Slumping sales tax revenue caused by pandemic-related closures has prompted administrators in Hamilton County, Ohio, to consider lowering tax rebates linked since 1996 to construction of the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says he is hopeful revenue will bounce back once a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, allowing the county to reinstate higher property tax rebates.
Apple has filed a patent application for technology that could alert a driver when the windshield is about to crack. The technology monitors a conductive film imbedded in the glass.
Uber and Lyft will be able to work with federal agencies to arrange transport for up to 4 million government employees and their families under an $810 million contract approved by the General Services Administration. Federal acquisition official Charlotte Phelan wrote that the contract "modernizes official travel and will make it easier, and cheaper, to use rideshare services for official travel."
The pandemic and its associated economic turmoil have caused anxiety for many workers, but roofing contractors can help relieve it by showing concern and providing necessary information, writes Richard Alaniz of Alaniz Law & Associates. "Having a caring workplace culture that creates employee [goodwill] can overcome almost any employee problem, even concern for personal safety and economic security," he writes.
Amazon is no longer allowing sellers that fulfill their own Prime orders to use FedEx Ground delivery due to delays, according to a company email. Amazon took similar short-term action last December in response to delivery complaints.
Crews have expedited demolition of Salt Lake City International Airport, thanks to reduced air traffic, and a $4.1 billion replacement could be ready two years early, officials say. At the current rate, most of the old airport will be gone by spring, and all demolition will be finished by summer.
A replacement Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could cost up to $4.81 billion, according to conceptual cost estimates based on a failed project. The number could change once project alternatives are fleshed out.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has given the green light to Enbridge to build a $2.6 billion replacement to the deteriorating Line 3. The company could secure a state stormwater permit in about a week, clearing the way for construction to begin.
The Maryland Department of Transportation is settling a dispute with a public-private partnership over Purple Line cost overruns and is paying an additional $250 million to preserve the project. The P3 had maintained in a lawsuit the light-rail project was $800 million over budget, and the department countersued.
Hundreds of transportation projects underway across Pennsylvania will be interrupted without $600 million in emergency funds, according to the state Department of Transportation. The department says it will run out of money by Dec. 1 if state lawmakers don't let it borrow the funds.
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