President Donald Trump appears to be softening his position that a continuing budget resolution to avoid a federal government shutdown must include funding for a border wall after Democrats indicated they opposed any funding. Trump told conservative media outlets he could wait to ask for funds when Republicans begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Energy Transfer Partners has started construction on the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan. About 7,570 people are working on the 713-mile pipeline that is expected eventually to create 10,000 construction jobs.
AGC says construction material costs have increased significantly, led by a 19% rise in steel mill products and 17% for copper and brass between March 2016 and March 2017. AGC says construction companies have not been able to increase prices as quickly as costs and urges the federal government not to restrict the importation of materials.
A report prepared for California's Department of Water Resources says the failure of the spillway at the Oroville Dam "likely occurred as a result of high velocity flow ... penetrating under the slab, causing a strong uplift force and causing the slab to lift, eventually causing all or part of the slab to break away" with "[s]ubsequent erosion of foundation material." A final report on the cause is expected in the fall.
A US Geological Survey study shows that the seafloor around dying coral reefs is losing sand and subsiding, posing a risk to coastal communities that experience storm waves. The study, which examined reefs in Hawaii, the Florida Keys and the US Virgin Islands, states that coral reefs create sand naturally but that as they decline as a result of changing weather patterns and human-induced damage, erosion occurs on the ocean's bottom.
Alibaba's Jack Ma will hold a conference in Detroit in June to help 1 million US small businesses enter the Chinese market by selling on the e-commerce giant's Tmall site. Alibaba seeks to invite 2,000 US small-business owners, educate them on how to sell to Chinese consumers and then help them partner with logistics firms to make the process possible.
The State University of New York's next chancellor will be an engineer. Kristina Johnson's resume includes development of technology for 3D movies, the founding a hydroelectric company and her service as undersecretary in the Department of Energy.
Gensler's architects have used Microsoft's HoloLens technology to speed up project designs, among other commercial and industrial applications. The technology is also useful for remote collaboration, according to Aviad Almagor, director of Trimble's Mixed-Reality Program.
Amazon is exploring autonomous trucking as a way of fielding its own transportation system for deliveries, sources said. The report said Amazon, which previously launched a vehicle-research portal and whose portal Alexa has made its way into vehicle connectivity systems, is seeking avenues for more efficient deliveries.
A community garden started in a vacant New York City lot in 1973 was the template for the hundreds of plots cultivated since. Community gardeners have repeatedly fended off efforts to develop their land.
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