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It could take years for state's aquifers to fill
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take months — or even years — for the groundwater supplies to fully recharge, scientists who study NASA satellite data said Wednesday. Climatologists, hydrologists and even local residents had suspected the drought that has parched Texas for 14 months was significantly hurting the precious aquifers that course beneath the Lone Star State. More

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Texas comptroller favors federal standards for sales tax collections on e-commerce
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After more than a year of publicly dueling over hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sales taxes, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs and online retail giant were on the same side Wednesday. At a congressional hearing in Washington, Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, urged lawmakers to set standards for collecting state sales taxes from Internet commerce. More

Top Texas officials formally ask Supreme Court to block congressional maps
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Texas Republican officials formally asked the nation's top court Wednesday to block court-drawn interim congressional districts. In new paperwork filed Wednesday, top state officials — including Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry and Secretary of State Hope Andrade — formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent the new boundaries from taking effect and to delay Texas' primary if necessary. More

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Perry posse of hundreds of Texans heading north for push to win Iowa
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rick Perry's presidential campaign plans to bring more than 600 influential Texans to Iowa this month as part of a major blitz for a strong finish in the first state to vote. The massive Perry posse will include Republican elected officials such as Attorney General Greg Abbott and Comptroller Susan Combs, party stalwarts, consultants, lobbyists, business supporters and friends who will reach out to Republicans in the Hawkeye State and ask them to take a fresh look at the Texas governor. More

HUD Secretary testifies on federal housing loan program
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The House Financial Services Committee hears about the condition of the Federal Housing Administration Single Family Insurance Fund. The FHA insures almost 40 percent of new home mortgages. An audit of the FHA released on Nov. 15 said that the agency may need a taxpayer-funded bailout next year if the housing market continues to deteriorate. More

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Texas F1 organizers given one week to save US Grand Prix
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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has given organizers of next year's U.S. Grand Prix another week to save the Texas race by proving they have the finances in place. Ecclestone had wanted organizers to sign a contract by Wednesday, but extended his deadline to next Wednesday when the World Motor Sport Council will ratify the 2012 calendar. More

Beige Book shows stronger growth, but Europe a major threat
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Recent jobs numbers, slowly growing GDP, and signs of life in the housing sector have all seemed to point to an accelerating recovery. Today came a solid confirmation of that fact in the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book report. But in a global economy wracked with uncertainty, it is hardly time to celebrate. More

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Rep: Veronica Gonzales won't seek re-election
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Add state Rep. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, to the list of legislators who won't be seeking re-election next year. The Valley representative says that she won't run again, bringing the number of voluntary dropouts in the Texas House to more than two dozen. Gonzales, who took office in 2005, chairs the House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. She sent an email confirming the rumors of her decision. More

Bernie extends Austin deadline    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Construction was halted on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas earlier this month after all parties failed to reach an agreement and secure a contract. The organizers blamed Ecclestone and his "unreasonable" demands while he blamed COTA for not having the money to pay for the race. Ecclestone gave COTA until Nov. 30 to find the money and sign the contract, however, Wednesday came and went without any word. More

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