After the incident at the Oroville Dam earlier this month, California Gov. Jerry Brown says the state plans to spend $437 million on high-priority flood projects, but not repairs to the spillway at the Oroville Dam, which is the responsibility of several water districts and water contractors.
Wal-Mart has been conducting price comparisons and going back to vendors to reduce prices on grocery items, looking to compete with discounting rivals such as ALDI and Kroger, Nandita Bose writes. The company also met with major consumer products suppliers and pushed for a 15% cut in wholesale prices, Bose said, quoting sources.
Alibaba Group Holding says poor laws limit the success of its efforts to limit counterfeit sales. The company reported 4,500 counterfeiting leads in 2016 and saw just 33 convictions, with most of those receiving only probation.
In April, US Customs and Border Protection intends to begin awarding construction contracts for a wall between Mexico and the US. Bids will be due March, but it's unclear when Congress will allocate the necessary funds.
The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the long-planned reconstruction of two major interchanges and an interstate segment in downtown Houston and plans to allocate more than $900 million for the project. The idea was considered a long shot at one point but could turn into the "most significant freeway project in anyone's lifetime" in the Houston area.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says passing major infrastructure legislation President Donald Trump promised during his campaign will be challenging. Trump has proposed using public-private partnerships to fund the effort, but Chao acknowledges that other financing methods will be needed.
London Concrete is using a dense concrete mixture to minimize vibrations and noise at the Crossrail project in the UK. About 5,232 cubic yards of the special concrete were placed.
PepsiCo has announced the launch of its Zero Impact Fund, a program that sponsors colleges and universities pursuing environmentally friendly projects. Coca-Cola also has stepped up its sustainability efforts, voicing support for a bottle-recycling plan in Scotland.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to begin repealing at least three regulations this week. Pruitt is targeting the Waters of the US rule, the Clean Power Plan and a rule limiting methane emissions for repeal as part of an effort to boost "regulatory certainty" and shift EPA's focus to fulfilling its main mission of protecting the air and water.
Multitasking has gotten a bad name, but Steven Sweldens argues that it's a real thing, possible when in a state of mind called "in the zone." "Opposition to multitasking is largely based on the assumption that the concentration and self-discipline required to get things done are limited resources," he says.
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