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SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo
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Come celebrate the 25th Annual SCWA Convention at the 2013 SCWA Convention & Car Wash Expo. It will be a special time of looking back as well as looking ahead.
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Meeting Texas' water needs
Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At a time when our state faces many competing financial needs — for education, transportation and other vital services — prudent choices must be made to determine the appropriate role for state funding for any water supply project or strategy. Local and regional water suppliers say that state financial assistance is needed to fund about half of the total $53 billion price tag for water infrastructure projects in the current State Water Plan. However, simply providing funding without improving the plan and carefully prioritizing projects to be funded would not be an efficient use of taxpayer funds. More

Tornado damages roof of Louisiana car wash
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Police said a tornado recently touched down in Baker, La., damaging a car wash on Highway 19. Police Chief Mike Knaps told The Advocate the tornado caused other problems including "a lot of damage" in the center of the city. Trees and power poles were damaged. More

Mister Car Wash tops 100
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Mister Car Wash announced the acquisition of the Cloister Wash & Lube chain with four car washes and three lube shops in eastern Pennsylvania. The transaction was finalized on December 4th, 2012. “Cloister Wash and Lube is one of the pre-eminent car wash companies in the world and Mike Mountz, founder and CEO of Cloister, is widely recognized as one of the most innovative operators in our industry,” said Ron Peterson, CEO of Mister Car Wash. “"We're excited about entering the Pennsylvania market and look forward to helping them build upon their amazing legacy.”" More

Thief targets change machine multiple times
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An employee of The Dam Car Wash in Cumming, Ga., said the same thief has broken into the change machine three times, reported. The Dec. 11 story stated that, on three different occasions, a thief has used a $10 bill with an attached filament to break into the machines. More

Health care in 2013: What's in store for small businesses
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The Supreme Court ruled this past summer upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called "Obamacare"). So in 2013, the Act will proceed forward into implementation. Many small-business owners are wondering what this mega-document holds in store for them in the coming years. More

Small batch of Range Rover Evoques recalled for loose brakes
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Jaguar Land Rover LLC is recalling a small number of LR2 and Range Rover Evoque vehicles from the 2012 model year because the bolts securing their rear brake calipers could loosen and possibly detach from the wheel assembly. The problem stems from brake caliper retaining bolts that might not have been installed as tightly as they should be. Loose brake caliper bolts could allow the caliper to separate from the wheel, which could increase the risk of a crash. More

Lawmakers plan to tackle immigration, assistance programs
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Local lawmakers appear to be taking on immigration and government assistance requirements next year, according to bills filed for the upcoming 140-day 83rd Texas Legislative Session. Nearly 400 bills and resolutions have been filed by legislators across the state since early November for the 2012 session. The 83rd Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 8. More

The fiscal cliff's impact on small business
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The so-called "fiscal cliff" refers to an automatic $560 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that would go into effect, beginning in January 2013, to reduce the U.S. budget deficit. These higher tax rates and slashed government budgets, negotiated as part of the "debt ceiling" debate in 2011, will go into effect if Congress does not pass a debt reduction package before the end of the year. More

2012 is shaping up to be warmest year on record in Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Barring a late December cold snap, North Texas is on track to have its warmest year on record. Through Dec. 12, the average temperature this year was 69.9 degrees, 0.6 degree higher than in 2006, currently the warmest year. National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris said the higher temperatures during the first half of 2012 could probably be attributed to the influence of La Niña, the condition in the Pacific Ocean that tends to bring warmer winter temperatures to Texas. "I think you can say with the exception of one or two months that the entire year has been above normal, but the first half of the year was exceptionally warm," said Harris. "The La Niña effect began to wane considerably during the summer." More


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