January 12, 2021

January 11, 2021 Boosted by continued strong housing demand and low mortgage rates, Dallas-Fort Worth builders pushed new home starts to a near-record level in 2020. DFW area builders initiated construction on 13,667 units in the fourth quarter of 2020, a 51.3 percent increase over the 9,034 starts in fourth quarter 2019. For the year, […]

COVID-19 didn’t just upset the established model of corporate site selection in 2020; the global pandemic obliterated it. Site Selection Magazine’s annual survey of site selection consultants, conducted in late November, revealed five ways in which the global outbreak of coronavirus significantly altered how companies choose their business facility locations: Instead of people chasing jobs, […]

Janauary 11, 2021 Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday estimated that Texas will have $112.5 billion of available general-purpose revenue in the next two-year budget cycle. While that’s almost $7 billion less than he put on the table two years ago, it was good news because it was widely known that legislative budget writers wouldn’t start […]

January 11, 2021 Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that more than 2 million first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to providers across Texas over the last month. “Never before in the history of this state has Texas vaccinated so many people so quickly,” Abbott said. Still, most […]

January 11, 2021 The 2021 session of the Texas Legislature will commence Tuesday under pervasive uncertainty. Lawmakers have been waiting for months to see how it will be conducted safely as the coronavirus pandemic rages. And after a pro-Donald Trump mob rushed into the U.S. Capitol last week, leaving five people dead and leading to […]

January 11, 2021 Dallas County on Monday reported 1,867 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths from COVID-19. Two of the latest victims were Richardson men, in their 50s and 70s. The other two were a Cedar Hill man in his 60s and a DeSoto man in his 70s. All four had underlying health conditions […]

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 Texas lawmakers will enter the legislative session this week with an estimated $112.5 billion available to allocate for general purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number that’s down slightly from the current budget but is significantly higher than what was estimated this summer when the coronavirus began to devastate […]

January 10, 2021 Six agencies in Dallas-Fort Worth will serve as COVID-19 vaccination hubs as Texas shifts toward a centralized approach to distributing the shots, the state announced Sunday. In Dallas County, the county health department, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Health and Hospital System were designated as hubs by the Department of State […]

January 10, 2021 What is Texas’ largest power generator doing in California? Building the world’s largest battery storage project on an old power plant site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Irving-based Vistra Corp., best known for operating natural gas and coal plants, is making a big push into clean energy, pledging to invest about $1.15 billion […]

January 10, 2021 Charles Lachman, 16, opens his laptop and flips his phone to do-not-disturb when it’s time for class to start each morning. His desk in the game room holds the essentials: A copy of “Of Mice and Men,” headphones and notebooks. Otherwise, there are limited distractions — no fellow students tapping their feet, […]