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Aug. 6, 2013
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Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year. More



9 constitutional amendments to be on November ballot
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Texans cast ballots for the Nov. 5 election, they will consider nine proposed constitutional amendments. And after a lottery was conducted Monday, the order in which the amendments will appear on those ballots is now in place. More

Top Texas news for Aug. 6
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For transportation funding, it turns out that the third time was, indeed, the charm. After failing to do so in two previous special sessions and one regular session, lawmakers managed to pass a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually — if Texas voters approve it next year. More

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Obama heads to Phoenix to talk housing
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With the nation's real estate market on a winning streak, President Obama is heading to Phoenix on Tuesday to make a major speech on homeownership where he will lay out his plan for keeping the U.S. housing market humming. More

State Farm charges far more than rivals to cover Dallas area homes
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State Farm Insurance is charging by far the highest premiums among the 32 insurance companies selling homeowners policies in the Dallas area, even as Texas' largest property insurer continues to battle state allegations that its rates are excessive. More

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Texas high school students to learn new graduation plan
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas eighth- and ninth-graders getting ready to go back to school need to add an item to this year's to-do list: Getting clear on a new graduation plan. HB 5, the sweeping education bill passed last legislative session, killed what was called the "four-by-four" and replaced. More

Housing market still surging
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas housing market continues to surge as home prices hit an all-time high in the second quarter. The median price for a single-family home grew to $177,300, a 10 percent jump compared with the same time last year, according to a report from the Texas Association of Realtors. Statewide, home sales jumped 18 percent to 79,760. More

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Sheryl Cole seeks Austin development code revamp
Austin Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole is sponsoring two resolutions for the upcoming City Council meeting that could help address some of the long-standing concerns of the development community in Austin. More



Feds approve Texas' request for West recovery
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The West community will receive additional federal funding to rebuild following the explosion of a fertilizer depot in April that killed 15 people and flattened much of the town, Gov. Rick Perry announced on Friday. More

McCaul: 'Patching holes' in the border only shifts illegal immigration,
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group of lawmakers traveled to the Southwest border of the United States this weekend to analyze security procedures presently in place. Rep. Raul Labrador, Rep. Richard Hudson, Rep. Kevin Yoder, Rep. Rick Crawford, and Rep. Lance Leonard all joined Texas Rep. Michael McCaul on the trip which was organized by the House Committee on Homeland Security. More

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Tyler Area Builders Association donates funds to 2 nonprofit groups
Tyler Morning Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Tyler Area Builders Association donated more than $11,000 to two area nonprofits on Monday. The funds were a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales of the 60th annual Parade of Homes event. More

Coalition calls on Texans to share accounts of how drought has affected lives
Texas Dept. of Agriculture    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What does your Texas drought look like? With more than 97 percent of Texas suffering from drought conditions, that's what the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Water Development Board and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department want to know. This coalition of state agencies today launched an interactive public awareness campaign inviting Texans to submit personal photos capturing what the drought looks like for them and how it has impacted their lives. More

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Huffines to oversee $1.2 billion North Texas home community
Dallas Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of North Texas' largest master-planned communities has a new manager and developer. Dallas-based Huffines Communities was recently selected to take the reins of Heartland, a $1.2 billion master-planned community in Forney, which sits 20 minutes east of Dallas. More

Improving Markets List includes 247 metros in August
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A total of 247 metropolitan areas across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified for inclusion on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index for August, released today. While this is eight metros shy of the number listed on the IMI in July, it is approximately three times the number of metros that qualified for the list in August of 2012. More

Builders break ground on Southern Living All-American Home in West U
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Stone Acorn Builders, a member of the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder Program, recently broke ground on Houston's Southern Living All-American Home to debut in West University Place in May 2014. Proceeds from the showcase home tours benefit Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit that provides homes for wounded and disabled veterans. More

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SouthStar Communities announces team to build home for wounded veteran
Fort Mill Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Operation FINALLY HOME, Former NFL Players Association, Dallas Home Builders Association and Victory Custom Homes join developer to break ground on project in Dallas community The Sanctuary at Lake Ridge. More

Lego Architecture Studio sets builders free; maximizing a small space
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Legos for creative adults: Unlike previous kits in the Lego Architecture series, the new Lego Architecture Studio isn't just a puzzle with an instruction manual to build a specific structure. Instead, the $150 kit provides a blank slate for builders, according to Cool Hunting. More
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