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Nov. 28, 2012

Save the date: Feb. 17-19, 2013

SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo
The countdown has begun to "Celebrate SCWA 25!"
Come celebrate the 25th Annual SCWA Convention at the 2013 SCWA Convention & Car Wash Expo. It will be a special time of looking back as well as looking ahead.
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Little attention on state water conservation
San Angelo Standard Times
Out of about 250 bills put through pre-filing this month for the upcoming Texas Legislature, only one regarded water conservation. The single bill comes after the worst single-year drought in Texas' recorded history, after the Texas Water Development Board specified the need for $53 billion in funding for water projects over the next 50 years, and after a West Texas Legislative Summit dedicated to the issue.More

Study: 66 percent of drivers want cars with active safety tech — do you?
Motor Trend
A new poll from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers reveals that 66 percent of drivers want some form of active safety technology in their next vehicle. The poll, which surveyed 5000 people, was spurred by the fact that driver error still causes most vehicle accidents.More

Fiscal cliff talks could sideline immigration reform
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama's re-election this month gave supporters of comprehensive immigration reform an immediate dose of optimism. But as advocates mobilize for what is likely to be a two-year drive to get an immigration law enacted, their optimism may be tested by a dose of reality. However sympathetic Obama might be, he will be preoccupied with fiscal battles well into next year and less likely to engage in the kind of salesmanship analysts believe is essential to sell broad immigration policy changes to the public.More

'Moderate' drought hits most of Texas, including Houston
Houston Chronicle
The Great Drought of 2011 is back. Based upon the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than three-quarters of Texas, including the bulk of the greater Houston region, has returned to at least "moderate" drought conditions. Half of Texas is in a "severe" or worse state of drought, scientists say. Also of concern is the latest winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which finds that without an El Niño pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean as expected, Texas can no longer look for a wetter-than-normal winter.More

Small Business Administration makes $50 million in business loans to veterans in Colorado
The Denver Post
Veterans starting a small business in Colorado have landed more than $50 million in federal loans this year designed to finance successful startups, nearly double the amount loaned veterans last year, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. As part of its Operation Boots to Business program, where the SBA partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense in developing entrepreneurship for vets, the Colorado office of the SBA said fiscal 2012 ended Sept. 30 with 115 business loans.More

Train them: Good training will reduce employee turnover
Auto Laundry News
One of the most common problems for those in the detail business is constant employee turnover, which is very costly. If you expect any improvement, the value of training cannot be overemphasized.More

Volkswagen recalls about 2,500 Beetles to fix air bags
The Associated Press via KNXV-TV
Volkswagen is recalling about 2,500 Beetles because the front passenger seat air bag could inflate and injure a small child. The recall includes 2012 and 2013 Beetles with leather sport seats. If the seat gets wet, the module that's supposed to detect a child seat could fail. The air bag could go off in a crash and hurt the child.More

Small business loans teetering on the fiscal cliff
The Washington Post
So much of the discourse on the fiscal cliff has focused on the likely effects of raising taxes on the middle class and the wealthy, which has overshadowed the bigger issue at hand: how to avoid raising taxes on the one vehicle that can get the economy moving — small businesses. More

Changes coming to Texas health care
The Associated Press via The San Francisco Chronicle
Gov. Rick Perry has promised to fight tooth and nail against implementing the Affordable Care Act. But that doesn't mean big changes aren't coming to Texas health care, and it won't save lawmakers from facing tough spending decisions.More