Power and communication line construction

FILE - In a Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, Metrolink Director of Operations, R.T. McCarthy, demonstrates Metrolink's implementation of Positive Train Control, (PTC) at the Metrolink Locomotive and Cab Car Simulators training facility in Los Angeles' Union Station. The railroad industry is downplaying expectations that a safety technology that could have prevented recent deadly train crashes will be in operation across the country by the end of the year. Officials at rail industry trade associations now say they view Dec. 31, 2018, as the date by which railroads must qualify for an extension of as much as two more years, not the ultimate deadline. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
February 07, 2018 - 8:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The railroad industry is playing down expectations that a safety technology that could have prevented recent deadly train crashes will be in operation across the United States by the end of the year. Indeed, freight and commuter rail officials speak as if there never was any plan...
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FILE - In this Jan.11, 2018 file photo, people enter the Ritz hotel in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The Ritz hotel is putting to auction more than 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects including bathtubs, beds and minibars emblematic of the luxury afforded by the wealthy clients of the glitzy palace. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
February 01, 2018 - 7:52 am
PARIS (AP) — Fancy a little glamour for the old homestead? From bathtubs to beds, decorative sofas to minibars, Paris's glitzy Ritz hotel is auctioning off some 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects emblematic of the luxury it offers its wealthy clients. Founded in 1898, the Ritz...
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FILE This Thursday June 5, 2014 file photo shows former US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, left, as she listens to park service rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va. A power company is getting set to build 17 transmission towers in Virginia near colonial Jamestown Island. And already the utility has begun paying out $90 million for projects to blunt the impact on significant historic areas. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 20, 2018 - 9:14 am
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A big change is looming on the horizon near Jamestown Island, site of Britain's first permanent settlement in North America: 17 transmission towers — four nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty — are set to rise to help meet Virginia's growing energy appetite. But not everyone...
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A bulldozer moves debris as a vehicle sits stranded in flooded water on U.S. Highway 101 in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged and several people were killed Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 10, 2018 - 10:20 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left at least 17 victims...
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December 05, 2017 - 6:03 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Natural gas bills will rise beginning Jan. 1 for customers of Mississippi's largest gas utility, after regulators approved plans Tuesday for Dallas-based Atmos Energy Corp to raise rates on its 260,000 Mississippi customers. Rates for a yardstick residential customer should go...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, a brigade from the Electric Power Authority repairs distribution lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in the Cantera community of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's government scored a big win in court Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 after a judge rejected the appointment of a former military officer to oversee the U.S. territory's troubled power company. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
December 01, 2017 - 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid has sued a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments. Whitefish Energy Holdings claims the Puerto Rico...
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Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, greets Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, center, and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, at a hearing on hurricane recovery, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 14, 2017 - 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show. The law firm, Greenberg Traurig, recommended that the...
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello shake hands at a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in New York. Cuomo announced that the state will be sending personnel and trucks to aid in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico's electrical grid. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
November 02, 2017 - 8:58 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in the U.S. and Puerto Rico gave differing views Thursday on when power will be fully restored to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 4 storm more than a month ago. Ricardo Ramos, director of the state-owned power company, said the...
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November 02, 2017 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is clearing the way for additional federal funding for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, as the territory continues to recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. Trump is amending his earlier disaster declaration to increase the share of rebuilding and...
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long arrives to testify before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, during a hearing on the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season. Long said the challenge presented by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria is unprecedented in the history of his agency. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 31, 2017 - 12:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on FEMA testimony (all times local): 12:35 p.m. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says there was "a lot wrong" with a $300 million no-bid contract awarded to a tiny Montana company to aid Puerto Rico. FEMA Administrator Brock Long tells Congress that...
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