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NLRB union poster rule delayed while challenge proceeds
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The National Labor Relations Board can't require businesses to tell workers their union rights on a workplace poster while challenges to a judge's ruling upholding the rule proceed, an appeals court said. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington granted a request by the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation and other business lobby groups who claim allowing enactment of the rule would affect more than 6 million employers who otherwise wouldn't be subject to NLRB regulation. More



Texas home sales return to normal (1 of 2)
Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite today's uncertain economic climate, a noted residential analyst sees a "slow upturn" ahead for the Texas housing market. Dr. Jim Gaines, research economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, is optimistic about the state's home sales in coming months. "Home sales in the state rebounded a very modest 0.7 percent in 2011," he said. "That was a big improvement over the 4.5 percent decline in 2010. A gradual improvement in monthly sales moving toward the long-term norm is expected to continue into 2013." More

Home prices inching upward (2 of 2)
Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Both sellers and buyers can find good news in the most recent outlook for the Texas housing market. For sellers, the good news is that 2011 Texas home prices increased for the second consecutive year and are likely to do so again this year. For buyers, the good news is that prices went up only modestly, and the 2012 home appreciation rate is expected to be less than the historical norm. More

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Solar roof shingles come to Texas
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Solar roof shingles, the first of their kind, are now available in Texas, courtesy of the Dow Chemical Company, according to a company announcement. Dow announced it had launched its solar shingles in California and Central Texas, allowing customers to buy and install the power-generating roof shingles through authorized dealers. More

Report: Sellers' asking prices rose in March
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Here's a sign that sellers are feeling more optimistic about their prospects this spring: Median asking prices in March jumped by 5.6 percent from a year ago, and were up 1 percent from February, according to a new report. The jump in median asking prices comes amid a sharp drop in the number of homes listed for sale from one year ago. While listing inventories in March rose by 1.5 percent from February, they were still 21.5 percent below last year's levels. More

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Diverse group calls on CFPB to create broad QM market
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A diverse group of 33 lenders, housing professionals, consumer advocates and civil rights organizations came together today to call on the CFPB to issue broadly defined and clear Qualified Mortgage (QM) standards as part of the forthcoming Ability to Repay regulation. The organizations wrote to Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that a narrowly defined QM would undermine prospects for a housing recovery and threaten the redevelopment of a sound mortgage market. More

Lenders' postings dip for year
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Lenders have moved to foreclose on fewer Bexar County properties so far this year than in 2011 — a hopeful sign despite a bump in postings for the upcoming May auction. Between January and May, foreclosure postings dropped 12.4 percent when compared with the first five months of last year, according to San Antonio-based foreclosure listing service RexReport.com. More



Tornado repairs bring new dangers in Dallas area
Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As workers stream into the splintered neighborhoods laid waste by the April 3 tornadoes, the hazards are apparent. For homeowners, there is the danger of inexperienced or out-of-town contractors trying to get work and who may — or may not — stick around to see it through. (Subscription required to view full article.) More

Gov. Perry Announces SBA assistance for North Texas counties affected by severe weather
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Gov. Rick Perry announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his request to provide federal disaster assistance to Dallas, Kaufman and Tarrant counties, which were devastated by multiple tornadoes earlier this month. This decision automatically makes the neighboring Texas counties of Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Johnson, Parker, Rockwall, Van Zandt and Wise eligible for the same federal assistance. More

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Rick Perry fuels speculation about re-election bid
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Ambitious Republicans have been waiting in the wings for years, anticipating when Gov. Rick Perry will step out from under the spotlight they crave. But the longtime governor may not be ready to move off the stage just yet. Despite carrying the wounds from his gaffe-prone presidential campaign, Perry showed this week he still knows how to dominate the political conversation. More

El Paso City Council eyes $600-$800 million bond: New arena, stadiums part of November ballot plan
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El Pasoans may be asked to vote for a $655 million to $835 million bond issue that could include a new multipurpose arena and stadiums for major league soccer and Triple-A baseball teams, as well as parks, pools and community centers and the reconstruction of streets. The preliminary list of projects was presented Wednesday to the City Council, while more than 190 residents and community leaders packed the council chambers and spilled into the foyer to hear the proposal. More

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March existing home sales down 2.6 percent
Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. fell in March for the second-straight month, a sign that the housing market's long-awaited recovery may be flagging. Existing-home sales decreased 2.6 percent in March from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.48 million, the National Association of Realtors said. More

Hidalgo, Anzaludas bridge tolls for transit vehicles to double
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Commercial drivers carrying passengers in small buses and vans across the Hidalgo and Anzalduas bridges into Mexico will pay higher tolls. The McAllen-Hidalgo International Toll Bridge Board approved a plan Monday to charge $7 for all two-axle commercial vehicles and $9 for all three-axle commercial vehicles, said Rigo Villarreal, who oversees both crossings as McAllen's superintendent of bridges. More



Texas in top 10 in U.S. for clean energy job creation
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Texas ranks No. 10 for clean energy jobs planned in the first quarter of 2012, a new report shows. In the first quarter, 1,681 total new clean energy job announcements were reported in Texas, an analysis from Environmental Entrepreneurs states. Those jobs stem from six formally announced projects. Of those jobs, 295 are from projects in operation, 286 are from projects in progress — any project in construction or any program that has been initiated — and 1,100 are from projects in the earlier stages of development. More


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Construction company CEO to receive Multicultural Alliance Award
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John Avila Jr., president and CEO of Thos. S. Byrne Construction Co. in Fort Worth, will be honored with the 61st Multicultural Alliance Award, presented by the organization that works to eliminate bias, bigotry and oppression. The award dinner, at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, will feature former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros as speaker. "I wasn't aware they were thinking about me," Avila said. "I'm surprised and humbled by the honor." More
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