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12/15/2017

The US unemployment rate of 4.1%, a 17-year low, coupled with higher-paying job choices are worsening the long-haul trucking industry's driver shortage. This is placing renewed pressure on shippers to increase compensation and improving working environments.

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12/15/2017

Governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas met with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday to discuss their goals for North American Free Trade Agreement reform. The governors emphasized the need to protect domestic jobs, US manufacturing and global trade.

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12/15/2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said their states will commit a combined $3.65 billion to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Dubbed the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project, the rail line is expected to cost $12.7 billion, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has already committed $1.9 billion.

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12/15/2017

Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and attorneys for Kansas City, Mo., had negotiated a memorandum of understanding for a $1 billion upgrade to the Kansas City International Airport, but City Council has rejected that agreement. One of the council's members wants to end negations with Edgemoor and begin them with runner-up AECOM, but Edgemoor says "we're happy to sit down and discuss" outstanding issues with the city.

12/15/2017

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12/15/2017

Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett says his company is exploring the production of more fuel-efficient SUVs in response to consumer preferences. The company is also moving its autonomous- and electric-vehicle units from Dearborn, Mich., to Detroit, a move it says will bring together "Ford teams that are creating new business models in a resurgent, diverse neighborhood with industrial roots."

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12/15/2017

Helicopter-flown resupply missions during the Iraq War were imperiled by ground fire and improvised explosive devices, inspiring the Marines to seek a solution. The result is a lidar- and sensor-equipped autonomous flight system that can be fitted to existing helicopters and that possesses the intelligence to avoid obstacles and even decides on alternative landing sites without reference to GPS.

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New Atlas
12/15/2017

For many when thinking of roofing, they may not think of high tech. But in today's age, technology is everywhere including the roof. For excellent maintenance and service of the roof, technology has become one of the most important tools for roofing contractors. From smartphones to tablets, the men and women who are maintaining the integrity of roofing systems across the country rely on effective communication and information.

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12/15/2017

The Trump administration's infrastructure plan could be released early next year and is likely to rely heavily on private investment. Democrats and even some Republicans appear less than enthusiastic about that reliance, but the support of several Democrats will be needed, as legislation will need 60 votes to pass.

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12/15/2017

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