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Chao Under Investigation

RR091719 SecChaoSept. 16, 2019 – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is under investigation by the House Oversight and Reform Committee for improperly using her office to benefit herself and a shipping company owned by her family. Chao is also under investigation for her failure to divest from Vulcan Materials Co., where she had served on the board of directors before her appointment to transportation secretary. Chao has denied wrongdoing. A spokesperson for the Transportation Department said, “Media attacks targeting the Secretary’s family are stale and only attempt to undermine her long career of public service,” the spokesperson said.

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Here Comes Aggregates Day

RR050219 VulcanLogoSept. 12, 2019 –Vulcan Materials Co. announced that it will webcast its Aggregates Day event live on Tuesday, Sept.17. The presentation will be led by Tom Hill, Vulcan's chairman and chief executive officer, and will include presentations from other members of the management team on the company's strategy, financial outlook and performance. Vulcan invites interested parties to listen to the live webcast, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET and is expected to end at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. The webcast will be accessible on Vulcan's website, www.vulcanmaterials.com, with a replay available following the conclusion of the event. 

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Educated Investment

RR091019 LehighSept. 10, 2019 – Lehigh Hanson Inc. announced that its Hanson Aggregates subsidiary in Columbia, S.C., will donate up to $500,000 to Columbia International University (CIU) in support of the university’s revitalization efforts along Monticello Road, the corridor to the CIU campus. The company, which has operations near Monticello Road, presented an initial donation of $100,000 to the university Aug. 20, according to the Columbia Star. CIU has purchased seven properties transforming the formerly blighted area into a commercially viable district. A Dairy Queen/convenience store combo will be situated on three lots at the corner of Monticello Road and Peeples Street just off Interstate 20. A new sheriff ’s department substation will be located on another nearby lot. CIU cleared the properties of vacant buildings and a bar room earlier this year. Kudos to Lehigh Hanson for its conscious effort to invest in the community.

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You Ought to Know the Difference!

RR090519 MSHASept. 5, 2019 – MSHA apparently doesn't know the difference between cement and concrete. The agency issued a preliminary fatality report that states, "On August 20, 2019, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a miner was fatally injured when he sustained traumatic injuries from a 40-ft. fall down a shaft to the cement floor below. The victim was working with another miner unloading a refuse kettle attached to an electric hoist when he went over the unguarded edge of the shaft." I brought the error to their attention. They didn't bother to fix it. How can you expect the people you regulate to pay attention to detail if you don't do it yourself?

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You Need Good Roads for Evacuations

RR090419 hurricaneAug. 4, 2019 – Need a good argument for safe and efficient roads? Millions in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are facing evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Dorian's possible landfall in the Southeastern United States. The storm, which has been downgraded to a Category 2, is continuing north after ripping through the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend. In Georgia, evacuation plans are in place for roughly 300,000 people living east of Interstate 95. Early Tuesday, the state's I-16 became a one-way evacuation route for those fleeing Dorian. Mandatory evacuation orders issued by Gov. Brian Kemp went into effect for the coastal counties of Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan, and Camden counties as of 12 p.m. Monday. Dorian is expected to travel up to Georgia Wednesday night into Thursday. Residents along the state's coast are bracing for heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge from the slow-moving storm.

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