upcoming reconstruction work on Highways 28 (Horicon Street) and 67 (Main Street) in Mayville.
The meeting will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mayville City Hall, 15 S. School St. A short presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from WisDOT, the city of Mayville and the construction contractor will be available to discuss the project.
Ex-mayor of Chicago suburb indicted in bribery scheme
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb on charges he took part in a $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.
Bridge repairs could keep it closed for months
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A southwest Louisiana bridge over the Vermilion River could be closed to traffic for more than half a year as the city of Lafayette works on emergency repairs.
Lafayette Consolidated Government is poised to hire Huval & Associates, Inc. to design emergency repairs to the Surrey Street bridge, which the city-parish immediately closed last month after receiving a state inspection warning the bridge was near failing.
Man pleads guilty to obstruction in Atlanta corruption case
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta man who threw a concrete block through a city contractor's window and left dead rats on his porch pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstructing justice in a federal investigation into a pay-to-play scheme for city contracts.
Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The costs to repair the nation's tallest dam after a nearly catastrophic failure of the spillways will top $500 million, nearly double the original estimate of $275 million, a California Department of Water Resources official said Thursday.
Southern Oregon University still recovering scammed funds
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Southern Oregon University has recovered less than one-third of the $1.9 million that it was tricked into paying to criminals posing as construction contractors.
Working poor on Minden Street exhausted after Harvey
HOUSTON (AP) — Like many of his neighbors on flood-ravaged Minden Street, Lino Saldana knows if he doesn't work, he doesn't get paid.
As volunteers helped him rip out waterlogged, moldy drywall and carpet from his wrecked home, adding to piles of debris along the street that have grown to 5 feet (1.5 meters), Saldana was asked if he will be able to make the next mortgage payment.
Driver killed after hitting contractor’s truck on freeway
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed when a car plowed into a construction sign and a contractor's truck along a Southern California freeway.
The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on State Route 91 in Anaheim.
The CHP says the Lexus sedan crashed into a large arrow sign and a construction contractor's truck near an off-ramp.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia's oldest city say a construction contractor fatally injured a century-old live oak tree, and they're demanding $37,000 for the damage.
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Utility hires Colo. contractor to replace pipeline on road to Taos
New Mexico Gas Co. said Wednesday it has selected a contractor for its four-month pipeline project along the Rio Grande in Taos County.
Work is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 on the $14 million project to replace six miles of pipe between Pilar and Rinconada. The company says motorists will face traffic delays Mondays through Saturdays on N.M. 68, the main road to Taos.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is escalating a fight with Republican lawmakers over who has the final say in what's in the state budget.
The Democratic governor issued an executive order Friday directing his staff to abide by his version of the state budget, not the final one enrolled by the clerk of the state House.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says work can proceed on a suburban Chicago highway on which construction was halted because of concerns it threatened an endangered bumblebee.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said Friday opponents of work on the nearly 6-mile-long (9.6 kilometers) Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois, failed to show it put the rusty patched bumblebee at risk.
Illinois contractor sentenced to 6 months in fraud case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 45-year-old construction contractor from Illinois has been sentenced to six months in prison for conspiring to defraud a government program designed to help companies deemed disadvantaged.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., also ordered Michelle Cho of Downers Grove to forfeit nearly $170,000 and to pay a fine of $35,000. She faced a maximum five-year prison sentence.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Commercial construction contractor Mick Rich of Albuquerque is pursuing the GOP nomination to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich — becoming the first challenger in the 2018 political race.
Announcing his federal campaign filing Tuesday, Rich emphasized his support for the commercial development of natural resources on federal lands as a way to boost New Mexico's economy.
Mick Rich, an Albuquerque construction contractor, was in Santa Fe on Tuesday to speak with reporters about his bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Martin Heinrich.
Rich, 63, is the first announced candidate in the GOP Senate primary, which will be held in June 2018. This is his first run for public office. He said he recently retired from the construction company he started 37 years ago and handed it over to his son.
3 bids received to fix Oroville Dam’s damaged spillways
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three construction contractors have submitted bids to fix Oroville Dam's two damaged spillways, California water officials said Saturday.
