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Oct. 2, 2012
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US builders spent more to build homes, cut on commercial real estate and government projects
The Associated Press via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. builders spent more to construct homes in August, further evidence of a housing rebound. Still, the increase couldn't offset cuts in public projects and commercial real estate. Overall construction spending dipped 0.7 per cent in August from July, the Commerce Department reported recently. It was the second straight monthly decline. The decline lowered construction spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $834.4 billion. More

Texas Association of Builders announces 2013 slate of officers
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Association of Builders, in conjunction with the Sunbelt Builders Show™, installed its slate of officers for 2013 at their Excellence in Leadership Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The event was held on Sept. 14, 2012. More

U.S. Supreme Court allows Texas voter registration laws to remain in effect
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas' new laws outlining more stringent rules for voter registration drives can remain in effect ahead of the November elections, the nation's highest court has ruled. The U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency request by a voter registration group that sought to block the state from enforcing changes made last year. The legislation adds hurdles for canvassers or groups that seek to increase voter participation through registration drives. More

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4 Texas cities are best in America according to Bloomberg Businessweek
Texas Monthly Daily Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bloomberg Businessweek cemented its status as a statistical and scientific powerhouse recently by publishing the list of America's fifty objectively best cities. Four of them are in Texas. "Best cities according to what metric?" you may ask. Don't be silly. Businessweek does not waste its time with lists based a single purpose. More

Bexar County one of nation's biggest gas guzzlers
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bexar County was ranked among the country's most gas-guzzling communities in a new report. It was the 10th-biggest user of gasoline overall, according to a new study released this week by the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council. So just how much gasoline does the Alamo area gulp? More

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Another big Supreme Court term kicks off
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Progressives applauded Roberts' statesmanship. Conservatives uttered cries of betrayal. Now, the Supreme Court is embarking on a new term that could be as consequential as the last one. More

Duncan eyes statewide property tax to solve education funding instability
Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Saying the Texas Legislature should consider replacing local property taxes with another taxing system to fund public education, Sen. Robert Duncan pitched a statewide property tax to a joint legislative panel. This is the same proposal he made during last year's session that went nowhere. More

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South Texas wind farms awaiting fate of energy tax credit
San Antonio Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wind farm developers in South Texas are anxiously waiting to see if Congress will renew energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the year. Three new projects set for Nueces, Kenedy and Kleberg counties would represent a 44 percent increase in the area's wind generation capacity with at least 200 new turbines. But these projects could be hampered if Congress fails to renew the tax credits. More

Developers hope to keep up with builders at Viridian project
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dust is flying fast and furious at the huge $2 billion Viridian project in north Arlington, as developers prepare residential lots as quickly as they can. "Builders sold seven houses last week and that kind of pace is great," said Phillip Huffines, president and co-owner of Huffines Communities. "I hope we're able to keep up with them." About three dozen houses are under construction at the 2,300-acre development, just north of Green Oaks Boulevard off Collins Street. Most have committed buyers. More

Comptroller's office offers vital resource for business owners looking for answers to their state tax questions
Window on State Government    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the month of October, the Comptroller's office will conduct 17 free taxpayer seminars across the state. At these seminars, taxpayers can learn how to properly fill out tax forms, and file and pay taxes electronically. Information about e-services will also be available to help taxpayers manage their accounts online. Comptroller representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance to attendees. More

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Galveston agrees on plan for public housing
The Associated Press via Bryan-College Station Eagle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Galveston leaders have approved a plan to rebuild most of the low-income housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike four years ago, settling a dispute that had threatened nearly $600 million in federal funding. During the 2008 storm, 569 public housing units in Galveston were destroyed. Mayor Lewis Rosen and council members had campaigned earlier this year on a plan to replace public housing with a voucher system that would allow residents to live in private housing either on or off the island. More

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U.S. Concrete adds to its Texas operations
MarketWire via Yahoo Finance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Concrete, Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ingram Concrete, LLC completed the acquisition of certain assets of the ready-mixed operations of Colorado River Concrete, L.P., Cindy & Robin Concrete, L.P. and E&R Artecona Family Limited Partnership for $2.4 million in cash, and the assumption of approximately $1.9 million in interest-bearing debt. More

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Deal opens door for development on San Antonio's northeast side
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Houston-based investment firm has closed a deal for more than 100 acres of land for a future residential development on the northeast side. An entity affiliated with Rockspring Capital bought the Notting Hill subdivision, a 108-acre lot at FM 1516 and West Weichold Road. The lot is currently vacant and was purchased as a distressed asset, said Michael Ross, director of acquisitions and development at the investment firm. More

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Sustainable homes gain popularity; home gyms less in demand?
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
'Less is more' seems to be the motto of the recovering home design sector in the U.S., as architects report a decline in interest in features such as saunas and fitness areas. The American Institute of Architects carried out the Home Design Trends Survey among residential architects about the trends during the second quarter of 2012. The principal finding was a recovery in activity in the construction sector, something not seen since 2007. More

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Small business hiring up in Houston, down nationwide
Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small business hiring increased slightly in Houston but decreased slightly nationwide in September, SurePayroll's most recent Small Business Scorecard shows. Month-over-month small business hiring increased 0.2 percent in Houston and decreased 0.2 percent nationwide. SurePayroll analyzed small business data from 35 major metropolitan areas, and only 11 had positive hiring. More

Power outages threaten state's refineries
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AudioBriefMost Texans are used to weather-related power outages, but they're probably not aware of the danger they pose to the state's massive petrochemical plants, which at times must send thousands of pounds of chemical vapors into the air. More
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