A remaining set of concrete steps at ground zero have been named as one of the nation's most endangered historic places on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list. The "Survivors Staircase" represented a last chance to escape for those in the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. However, the staircase is not included in plans for preservation.
A plan in Massachusetts would make the state the first to ban some construction and demolition materials from landfills in order to preserve capacity and encourage recycling. But some, including the Construction Materials Recycling Association, in Eola, Ill., are criticizing the plan for its policies regarding alternative daily cover dirt and materials 3 inches or shorter.
Texas officials say they plan to build what will be the nation's largest offshore wind farm including a 40,000-acre span of 400-foot-tall turbines off the Padre Island seashore. The project should generate enough energy to power 125,000 homes, but environmentalists say there couldn't be a worse location for the site, which is in the middle of a critical migratory bird flyway.
An agreement between Senate leaders has put immigration reform back on track, with a group of senators now going to the House to negotiate a compromise package. The new Senate bill includes measures to allow undocumented workers to work toward citizenship.
The nearly 20-year project to rebuild the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, D.C., hits a milestone next week as the first two spans of the new bridge open. Ceremonies to mark the event will include a 1,000-person gala, a fly-over by the Navy's Blue Angels and the music of the U.S. Air Force Band.