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Hotel space planned for colorful Des Moines office building

Mar. 25, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of Des Moines' taller and more colorful office buildings will house hotel guests by 2022 under a plan being developed by its owner. Floors one through 13 of the Financial Center would become the hotel, with 190 guest rooms, a food market, coffee shop and an upscale restaurant....

Katie Struble, mobile market manager, left, and Connie Kenny, market manager with Local Environmental Agriculture Project, Inc. (LEAP) farmers markets demonstrate social distancing as the Grandin Village Farmers Market was open with precautions on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Roanoke, Va..

Virginia poised to legalize casinos at unlucky time

Mar. 22, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Talk about bad luck. Two weeks ago, Virginia lawmakers approved legislation to allow developers to build five large casino resorts around the state in what supporters have long hoped will be a dramatic economic boost to struggling areas. Virginia is one of the few states in the...

Hawaii extends school closure, restricts Hana Highway access

Mar. 19, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities have extended the closure of public schools statewide and restricted access by non-residents to popular Hana Highway in Maui as they fight the spread of coronavirus. The number of people testing positive for the disease stands at 16. Two new cases were Oahu residents who...

In this Jan. 24, 2020 photo, The Southwest Circle on display behind a glass railing at Met Square in downtown Miami. People walk by the original Miami, Florida, every day and don’t even know it. Or they think the downtown corner where Miami’s first residents lived is a ruptured sewage line under repair. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

Miami's ancient Tequesta Indian circles not on display

Mar. 7, 2020 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — People walk by the original Miami, Florida, every day and don’t even know it. Or they think the downtown corner where Miami’s first residents lived is a ruptured sewage line under repair. “It looks horrible and it’s been like this for years,” said businessman...

Part of city park might soon hold thousands of solar panels

Mar. 5, 2020 10:23 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A plan developed by MidAmerican Energy and Iowa City calls for using a portion of a city park for MidAmerican's first solar energy project. The Iowa City Council has scheduled a public hearing March 24 on leasing nearly 19 acres (7.7 hectares) at Waterworks Prairie Park to...

Seattle NHL team breaks ground on practice facility

Feb. 27, 2020 4:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The foundation for Seattle’s future NHL franchise continued to take shape Thursday as the team broke ground on its practice facility just a few miles from the arena it will call home. The team’s practice facility, which will eventually house three full ice sheets, and its...

Glacier National Park taking comments on communications plan

Feb. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — New cell towers and communications gear will be built and installed in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said. The National Park Service plan would designate locations for cellular infrastructure, increase the height of radio towers from 40 to 80 feet (12 to 24 meters)...

FAA radar concerns prompts move of proposed airport hotel

Feb. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration that a five-story hotel planned for the Burlington International Airport could interfere with the airport's radar system is forcing developers to relocate the proposed hotel. The FAA's objection came as officials were preparing...

Scaffold at hotel under construction collapses, worker hurt

Feb. 19, 2020 1:12 PM EST

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A scaffolding at a hotel under construction collapsed, injuring a worker, fire officials in Keene, New Hampshire, said Wednesday. WMUR-TV reports fire officials said two workers were on the scaffolding when it collapsed at about 10:30 a.m. One worker was taken to the hospital. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., is sworn-in during the opening session of the 116th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history.  The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside the Smithsonian network and take steps toward funding and construction. The vote was 374-37.  “Seeing role models doing things we all aspire to can change the course of someone’s life,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the bill's principal sponsors. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House approves plan to create US women's history museum

Feb. 11, 2020 5:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside...