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MSHA Reports Second Fatality of Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Monday, Jan. 14, a 56-year-old survey crew member with approximately 30 years of mining experience was fatally injured after he was struck by a loaded shuttle car. The victim was measuring the mining height in an entry that was part of the travelway used by the shuttle car to access the section feeder.  

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Construction Spending Up Slightly; Highways Rise

Construction spending during November 2018 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,299.9 billion, 0.8 percent (±1.3percent) above the revised October estimate of $1,289.7 billion. The November figure is 3.4 percent (±1.5 percent) above the November 2017 estimate of $1,257.3 billion.

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New Home Sales Higher Than Expected in November

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000 units in November after an upwardly revised October report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since March 2018. However, on a year-to-date basis, sales are down 7.7 percent from this time in 2017.

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Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Broad Infrastructure Initiative

While a new national poll shows only 43 percent of likely voters support using federal dollars to build “a wall or physical barrier along parts of our southern border to make it harder for people to enter our country illegally,” almost 90 percent believe “the Democratic leadership and President Trump should work together during 2019 to pass legislation that would improve other infrastructure.”

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