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Highway Materials Group Meets With McConnell; Stresses Infrastructure

Members of the Highway Materials Group (HMG) met with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.), in his U.S. Capitol office Dec. 3 to discuss surface transportation infrastructure and the need to increase investment in the program long before the expiration of current law next May.

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Vulcan Materials Wins Environmental Award

Vulcan Materials Co. has been awarded the prestigious Conservation Education Award at the Wildlife Habitat Council's (WHC) 26th Annual Symposium, Celebrating Corporate Conservation. Vulcan was recognized for its outstanding national legacy in the pursuit of excellence in wildlife habitat conservation education and outreach.

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ARTBA Forecasts Modest 2015 Growth

The U.S. transportation construction market will grow 3.1 percent from $185.9 billion in 2014 to $191.7 billion in 2015, according to a forecast released December 3 by American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. This is slightly above anticipated growth in the overall economy – U.S. Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow between 2.6 and three percent, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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NSSGA Testifies Against MSHA's Civil Penalties Proposal

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) voiced strong opposition to a number of provisions in a proposed rule that calls for increased federal penalties for alleged mine safety violations and limits an operator’s ability to contest such fines. NSSGA testified Dec. 4 at the first of several U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) hearings on the proposed civil penalty changes near Washington, D.C. The association said it will echo similar concerns at a second hearing in Denver, Dec. 9, and at upcoming hearings announced today.

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