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June Construction Starts Jump 15 Percent

New construction starts in June climbed 15 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $436.8 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Highways and bridges climbed 9 percent.

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Boxer and Inhofe Release Bipartisan Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member, released an outline for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the nation's transportation programs for two years.

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Mississippi Lime Announces Hydrated Lime Expansions

Mississippi Lime Co. is pleased to announce the expansion of hydrated lime production capacity at its Ste. Genevieve, Mo., operations as well as the installation of a new hydrated lime production facility at its Verona, Ken., facility. The expansions will begin to provide products available for customer demand in the fourth quarter 2011, according to the company.

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House Democrats Slam Mica’s Transportation Proposal

On the heels of Rep. John Mica’s (R-Fla.) announcement that the House GOP will pursue a transportation bill calling for only $230 billion in spending over six years, House Democrats slammed the proposal, calling it “inadequate,” “mindless” and “very sad.”

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National Associations Combat EPA Initiatives

More than 120 national organizations, including The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) signed a letter sent July 12 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) calling for the swift passage of H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011.

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