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Home    Education    Legislative    Publications    Calendar    Sunbelt Builders Show    Resources April 22, 2010

Builder details plans to fix wall
The San Antonio Express-News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Centex Homes outlined its plans to rebuild a collapsed retaining wall in a Northwest Side neighborhood, which the company hopes will help it recoup its investment and reassure remaining homeowners it won't desert the community. Centex has hired Craig Olden Inc., a Dallas-area company, to build a new retaining wall on a hillside between Rivermist and The Hills of Rivermist. Assuming the city approves the design, the company will start construction by May 15 and finish work within six months. More

Peggy Fikac: Perry predicts Hutchison won't bail on him
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry confidently predicts we'll see Kay Bailey Hutchison campaigning for him. "Sure. We're on the team. We just had an intramural scrimmage, and we got that over with," Perry said. Hutchison urged her supporters to unite behind Perry when she conceded her race against him. But based on her GOP primary campaign, what could her pro-Perry stump speech say? More

Perry appears gearing up for White House run in '12
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After clobbering Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the March Republican primaries, Gov. Rick Perry has been steadily raising his national profile, fueling speculation that he is quietly building a campaign for the White House in 2012. Perry still has to beat Democrat Bill White in November, so the speculation only goes so far. But less than a week after grabbing headlines at a Republican conference in New Orleans that came off like a 2012 candidates' beauty pageant, Perry found himself posing for pictures for next week's edition of Newsweek. More

Ailing economy worries Texans, could hurt Perry
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Vacant car lots, shuttered businesses and the grind of bad economic news is wearing down Texans' belief in a better tomorrow, according to a new survey of state voters, and that could be even worse news for Gov. Rick Perry. The survey by the national political newsletter Rasmussen Reports found 46 percent of the state's voters believe the economy is getting worse. That's up from 35 percent in January who believed things are getting worse. More

Senators call for scrapping 'virtual fence'
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two senators said Tuesday it's time to consider ending a contract for a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border, contending it doesn't stop illegal immigration. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., even suggested an old-fashioned, real fence may work better than the electronic one designed by Boeing Co. More

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Dallas-area HOAs post homes for foreclosure
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A growing number of North Texas home foreclosure filings have nothing to do with the usual late mortgage payments. About 350 Dallas-Fort Worth area homes are facing a forced sale because the owners owe money to homeowners associations or home equity loan holders, local foreclosure filings show. More

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes new leader of Texas State Society
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, was sworn in as president of the Texas State Society on Tuesday at the organization's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Reyes became the first El Pasoan to lead the organization since Congressman Richard White in 1977. Reyes was the first vice president for the 2009-2010 term. The society was formed in 1904 to emphasize fraternal spirit among the Texans in the nation's capital, to help those born in the state and to increase patriotism. More

Commentary: Case delayed in forensic panel shuffle may finally get its due
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last fall, Gov. Rick Perry's shake-up of the Texas Forensic Science Commission halted a report on whether faulty science helped convict a Corsicana man accused of burning down his house and killing his family. Six months later, there are vague signs of movement on that case again. More

Forbes: Houston Technology Center 'changing the world'
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The Houston Technology Center was put on the short list of technology incubators "changing the world" by Forbes. The magazine wrote that "HTC is focused on two critical areas: Energy and nanotechnology. In the last decade HTC has spawned 1,000 entrepreneurs who have raised $1 billion in funding." More

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San Antonio wins major grant to retrofit buildings
The San Antonio Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The San Antonio Green Retrofit Initiative will receive $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help buildings ramp up their energy efficiency. San Antonio is receiving the funds through the Energy Department's Retrofit Ramp-Up program. The federal government is establishing partnerships with communities, governments and nonprofit organizations. More

State Capitol dome getting face-lift
The Lubbock Avalanche-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The dome of the Texas Capitol is getting a new paint job and the House chamber will be closed to the public for several months while workers paint the ceiling. It's part of a $3 million restoration project. More

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