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Final day of FREE registration for Sunbelt
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Today is the last day that builders, designers, remodelers, HBA staff and students can attend the sold out 2015 Sunbelt Builders Show™ for free. The trade show will include 270 booths and 200 exhibitors, including 87 first-time Sunbelt vendors. The two-day event is slated for July 29-30 at the Gaylord Texan® in Grapevine. You must register before the July 7 midnight deadline. After July 7, there will be a $50 registration fee. Save money by registering today!
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Groups ask feds to de-list endangered Central Texas songbird
Austin American-Statesman
The golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that nests in Central Texas, should be removed from the list of endangered and threatened species, claim a trio of groups with ties to business and landowner interests. The three groups, one of which is led by former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, delivered a legal petition to make the change to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Texas primary voters to get more say in 2016 than planned
The Texas Tribune
Texas primary voters are about to have a bigger say in the 2016 presidential race than their parties previously planned. In recent weeks, the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas have finalized plans to allocate all their national convention delegates based on the outcomes of their primaries, a departure from normal for the Democrats and a return to normal for Republicans.
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Houston developer breaks ground on luxury beachfront community
Houston Business Journal
A Houston developer has broken ground on a luxury beachfront community southeast of Houston. NewCoast Properties plans to develop 35 home sites on 33.5 acres off State Highway 87 on Bolivar Peninsula, about 11 miles west of State Highway 124. The new community — called Seagrass Beach — will feature several high-end amenities and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico. Residents will have access to an 18-foot elevated pool with six cabanas overlooking the ocean, a beachside fire pit, tennis courts, four manicured lawn areas and a stocked fishing pond.
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Castro chides Abbott over governor's office email exchange with donor
San Antonio Express-News
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is taking Gov. Greg Abbott to task over an email exchange with a Republican donor who got an assurance of help from the governor's office on a bill to curb insurance lawsuits. Richard Weekley, co-founder of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, told the Republican governor in the May 20 email that he and his group "believe that you are going to need to personally intervene" with House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to push the legislation.
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Central Texas cities pricing out prospective homeowners
KVUE-TV
About 20 minutes from Austin sits a booming community where houses can't go up fast enough. "We went out of town for a couple of weeks and came back, and there were houses across the streets," said Matt Hintz, who searched for a home in Austin before settling on a more affordable option outside the city limits. Hintz and his girlfriend bought a three bedroom, two bathroom home a month ago in Manor.
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DFW home construction picking up, but still far behind demand
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Strong sales have home builders ramping up construction. Home starts in Dallas-Fort Worth increased by 25 percent in the second quarter, according to a new report. And if rains had not soaked North Texas this spring, work on as many as 2,000 additional homes would be underway, said Ted Wilson with Residential Strategies in Dallas.
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Home builders sue EPA over 'waters of the U.S.' rule
Construction Dive
The National Association of Home Builders and six other national trade associations have sued the federal government in an effort to overturn the new "waters of the United States" rule that expanded the scope of the Clean Water Act. The associations sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the revised rule brings under federal jurisdiction bodies of water as small as roadside ditches and could burden builders with regulatory compliance and paperwork that could slow construction projects.
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On trend: 5 Woodlands homes featuring exposed brick
Houston Chronicle
Exposed brick in homes may have been a common design element in the '60s and again in the '90s because it helped keep construction costs down while adding character to interior spaces. That's almost certainly not why custom builders in The Woodlands are using it in their McMansion constructions.
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The great Dallas land rush
D Magazine
The North Texas real estate market has turned into a seller's bonanza, but buyers have become frantic and frustrated. Real estate brokers are working overtime to accommodate them, but selling fewer houses because there aren't enough to go around. Some sellers are cashing in. Others are holding onto their homes because they've got nowhere to go. Across the region, there's a historically low number of homes for sale. The undersupply, coupled with strong demand, is pushing up prices. North Texas leads the country in home price gains this year, rising 8.6 percent in February compared to last year.
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Lawmakers look to underground aquifer storage to prepare for future drought
San Antonio Express-News
Even though heavy rains drenched the state, when lawmakers earlier this year discussed preparation for future droughts, they looked at a San Antonio system to conserve water. The Edwards Aquifer provides Bexar County and Central Texas with much of its drinking water, and since 2004 has used a system called Aquifer Storage and Recovery to store excess water in the Carrizo Aquifer during times of low demand so that it may be recovered during droughts.
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Analysis: Despite ruling, redistricting reformers pessimistic
The Texas Tribune
Texas does not have an independent redistricting commission and is probably not going to get one. But the lawmakers who have been ignoring the idea for years lost one of their excuses: In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a challenge to Arizona's commission, saying the voters had the right to take that power away from legislators. Other states have similar commissions. In some, like Texas, lawmakers draw the maps, and there are hybrids in others.
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