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Virginia Tech Wins Student Membership Challenge

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) student chapter of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University was awarded a prize for recruiting the highest number of new members. The chapter recruited 50 new and 64 renewed members for a total of 114.

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Dodge Momentum Index Rises Again

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 1.2 percent in December compared to the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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AGG1 Exhibit Sales Officially Open

Exhibit space sales are now open for the 2015 World of Asphalt and AGG1 expositions. Companies applying for space by Feb. 17, 2014, will be included in the first round of booth assignments, and have the option of participating in an in-person “priority space draw” during ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014.

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MSHA Releases Injury, Fatality Data

According to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 42 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines in 2013, an increase from the 36 miners who died in 2012.

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Construction Spending Up in November

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce reported that construction spending during November 2013 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.4 billion, 1.0 percent (±1.6 percent) above the revised October estimate of $925.1 billion. The November figure is 5.9 percent (±2.0 percent) above the November 2012 estimate of $882.7 billion.

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