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Obama Addresses Dysfunction At Houston Event, A Bill To Revive Rivalry Between UT And A&M, Regional Crackdown On Parole Violators, And More

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Obama addresses dysfunction, U.S. security at Houston event

Former President Barack Obama, speaking at Rice University’s Baker Institute

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State James Baker both warned of the consequences of undermining the institutions that underpin America's global leadership. The two addressed an audience at Rice University's Baker Institute.


Police round up 164 in parole violation crackdown

Houston police say efforts to track down parole violators resulted in the arrest of 164 people. Police chief Art Acevedo says the crackdown was a collaboration between nine different agencies in the region, with seven more agencies to join in the future for quarterly operations.

"We want parolees to know that this isn't the region, these aren't the counties, these aren't the cities where you're going to be able to violate the terms of conditions of parole," Acevedo said.

Acevedo says the effort stemmed from a series of murders over the summer that left three people dead. The suspect in that case is also accused of violating his parole.

Hot temperatures reduce Texas peanut yield

Texas farmers are seeing a drop in their peanut yields. Texas A-&-M AgriLife Extension Service experts say farmers planted 43 percent fewer acres of peanuts, and those who did plant peanuts were delayed because of hot dry conditions.

Once in the ground, the plants suffered heat stress, which leads to lower production. Heavy rains in September then delayed harvest and affected quality.

The US Department of Agriculture forecasts estimated per-acre yields for Texas would be six percent lower than average years.

Farmers were only about halfway done with their harvest before the Thanksgiving holiday, but producers took advantage of dry, sunny conditions and should now be between 70 and 75 percent complete.


State lawmaker files bill to revive rivalry between UT, A&M

Kyle Field, Texas A&M’s football stadium in College Station.

The Longhorns and Aggies haven't played a game of football against each other since 2011, but a San Antonio lawmaker wants to change that.

State representative Lyle Larson filed a bill for the 2019 legislative session that would mandate a Thanksgiving weekend game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. If they refuse to play, the bill would not allow the schools to award athletic scholarships for that year.


Retail rents are up, showing good signs for the retail market, analysts say

The average asking rent for retail space in Houston is $17.34 per square foot, according to the monthly retail market snapshot by commercial real estate services firm NAI Partners.

That's up by more than $1 per square foot from last year and by about $3 from 2012.

Rents have increased steadily since the Great Recession, and it's generally a good sign for the retail market, analysts say.



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