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DFW home prices to turn positive next summer
The Dallas Morning News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The long run of declines in Dallas-Fort Worth home prices should turn positive next summer, an industry analyst said Thursday. First American CoreLogic, a California-based housing and finance information firm, is forecasting that home prices around the country will bottom out by spring. And in the DFW area, prices should be slightly positive by August, the firm's economists predict. MORE


Eminent domain limits, other Texas propositions pass
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas voters on Tuesday passed one proposition limiting the government's eminent domain powers and another creating a fund for more top-tier research universities, along with nine other constitutional amendments on the ballot. The eminent domain amendment - supported by the Texas Farm Bureau, Gov. Rick Perry and Perry's Republican rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison - won overwhelming approval from voters. More
Senate approves extension of homebuyer credit, jobless benefits
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate approved a $45 billion plan Wednesday to expand a tax credit for first-time homebuyers, extend jobless benefits and provide tax refunds to money-losing companies. Under the bill, the $8,000 homebuyers' tax credit, slated to expire this month, would continue until April 30 and be expanded to include people with higher incomes and some who already own homes. More

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Ex-OSHA official says agency let employers underreport injuries
The Charlotte Observer via McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bob Whitmore, a former federal OSHA official who contends the government has allowed companies to underreport workplace injuries, has filed a complaint alleging he was fired from his job in retaliation for speaking out about his agency's failings. His whistle-blower complaint is set to be heard by the federal Merit Systems Protection Board in early December. More
Fighting blight in Houston
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Nearly 4,000 apartment buildings will face regular, more aggressive inspections following City Council approval Wednesday of an ordinance aimed at eliminating dangerous conditions at Houston's multi-family housing complexes. City officials said they hope that blighted, dangerous conditions will disappear as about 350,000 rental units become subject to rolling inspections on a four-year cycle. More


September pending home sales rise 6.1 percent
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The volume of signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes rose for the eighth straight month in September as buyers scrambled to take advantage of a tax credit for first-time owners that expires at the end of this month. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index of sales agreements rose 6.1 percent from August to 110.1. It was the highest reading since December 2006 and more than 21 percent above a year ago. More
Jobless claims plunge, worker productivity soars
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The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in 10 months, evidence that job cuts are easing as the economy slowly heals. Still, companies are reluctant to hire and economists expect the unemployment rate will tick up to 9.9 percent when October's figure is reported. The jobless rate hit a 26-year high of 9.8 percent in September. More

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Perry leads Hutchison by 12 points in new poll
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Politex Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry, seeking an unprecedented third four-year term, holds a solid lead over his leading rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, among potential voters in the March 2 Republican gubernatorial primary, according to the inaugural University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. More
GOP gov hopeful Medina to advertise en español
The Austin American-Statesman Postcards Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Republican Debra Medina says she'll be the first candidate in the 2010 governor’s race with Spanish-language TV ads. In the 30- and 60-second spots, which she says will start airing Saturday in the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi and Laredo, Medina tells viewers that she's like them: a proud Texan. More


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