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Lack of Affordable Housing Has Ripple Effect on Jobs: McKinney Mayor

A labor shortage in McKinney is shining the light on a bigger problem in North Texas: Business owners have been posting ads for months, hoping to fill vacant positions. “This problem has been going on for a few years, but it’s getting worse because housing prices continue to rise,” McKinney Mayor George Fuller explained. Fuller said the root of the …

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Officials Approve $105 Million Houston Astrodome Renovation Plan

Officials are going forward with a $105 million redevelopment of the Houston Astrodome that would include raising the ground level two floors to create about 1,400 parking spaces. Harris County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to give the project final approval. Officials had approved $10.5 million on the project’s initial design in 2016. Plans call for the bottom floor of the …

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Mayoral event honors community volunteers as ‘History Makers’

An astronaut, an Olympian and a legendary debate coach were among 10 inaugural recipients of the Mayor’s History Maker Awards, an honor Mayor Sylvester Turner said he planned to make an annual event to recognize public service-minded individuals. Turner said he hoped the event would serve as an inspiration to other Houstonians whose quiet, and often challenging, mentorship and advocacy efforts …

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Council, civic leaders call for more time on Mayor Turner’s flood control rules

City Council members, developers, builders and neighborhood leaders balked Monday at Mayor Sylvester Turner’s goal of holding a council vote on new flood control regulations just two weeks after the details are released. Some council members also expressed concern that city officials had circulated an early draft of the proposed floodplain ordinance to industry groups — homebuilders, developers, engineers — …

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Saudi budget airline Flynas to launch 14 direct flights to Pakistan

RIYADH (Web Desk) – Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas is all set to launch 14 direct flights from the Kingdom’s airports to major cities in Pakistan, beginning on Thursday, the Arab News reported. Announcing its expansion program, the airline said the launch is part of its ongoing program to extend its reach to Asia and open new strategic international routes. …

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Small asteroid to shave safely by Earth Saturday

MIAMI: An asteroid bigger than a city bus is on track to zoom by Earth Friday at a safe but close distance, less than one-fifth as far away as the Moon, NASA said. “Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet — maybe only once or twice a year,” said Paul Chodas, manager of the …

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Google to debut emails that automatically update

SAN FRANCISCO: Gmail is about to get dynamic. Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday plans to demonstrate a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity. Users could see automatically updated flight information in a booking confirmation email. They could fill out surveys without leaving a message or review close-up shots of products in …

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This iPhone X lookalike is much cheaper than the original

(Web Desk) – Chinese smartphone maker Oukitel has launched a new smartphone ‘Oukitel U18’ that is a clone to the iPhone X. Light on the pocket, the phone costs less than a quarter of the price of Apple’s premium phone. The front side of the phone is almost identical to iPhone X and is worth $160 contrasting to the iPhone …

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For advertisers, Snapchat’s got the kids

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social network Instagram has come to look more like rival Snapchat after copying some of its features, but marketers say Snapchat’s younger audience and safeguards against poor placement drive enthusiasm for advertising on the smaller app. Expectations for Snapchat’s future tumbled with its stock price after an initial public offering last year, mainly over doubts that …

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Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer: study

A study has found that smokers and drinkers should avoid drinking hot tea as it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus The study published in the Journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, the cancer which starts in the esophagus was already known …

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