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Texas cities dominate 'Healthiest Housing Markets' in US list
San Antonio Express-News
Several towns in the Lone Star State dominated a new list that ranks the most healthy housing markets in the nation. WalletHub released their annual "Healthiest Housing Markets" report that lists Frisco, Allen, Plano, Carrollton, McKinney and Richardson among the 10 best markets overall. But, looking at large cities specifically, eight Texas cities with a population over 300,000 were listed among the top 26 markets.
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TAB accepting 'Of The Year' award nominations
TAB
Nominations for the 2015 Texas "Of The Year" awards are now being accepted. In an effort to recognize outstanding contributions to the industry by its members, the Texas Association of Builders will be receiving nominations for:
    J.B. Sandlin Builder of the Year
    Associate of the Year
    Developer of the Year
    Remodeler of the Year
    Philanthropist of the Year
    Local Association Accomplishment of the Year
    Presidential Distinguished Service
The "Of The Year" awards grading is based on state association involvement (50 percent), local association involvement (30 percent), and national association involvement (20 percent). Contributions in these categories are judged on previous years' involvement, as well as current year's activities. Each candidate is judged independently and a final tabulation of the results will determine the winner. The "Association Accomplishment of the Year" and "Distinguished Service" awards will be based upon 2015 contributions and achievements.

All of the forms for nominating deserving members for these awards can be found at TexasBuilders.org. When making nominations, be aware that individuals currently serving as TAB officers are ineligible to receive these awards. The nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Texas Association of Builders, 313 E. 12th Street, Ste. 210, Austin, Texas 78701 by Sept. 15, 2015. A letter of recommendation from the local association Executive Officer must accompany the forms.

These awards will be presented at the TAB Fall Board Meeting and Excellence in Leadership Dinner on Nov. 12, 2015, at the Westin Austin Downtown Hotel in Austin, Texas.

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Hegar lets Abbott vetoes stand, asks AG to decide
The Texas Tribune
Describing the debate as one that "goes to the heart of separation of powers within Texas government," Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that he will not authorize disbursing more than $200 million in funds approved by the Texas Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott, instead waiting for the attorney general to settle the issue. "There are complex questions related to the governor's vetoes, so I am seeking clarity and requesting guidance from the attorney general's office," Hegar said in a statement.
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Analysis: Election managers partying like it's 2012
The Texas Tribune
It seems early to the rest of us, but election officials are getting ready for the 2016 presidential election year. And federal judges could foul things up — like they did four years ago — if they're late with pending rulings on congressional and state House district lines and on photo ID laws for voters. "We're holding our breath," said Jacque Callanen, Bexar County's elections administrator. "We're closing in on our next round of elections."
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China and Texas closely tied, in oil and beyond
The Dallas Morning News
China buys more foreign oil than any other nation in the world, and when its economy sags, the price of oil falls. For energy-producing hubs like Texas, that spells trouble. "Its case of the sniffles is Texas' pneumonia," said Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on United States-Chinese Relations, a New York-based nonprofit founded in 1953.
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House District 118 special election set for November
San Antonio Express-News
Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled Nov. 3 as the date for a special election to fill former state Rep. Jose Farias' seat in the Texas House. Abbott signed a proclamation this week to have the latest San Antonio special election take place on the same date already scheduled for elections across the state. The House District 118 seat was left vacant earlier this month when Farias, who served 10 years in the lower chamber, resigned with a year and a half left in his term.
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Analysis: Reasserting power, by concentrating it
The Texas Tribune
Dan Patrick's endorsement of state Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola — and of six Republican incumbents seeking re-election to the Texas Senate — could strengthen a core of movement conservatives in the Legislature's upper chamber. That, in turn, would bolster the lieutenant governor's own strength in a state government not dominated by any single personality.
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Texas judicial vacancy flood means Cornyn, Cruz must act
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Recently, Eastern District of Texas Judge Michael Schneider announced that he'll leave active duty and take "senior status" in January 2016. By providing more than four-months' notice, Schneider gave the Texas senators charged with finding his replacement an opportunity to do what they have never done before: Fill a judicial vacancy before the judge actually steps down and further weakens an already strained justice system.
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Record home sales, spending uptick spur Waco economy's growth
Waco Tribune-Herald
With homes selling at a record pace and consumers digging deeply into their pockets, the Greater Waco economy continued to flex its muscles in July, extending the local expansion to 31/2 years, an Amarillo-based economist reported. Karr Ingham, with Ingham-Econ LLC, tracks the local economic scene using data dating to the year 2000 and prepares a monthly report sponsored by the First National Bank of Central Texas and the Tribune-Herald.
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Oil price anxiety forecast: Mild consternation
Texas Monthly
Last year, readers may recall, there was a fair amount of anxiety among Texans, and a fair amount of gloomy prophesying about Texas, as a result of a plunge in oil prices that had left the price per barrel hovering around $50. The figure was, apparently, a psychological rubicon for many Texans who lived through the bust of the 1980s, and a harbinger of doom for pundits who remember Texas’s economy as it was at that time: resource-driven and countercyclical.
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US coastline vulnerability to hurricanes is growing to unprecedented levels
The Washington Post
Nearly ten years have passed since a category 3 or stronger hurricane invaded the U.S. coastline; an unequaled length of time in the record of U.S. hurricane landfalls. This "hurricane drought" is not just a concern for the state of Florida, but also for the miles of coastline stretching from Texas to Maine.
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Construction gains mixed in July, but outlook remains positive
By Michael J. Berens
Construction sector gains continued to seesaw month-to-month between modest increases and modest dips at the start of the third quarter. However, most sectors are trending positive for year-to-date and year-over-year, with some experiencing bounces at prerecession levels. Across the board, industry leaders expect business to remain positive for the remainder of the year, with year-end increases well above 2014 levels. Here is a look at the latest reports.
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