The Department of Water Resources said in a statement that the bids are higher than its estimate of $220 million.
Two road construction contractors will be returning to Fort Aktinson this summer to address issues with work they were hired to complete in 2016.
Scott Construction of Lake Delton and Wolf Paving of Lake Mills will be re-doing or fixing portions of work on various roads within the city they had worked on last year.
Generally, with one exception, the additional work will come at no cost to the city due to the prior work not meeting contractual obligations and being covered by a warranty.
The Fort Atkinson City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved developing a skatepark in Ralph Park with local construction contractor and skater Ben Roehl as a lead fundraiser.
Fundraising for the project — estimated to cost approximately $300,000 — would include reaching out to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and private individuals. The plan would entail raising funds in 2017 to early 2018, with construction to occur in 2018.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Construction contractors, engineers, architects and environmental advocates are urging lawmakers to follow through with promises to increase spending on New York's aging drinking water and waste water systems.
The coalition, called Rebuild NY Now, rallied members Monday in Albany to drum up support for water infrastructure proposals that have been gaining traction with lawmakers in budget negotiations this year.
The Fort Atkinson City Council on Tuesday will consider approving construction contractor and skater Ben Roehl as lead fundraiser to advance development of a proposed skatepark in Ralph Park.
Per a memo from Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation Director Scott Lastusky, the council also will consider entering into an $8,000 construction document agreement with American Ramp Co. of Joplin, Mo., to provide details on which local contractors may bid.
Oregon enacts tougher fall protections for builders
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A state regulation that took effect Jan. 1 requires Oregon construction contractors to make sure workers are protected from falls if work is done six or more feet above a surface.
Cost dispute delays police precinct construction in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah-Chatham police officers who work in the Central Precinct are going to have to wait a little bit longer for a new base of operations.
The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/2g2U46F) construction of a new station for the precinct has been delayed until next year after the city and a contractor were unable to agree to maximum cost for the project.
Philanthropist couple Chuck and Becky Mason donated almost $2 million to the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development on Friday to help address the shortage of STEM teachers in the area and across the state.
The donation, the largest in the College of Education's history, will create fellowship programs to support future educators who want to teach in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Philanthropist couple Chuck and Becky Mason donated almost $2 million to the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development on Nov. 11 to help address the shortage of STEM teachers in Southeast Texas and across Texas.
The donation, the largest in the College of Education's history, will create fellowship programs to support future educators who want to teach in science, technology, engineering and math.
A Klamath Falls man has been charged with aggravated theft after allegedly defrauding an elderly couple through unlicensed contracting work.
Michael Francis Cushman, 53, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly accepting $25,000 for construction work he was not licensed to carry out.
ST. PAUL — David Joseph Tuma was born on Oct. 6, 1924, in Cotesfield to John William and Blanche Marie (Naprstek) Tuma and passed away on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in St. Paul at the age of 92. He grew up and attended country school and graduated from Scotia High School in 1943.
Officials: Refinancing South Carolina reactors saves money
JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Officials overseeing construction of some of the first nuclear reactors of their kind to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years say fewer costs will be passed on to consumers.
SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh said Wednesday he understands power customer frustrations with the repeated rate increases to offset financing for new reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville.
I-69 developer resumes work on highway project
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Subcontractors have resumed work on an Interstate 69 project after halting operations earlier this month due to lack of payment.
The Bloomington Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/2cFhBL0 ) reports that Crider & Crider Inc. returned to work on Monday. Another subcontractor has also resumed work.
In 2014, I-69 Development Partners LLC was hired to upgrade 21 miles of the current Indiana 37 route between Bloomington and Martinsville.
Not long ago, a woman came into Portage’s new Fastenal retail store, looking for a gift.
The gift’s intended recipient is a construction contractor. Suffice it to say, the shopper found a suitable gift among the store’s inventory of construction and industrial products.
Portage’s Fastenal store at 2800 New Pinery Road, in the Northridge Plaza shopping center, has been open since July.