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Effort Afoot to Raise Hybrid Vehicle Registration Fees

State transportation officials are faced with the very real challenge that electric and hybrid electric vehicles cause wear and tear on their highway networks but use very little, or no, gasoline or diesel fuel, which states tax to fund highway programs.

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May Construction Starts Rise 5 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $636.7 billion, new construction starts in May increased 5 percent from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Much of the growth came from the nonbuilding construction sector (public works and electric utilities), which was lifted by a $3.8 billion oil pipeline in the upper Midwest as well as by seven power plant projects with a combined cost of $4.3 billion.

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U.S. Lime Production Fell in 2015

In 2015, an estimated 19 million tons (21 million short tons) of quicklime and hydrate was produced (excluding commercial hydrators), valued at about $2.2 billion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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