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Bill Would Limit Influence of Unions on Public Project Bids

Bill Would Limit Influence of Unions on Public Project Bids

By Cara Lombardo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers are proposing that Wisconsin limit union influence on bids for public projects.

The proposal from Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Rob Hutton would prohibit state and local governments from requiring contractors bidding on their projects to use unionized workers or enter into project labor agreements — collective bargaining agreements that establish rules controlling work on a project upfront, such as setting work hours or requiring workers to join a union. Few places in Wisconsin require

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Bridge in Larose Getting $24M Upgrade

Bridge in Larose Getting $24M Upgrade

By David J. Mitchell

State highway engineer Chris Rogers points to some of the mechanical equipment that will be rehabilitated in a restoration of the old West Larose Vertical Lift Bridge on La. 1 in Lafourche Parish, La. (David J. Mitchell/The Advocate via AP)

LAROSE, La. (AP) — In the fall of 1961, Gov. Jimmie Davis and his back-up vocal group, the Plainsmen, sang “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Peace in the Valley” to open the $1.5 million

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Heavy Snow Weighs on Central Oregon Roofs

Heavy Snow Weighs on Central Oregon Roofs

By Aubrey Wieber | The Bulletin

Anna Kaufman, left, and Hannah Rindlaub, right, ski down Riverfront Street in Bend, Ore., with their dog, Tula, during a winter storm on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Since then, a deluge of snow has overtaken Portland — a city that typically lives under a cloud of mist and drizzle — and other parts of Oregon. (Jarod Opperman/The Bulletin via AP)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — After another day of relentless snowfall, Bendites living in a

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New Yellowstone Dam Challenged Over Sturgeon Worries

New Yellowstone Dam Challenged Over Sturgeon Worries

By Matthew Brown

A three-inch pallid sturgeon swims with hundreds of others in a tank in the Miles City State Fish Hatchery in Miles City, Mont. Wildlife advocates are planning to challenge the approval of a dam on the Yellowstone River critics contend could kill off a dwindling population of a fish that dates to the time of dinosaurs. A bypass channel would be constructed around the dam near the Montana-North Dakota border to let endangered pallid sturgeon …

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Miniature Bearings Without Compromise

Miniature Bearings Without Compromise

IKO’s line of miniature bearings features varying sizes that allow designers to engineer a miniature bearing system to specific payload needs.

IKO’s standard miniature bearings line is now available in rail widths from 1-mm to 25-mm with wide-bearing options as high as 42-mm. They are also available in up to four different lengths — compact, standard, long and extra-long in many sizes.

The variety of widths and bearing lengths enables designers to easily tailor a miniature bearing system to

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Allied Machine Announces Availability of New AccuPort 432®/AccuThread 856® Kits

Allied Machine Announces Availability of New AccuPort 432®/AccuThread 856® Kits

Allied has announced the availability of more than 120 port kits with everything needed for hydraulic port or manifold manufacturing

Dover, OH – Allied Machine & Engineering, a leading manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, announces the expansion of its AccuPort 432/AccuThread 856 program to include more than 120 kits for manufacturing hydraulic ports and manifolds. The kits are now available to meet SAE J1926; ISO I6149; John Deere G1731; and SAE AS5202 (aerospace standard/Mil-Spec) specifications.

Contained in

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Innovative Side Wall Radon Mitigation System for Existing Homes

Innovative Side Wall Radon Mitigation System for Existing Homes

Tjernlund’s side wall radon mitigation system relies is now available.

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — An effective and affordable way to reduce radon levels in homes using side wall venting is now available from Tjernlund Products, Inc., the originator and leading manufacturer of side wall vent systems for gas- and oil-fueled heaters. Called Radon VACTM, the proprietary system consists of a plug-in fan, exterior hood and installer-purchased PVC pipe. Because the Radon VACTM side wall system evacuates through the basement side wall, homeowners can avoid

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Gadget Makers Offers Voice Controls Through Amazon’s Alexa

Gadget Makers Offers Voice Controls Through Amazon’s Alexa

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its suite of smart-home appliances, including a stove and refrigerator, launching in 2017.Jason Mathew, senior director of global connected strategy for Whirlpool, says voice is “the most natural way to interact with a product.” Voice control lets people turn on an oven, for …

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Driverless Electric Shuttle Being Tested in Downtown Vegas

Driverless Electric Shuttle Being Tested in Downtown Vegas

By Ken Ritter

The Navya Arma autonomous vehicle drives down a street in Las Vegas. The driverless electric shuttle has begun carrying passengers in a test program in a downtown Las Vegas entertainment district. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street.

The oval-shaped shuttle began running Jan.

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Tracking Snow: Springfield Testing Road-Condition Software

Tracking Snow: Springfield Testing Road-Condition Software

By Mary Hansen | The (Springfield) State Journal-Register

Last month, authorities in Springfield, Ill., began road-testing software that allows inspectors to keep abreast of road conditions nearly in real time. (Credit: Wikimedia/Famartin)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Phil Jones, a snow inspector for the city of Springfield, drove a public works pickup down Laurel Street Thursday morning, Jan. 5.

After a few blocks, he pulled over and grabbed the laptop off the mount on the dashboard. Jones clicked the

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Intel Brief

Intel Brief

Oil spill worse than initially thought.

Enbridge Energy, Inc. officials reported January 14 that 15,330 gallons of crude oil leaked from a 22-inch pipeline near Everton, Missouri, forcing officials to shut down Highway M in Lawrence County while crews from Enbridge and the State Department of Natural Resources worked to clean up the spill.

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33,000 customers without power in Texas.

Severe storms caused roughly 33,000 Oncor Electric Delivery Company customers in central and north Texas to lose power and caused flights into and out of

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Intel Brief

Intel Brief

OSHA cites Wisconsin metal fabrication company for safety failures after investigation of teenaged worker’s fatal injuries, two weeks after starting job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited G.D. Roberts and Co. Inc. with 16 serious and 1 other-thanserious safety and health violations December 27 after the death of a worker in July 2016 prompted an investigation at the Columbus, Wisconsin facility which revealed that the company failed to perform periodic inspections of machine safety procedures, neglected to conduct noise monitoring, and failed to train

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Intel Brief

Intel Brief

150,000 gallons of wastewater leak in DeWitt, Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that around 150,000 gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into Silver Creek in DeWitt Nov. 9. Officials were working to repair the issue and redirect wastewater into the city lagoon.

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Evacuations follow chlorine gas leak in Port Allegany.

McKean County Emergency Services officials reported that roughly 48 pounds of chlorine gas leaked from a faulty valve on a water well in Port Allegany, Penn., forcing the evacuation of

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