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Report: Nearly 10 percent of Texans running late on home loans
The Dallas Morning News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Almost 10 percent of Texans were behind in their home loan payments during the third quarter. And about 2 percent of the state's mortgage holders were in foreclosure at the end of September, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. The number of Texans behind on home loan payments has risen by more than one percentage point in the last year. More

October home sales rise 10.1 percent from September
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home resales far exceeded expectations last month, surging to the highest level in 2 1/2 years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of an expiring tax credit. The National Association of Realtors says sales rose 10.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.1 million in October, from a downwardly revised pace of 5.54 million in September. More

Dallas Republican not afraid to talk tax hike
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you thought Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Chairman John Carona had simmered down since he blasted his party's top leaders last legislative session, think again. Carona, a Dallas Republican, is on a mission to avert what he sees as a looming crisis in transportation funding. He's perplexed at those from both parties who don't share his urgency. More

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In tough market, training opens doors - and there's money for it
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The need is growing: The national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent last month, a 25-year high, and economists say the job market will lag behind the overall economic recovery. And there is money available to help pay for the training: This year, Texas was allotted $51 million from a federal program designed to help laid-off workers upgrade their skills so they can find jobs in high-growth industries such as health care. More

Forecasters expect job losses to bottom out in first quarter of 2010 but unemployment to remain high    Share    Share on
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Economists expect the joblessness that has weighed down the nation's economic recovery will start to slowly abate in 2010, but they predict consumers will continue to keep a tight rein on spending, according to a new survey. While signs have pointed to the end of the recession, joblessness remains rampant. The national unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent in October, the highest in 26 years. About 9 million people currently receive unemployment benefits. More

Dallas area may be first to see state's new plan to fund toll roads
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lawmakers might have left the Capitol earlier this year without getting much done when it comes to transportation. But they were clear on one point: They wanted the Texas Department of Transportation out of the business of building privately financed toll roads. More

Democratic candidate Tom Schieffer quits Texas governor's race
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Fort Worth Democrat Tom Schieffer has decided to end his bid for governor of Texas, The Dallas Morning News has learned. Schieffer has struggled to win money and support, and he began calling campaign supporters to confirm his plans to abandon the race. More

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Perry/Hutchison debate set for Jan. 14, KERA says
The Dallas Morning News Trail Blazers Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dallas public television station KERA reports that Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison have agreed to debate on Jan. 14 - statewide, televised, one hour, questions from journalists. More

Tarrant Regional Water District still optimistic despite setback in case against Oklahoma
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Tarrant Regional Water District still believes that it will prevail in its legal fight to obtain water from Oklahoma, but that road became more difficult last week after a federal judge dismissed portions of the lawsuit. While district officials remain optimistic that they can move forward, their battle, at the very least, has become longer. More

Houston Mayor Bill White to consider running for governor
The Fort Worth Star Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston Mayor Bill White said that he is considering running for governor after Fort Worth attorney Tom Schieffer ended his candidacy and urged his former rivals to embrace White as the Democratic Party's consensus candidate. The remaining Democratic contenders in the 2010 governor's race, however, all rebuffed Schieffer's suggestion and vowed to press ahead with their campaigns. More

Gasoline prices fall during busy travel week
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Retail gasoline prices headed downward in most places to begin one of the country's busiest travel weeks, with more than 33 million people expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Americans are remaining closer to home because of anxiety about the economy, and demand for gasoline is weaker now than it was last year at this time. More

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