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Stone Shipments Increase on Great Lakes

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27.6 million tons in 2013, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to 2012, according to the Lake Carrier’s Association (LCA). The trade was, however, still 4 percent below its long-term average.

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Ruane Touts Highway Trust Fund Needs

Fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) without generating any new revenue would require the equivalent of Congress passing and the president signing a 2013-level Murray-Ryan budget deal every year just to maintain current highway and transit program investment levels, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Pete Ruane Feb. 12 told a Senate panel.

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Missouri Offers First Ph.D. in Explosives Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, has been approved by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education to offer the nation’s first Ph.D. in explosives engineering. Missouri S&T was also the first in the nation to offer undergraduate and post-graduate minors in explosives engineering in 2005, a postgraduate certificate in 2006 and a master’s degree in 2010.

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AASHTO President: States, Construction, Economy at Risk

The impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund poses a threat to state budgets, the construction industry and the overall economy that is real and that is even closer than originally estimated, according to Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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