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Lydia DePillis

Houston, TX
Economics Reporter — Houston Chronicle

Economics reporter at the @HoustonChron. Ex-@washingtonpost, @TNR, @WCP. Texan in progress. Email:

Job growth picks up in Texas, Houston — Texas added 38,300 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, according to numbers released Friday by the Labor Department, solidifying a sense that the economy is stabilizing after a prolonged slowdown due to the plummeting price of oil and gas.

A window into the exploding power of eminent domain — Five years ago, when the state of Texas passed new rules governing the use of eminent domain - the power that allows governments and corporations to take private land for public use - it had no idea how many entities had the authority to exercise it. Turns out it's a lot, and growing fast.

We already have "open trade and open borders" on energy, and other debate notes

Business alliance chief "not prepared to advocate" for hosting the Olympics — Photo: SMILEY N. POOL, Staff Whenever Super Bowl season rolls around - it's only three and a half months away, folks - people start to argue about whether hosting the mega-event is worth it. The NFL projects huge economic windfalls for the host cities, while academics say the benefits are minor at best.

How the gig economy grew across Texas' cities — One of the tricky parts about assessing the importance of the so-called "gig economy" - the universe of flexible micro-jobs such as those created by online service platforms like Uber and Airbnb - has been the difficulty of measuring how many people take part in it. Business reporter, Houston Chronicle

Houston is no longer Texas' high-growth darling

Houston is no longer Texas' high-growth darling

A life in limbo - Houston Chronicle — Until March, Ashwani Chandra's life was proceeding according to plan. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he worked for three years designing pipeline systems for the oilfield services company Universal Pegasus International, and planned to bring his long-time girlfriend over from India after they got married.

Harris County’s system for defending the poor is still woefully inadequate, state audit finds — The Harris County Courthouse's system of providing legal representation to defendants who can't afford it is creaky and overburdened, a state audit has found, as elected judges appoint their favorite attorneys and allow them to take on caseloads that far exceed recommended levels.

Houston Community College makes big move into 3D printing

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RT @Forrest4Trees: For the record, Duterte is an authoritarian with an atrocious human rights record who has blessed assassinations of…

Oct 21, 2016

RT @CollinEatonHC: U.S. up 11 oil rigs this week. Thanks, folks, that's a wrap on the oil bust. Everyone drive home safe.

Oct 20, 2016

Can you imagine how Trump would cast this type of project if Hillary were involved? Chinese people buying green cards!

Oct 19, 2016

Tonight's tweets brought to you in part by the great @cltomlinson, who shared a shaky livestream at a bar where nobody else was watching.

Oct 19, 2016

For a second I thought she was going to talk about top marginal tax rates in the 1950s!

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