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Sep. 25, 2012
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Texas Secretary of State reminds Texans September is National Voter Registration Month
Tomball Potpourri    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade has announced September is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Andrade joins her colleagues with the National Association of Secretaries of State in making this important announcement. "Voting is every Texan's opportunity to make their mark on Texas' future," said Andrade. "Registering is the first step in the voting process. I urge Texans to check their voter registration status at and learn about how, when and where to register and vote." Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in Texas to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election. More

Construction jobs boost employment's bottom line in August
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas employers added 38,000 jobs in August, boosted by 13,600 new positions in construction, but the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.1 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Commission officials in Austin said the July jobless rate was revised down from 7.2 to 7.1 percent. The August 2011 unemployment rate in Texas was 8.1 percent. More

State reviewing proposals for three more public-private developments in Austin
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Proposals for a new state office building in north Central Austin and two mixed-use projects near the Capitol have been submitted to the Texas Facilities Commission. The public-private partnerships are being reviewed by staff members before the full proposals, minus proprietary information, are posted on the agency's website. More

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Judge: Keystone can use eminent domain for pipeline
The Associated Press via Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A judge has ruled that developers of a planned Canada-to-Gulf Coast oil pipeline can take land by eminent domain from property owners in a coastal Southeast Texas county. However, the Beaumont Enterprise reports Jefferson County Court-at-Law Judge Tom Rugg has scheduled hearing for Sept. 28. There, Keystone Pipeline and the property owners will hash out whether Keystone properly posted bonds for damage to properties if it ultimately loses the right to the land in later legal proceedings. More

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Texas General Land Office deals preserve farms and ranches
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Concerned about the rapid loss of prime agricultural land, Texas is pursuing deals with farmers and ranchers to prevent development and ensure productivity for generations. The fledgling General Land Office program uses public money to purchase conservation easements on the land. Under the agreements, farmers and ranchers retain property ownership but agree to some restrictions, such as a prohibition on subdividing it. More

In Eagle Ford shale play, a changing role for South Texas, residents
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To the naked eye, life here, in the heart of a historic, innovative energy boom, appears little different from what it might have been even a half-dozen years ago. But in ways small and large, the influx of money and people is changing life in Gonzales. This is the face of a central portion of the Eagle Ford shale play, which stretches roughly 50 miles wide and 400 miles long in a sweep across some of South Texas' historically poorest counties. More

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Call for Entries announced for 2013 NAHBGreen Awards
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now accepting submissions for its 2013 NAHBGreen Awards. Each year, NAHB recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in residential green design and construction practices and for green building program and advocacy efforts. This year, the award winners will be revealed to an even wider audience than in past years, with the awards being announced on Jan. 23 in conjunction with the 2013 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. More

Texas lawmakers weigh cities' immunity for property regs
Law360    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers indicated they want to give developers and property owners a path to sue cities when local planning rules and environmentally focused regulations lead to drastically reduced property values. In an interim hearing of the House Land and Resource Management Committee, developers asked the committee to consider an amendment to the state Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act that would allow private lawsuits against cities when their property values. (Registration required to view full article.) More

Builders urge US Trade Rep. to keep US-Canada lumber pact a bilateral issue
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today called on the U.S. government to avoid using the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) as a means of renegotiating the U.S.-Canadian softwood lumber agreement prior to its 2015 expiration date. The U.S. is currently in talks with Canada regarding its participation in ongoing negotiations of a TPP trade pact with several other nations. However, NAHB strongly believes that the softwood lumber accord between the U.S. and Canada should not be part of the TPP trade pact negotiations. More

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Houston home sales reach greatest volume in 5 years
Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston home sales in August — the area's 15th straight month of positive sales — reached the greatest one-month volume the area has seen since August 2007, the Houston Association of Realtors reported. Single-family home sales totaled 6,600 in August — a 20 percent increase from August 2011, HAR reports. Sales of all property types in Houston totaled 7,814, up 20.5 percent from the same month a year earlier. More

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Local incomes don't keep up with housing costs
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By 2010, some 1.1 million Texas households — mortgaged homeowners and renters — were paying at least half of their income for housing. Nearly 100,000 of them were in greater San Antonio. That represents an increase of 83 percent statewide and 91 percent for the San Antonio area since 1999, according to data from the 2000 census and the 2008-2010 American Community Survey. More

Lennar's earnings more than quadruple on new-home demand
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lennar Corp., the third-largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, said its quarterly profit more than quadrupled as demand for new houses climbed and a real estate recovery gained traction. Net income for the third quarter ended Aug. 31 rose to $87.1 million, or 40 cents a share, from $20.7 million, or 11 cents, a year earlier, the Miami-based company said in a statement. More

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County property taxes to increase: El Paso County Commissioners OK 41-cent rise
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday approved a county property tax increase of 41 cents per $100 property valuation. Under the new rate, the owner of home valued at $117,000 — the average value in the county — would pay $62 more a year in property taxes. More

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Candidates walk fine line between primary, general elections
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The state's political maps put most candidates in safe zones, where Republicans do not have to worry about moderate or liberal voters, and Democrats do not have to worry about moderates and conservatives. The rest have to get out of their primaries without committing to anything that will endanger them in November. More

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Midwest drought: A changed world emerges    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The scorching of the central U.S. is one of the nation's worst in decades: Almost 65 percent of the nation is enduring drought conditions, a recent Drought Monitor reported. That's the highest percentage since the government website began recording conditions in 2000. Purdue economist Chris Hurt pegged the cost at $77 billion, which would make it the third-costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and another devastating drought in 1988. More

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