Runway project completed
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON A yearlong project to rebuild the main runway shared by Joint Base Charleston and the Charleston International Airport is finished. A dedication ceremony was set for Wednesday following completion of the $40 million job of rebuilding the 50-year-old runway. The newly constructed runway is 9,000 feet long, 150-feet wide and 18 inches thick. Before the work, the runway had been kept in service by spot repairs. But the runway was beyond its planned service life and had to be rebuilt.
Obama touts S.C. port
SAVANNAH During a late-night TV interview with Jay Leno, President Barack Obama slipped in a plug for three seaports in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina that are seeking federal funds to make room for larger cargo ships. Obama used his Tuesday night appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show” to push for bipartisan cooperation in funding infrastructure improvements such as widening roads and repairing bridges. The president told Leno that U.S. ports on the East and Gulf coasts need deeper harbors to stay competitive as the Panama Canal finishes a major expansion in 2015 that will give supersized cargo ships a shortcut between the U.S. and Asia. “If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs,” Obama said. And while the president continues to indicate port expansions are on his radar, Washington has had trouble finding money to pay for the expensive dredging projects amid budget battles focused on cutbacks and deficit reduction. The Charleston projects, which is seeking up to $350 million to deepen its harbor, still is undergoing studies by the Army Corps of Engineers that are required before permits and construction funding can be issued.
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Imagine: White House for sale
It’s a listing most real estate agents would salivate over: the White House. Zillow, the largest real estate information website, cheekily listed the historical, opulent home of the nation’s chief executive this week. The going price is $319 million. Or if you’d rather rent, that’d be $1.8 million a month. The residence, of course, isn’t for sale. But the listing offers an idea of what it’s like to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It has 16 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms and 55,000 square feet of living space. Oh, and there’s an underground bunker in case of a nuclear attack. The house is situated on 18-acre lot with a plush green lawn and a nicely sized vegetable garden. Tall fencing keeps away all the pesky tourists who visit daily to gawk at the residence.
The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times contributed.