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Homebuilder sentiment index dips in December
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even a holiday gift from Uncle Sam couldn't brighten the homebuilders' outlook in December. The National Association of Home Builders said its housing market index fell by one point to 16 this month, reflecting concern that job losses and a slow economic recovery will continue to stifle demand for new homes despite the extension of a federal tax credit for buyers. More




JPMorgan Chase to open homeownership center
The Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston is one of six markets where JPMorgan Chase & Co. is planning to open a Chase Homeownership Center. The New York banking giant plans to open one center in southeast Houston at 11550 Fuqua St. by March 31. More


New jobless benefit claims rise unexpectedly
The Associated Press via The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
he number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts. The Labor Department said that the number of new jobless claims rose to 480,000 last week, up 7,000 from the previous week. That was a worse performance than the decline to 465,000 that economists had expected. More


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Report: U.S. construction off 9 percent from October
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New U.S. construction starts in November dropped 9 percent from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $405 billion, as the weak economy took its toll on funding for for both private and public projects, according to a report by McGraw-Hill Construction. More


Companies cited for safety violations related to scaffolding collapse
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a six-month investigation, federal regulators have proposed nearly $160,000 in fines against four contractors involved in construction of a West Campus high-rise where three workers fell to their deaths after a June scaffolding collapse. More




Gift for water utility customers: No rate increases
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
El Pasoans will get a holiday gift in the water utility budgets that are up for final approval. El Paso Water Utilities is not planning rate increases for its water, sewer and reclaimed-water customers. Fees for the storm water utility will also stay the same. More


Spate of historic zoning cases raises questions about eroding Austin tax base, equity of program
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A spate of 25 historic zoning applications at the Austin City Council meeting last week prompted council members to raise questions about the 30 year old program's tax impact. Those cases are up for a final vote today . Council members say they want to review the program's effect on city finances and figure out whether the landmark designations are spread fairly across the city. More


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Texas advocate seeks ban on insurers' blanket clauses
The Dallas Morning News via The Denton Record-Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The state's insurance consumer advocate is seeking to eliminate the blanket authority of health and disability insurers to decide what their policies cover, a shift that could have a major impact on health insurance in Texas. More


Bushland explosion linked to pipeline fracture
The Associated Press via The Lubbock Avalanche Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A pipeline will be rerouted from a Texas Panhandle neighborhood where a fiery Nov. 5 natural gas explosion left three people hurt. El Paso Corp. spokesman Robert Newberry said Thursday that the updated line in the Bushland area will be "400, 600 feet away from any residence." More


Government to award stimulus funds for broadband
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration on Thursday will hand out the first $182 million of a $7.2 billion pot of stimulus money that will go toward building high-speed Internet networks and encouraging more Americans to use them. More


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