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Texas leads nation in new home construction
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Talk about raising the roof. According to the latest Census data, Texas gets credit for 20 percent of the increase in new homes built in the United States between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011. Nationally, the number of new homes built during that period increased by 607,000. Texas accounted for 121,000 of those. That's three times as many as California, which came in second in the number of new homes built. More



Attend the TAB summer board meetings June 28-30
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Make plans to attend the summer committee and board meetings June 28-30 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott. Bring your family to this breathtaking Hill Country resort with three Championship Texas Golf Courses, a full-service spa, fitness facility, incredible pools, and a marina. Board meeting registration and schedules are available on the TAB website.

Join us on Friday, June 29 for the HOMEPAC Putting Party fundraiser at the Whitewater Putting Course on the grounds of the hotel. This 18-hole, par 72, Bermuda grass putting course with waterfalls is not your average miniature golf course! Register and find out more information on the TAB website.
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Builder confidence rises 1 point in June
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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes gained one point in June from a slightly revised level in the previous month to rest at 29 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest level the index has attained since May of 2007. More

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Texas Masonry Council: Pearsall to require masonry in new construction
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The fast-growing South Texas city of Pearsall has decided to join a growing state trend and require minimum percentages of masonry for new construction, reports the Texas Masonry Council. Citing concerns about the city's appearance and the long-term sustainability of the tax base, the City Council on June 12, 2012 voted unanimously to require minimum percentages of masonry for all new residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial buildings. More

Texas: Housing juggernaut
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Despite all the obvious turmoil in the industry in recent years, new housing construction is soldiering on in the U.S. And according to new estimates out from the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas is still kicking every other state's housing-related butts. Of the 100 counties with the highest rate of growth in new housing, fully one-fifth are in Texas. More

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Pulte repairing problems in homes
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Repairs are complete or in the works for about a dozen homes in the Schertz neighborhood of Fairhaven, where homeowners have complained about issues such as cracked foundations. Although many homeowners remain at odds with builder Pulte Homes, others have agreed to let the builder repair homes. Some are talking with the builder now about allowing engineers to create a repair plan for their homes, said Valerie Dolenga, a spokeswoman for Pulte. More

TxDOT continues work on numerous Amarillo construction projects
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If you feel like you've noticed more construction zones and orange cones around the Amarillo area, you're probably right. The Texas Department of Transportation is working is several areas around Amarillo and want to remind motorists to be careful in those areas. More



Lawmaker says windstorm fund in precarious position
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State Rep. John Smithee, chairman of the House Insurance Committee, sent a letter to Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman about the precarious position of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, a quasi-governmental organization that acts as the property insurer of last resort for individuals and businesses unable to obtain coverage on the private market. A "number of circumstances occurring over the past 18 months have resulted in a current financial condition of TWIA that is much worse than any of us had anticipated," Smithee, R-Amarillo, wrote in his letter. More

Houston developers vow to fight cap on mobility payments
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An advocacy group formed by Houston-area real estate developers threatened to seek help from the Legislature if the transit agency asks voters to cap the payments that help Harris County and area cities improve roads and bridges. A representatives of the organization, Houstonians for Responsible Growth, was among those who spoke Monday night at a special Metropolitan Transit Authority board meeting called to gather public input on a planned November referendum. More

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Texas A&M lands multimillion-dollar biosecurity center
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The U.S. government has designated the Texas A&M University System as one of three national biosecurity centers, a decision that will attract hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment and be a catalyst for the biopharmaceutical industry in Texas. Texas A&M joins sites in Maryland and North Carolina as centers working to develop and manufacture drugs to fight bioterrorist threats, pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases. More

Housing starts down for May but permits rise
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Housing starts fell in May, although permits to build new homes bumped up to the highest level in more than three years, providing mixed signals about the viability of the U.S. housing market, Reuters reports. Groundbreaking on new homes dropped 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000 units, the Commerce Department said. That reading, often prone to significant revisions, was below the 720,000-unit median forecast in a Reuters poll. More

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Train derailment near Cisco sends hazardous materials into creek
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Approximately 180,000 pounds of methanol and an unknown amount of various other hazardous materials is believed to have spilled into a creek near Cisco after 24 rail cars derailed, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It was not immediately clear how the derailment occurred. More

Urban renewal: Why toxic 'brownfields' are tough to redevelop
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For developers of housing or commercial projects in Texas, bringing what had been contaminated, blighted lots back to life can be full of challenges, both legal and economic. But sometimes it works. "Once you own the site, you have repercussions to that and potential liabilities," says John Slavich, a Dallas lawyer. More



Grant funds career skills
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A new jobs training program will work with low-skilled border residents to prepare them for employment in high-paying jobs. Funded by a $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, the new program targets the "hardest to serve" Texas-Mexico border residents who often lack basic education attainment and English proficiency, said Yvonne "Bonnie" Gonzalez, the CEO of Workforce Solutions. More

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Property owners could face expense for overgrown lots, Amarillo officials warn
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Amarillo has spent more than $57,415 thus far this fiscal year to mow overgrown properties in the city limits, a city official said. Owners who leave uncultivated vegetation to grow taller than 8 inches violate a city ordinance designed to decrease fire risk and eliminate environments attractive to mosquitoes, other insects and rodents, city Building Official Scott McDonald said. More

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Officials: State better prepared for hurricane season
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Late last month, highway and public safety workers set up barricades along Interstate 37 between Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Their objective: Reverse the flow of southbound lanes to provide a hypothetical escape route for thousands of people fleeing a fictional hurricane. In six hours, the 240 workers cleared the stretch and reversed its traffic flow, which would have allowed more Nueces County residents to flee north ahead of the "storm." More
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