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Home    Education    Legislative    Publications    Calendar    Sunbelt Builders Show    Resources April 20, 2010

Lone Star: Why Texas is doing so much better economically than the rest of the nation
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Texas Longhorn logo.Once a separate nation, Texas has recently been behaving more like an independent economic republic than a regular state. While it hasn't been immune to the problems plaguing the nation, the Texas housing market, employment rate, and overall economic growth are relatively strong. Chalk some of this up to accidents of geology and geography. But Texan prosperity also reflects the conscious efforts of a once-parochial place to embrace globalization. More

Poll: Perry has small lead over White
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Gov. Rick Perry leads Democratic challenger Bill White 48 percent to 44 percent in a Rasmussen poll released Monday. The gap between the two candidates is slightly narrower than a month ago, when Perry led by six points. Margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. More

Border Watch meets lowered expectations in fourth year
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The Texas Border Watch Program — the Web-based border camera surveillance project Gov. Rick Perry launched in 2006 — is meeting its goals for the first time since its inception. But that's only because the targets have been scaled back so dramatically that the program hardly resembles the wide-reaching virtual border neighborhood watch Perry initially promised. More

Homes for Our Troops to construct homes for three injured veterans in Texas
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"When three severely injured veterans from the San Antonio area met our criteria and were approved to have a specially adapted home built for them we decided to take our usual 3-day build brigade and do it Texas style," said John Gonsalves, founder of Homes for Our Troops. "Big," he added. More

Exxon Mobil CEO fears higher gasoline prices
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Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson expressed concern Monday that higher gasoline prices could cause Americans to cut fuel usage, as has happened with other price spikes in recent years, and hurt the momentum of the recent economic rebound. "We're not out of the last economic recession, so at what level that has a negative effect today, it's hard to say. But it does concern me that energy prices not become an obstacle to the economic recovery," Tillerson told reporters after a speech to the Houston World Affairs Council. More

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San Antonio home sales showing strong gains
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Real estate professionals impatiently wishing that potential first-time home buyers would get off the fence already got what they've been waiting for in March. Finally, sales volume marched higher in a meaningful way as buyers close in on the deadline for federal tax credits. More

Dallas-Fort Worth home foreclosure filings drop 12%
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North Texas home foreclosures have receded from their recent highs. The 4,861 Dallas-Fort Worth homes scheduled for foreclosure in May represent a 12 percent decline from a year ago. And foreclosure filings are down 21 percent from the recent peak in March, Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service said. More

Panel punts decision on Governor's Mansion addition
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In a surprise move, a state board that was expected to choose between two plans for an addition to Texas' historic Governor's Mansion declined Monday to choose one plan over the other. Instead, the Antiquities Advisory Board punted the politically charged decision to the full Texas Historical Commission board. Some members insisted that they did not have enough details on the two options to adequately assess their effects on the mansion's historical integrity. More

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Senate panel subpoenas Fort Hood documents
The Associated Press via The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a rare public dispute between a Democratic-led Congress and the White House, a Senate committee on Monday subpoenaed the Obama administration for secret documents and access to witnesses in last year's mass shooting at the Fort Hood Army post. More

Mexico cartels empty border towns
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Hundreds of families are fleeing the cotton-farming towns of the Juarez Valley, a stretch of border 50 miles east of Ciudad Juarez. In a new strategy, Mexican drug cartels seeking to minimize interference with their operations are using terror to empty the entire area. They have burned down homes in Esperanza and torched a church on Good Friday in El Porvenir. Wherever they strike, they leave notes ordering residents to leave. More

State legislators told of HOA fines, foreclosure threats
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Lawmakers say they have tried to write laws in recent years to prevent homeowners associations from gouging and abusing property owners, but more might need to be done. Outraged homeowners told a Texas House panel they've been threatened with huge fines and possible foreclosure for what they described as minor infractions of association rules. More

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