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Feb. 14, 2013
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Industry leaders cheer vocational training bill
The Associated Press via Lubbock Avalanche Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Industry leaders lined up to praise a high-profile bill in the state Senate designed to give high school students more options in vocational training, saying it will make it easier to find qualified Texans for well-paying technical jobs that don't necessarily require college degrees. Sen. Dan Patrick heads the Senate Education Committee and has proposed giving students more flexibility on elective courses taken through high school, so as to better emphasize "workforce development." His plan offers a career exploration class in the eighth grade, then lets students choose course paths that focus on business and industry, science and technology, or arts and humanities in grades nine through 12. More

Star Awards Discounted Deadline ends Friday
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Act now because the deadlines for the Texas Association of Builders' 2013 Star Awards are quickly approaching! Save money by submitting your entries by the Early Bird deadline of 5 p.m. on Feb. 15. The final deadline to receive entries is 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. The 2013 Star Awards showcases the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in the Southwest. For a complete list of categories, judging criteria, and materials for submission, view the 2013 Star Awards call for entries on the TAB website.
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Legislative notebook: Lawmakers getting behind water plan
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers are rallying behind the idea of investing as much as $2 billion to help pay for new reservoirs, pipelines and other water-supply projects for the drought-plagued state. The question is, if the money becomes available, which projects will be the first to receive funding? The Texas Water Development Board's water plan identifies 562 projects to avoid grave shortages over the next half-century but does not prioritize them. More

Study: Apartment construction and operations contributed $4.5 billion to Houston economy
National Multi Housing Council via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the worst economy in a generation, apartment construction and operations contributed $4.5 billion to the metro Houston economy supporting 38,000 local jobs in 2011, according to a new report released by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). In addition, apartments and their residents contributed $93 billion to Texas' economy supporting 2.2 million jobs. The report, along with an interactive map and economic impact calculator, is available on the new website More

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Statement from NAHB Chairman Rick Judson on President Obama's State of the Union Address
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Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C., issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address last night: More

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High school graduation requirements up for debate
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers on Tuesday began weighing changes to the state's high school graduation requirements to give students more flexibility in which courses they must take. A closely watched bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would change the default graduation plan so students would not necessarily have to take four years of English, math, science and social studies. Instead, they could specialize in areas such as arts and humanities or science, technology, engineering and math. More

House resolution to test support for immigration reform
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Democratic Texas House members have filed an immigration resolution that could serve as a litmus test for Republican support for reforms being suggested at the national level. House Concurrent Resolution 44, which urges the U.S. Congress to "swiftly enact and fund comprehensive immigration reform that creates a road map to citizenship," comes after President Obama's Tuesday State of the Union address, where he again pushed Congress to craft a bill to address the 11 million to 12 million people living in the country illegally, and to repair the nation's existing immigration system. More

Socorro's annexation plan for San Elizario on hold
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Socorro City Council will have to postpone any action related to an annexation plan that includes part of unincorporated San Elizario at least until a district court judge hears the case. District Court Judge William Moody issued a temporary restraining order halting Socorro from taking "further action or final adoption of its annexation ordinance" until visiting Judge Stephen Ables hears the case at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 346th District Court. More

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High school graduation proposals prompt warning
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A surge of bills seeking to loosen high school graduation requirements could end up leaving many Texas students ill-prepared for college and life beyond high school, state Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes warned. Under some of the proposed changes, students could graduate from high school without a solid academic foundation, Paredes warned. He specifically urged legislators not to roll back certain science and math requirements. More

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American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American Airlines and US Airways have officially announced an $11 billion merger. The new company, which will be based in Fort Worth, will have more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, the carriers said. "Today we are proud to launch the new American Airlines — a premier global carrier well equipped to compete and win against the best in the world," said Tom Horton, chief executive of American's parent company, AMR Corp. More

La Plata County considers time-out on drilling
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
La Plata County commissioners are exploring the possibility of a moratorium on shale oil well drilling. Commissioners brought up the possibility of a moratorium to study the issue after Houston-based Swift Energy Resources filed two applications with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to drill two exploratory horizontal wells in western La Plata County. More

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Texas lawmaker seeks overhaul of water board
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In addition to the intensifying discussions of water infrastructure funding at the Capitol, an even more basic conversation is also getting under way: Whether to restructure the Texas Water Development Board. The board, created in 1957, is overseen by six part-time board members, who serve on a volunteer basis after being appointed by the governor. But state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, wants to change the structure to three full-time members, also appointed by the governor. More
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