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Aug. 25, 2009
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S&P/Case-Shiller Index Shows Quarterly Rise in U.S. Home Prices
from The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News
A closely watched index shows home prices posted their first quarterly increase in three years, signaling the housing market has turned a corner. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller's U.S. National Home Price Index released Tuesday rose nearly 3 percent from the first quarter, though was still down almost 15 percent from the second quarter last year. More


Austin Area Home Sales Level Out
from The Austin American Statesman
Existing home sales in Central Texas were flat last month, the first time in more than two years that they were not lower than the same month a year earlier. The Austin Board of Realtors reported that there were 2,069 sales last month, and 2,068 in July 2008. More

Dallas Zoning Proposal Would Make Lobbyists Register, Limit Donations
from The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said he will propose sweeping changes to the way City Hall handles zoning cases and the players involved in them. "We're putting it all together now, and that's what I'm going to put on the table," Leppert said. More

Column: Tarrant May Be Key to Governor's Race, Texas GOP Future
from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Dallas has been campaigning for governor for a week. Gov. Rick Perry has been campaigning to get or keep the job for 10 years. More

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Williams Gets Gingrich Endorsement
from The Austin American-Statesman First Reading Blog
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams will announce an endorsement from former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Williams is part of a crowded field of Democrats and Republicans planning to compete in a special election once Hutchison steps down this fall to run for governor. Because she has not yet resigned, the date of that election has not been set. More

San Antonio Water System Sues LCRA Over Water Sharing Agreement
from The Austin American-Statesman
The San Antonio Water System filed suit Monday against the Lower Colorado River Authority for $1.23 billion after the implosion of a massive water-sharing deal months ago. The suit, filed in Travis County District Court, accuses the LCRA of a breach of contract that deprived San Antonio of water. More

Opinion: To Win, Hutchison Must Grow GOP
from The Dallas Morning News
What was striking about Kay Bailey Hutchison's Dallas gubernatorial rally last week was how so many people there looked like the folks you might see at a Rick Perry event. Dressed as if they had just come from the office, nearly all were white and were largely on the 11th hole of life or beyond. More

Solar Power Boom
from El Paso Times
A proposed solar power plant in Santa Teresa, which would supply electricity to El Paso Electric, isn't the only solar development going on in this area. Applications to use federal land for one solar project in the Afton, N.M., area, just south of Las Cruces, and two in the Lordsburg, N.M., area, about 140 miles west of El Paso, have been filed with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. More

Texas Worker Confidence Dips Slightly
from The Austin Business Journal
The Texas Employee Confidence Index dipped two points in July after rising in June to its highest point since September 2008, according to the latest Spherion Employment Report. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Spherion Corp. attributed the index drop to 51.9 points to mixed emotions by workers toward the current macroeconomic situation. More

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