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Texas Builders Foundation awards scholarships to 5 outstanding individuals
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The Texas Builders Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its Fall 2012 scholarship awards. Five outstanding college and university students were selected to receive the Texas Builders Foundation Scholarships. "We were extremely impressed with the quality of the applicants. Each of these students plans to enter the construction industry, and we are excited about our future workforce," said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the Texas Builders Foundation Board of Trustees. More



Expert: These days, finding 'raw materials' a challenge for Austin development game
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(Please note that Eldon Rude will moderate an Education Session at the Sunbelt Builders Show™ on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 PM at the Austin Convention Center. A panel of experts will share the latest banking and economic news geared toward the residential construction market. Registration is free for a limited time.)

When Eldon Rude speaks, builders listen. As director of the Austin market for Metrostudy since 2003, Rude meets on a regular basis with the builders, developers and lenders who are clients of the national housing data and consulting firm, which is widely regarded as the keeper of the most extensive database on residential construction in the nation's housing industry.
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Texas sales tax haul last month up 10 percent over July 2011
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Texas has racked up another $2 billion month in sales-tax collections. Revenue from the state portion of the tax last month was $2.05 billion, up 10.1 percent over July 2011, Comptroller Susan Combs said. In most parts of Texas, an 8.25-percent sales tax is levied, with 6.25 percent of it going to state coffers. More

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Kitzman responds to hundreds of complaints about costly homeowner policies
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Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman has responded to suggestions from hundreds of consumers who wrote complaining about costly homeowners policies, while her agency blamed a staff error for the blocking of some consumer emails. "I, too, am interested in common sense, market-based solutions that could provide immediate relief for homeowners," Kitzman wrote to the consumers, adding that her agency is continually working on approaches to "this challenging issue." More

Tax amnesty deadline approaching
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Businesses have a little more than a week remaining to take advantage of the Texas Fresh Start tax amnesty period, which ends on Aug. 17. The amnesty is a chance for businesses to clear up their tax records and save money by not having to pay penalty and interest on tax reports they had failed to file. Businesses can file missing reports and pay the overdue taxes, or amend and pay previous reports in which they had incorrectly stated a lower amount than was due. The tax amnesty covers taxes and fees that were originally due before April 1, 2012. More

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New plant to generate power ahead of schedule
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A new power plant designed to help reduce global warming will go online earlier than expected to help beat back Texas heat. NRG Energy said it will add a 75 megawatt natural gas generating unit to its big W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County next summer. The unit initially was scheduled to go online in 2015 as part of a system to capture carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas linked to climate change — emitted by one of the four coal-fired generators at the plant. More

Ranchers seeking hardier breeds to deal with drought, climate change
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Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns. Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it's too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain. More



Report: Texas foreclosure numbers down in July
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Foreclosure activity in Texas was down in July — both on the first-time and the repeat-postings fronts. According to the latest analysis by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, there were a total of 9,968 foreclosure filings reported in Texas during the month of July 2012 — marking a 5.7 percent decline from figures reported for the same month last year. That figure includes both first-time postings and foreclosure filings that have been carried over from previous months. More

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market shows improvement in the 2nd quarter
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Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed improvement in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders' latest 55+ Housing Market Index. The index more than doubled year over year from a level of 13 to 29, which is the highest second quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008. More

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Lubbock City Council says proposed fracking ban unlikely
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A community activist says he will ask the City Council to rescind a lease it granted an oil extraction company in March because, he believes, the company's hydraulic fracturing process will expose residents to air and water contamination. Armando Gonzales also said he intends to urge city leaders to ban the process, also known as "fracking." City officials said, however, it's unlikely the council will back down from either position. More

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City of El Paso, county to discuss ways to share services, costs
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The El Paso City Council and El Paso County Commissioners Court will talk about how to better share services — and costs — for information technology, law enforcement, parks and recreation, and other departments. "My hope is that this will be used as an opportunity for progress," County Judge Veronica Escobar said. Joint use of property owned by both governments, as well as a collaboration to revitalize the Mission Trail, will also be discussed during a special meeting. More



Buda considering increases to property tax, water and wastewater rates for 2012-13
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The City Council discussed increases in the city's property tax, water and wastewater rates, but even with increases, the $13 million in anticipated revenues for 2012-13 would still fall almost $2 million short of budgeted expenses, according to city budget documents. Under the proposed 2012-13 budget, the property tax rate would increase by almost 2 percent, and water and wastewater rates would increase by 2 and 3 percent, respectively. More

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No city tax rate increase foreseen for San Antonio
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CPS Energy payments to the city are down and property tax revenue is flat, but the income from sales tax is up slightly and will help fund a $2.279 billion budget, City Manager Sheryl Sculley will tell the City Council today. The balanced budget she'll present is smaller than the city's all-time largest — fiscal 2011's budget came in at $2.374 billion — and it focuses on several core priorities, including public safety and increased street and sidewalk maintenance. More

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US forecasters update hurricane season outlook
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U.S. forecasters are updating their outlook for the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its initial seasonal outlook each May. The outlook gets updated in early August as the peak period for storms begins. More
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