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Fires destroy hundreds of homes
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Firefighters battled raging wildfires across Central Texas for a second day Monday as wind-driven flames continued their relentless march through hundreds of homes and across thousands of acres. With most homeowners unable to survey their property, the scope of the disaster — perhaps the worst of its kind in the region's history — was not fully known by late Monday as officials struggled to provide a complete count of the number of lost structures. More

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'How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection' webinar registration open
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NAHB is hosting a free webinar that will provide members and home builders associations with important information on dealing with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recently stepped-up enforcement actions and increased penalties. The webinar, "How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection," will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. CST. TAB members can register for the free webinar at More

Perry leaves campaign trail, returns to Texas wildfires
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With wildfires raging outside of Austin, Gov. Rick Perry is leaving the campaign trail to return to his home state, the governor's office confirmed. "The wildfire situation in Texas is severe and all necessary state resources are being made available to protect lives and property," Perry said in a statement. "I urge Texans to take extreme caution as we continue to see the devastating effects of sweeping wildfires impacting both rural and urban areas of the state." More

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Home prices still falling, but not in Austin
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Austin-area home prices continued to hold steady but most markets in the U.S. are still waning. That's according to the latest Home Price Index report by CoreLogic Inc., which showed July 2011 Austin-area home prices rising by 0.1 percent over prices in July 2010. That's when distressed sales were included. More

Texas redistricting trial begins this week
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Texas Republicans will face off against Democrats and minority advocacy groups this week in the first trial related to contested redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The federal case in San Antonio is just one part of a complex legal fight taking place both in Texas and Washington, D.C., to determine what political boundaries will shape the state's politics for the next decade. More

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Bleak outlook hovers on jobs
The Associated Press via Abilene Reporter-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests. America's 14 million unemployed aren't competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed — part-timers who want full-time work. When consumer demand picks up, companies will likely boost the hours of their part-timers before they add jobs, economists say. It means they have room to expand without hiring. More

Controversial pollution rule still on track for Texas
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To the delight of conservatives in Texas and nationwide, the White House announcedthat ground-level ozone levels would be reviewed in 2013 rather than tightened immediately. But the controversial cross-state pollution rule, which aims at tightening emissions from power plants in Texas and 26 other states, remains scheduled for implementation in January. The cross-state rule targets nitrogen oxides, an ozone precursor, as well as sulfur dioxide, which is not an ozone precursor but can also cause lung damage. More

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Did Perry contributor earmark contribution?
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It's been widely reported that since Rick Perry became governor, Houston homebuilder Bob Perry has given him more than $2.5 million in campaign contributions. But now, filings in a lawsuit over the 2006 governor's race suggest that the Houstonian's largesse has been considerably more impressive than the governor's campaign contributions reports indicate. Call it the $1 million question. More

Editorial: State must pay for a water plan
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers approved a dynamic state water plan more than 14 years ago. But as with many state issues, funding is an unsolved problem. The Express-News reported last month that within decades — unless new water resources are funded — 83 percent of the state's population will not have adequate water supplies during times of drought. More
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