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Housing Starts; New Home Sales Drop in May

Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in May, inching down 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance edged up 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million.

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MSHA: Mines No Longer Under POV Scrutiny

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that – for the first time since reforms began in 2010 – none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations meets the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV) notice.

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NSSGA Pushes Tax Reform

Before leaving town for a week-long recess, GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives released a policy paper that advocated for lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent.

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Screen Machine Celebrates 50th Anniversary

ScreenMachine 1Screen Machine invited dealers, suppliers, local, state and federal officials, families of employees and other special guests to its 125,000-sq.-ft. facility in Etna, Ohio, to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

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Two Killed at Sand and Gravel Operation

On June 3, a 24-year old haul-truck operator, with nine months of experience, and a 56-year old hydraulic-excavator operator, with six years of experience, were killed at Green Brothers Gravel Co. Inc.'s Harmony Mine & Mill in Mississippi.

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