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A Border Patrol vehicle parked at an opening in the fence near Brownsville, Texas, Jan. 20, 2019.

A Border Patrol vehicle parked at an opening in the fence near Brownsville, Texas, Jan. 20, 2019.


Two more construction contracts have been awarded to build the border wall in Webb County, together totaling 40 miles and a combined contract value of nearly half a billion dollars.

A contract for 27 miles was awarded to Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., for a contract value of $283,150,000. And another contract was awarded to Southwest Valley Constructors Co. to build 13 miles of barriers for a total contract value of $201,250,000, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.

These contracts include a 30-foot steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, cameras and other technology. The government plans for construction to begin in September 2021.

This makes four construction contracts that the federal government

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Travel isn’t a priority at the moment, but eventually planes will return to the skies. And when that happens, the airlines are likely to offer some great award sales to get people back onto flights. Ideally you’ll want to have a pile of frequent flyer miles ready to go so you can take advantage.

Fortunately, American Express has just launched several limited-time welcome offers on its Delta credit cards. Right now you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles by signing up for a new personal Delta credit card from American Express, and up to 70,000 bonus miles for a business credit card.

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Stephanie Smolders and her partner have been full-time traveling freelancers for four years. In that time, they’ve become experts at finding work from anywhere in the world.  They shared their best tips with Business Insider, from online tutoring to creating digital products. 

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This week we have info on “microschool” entrepreneurs, IBM’s reopening plan, a growth model from the CEO of Skillshare, a day in the life of Julie Miles, and more. 

4 secrets to thriving as an entrepreneur in uncertain times, from the cofounder of a multimillion-dollar swimwear brand that was just an Instagram account and a $30,000 loan 6 years ago

Natasha Oakley

Natasha Oakley.

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Natasha Oakley is the entrepreneur behind Monday Swimwear, a role that includes brand ambassadorship and a major social media presence. An ambitious leader, she shared the strategies that have played the biggest role in her career with Business Insider.


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San Diego’s increased focus on racial equity in the wake of recent protests has prompted city officials to consider paving 40 miles of dirt streets scattered across low-income neighborhoods south of Interstate 8.

Residents and businesses near the roads deal with excessive dust in warm months, flooding and mudslides during winters, and crater-like potholes throughout the year.

Perhaps more importantly, community leaders say the unimproved dirt streets and alleys can damage neighborhood pride and leave first-time visitors and potential developers with a negative image of the areas.

“A key impact of these dirt roads is the damage they do to the perception within the community of their own self-worth,” said Lizzie Rodriguez, a community activist living just east of Logan Heights in a neighborhood called Memorial.

“People who visit say it’s really different here,” Rodriguez said. “But it shouldn’t be, because they pay taxes just like residents in Rancho Bernardo

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Almost 2 square miles of new marsh will be built in the upper Barataria Basin in Jefferson Parish using sediment dredged from the Mississippi River just over 5 miles away, officials with the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced this week.

The new wetlands will be created about 15 miles south of New Orleans, just below the town of Jean Lafitte and the Pen, an area of open water resulting from a failed 19th century agricultural project. 

The $176 million project was approved in late July by the Louisiana Trustees Implementation Group, or TIG, which made up of representatives of federal and state agencies that oversee the spending of $5 billion of BP money dedicated to natural resource restoration in the state because of damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The panel overseeing the use of BP oil spill damage money agreed last week to spend $25.6

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