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Economic optimism grows, but risks remain
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Four years after the recession officially began in December 2007, economists, businesses and consumers alike have expressed a growing optimism about the recovery in recent weeks. The more confident, if still tempered, outlook is taking shape as the nation seems to be navigating past some big stumbling blocks — such as high gasoline prices — that have impeded growth most of this year. More

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OSHA's free On-site Consultation program helps small businesses improve workplace safety and health
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Compliance with OSHA requirements is critical to protecting workers from occupational injuries and illnesses. To assist small businesses with compliance, OSHA's On-site Consultation provides a free, confidential service for small businesses with fewer than 250 employees at a site (and no more than 500 employees nationwide). On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. In addition, OSHA has Compliance Assistance Specialists throughout the nation who can provide compliance assistance. To find the contact information for the OSHA Federal or State Program office nearest you, visit More

New report: Bad appraisals hurt economy and housing market
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Could the appraisal on your house be wrong? And if so, could that be hurting the local economy? A new study from the National Association of Home Builders says yes. One expert we spoke with says there are houses in East Texas that are being appraised for less than they're actually worth. He says it's happening because of what he calls a flawed system that sends appraisers into East Texas from another area. More

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GOP wrangles over number of primaries
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Republican lawmakers turned up the heat on the Texas GOP leadership Wednesday, asking them to keep Texas' primaries on a single election day while their own party continues to push for two primaries, one in March and a second in May. More

Gov. Perry: Expanded disaster declaration provides much-needed relief for communities impacted by wildfires
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Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted the state's repeated request to expand its major disaster declaration to include 119 counties eligible for wildfire assistance, and extend the incident period from April 6, 2011, through August 29, 2011. The original declaration issued by FEMA on July 1, 2011, covered wildfires between April 6, 2011, and May 3, 2011, and only included 45 counties. More

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Perry turns some heads on Iowa bus tour
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Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his two-and-a-half week, 40-stop Iowa bus tour in an effort to rejuvenate a campaign that has been down in the polls for several weeks. Perry emerged from a bus with "Faith, Jobs and Freedom" written on its side to a packed room of about 75 people. Perry delivered a mash-up of his standard campaign stump speeches, ending with an acknowledgment that he's an underdog in Iowa. More

Texas water plan found lacking
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The town of Groesbeck came within days of running out of water this month, even though it knew exactly what could be done to prevent it. What it would take, according to a plan the Texas Water Development Board is set to approve Thursday, is a $10.4 million off-channel reservoir. The town, located east of Waco, has an annual budget of about $2 million. "Financially we can't handle that," Mayor Jackie Livingston said. Instead, an emergency, $250,000 pipeline that pumped in water from a nearby rock quarry kept Groesbeck from running dry amid the most-punishing one-year drought in state history. More

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Editorial: Open Meetings Act applies to tech, too
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a plain text message this week to public officials who would use technology to skirt the state's open meetings law: Don't go there. Abbott's opinions committee fielded an inquiry from Bandera County asking for guidance on the Open Meetings Act. More

Texas redistricting could hurt Fort Bliss
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A revised congressional redistricting plan could hurt El Paso by splitting off part of Fort Bliss into a district with most of its voters in San Antonio, say some county officials. A U.S. representative based in San Antonio could be swayed by competing interests to the detriment of El Paso and Fort Bliss, County Judge Veronica Escobar said. More

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Galveston: Hearing Thursday on fate of housing funds
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Critics and supporters of a mixed-income development have one more chance to voice concerns at a public hearing today about whether $25 million in federal funding should be allocated to the Galveston Housing Authority. The money, originally given to the city, was returned to the state after the city council voted to release the funds with restrictive stipulations. More

Study: Green building certifications enhance opinion of a business
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Seventy percent of adults in the United States agree that environmental certification of a company's facility by a third-party organization such as the U.S. Green Building Council would enhance their opinion of the business, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by Sealed Air's Diversey business. More
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