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June 26, 2014
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Dire drought forecast for Wichita Falls region
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
Wichita Falls, experiencing its worst drought on record, might face a decade or longer of persistent hot, dry weather, state and federal climatologists warned at a public forum Tuesday. Wichita Falls, about 110 miles northwest of Fort Worth, will likely need to undertake costly programs to retrieve or treat water as its reservoirs fall to dangerous lows, the experts said.
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DEADLINE JUNE 30: Sunbelt 2014 Registration and Reservations
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Celebrating its 14th year, the Sunbelt Builders Show™ will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort on July 23 and 24. Take advantage of discounts by registering now. The annual event hosted by the Texas Association of Builders includes a two-day trade show, speakers, and a special two-hour workshop. During early registration enjoy: Free registration for all builders and remodelers, a $50 discount for non-exhibiting associates (normally $150) and discounted tickets to the Cibolo Canyons Tour of Homes, HOMEPAC FUNdango, and the Star Awards Presentation & Cocktail Party. TAB's room block is already oversold, but they are still taking room reservations at our group rate for a limited time. The discounted room rate expires on June 30, so make your reservations now. (TAB meetings begin on July 22 and end at Noon on July 25.)

DEADLINE JUNE 30: Texas Builders Foundation Scholarship Applications
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The Texas Builders Foundation will accept scholarship applications for the fall 2014 academic semester through June 30. The foundation awards student scholarships to individuals enrolled in Texas' technical and trade schools and community colleges and universities that offer construction degrees. The application is available at TexasBuildersFoundation.org.

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Julian Castro approved by committee for HUD post
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro won bipartisan support for his nomination as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as the Senate Banking Committee forwarded his nomination to the full Senate by a vote of 16-6. Those in favor included four of the panel's 10 Republicans _ Richard Shelby of Alabama, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Dean Heller of Nevada.
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Proposed Lake Grapevine condo tower 'breaking new ground'
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas developer Richard Myers is gathering design and construction ideas in Paris for his company's latest project in North Texas: The Lakeside Tower and Bungalows. If construction begins in early 2015, Myers said his company, Dallas-based Realty Capital Management LLC, could deliver the condo tower to residents by April 2016.
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Housing, consumer confidence show new vigor
USA Today
A batch of recent economic reports spelled good news for consumers, as the housing market continued to bounce back from a brutal winter, home price gains moderated and consumer confidence surged to a post recession high.
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Dow Chemical set to begin construction on new Texas ethane cracker
Hydrocarbon Processing
Dow Chemical will begin construction of its previously-announced world-scale ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas. The projects announced for the Freeport site represent many workers, with 4,000 required for construction of multiple feedstocks, derivatives and supporting infrastructure projects.
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US new home sales surge higher in May
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman
Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown. New home sales jumped 18.6 percent last month following a 3.7 percent increase in April, the Commerce Department reported recently.
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With investors, construction technology surges
Constructech
Planning using pencil on paper is outdated. The difficulty of getting hand-written information from person to person is slow and frustrating for people who need information right away. The good news is this is changing with mobile and cloud-based technology, and investors are beginning to recognize this trend in construction and are investing in the space.
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TXDOT hosts public meeting to discuss future transportation needs
KTBS-TV
Transportation officials met with residents in northeast Texas to discuss future transportation needs. Texarkana resident Louis Camponovo lives close to Highway 59 and is happy to see some of the construction winding down near the Kings Highway intersection. "We have a lot of traffic and Texarkana is growing. We need the better roads," said Camponovo.
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Tired of those bumpy roads? Texas lawmakers are too …
KAGS -TV
Texas lawmakers meet to address the growing number of transportation issues in the state. State business and local Chamber of Commerce leaders met in College Station today to talk about the future of transportation funding. They're looking to push $1.2 billion every year towards funding big repairs.
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$1.2 billion master-planned residential community set to open in Prosper
Dallas Business Journal
A much-anticipated $1.2 billion master-planned residential community in Prosper is preparing to open the initial phase of the 2,030-acre development near the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 380. The opening of the first phase, named Windsong Ranch, couldn't come at a better time, with a rising demand for homes in the far North Dallas submarket because of big-time corporate moves such the world's largest automaker, Toyota Motor Co., which is steering more than 4,000 jobs to West Plano within driving distance of Prosper.
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Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas
HPPR
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has tapped reserves that were once thought unreachable. The industry is scrambling to provide infrastructure to support the boom. Pipelines sometimes have to cross private land. For the pipeline companies, it's not a simple off that has to be accepted.
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