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Jun. 4, 2013
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Sunbelt free registration deadline Monday
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The Texas Association of Builders would like to remind you that the deadline for FREE registration for the Sunbelt Builders Show™ is midnight on Monday, June 10. After this, registration increases to the onsite price. In addition to hearing outstanding keynotes from J.R. Martinez and Gary Hoover, free registration includes education sessions, two days of trade show action, the Multifamily Industry Forum, the Star Awards presentation and more. (You can also purchase tickets for the two special events occurring during Sunbelt — the HOMEPAC Family Fandango and the Cibolo Canyons Field Trip.)

Legislature calls field hearings on redistricting, including Thursday in Dallas
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The House Redistricting Committee is planning hearings in the state's three biggest population centers to solicit public testimony on interim congressional and legislative districts drawn by a three-judge panel in San Antonio, the committee chairman. Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers into special session to ratify the interim maps and strengthen Attorney General Greg Abbott's legal position in a protracted court dispute over redistricting. The interim boundaries were used for the 2012 elections. More

Perry urged to sign bill to reduce exams
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Six organizations representing a statewide coalition of advocates in favor of reducing the emphasis on high-stakes testing sent a joint letter to Gov. Rick Perry urging him to sign House Bill 5 — the omnibus bill that would drastically reduce the number of state exams students must take and overhaul curriculum requirements for high school students. More


NAHB: Home builders building homes that young buyers want
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During National Homeownership Month in June, the National Association of Home Builders is telling young people that the time is right to buy a home, and the nation's builders are building the homes they want. "As the economy recovers and young people who had to live at home with their parents move forward with their lives and achieve their dreams of homeownership, home builders are delivering homes that cater to the floor plans, features and affordability that this generation desires," said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C. More

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CoreLogic: 4.2 million homes in path of hurricane storm-surge
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More than 4.2 million U.S. homes are located within the risk-zone of hurricane-driven storm-surge along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, CoreLogic concluded in a study. After analyzing residential property risk on the national, regional, state, metro and ZIP code level, CoreLogic produced a Storm Surge Report, noting that $1.1 trillion in U.S. property is situated within at-risk areas. Unfortunately, risk-prone areas are only increasing. More

Damaged West homes could get tax relief
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Jon and Sharon Hlavenka's home in West has a floor covered with glass shards and drywall chunks, a roof with a view of the sky and a ceiling beam that's fallen across the living room. Still, they're on the hook for about $3,500 in property taxes on a home that was destroyed in the April 17 explosion of a nearby fertilizer plant. But they and hundreds of their struggling neighbors may be about to get a break on this year's 
taxes. More

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10 reasons why so many people are moving to Texas
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Every way you look at it, there are a lot of people moving to Texas. Five of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. New York is way out in front in terms of added population, but Houston is second with San Antonio and Austin fourth and fifth. Some of this Texan population boom is due to a natural increase — more births than deaths — but the numbers moving into the state from elsewhere in the U.S. and from abroad far outstrip every other American state. Why? More

Gov. Perry: Emergency response starts with individual preparedness
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s part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Gov. Rick Perry is urging Texans to prepare their families and homes for the 2013 hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 through the end of November. The governor today was joined by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and State Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd at the Texas Division of Emergency Management State Response Activation Exercise to assess the readiness of state emergency management personnel and resources. More

Legislature avoided extremes in reforming public education
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What a difference a legislative session can make regarding public education. Much of that difference, which yielded more money for public schools, less state-mandated testing for students and an expansion of Texas' independent charter schools, was spurred by external factors — the courts, pressure from parents, teacher organizations and business groups as well as grass-roots activism. It helped, too, that the state's economy has rebounded since the 2011 legislative session, making more money available for public education. More

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Valley needs federal help getting water it is owed
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As the record-setting drought continues, the Rio Grande Valley is marching toward a disastrous summer. The Valley's economy is threatened as the price of water rises for farmers, municipalities and consumers alike. Unless the drought ends, the worst-case scenario is looming — water may not be available for many uses, at any price. The Valley is suffering from a drought that is both natural and — unfortunately, once again — man-made. More

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Home builders struggle to find workers
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The National Association of Home Builders reported that 46 percent of its members say they have fallen behind schedule on finishing projects, 15 percent turned down jobs and 9 percent lost or canceled sales because they can't find enough workers. That could have some big ramifications for the broader housing market. More

Construction spending in US increases on private building
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Construction spending in the U.S. climbed in April, as private projects rose and public spending slumped. Outlays increased 0.4 percent to a $860.8 billion annual rate, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.9 percent rise. Private construction projects rose 1 percent in April from the month before, to the highest spending level since December 2012. Public projects fell by 1.2 percent, to the lowest spending level since October 2006, after slumping in the prior month by a revised 2.9 percent. More

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Storm shelters in demand in Dallas area
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Safety concerns from the recent tornado outbreaks have prompted a flood of calls to shelter installers, some reporting months-long backlogs to fill orders. Adding to the frenzy: A local agency this week will start taking applications to provide rebates to homeowners wanting to build safe rooms and shelters. The North Central Texas Council of Governments will offer subsidies for half the cost of a shelter — indoors, outdoors, above ground or below ground — capped at $3,000. More
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