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How will Texas' House members vote on Boehner's plan?
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The House is expected to take up Boehner's plan Thursday, and the Tribune contacted all 32 Texas members to ask how they would vote. As of Wednesday afternoon, five of the delegation's nine Democrats were firmly against the Boehner plan, as were two Republicans. As expected, Ron Paul, R-Surfside, remained resolute: "He will not vote to increase the debt under any circumstances," his spokesman said. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is opposed, though that might change if Boehner's plan is changed to cut more. More

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Water demand setting records across North Texas
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The demand for water is breaking records across North Texas. In Denton, the amount of water consumed Monday was a record 36 million gallons. In Fort Worth, the record jumped to 538 million gallons. And in Dallas, 650 million gallons was consumed, and that was the most for the year. More

Island council to appoint fair housing panel
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A five-member committee will make recommendations to the city council on developing a fair housing action plan and spending the second round of Community Development Block Grants. The ad hoc committee is a requirement of the conciliation agreement, which sets the guidelines to rebuild public housing. Approval of the fair housing action statement will come from the Texas General Land Office, which took over management of disaster recovery programs earlier this month. More

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Free-wheeling Texas lures California companies
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Texas is the heavyweight champ among states in luring businesses and it's likely to keep the title by treating California like a punching bag. The beating has started to prompt some soul searching in California's capital, where heaping scorn on Texas is routine, and may gain wider attention in the near term should Governor Rick Perry, Texas' most prominent salesman, join the field of Republican presidential contenders. More

Job creation, unemployment and the Texas miracle
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The latest jobs numbers have propelled talk of a "Texas miracle" as Gov. Rick Perry continues to consider a run for the presidency. But Texas' unemployment rate is higher than that of all four states bordering it — and it's up slightly from last year. So why does everyone keep touting Texas, and Perry in particular, for its strong economy? The short answer — job creation. More

Tea Party stalwart Rand Paul backs Cruz over Dewhurst in Texas' US Senate race
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In a move that could foreshadow troubles ahead for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing former Solicitor General Ted Cruz. Paul is the son of longtime Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination. More

Redistricting lawsuit transferred to San Antonio
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A panel of Austin-based federal judges assigned to hear a redistricting lawsuit filed by prominent Travis County Democrats and the city of Austin has decided that case should be transferred to San Antonio's federal court. Most of the already filed redistricting cases will be heard here. Two judges supported transferring the case to San Antonio, while U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a five-page dissent that blasted the move. More

Tropical storm watch isssued for Lower Rio Grande Valley
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A tropical storm watch has been issued for Cameron, Willacy and other coastal counties along the South Texas coastline. At 7 a.m. this morning, the center of Tropical Storm Don was located about 495 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, or about 545 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi. More

Foreclosure activity down in most metro areas
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Most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas are seeing a sharp drop in foreclosure activity as banks take longer to move against homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments. In the first half of this year, 84% of metropolitan areas with a population of at least 200,000 saw their foreclosure rate drop versus the same period last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac said Thursday. More

Perry signs tort reform bill into law
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Gov. Rick Perry touted the economic benefits of continued lawsuit restrictions as he ceremonially signed a new "loser-pays" tort reform law. Perry, joined by the legislative sponsors of the measure, signed the bill Wednesday in Houston. The new law, which goes into effect Sept. 1, will levy fees on unsuccessful plaintiffs and allowing meritless suits to be dismissed early in the process. More

Study: Housing bust, recession hit minorities hardest
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But when his father lost his job three years ago in the recession and their property's value plunged, the Castro family had to walk away from the cherished home where they had lived for 12 years. "You don't realize how much a house can mean to you," said Castro, a professional boxer, who turned 19 years old on Sunday. "There were so many memories." More
 
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