Daily Archives: April 17, 2011

Weekend link dump for April 17

Happy Palm Sunday! Royal weddings? There’s an app for that. The economist’s case for having more kids. We’ll stick with two, thanks. Don’t get phished. The next time your high-speed Internet service goes out, read this and realize that it … Continue reading

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The State of the City 2011

It’s getting a little better, but we’re still not close to being in good times. The city of Houston’s budget deficit for the coming fiscal year has been whittled to roughly $80 million from $130 million, Mayor Annise Parker said … Continue reading

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Senate Education Committee passes furlough bill

This is still better than layoffs, but not by much. School districts would be able to reduce salaries and furlough teachers for up to six days – with layoffs used only as a last resort – under a compromise bill … Continue reading

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Texas asks for some of Florida’s rejected high speed rail funds

Good. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hoping to snag a portion of Florida’s unwanted high-speed rail money. TxDOT, which submitted its application to the Federal Railroad Administration this week, is hoping to secure nearly $43 million of the … Continue reading

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West Texas

Not many people want to live in West Texas any more. The 2010 Census confirmed what anyone passing through the scrublands of West Texas already knew: People are leaving, and no one is taking their place, even with oil at … Continue reading

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