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Contract is awarded for MOX construction


Missouri-based Alberici Constructors Inc. has won a subcontract to build part of a $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel facility at Savannah River Site, which will convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power plants.

Alberici received a $44 million contract from Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC, which is under contract to design and construct the plant . Alberici's portion of the project includes the upper floors of a 500,000-square-foot concrete building where MOX fuel will be manufactured.

YWCA president will speak to chamber

The first businesswoman elected national president of the YWCA will address members of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce today.

Ann Stallard, the CEO of Atlanta printing company Graphic Communication Corp., is the featured speaker at the 2009 Women in Business Signature Event , which starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites.

Ms. Stallard also serves as chairwoman of the U.S. National Board of Trustees for the United Way of America.

Microsoft's European browser battle ending

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp., which has shelled out $2.5 billion in antitrust fines in Europe, is on the brink of closing a chapter in its long-running battle with regulators there .

European regulators said Wednesday they were preparing to settle their investigation into how Microsoft includes its Internet Explorer Web browser with Windows. Competing software makers had complained users didn't have a clear way to choose a nother browser .

The regulators say they will move forward with a proposal made by Microsoft in July that aims to give Windows users in Europe a better tool for choosing different Web browsers.

This will free Microsoft's legal team to push the software maker's search deal with Yahoo Inc. over regulatory hurdles.