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12/10/2018

New York could legalize and tax marijuana to raise $500 million to $700 million a year for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to a report from the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. Some lawmakers have been critical of the report, which also says "increased fares and congestion pricing are insufficient to deal with the long-term financial needs of the subway system."

12/10/2018

Florida and San Francisco have filed lawsuits against American Traffic Solutions over rental-car drivers who were charged a daily fee if they took a toll road. Navigators Insurance is suing to avoid making payouts under a policy that guards officers of Verra Mobility, formerly known as American Traffic Solutions, against $5 million in liability.

12/10/2018

Insulated metal roof panels provide commercial and industrial projects with long-term durability and an air, water and vapor barrier. These roof panels, once used for cold-storage spaces, now meet energy-efficient building code guidelines while providing an attractive option for schools, retail centers and warehouses.

12/10/2018

Harvard University scientists have developed a material called liquid crystal elastomer, which can be programmed to respond to various stimuli, such as moving in response to light. Using the material in solar panels would allow them to track the sun without additional energy input, the researchers say.

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12/10/2018

To make the sale, roofing professionals need to provide an engaging presentation based on eight principles, Chuck Thokey writes. In this breakdown, he discusses how to move from a detailed inspection into a presentation, using the company's story and industry facts while utilizing differentiating features to help the company stand out.

12/10/2018

The California Building Standards Commission approved a change to building codes that requires new homes in the state to have rooftop solar panels beginning in 2020. The upfront costs to building a home may increase by $10,000, according to the California Energy Commission, but in the long-term homeowners are expected to benefit from energy savings.

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12/7/2018

Now there's a way to assess the risk of mud flow and debris flow in an area as a result of a natural disaster. A new study in ASCE's Journal of Hydraulic Engineering offers a mathematical formula based on roll-wave theory. Download the study and formula free for a limited time, courtesy of the ASCE Library.

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12/7/2018

It's not enough to have a great, innovative idea. How can it be brought to market? Learn what it takes to make your concept commercially successful in a free webinar taking place today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, hosted by the chief judge of the 2019 ASCE Innovation Contest's entrepreneurial track. Sign up and attend.

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12/7/2018

Facing difficulties and losing hope at some point while being in a leadership position is expected, Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair write. Overcoming this feeling of despair can be done by finding things to appreciate, asking positive questions and keeping track of progress.

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12/7/2018

The North Central Texas Council of Governments will be able to move forward with a 20-year, $136.4 billion, transportation plan after the US Department of Transportation ruled the proposal complies with federal air quality regulations. The approval is significant, because 10 counties in the region exceed the federal ozone pollution threshold.

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