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Dallas Fed: Modest growth in business activity
The Dallas Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Business conditions in the 11th district — which includes North Texas — grew modestly since its last Beige Book report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said. In its latest Beige Book study, a report measuring economic conditions that comes out eight times a year, the Fed found activity grew slightly in manufacturing, staffing services, transportation, housing and energy. More

Perry calls on White to quit the governor's race 'if this is true' about BTEC
The San Antonio Express-News Texas Politics Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry today called on Democrat Bill White to quit the governor's race based on the former Houston's mayor role when BTEC Turbines provided generators for the Coastal Water Authority after Hurricane Rita. But White's camp said that he had no financial interest in BTEC at the time of the hurricane and that Perry is raising a smokescreen to try to avoid debating the issues. More

Clean air fight stalls project
The Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The heated atmosphere in Austin and Washington, D.C., is hindering efforts to make Texas Panhandle air cleaner. Gov. Rick Perry says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the villain, trying to take away Texas' right to control air quality, but that has put Southwestern Public Service on hold with its project to emit less greenhouse gas from its Harrington Station northeast of Amarillo. More

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Feds proposing new round of immigration fee hikes
The Associated Press via El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal immigration officials are proposing to increase the fees to apply for legal U.S. residency to nearly $1,100, but would leave existing citizenship application fees intact. The Citizenship and Immigration Services has scheduled a news conference to announce the fee increases. It now costs a total of $1,010 to apply for legal residency and get required fingerprinting, and that cost would rise to $1,085. More

New exhibit reveals tales of the Governor's Mansion
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It's the most public house in Texas, though most people never get the chance to visit. The Texas Governor's Mansion has been a home, hospital, wedding chapel, playpen, concert hall, suicide scene, menagerie, victory garden and political prize since its doors opened in 1856. More

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Public hearing next week on salamander protection
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Austin is seeking input on proposed protections for the Jollyville Plateau salamander as a possible compromise to keep city construction projects on track. Nancy McClintock, with Austin's Watershed Protection and Development Review Department, says "rumblings" have been growing that the salamander could soon be added to the federal endangered species list. More

More Dallas-area homeowners were late on mortgages in April
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The number of Dallas-area homeowners with late mortgage payments hit a record again in April. The 6.3 percent of home mortgage holders who were three months or more behind in their payments in April was up two percentage points from a year earlier, according to researchers at CoreLogic Inc. More

Pipeline blast details emerge
The Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Authorities on Wednesday released the names of two men killed Tuesday when a bulldozer struck a natural gas pipeline northeast of Darrouzett, sparking an explosion. Johnnie Mike Renner, 44, and Steven Douglas Odell, 32, both of Pampa, were killed when a "ripper" on the back of the bulldozer struck the 14-inch line about two miles outside of Darrouzett, authorities said. A ripper is a clawlike series of steel hooks used to loosen rocks and soil. More

Sales tax pay cut for Houston
The Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston will see a 2.3 percent pay cut in its sales tax revenue allocation this month, according to the Texas Comptroller's office. The city will receive $36.2 million for the month of May, down from $37.1 million in May 2009. Texas collected $1.78 billion in sales tax revenue in May, up 0.1 percent compared to May 2009, according to Comptroller Susan Combs. More

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U.S. Customs helicopter makes emergency landing
The Monitor via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing near the Rio Grande on Wednesday evening. The pilot notified Office of Air and Marine authorities that he was making the unscheduled landing shortly after 5 p.m., said Joe Treviño, a local spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol. More

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