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Texas House speaker: Road funding to be short even if Proposition 1 passes
The Dallas Morning News
The state's systematic transportation shortfalls are poised to take a front seat in next year's legislative session — even if voters next month agree to send billions to the state highway fund. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates it will lack about $5 billion needed annually to maintain current infrastructure and build new highways and roads to keep up with expected population growth. Next month's Proposition 1 will ask voters to send a portion of energy production tax revenues currently going in a savings account to the state's highway fund.
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In debate, Patrick and Van de Putte spar over taxes
The Texas Tribune
In the only scheduled debate in their race for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte faced off in a lively exchange that displayed their divergent positions on everything from health care and immigration to school finance and taxes. Both candidates played offense: Patrick, R-Houston, attempted to portray Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, as "out of step" with Texas voters. Van de Putte used the back-and-forth to try to pin Patrick down on votes he'd taken on cuts to public education. But one of the biggest points of contention in the hourlong showdown in Austin was over the state's tax structure.
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Cornyn: GOP will focus on border security, not citizenship
The Dallas Morning News
Republicans will remain focused on a security-first approach to immigration if they win control of the Senate, Sen. John Cornyn said. "Our Democrat friends want to eat dessert before they eat their vegetables on immigration," he said. "Is a Republican-controlled Congress going to pass a quick pathway to citizenship? No."
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San Antonio a step closer to controversial pipeline
The Texas Tribune
San Antonio is one step closer to buying some of the most expensive water ever sold in Texas, just as the deal is drawing more critics. The San Antonio Water System board on Monday unanimously approved a $3.4 billion contract to pipe in 50,000 acre-feet, or 16 billion gallons, of water a year from underneath Central Texas' Burleson County starting in 2019. The contract is with two companies, Austin-based BlueWater and the Spanish company Abengoa, whose joint venture is called the Vista Ridge pipeline.
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10 most overvalued (and undervalued) housing markets
MarketWatch
American house prices are undervalued by around 3 percent on average, new research finds, but they're still overvalued (and undervalued) by double-digit percentages in many metro areas. Home prices are edging slowly back to normal in the third quarter of 2014, after being undervalued by as much as 5 percent on average last June, but they vary dramatically in the country's 100 largest metro areas, according to real-estate website Trulia.
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Immigrant sanctuary effort may head to Texas
The Texas Tribune
Faith-based leaders in Texas could be asked to open their churches and other places of worship to undocumented immigrants at risk for deportation as part of a growing national movement. And while some leaders say they would consider such a request — as some Texas churches did in a similar movement decades ago — others say they have been providing such shelter for years.
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In Texas, solar manufacturer ramps up production
The Texas Tribune
Under a flood of fluorescent lights on a factory floor that looks more like a hospital operating room, dozens of workers clad in surgical caps, gowns and masks feed silicon wafers through machines along an assembly line. Over an 18-hour process, those machines will inspect each cookie-sized wafer for chips or cracks, etch them and bake them with gases, then give them a reflective coating — before workers piece them together on panels that could power the state’s clean energy future.
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Houston's hot housing market inflates seller expectations
Houston Business Journal
News about Houston's housing market is dominated by stories of flash sales, multiple offers and ever-positive signs of a booming economy. However, not all Houston neighborhoods are super hot. While some homes have sold in mere days or even hours, the average time it takes to sell a Houston home is 46 days, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. It's still among the fastest on record, but much slower than some homeowners are led to believe.
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Report: Dallas-Fort Worth growing as a desirable luxury home market
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-Fort Worth is climbing the rungs of the luxury home ladder, ranking as the No. 11 market in the United States for high-end homes topping a million dollars. As of August, Realtors in the North Texas region sold 722 homes valued at a million dollars or more, according to the 2014 Luxury Home Report by Coldwell Banker Previews International. Last year, Dallas sold 518 million-dollar-or-more homes.
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Texas housing-bias case gets US Supreme Court review
Bloomberg
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether people suing for housing discrimination must prove they were victims of intentional bias, in a case that may give long-sought protection to the lending industry. The justices today said they will hear an appeal from Texas officials sued under the U.S. Fair Housing Act over tax credits for low-income building projects. The question is whether people can sue by showing a practice had a "disparate impact" on racial minorities, or whether they must meet a higher standard by proving intentional bias.
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Home builders look to new technology
Constructech
With changing trends in the home building market and growth in the market, residential construction companies are looking to take advantage of software to meet business needs.
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