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If you were planning to take Interstate 35 through North Austin this weekend, don't.

A rendering of "Genesis," one of We Print Houses' 3D-printed home designs.
We Print Houses

An Austin-based company is ushering in 3D technology that makes it easier for builders to print homes.

Residential building company Sunconomy LLC and California-based Forge New last week introduced We Print Houses, a system that can be licensed by contractors and builders to construct homes in only a few months.

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According to the latest numbers, North Texas housing prices are up 8 percent over last year. That sounds like great news for home builders. Yet, Phil Crone of the Dallas Builders Association went to the nation’s capital last month to make a desperate plea for immigration reform.

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There’s a construction boom in North Texas. It’s so hot that builders not only need workers, but managers. To fill that need, local colleges have seen their own boom of students seeking construction management degrees.  

Dallas To Require 10-Minute Breaks For Construction Workers

Dec 9, 2015
Elvert Barnes / Texas Tribune

Aiming to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a measure requiring construction companies to give their employees a 10-minute rest break every four hours.

Texas Jobs Numbers: The Good, The Bad, The Meh

Sep 18, 2015
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The Texas unemployment rate has dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since 2001. That’s the good news for Texas in the August jobs report. The bad news: The state lost jobs, especially high-paying oil jobs. Still, economists say there are some bright spots.

A state transportation official says oil production trucks and vehicles are tearing up local roads without providing enough money to pay for repairs.