WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access despite the government shutdown, while the Republican National Committee offered Wednesday to pay for guards to keep the site open.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate concept over the next five years would cost about $17 million, analysts have found.
As critics of a planned monument honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower object to everything from its giant scale to its depiction of the Cold War president and famed World War II general as a "barefoot boy from Kansas," new images and documents released to The Associated Press reveal other key elements overshadowed by the furor and show how the controversial project developed.
The work by Frank Gehry, to be built as a memorial park just off the National Mall, would feature two stones in "heroic scale," carved with bas reliefs. Based on new images recently released to The Associated Press, the carvings would depict a famed photo of Ike addressing his troops on the eve of D-Day, and another of the Republican president studying the globe.
Most of the attention and criticism has focused on large metal tapestries, proposed by Gehry to portray Eisenhower's Kansas roots, and a statue of a young Eisenhower.
Thanks to light bulb maker Osram Sylvania and help from Pepco, the energy-draining National Mall will be illuminated by efficient, long-lasting LED lighting, reducing the government's electricity bill, The Washington Post reports.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide how lawsuits related to earthquakes should be handled, agreeing to take on an appeal from Sandra Lada, who says she was injured in 2011 in a quake she blames on two oil companies operating disposal wells, the Tulsa World reports.
Increased fuel efficiency standards, a major component of President Obama’s plan to fight climate change that he touted in last week's State of the Union address, could be threatened by continued low gasoline prices that encourage consumers to return to buying gas guzzling vehicles, National Journal reports.
Newly elected Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, has talked about spending cuts and hinted at possible new taxes to fill the gaping hole left in the state’s budget by the collapse of oil prices, but a Republican-controlled legislature filled with allies of Sean Parnell, the man he defeated in the November election, may make getting approval for his policy changes difficult, if not impossible, The New York Times reports.
The assurances of Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman that he would maintain the country’s course regarding oil saw an easing in prices early Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery dropped 49 cents to $45.10 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 63 cents to $48.16, Reuters reports.
CEO G. Steven Farris is retiring at Apache Corp. -- although regulatory filings indicate he will receive his $1.75 million base salary and other payments over the next three years – and is being replaced by company veteran John Christmann, while former BP executive Stephen Riney will be CFO, FuelFix reports.
The president of Solar Vision has told WOSU public radio that his business has been affected by the state’s move to freeze renewable energy targets, something that the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative had predicted would happen.
Technological advances combined with new financial incentives will give a big boost to energy storage in the coming years, an essential element as renewable energy makes up a growing share of the nation’s power supply, NBC reports.
A planned visit by Pope Francis to the U.S. in the autumn, just months after he’s expected to issue an encyclical galvanizing Catholics to take steps against climate change, will likely intensify discussion on the issue, The Hill reports.