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Home-construction pace dives in metro

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The pace of home construction in the Albuquerque metro area has taken a step backward during the first five months of the year, getting off to the second slowest start in what is likely decades, according to building-permit numbers from DataTraq. “Population is a huge driver of home construction,” said John Garcia, executive vice president of the HBA, the homebuilders ...

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Wildlife advocates skeptical that prairie chicken numbers rising

A recent survey of the lesser prairie chicken population came as welcome news to state, regional and federal wildlife officials. All applauded the results, which measured a 25 percent increase in the threatened bird’s numbers from last year to 2015. Wildlife conservationists, however, met the findings with skepticism. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which is composed of ...

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STEER announces Eagle Ford Excellence Awards

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Does your company strive to be the best and most impactful in Southern Texas? The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER) is accepting nominations for its third annual Eagle Ford Excellence Awards to honor outstanding oil and natural gas companies. This year’s awards are poised to acknowledge petroleum companies and contractors for efforts in preserving the environment, contributing to ...

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Manufacturing growth picks up in Minnesota in June, report says

Manufacturers in Minnesota and the central core of the country bounced back in June after signs of trouble and slowed growth earlier this year, according to a closely watched economic report issued Wednesday by Creighton University. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 53.0 in June from 50.4 in May. Any index above 50 signals growth. Economists bemoaned May’s performance ...

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Trans-Pecos Pipeline splits community

Big Bend, Texas rancher Joel Nelson worries a proposed natural gas pipeline will turn the area into “another Permian Basin.” The Odessa American reports the Trans-Pecos pipeline, for which Energy Transfer Partners currently awaits federal approval, would span from Pecos County to the Rio Grande River. From the Rio Grande, the pipeline will link to another line operated by Mexican ...

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8 reasons Texas should represent America on the 4th

This Saturday, America celebrates its 239th birthday of being awesome. While it would be incredible to salute a flag in Philadelphia or maybe hang out in America’s largest metropolis New York City, if you’re from Texas you should be content enough. The state really should become America’s representative to the world, and here’s a few of my favorite reasons why: ...

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Top 5 Permian 4th of July festivities

If you find yourself near the Permian Basin this weekend, you’re in luck— the area is rife with Fourth of July activities ranging from nostalgic, star-spangled celebrations, spectacular fireworks shows and even a unique intergalactic festival for those who “want to believe.” Check out what’s firing off in your neck of the woods: Amarillo Boasting the Panhandle’s largest fireworks display, ...

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Head-on collision kills central Texas Man

A Wednesday night car accident killed a 26-year-old Kempner man while he was driving in the wrong lane and collided head-on with a tractor trailer. Midland Reporter-Telegram reports Craig Mitchell McDowell was headed eastbound in the westbound lane of State Highway 158 when his 2014 Volkswagen Jetta struck the other vehicle around 6:08 p.m. According to reports from the Texas ...

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Amid request for rate hike, PNM announces fuel-cost drop in customers’ bills

Public Service Company of New Mexico said this week that residential customers will see their monthly electric bills drop by about $2.60 starting this month, thanks to a dip in the cost of fuel used to generate power. The announcement comes at a time when PNM is asking the state Public Regulation Commission to approve the company’s controversial plans for ...

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