March 9, 2018

Lightning-speed deliveries and autonomous cars could accelerate the current big-box implosion.

Thanks largely to the rise of e-commerce, chains like Macy’s, Toys “R” US, and Best Buy are shuttering faster than analysts predicted even a year ago, with at least 24 major retailers planning store closures in 2018.


September 8, 2017

 A futuristic automated collection system that sucks food waste and garbage through miles of underground pipes has been chosen for a new 100-acre residential development in Seoul, South Korea.

The system, chosen for the site in Gangnam-Gu, Seoul’s third largest district, will span 399,741 sq m on completion and include a sub...

Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott's ambitious agenda, it's looking like they may need all the time they can get.

So far, the special session hasn't been to...

Texas House members voted Thursday to advance a bill that would lower the fees that cities require for tree removal — a measure similar to one Gov. Greg Abbott already vetoed, while a bill the governor requested for the special session remains stalled in committee.

House Bill 7 would require cities charging tree removal fees...

July 17, 2017

AUSTIN — The sunset red granite of the Texas state capitol stands at 302 feet. It towers over nearby Travis County and Austin municipal buildings, as if to convey a physical superiority over those lesser government bodies. When legislators return for a special session this week, they will advance a series of laws that would...

SEATTLE — These days, change and uncertainty seem to be the one constant in the world of government and business. As we move into the middle of the year, it’s hard not to be affected by the constant reminders of risk and uncertainty all around us with a slow-growing economy, political gridlock, skepticism in government and...

July 11, 2017

  1. SB 28 creates the Ship Channel Improvement Revolving Fund. Effective immediately

  2. SB 312 commonly referred to as the TxDOT Sunset bill, continues the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for 12 years, until September 1, 2029, and makes numerous other changes to TxDOT statutes (for a quick summary, see Fiscal N...

Gov. Greg Abbott is plotting an aggressive approach to the upcoming special session of the Legislature, diverting from his above-the-fray style to try to see through an ambitious 20-item agenda. 

The push came into public view Thursday, when Abbott's office began announcing lawmakers who will take the lead on individual item...

A proposed high-speed rail line connecting Dallas to Houston appears to be on track for development after the Texas Legislature adjourned this week without passing any new laws that would stop the project.

But, while supporters of the project are celebrating, opponents say the proposed 200 mph-plus bullet train is still far...

Texas Lt. Gov . Dan Patrick made such a dramatic claim about "must-pass" tax-rate legislation--$20,000 in savings for the average homeowner every year!--we launched a fact check.

Patrick, during 17 minutes of remarks to Capitol reporters May 17, 2017, named Senate Bill 2, authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, as one...

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