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Lunar Rocks Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center are hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology.

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MSHA Reports 11th Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Wednesday, July 17, a 32-year-old general manager/owner was killed when he was struck by a hydraulic breaker. 

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NSSGA Announces New Seat Belt Safety Initiative

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced a winner in naming the seat belt safety campaign, to be titled “Why risk it? Just click it!” The campaign’s focus is to remind the aggregate industry’s workforce of the importance of wearing seat belts on the job.

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June Construction Starts Climb 9%

Nonresidential Building Strengthens for the Second Straight Month; Highways Down.

New construction starts in June advanced 9% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $832.7 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The increase followed the 10% gain reported for May, as total construction starts continued to strengthen following April’s subdued performance.

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Granite Facility Recognized as a California Green Business

Granite announced that its Santa Clara Asphalt facility in Santa Clara, Calif., has been recognized as a California Green Business by the California Green Business Network in acknowledgement of its efforts to conserve resources and prevent pollution to help make Santa Clara County a more sustainable community. Granite is the only asphalt plant with this designation in California.

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