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7/23/2021

With one funding question out of the way, negotiators for a bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate are trying to reach agreement on transit funding and broadband, says Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. The group expects to have a framework, minus some legislative text, done by Monday.

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The Hill
7/23/2021

General Motors is looking to pave the way for wider adoption of electric vehicles with charging as a service for fleets. Ultium Charge 360 will offer tools to help manage different types of fleets and facilities as well as more than 60,000 public charging places and support for charging at home.

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Electronics360
7/23/2021

Joe Ciaglia, founder of California Skateparks and the skatepark designer for the Tokyo Olympics, has found concrete to be his preferred material. Ciaglia, whose portfolio includes parks in London, Israel and Shanghai, also played a role in getting the X Games to embrace concrete.

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KNBC-TV (Los Angeles)
7/23/2021

Amazon salespeople are pitching building managers, landlords and locksmiths around the country on Key for Business, the company's keyless entry service that enables drivers to drop off packages inside building lobbies using a mobile device. Amazon introduced the service in 2018 but has not disclosed the number of sign-ups.

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The Associated Press
7/23/2021

A utility in Willmar, Minn., plans to increase investment in power transmission and to install a biological filtration system at a treatment plant. The transmission plan would alleviate the city's need to pay for access to lines owned by other utilities.

7/23/2021

Brightline's proposal to build a rail line beside Florida state Road 417 from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World to Tampa has been put on hold after the Central Florida Expressway Authority delayed a decision. The plan is opposed by the International Drive tourism strip and some residents, and a consultant has estimated an alternative route would cost $294 million more than Brightline's preferred route.

7/23/2021

The Central Ohio Transit Authority wants to build a central bus center in Columbus at the site of a Greyhound bus terminal. A tentative plan, which the authority board is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, is to buy the terminal for $9.5 million and demolish it.

7/23/2021

Months of repairs are expected for the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, which serves the Los Angeles area and is one of the largest such plants nationwide. The work, which involves sanitization and burning off digester gas, is needed after the plant had to release 17 million gallons of untreated water into Santa Monica Bay.

7/23/2021

A pause on proposed development that doesn't meet standards for flood mitigation is expected to be proposed in East Baton Rouge Parish and Baton Rouge, La., to satisfy concerns about growing storm intensity. The proposal from Metropolitan Council member Rowdy Gaudet comes as updated standards remain to be determined amid concerns that rules based on 25-year flood events are inadequate.

7/23/2021

KCE Structural Engineers, a firm that is part of the team investigating the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Fla., has determined one nearby building of a similar age needs further structural investigation, and another should be shored. The determinations come as the National Institute of Standards and Technology prepares for the technical phase of its investigation. NIST is capturing high- and low-resolution lidar scans of the site, and radio frequency identification chips have been used to tag pieces of evidence.