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New-Home Sales Fall 6.8 Percent in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes dropped 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000 units in June, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

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Polaris Opens California Aggregates Terminal

Polaris Materials Corp. is reporting that on July 19, a self-discharging Panamax ship carrying 77,000 tons of aggregates from the Orca sand and gravel quarry, made the first delivery into the company's new terminal in the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

 

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MSHA Mid-Year Report Shows 18 Deaths In First Half of 2015

In the first six months of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recorded the deaths of 18 miners in mining industry accidents in its national mid-year summary. The toll represents a decrease of five metal and nonmetal deaths from the same period in 2014.

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Virginia Aggregates Producers Garner Awards

A program in Virginia rewards companies that apply innovative techniques to reclaim land and who set the bar high with their safety and community outreach programs. The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy – Division of Mineral Mining, presented the following awards on July 11:

 

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Construction Starts Rise 23 Percent in First Half of Year

During the first six months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $336.0 billion, up 23 percent from the same period a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11 percent from the same period a year ago.

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