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Work resumes to protect coastline
The Houston Chronicle    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fishermen, fearful for their livelihoods and restless, seized upon improving weather conditions to resume the work of shielding fragile coastal ecosystems from an offshore well's runaway spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Faced with an indefinite closure of waters from Louisiana to Florida, scores of fishermen placed tens of thousands of feet of floating vinyl boom to corral the oil before it fouls one of the nation's most productive fisheries. More

Perry: Oil spill may be 'act of God'
Politico via The San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered a stern warning against halting oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of a massive oil leak, and he raised the question of whether the explosion was an "act of God." The Republican governor, speaking at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, warned against a "a knee-jerk reaction" to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak, which took 11 lives and threatens the Gulf coast's vast fishing industry. More

Offshore well blowout preventer was supposed to be fail-safe
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the heart of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a 40-foot-high stack of steel holding multiple hydraulic valves designed to cap a well before it turns into a gusher. It's supposed to be fail-safe. Two weeks after the semi-submersible drilling platform Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank, however, the well-plugging system is still failing. More

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Energy experts disagree on whether gulf oil spill will lead to higher gas price
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico won't cause higher retail gasoline prices, two people familiar with petroleum markets said Monday. But a third said he thinks that it will be a contributing factor in boosting pump prices. "The oil spill is a serious, serious environmental story and probably a serious political story," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, which tracks gasoline prices for AAA. More

Texas home sales rise 5% over last year's first quarter
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Texas home sales rose almost 5 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. Statewide median sales prices increased more than 3 percent to $141,500, the Texas Association of Realtors said. Almost 43,000 existing homes were sold in the state during the first three months of 2010, according to the quarterly housing report from the Realtors and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. More

Shrinking the state budget easier said than done
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many Texas lawmakers have offered voters election-year platitudes when asked about fixes for next year's budget shortfall — expected to be more than $11 billion. They promise that the state will tighten its belt, trim the fat and scrub the budget of all nonessentials — just as they did in 2003 when the state was in a $10 billion fiscal pickle. More

Texas has one of country's best small business climates
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The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has ranked Texas the second-best state in America for small-business development for 2010. The council released its Business Tax Index: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business report. More

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Gov. Rick Perry hopes feds will step up immigration enforcement
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Gov. Rick Perry today expressed optimism after meetings in Washington that Obama administration officials would increase federal commitments to secure the violence-plagued border with Mexico. Perry has consistently criticized the federal government for what he calls its failure to enforce immigration laws and prevent rampant drug-related violence in Mexico from spilling over to border states. More

Judge dismisses Okla. town's water lawsuit
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring legislative approval before the city of Hugo can sell water to North Texas. Attorney General Drew Edmondson, whose office defended the lawsuit, said Monday it was filed by the cities of Hugo and Irving, Texas. More

Valley's real estate soars amid violence
The San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In what's nationally been a down market for real estate, Rio Grande Valley agent Nester Montemayor has been doing, well, great. He sold 273 properties valued at $27 million in 2009, and things look even better this year. The tax credit for first-time homebuyers hasn't hurt, but Montemayor's real boon has been the violence in northern Mexico. More

Texas Democrats criticize Obama on slow judicial appointments
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Fifteen months into the Obama administration, congressional Democrats from Texas are lashing out at the White House for foot-dragging on federal judicial appointments, resulting in backlogs in courts already strained by increasing drug and immigration caseloads. The crisis is most acute in the Houston-based Southern Judicial District and the San Antonio-based Western Judicial District, where four of the six open judgeships are in border courts among the busiest in the country. More

Housing Authority gets $28.3 million for aid efforts
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso will receive a 3 percent increase in funding for its voucher program, formerly known as Section 8. Officials announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the local housing authority $28.3 million to help low-income families with rent. More

Commissioners to hear reports, consider construction
The San Angelo Standard-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tom Green County commissioners will hear reports and consider construction in Tuesday's Commissioners Court meeting. In the consent agenda, commissioners are also scheduled to consider bills and purchase orders, set a request for bids for janitorial supplies for May 14, and to hear reports from the county treasurer such as the monthly report for March. More

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