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Housing starts, permits seen rising in September
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New construction of U.S. homes and permits for future building likely rose in September, supported by an improvement in sales and declining stocks of unsold properties, according to a Reuters survey. The poll of 69 economists forecast housing starts rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units in September from 598,000 units in August. New building permits, which give a sense of future home construction, were seen rising to an annual pace of 600,000 units from 580,000. MORE

TABC chief, a Perry appointee, solicits donations for governor
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Gov. Rick Perry's appointee as chairman of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is soliciting contributions for the governor's re-election campaign from the owners of bars and restaurants he regulates. In an e-mail to hundreds of restaurants that serve alcohol, José Cuevas seeks donations of $1,000 to $5,000 for a Perry fundraiser next month. As a candidate seeking statewide office for the first time in 1990, Perry called for an investigation of his Democratic opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, because a grain and seed regulator under Hightower was soliciting campaign contributions from those he regulated. More
Democrats in governor's race signal support for death penalty
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Schieffer said that he still supports the death penalty but believes that the process needs more scrutiny. His comments came after former Gov. Mark White raised questions about whether capital punishment should be ended in Texas. More

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Texas treasury lost $19.5M to Madoff
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The Texas treasury lost $19.5 million through an investment in the Ponzi scheme run by convicted financial swindler Bernard Madoff. The money was part of a $224.5 million investment the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co. had with a Texas-based hedge fund called Austin Capital Safe Harbor. Austin Capital closed in May because of losses it suffered in one of Madoff's scam investment funds. More
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison unveils study showing cap and trade will be bad for Texas
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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison warned Wednesday that climate-change legislation working its way through Congress would push fuel prices up by $1 per gallon. The Texas Republican and Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., unveiled a study contending that the Democratic-backed proposal intended to curb greenhouse emissions amounts to a $3.6 trillion surtax on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, a dramatic figure, albeit one calculated over the next 40 years. More

UT getting Walter Cronkite's papers
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A University of Texas official says legendary newsman's Walter Cronkite's papers and photographs will be permanently housed at the Austin campus and then exhibited in May. Don Carleton, director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Center, told The Daily Texan student newspaper that the papers are the "most influential documents in the history of broadcast journalism." More
Opinion: Adversaries working together? What a concept!
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It may seem like all that stands between developers and new building projects are the sluggish economy and any pangs of conscience they might feel. But one developer last spring actually worked with local environmentalists to shore up protections for the Edwards Aquifer. The resulting tweaks to a planned apartment complex along Babcock Road on the Northwest Side provided additional protections for San Antonio's precious water source - and the developer walked away happy. More
30,000 Texas teachers may lack credentials
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As many as 30,000 Texas teachers hired this year may have to take a competency test to keep their jobs under revised federal requirements for classifying educators as "highly qualified." In a letter to school superintendents this week, the Texas Education Agency warned that the U.S. Department of Education has cited the state for not requiring new teachers - primarily in elementary grades - to take a "generalist" exam testing knowledge in reading, math, writing, science and social studies. More
Texas still breezing by other states in wind energy construction
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Texas continues to lead the nation in wind project installations with about 8,800 megawatts of capacity, more than the second, third and fourth states' combined capacity, according to the latest American Wind Energy Association report. More

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