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Housing market up in January, but sales expected to cool
Business
Published in 13-2-2015
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Despite the recent plunge in oil prices, Houston's housing market remained on top last month. Sales were up 6.1 percent in January as buyers closed on 4,032 single-family homes for a median price of $190,000, according to a monthly report from the Houston Association of Realtors. Sales activity was strongest in the $250,000 to $500,000 price range, while homes less than $150,000 showed d ...>>

Houston skyscraper quiz:
How well do you know Houston's skyline?
Business
Published in 13-2-2015
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Slapped on book covers, t-shirts, street art and just about anything else you can imagine, Houston's skyline defines the public's image of the city just as much as the people and businesses inside them.

Houston ranks as No. 22 job market in US
Business
Published in 13-2-2015
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Cheap oil prompted thousands of layoffs since December in the Bayou City, and many folks may worry. But things really aren't that bad, at least according to Forbes, which ranked Houston the second strongest job market amongst 150 major American cities.

Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
Economy
Published in 13-2-2015
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The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school closings and major holidays which can affect hiring and firing patterns. [...] the local unemployment rate is subject to wide swings.
Houston area unemployment rate ticks down
Economy
Published in 13-2-2015
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In October, Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Eight of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas in October, led by the trade, transportation, and utilities industry with 17,500 jobs, the news release stated.
HP cuts 66 jobs in Houston
Economy
Published in 13-2-2015
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Hewlett-Packard Co. announced it was cutting 66 jobs at its facility on Compaq Center Drive in Houston as part of its "corporate restructuring" efforts, according to a letter the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week. [...] the company said it was ramping up its job cuts "as HP continues to re-engineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives."

Houston unemployment rate dips as Texas economy shows signs of stress
Economy
Published in 13-2-2015
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The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.5 percent in November, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. [...] it is adjusted state-wide for typical seasonal factors such as school schedules and major holidays that affect hiring and firing patterns.
Local jobless rate dips to 4.1 percent
Economy
Published in 13-2-2015
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The biggest gainers included professional and business services, government and education and health care. Oil and gas exploration and production employment rebounded in December, adding 4,900 jobs after a loss of 2,400 positions in November, the commission reported.
Video: Rockets vs. Clippers postgame wrap
Sports
Published in 13-2-2015
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Houston Chronicle Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen breaks down the Rockets’ loss to the Clippers in the final game before the NBA’s All-Star break.
A winning Astros team? At least one pundit thinks so
Sports
Published in 13-2-2015
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When it comes to prognostications for the 2015 Astros, opinions have varied. General manager Jeff Luhnow has said they’ll be a winning team, and owner Jim Crane sees the playoffs as a realistic goal. Baseball Prospectus, meanwhile, has the Astros pegged to finish last in the American League West. ESPN’s David Schoenfield, meanwhile, put the Astros at 15th smack-dab in the middle of MLB in hi ...>>
Texans’ Brian Cushing has surgery on broken wrist
Sports
Published in 13-2-2015
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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing underwent offseason surgery to address a broken wrist. “I was playing with it broken for a while. … This kept getting worse and worse,” Cushing told ESPN.com The sixth-year veteran has struggled with injuries in recent years, including season-ending knee surgeries in 2012 and ’13. Cushing, 28, started 14 games in 2014 but often wasn’t in top form. He misse ...>>
Five thoughts on Clippers 110, Rockets 95
Sports
Published in 13-2-2015
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Five observations on Clippers 110, Rockets 95: 1. The Rockets take and make more 3-pointers than any team ever has, so it figures that on a night they are really misfiring, they would claim another line in the record book. It was more than that, however, that led to the Rockets setting an NBA record for missed 3-pointers as they went 9 of 45 from the 3-point arc. Mostly, it was from their poor sho ...>>
Astros sign pitcher Roberto Hernandez to minor-league deal
Sports
Published in 13-2-2015
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The Astros signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez to a minor-league contract Thursday with an invitation to spring training. Hernandez, 34, went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games (29 starts) combined with Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He began the year in the Phillies rotation and made 23 appearances before being acquired by the Dodgers via trade on Aug. 7. A nine-year vetera ...>>
UT's Harry Ransom Center lands Gabriel García Márquez archive
Energy
Published in 6-2-2015
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The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014).

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids
Energy
Published in 6-2-2015
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Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Maisy the mouse and pals Cyril and Tallulah prepare for the holiday, from trimming the tree to singing carols. Santa, by Bob Shea: A smiley little dino wears a bright-orange snowsuit, makes gifts for his parents and sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve only to scurry back to bed due to someone in red ho, ho, ho-ing in t ...>>


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