economy

Texas Economy
9:08 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 10:54 am

Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM

President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when he visited Austin yesterday, the first stop in his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"

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Texas Legislature
10:55 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House Follows Governor’s Marching Orders To Pass Small Business Tax Cuts

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The House passed House Bill 500, which would extend tax incentives to small businesses by using revenue usually reserved to fund schools.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, who authored the bill, said the state will replace the money for public education in the senate’s version of the budget bill.

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U.S. Congress
10:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Congressman Gallego Outlines Priorities For South San Antonio

Former Congressman Charlie Gonzalez congratulates Pete Gallego on his win in last year's November election.
David Martin Davies TPR

U.S. Congressman Pete Gallego reported to members of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce on his own legislative agenda for that section of his broad district.

The South Side of San Antonio has grown since the Base Realignment Commission (BRAC), the opposite of what most people in the mid 1990s thought would happen.

What once were fields surrounding Brooks and Kelly Air Force Bases are now buzzing centers of energy surrounding the new Brooks City Base and Port San Antonio.

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Texas Universities
12:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

These Days Most Students Don't Graduate In Four Years

Janine Khammash KERA News

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 7:03 pm

At public universities in Texas, only 1 in 4 full-time freshman graduates within four years. That's obviously a problem for students -- and with Texas legislators considering a bill that would increasingly link state funding to graduation rates, it's a pressure point for colleges, too.

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The Source - April 24, 2013
11:11 am
Wed April 24, 2013

The Source: The Gold Bubble

Flickr user hto2008 cc

In the first segment:

The promise of gold's safety lured many in uncertain economic times and the price, which was often stable, shot up over the past decade to unprecedented levels. Doomsayers predicting the collapse of the U.S. and world financial systems all bet on gold.

As the housing sector continues to rebound and the national spending begins to shrink, the price of gold has fallen more than 25 percent with analysts predicting it will continue to fall, perhaps even touching the $1,000 per ounce level.  

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SA Housing
9:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Price Of Average Home In San Antonio Continues To Rise

Eileen Pace TPR News

In a report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the average price of a home has increased over the past three years up to $194,000 as of last month.

Angela Shields, president of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, said the number of days a house is on the market is decreasing, another sign that the market is improving for sellers.

"That number is 90 days, so it's taking less time right now to actually sell a home," Shields said.

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Manufacturing in San Antonio
10:46 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Manufacturing Graduates Get First Look At Job Market

justintimesa.com

The Just in Time manufacturing program is now starting to graduate students, and a job fair on Friday gave graduates the chance to get job leads.

The school is the first of its kind and launched last October to jump start manufacturing careers with learning intensive 90-day training classes to get candidates quickly into the workforce.

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Texas Business
2:20 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Marchers at the state capitol building in Austin, Texas, in February protest working conditions in the state's construction sector.
Jason Cato Courtesy of Workers Defense Project

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:12 pm

Like almost everything in the Texas, the construction industry in the Lone Star State is big. One in every 13 workers here is employed in the state's $54 billion-per-year construction industry.

Homebuilding and commercial construction may be an economic driver for the state, but it's also an industry riddled with hazards. Years of illegal immigration have pushed wages down, and accidents and wage fraud are common. Of the nearly 1 million workers laboring in construction here, approximately half are undocumented.

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The Source - April 8, 2013
6:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Source: Measuring The Economic Impact Of The Eagle Ford Shale

Thomas Tunstall in studio with "The Source" host David Martin Davies.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

In The First Segment:

Thomas Tunstall is the director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research and the lead researcher and economist on a recent study about the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale.

The study found that the total economic impact of the boom is $46 billion dollars and 86,000 jobs.

The report also found that the Eagle Ford Shale now ranks as the largest single oil and gas development in the world based on capital expenditures.

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Fronteras Desk
12:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Threats To Reporters Cause News Blackouts In Mexico

“Reporter, you’re going to die,” spelled out in hot sauce on the kitchen table of Hiram Gonzalez.
Nogales International

Fronteras: Under the new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, attacks against news agencies appear to have increased. A San Diego interpreter finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict, and it may have cost him his job. We examine how the lengthy drought has started a nasty legal battle over water rights between Texas and New Mexico. Semana Santa (Holy Week) continues and Mexican citizens are traveling to the U.S. in droves, boosting San Antonio's economy.

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