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Trump and Biden Trade Barbs, Abbott Signs School Finance Overhaul
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have been verbally attacking each other in a back-and-forth that has laid bare the rising political stakes for each man ahead of the 2020 election. Democratic candidate Biden said Tuesday in Iowa that Trump is an "existential threat" to the nation while the Republican president suggested Biden is "weak mentally" and insisted people "don't respect" Biden. Biden has one more event in Iowa on Wednesday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law teacher raises and a sweeping overhaul of how the state pays to educate more than 5 million students in public schools.
Abbott on Tuesday called it a "monumental moment" while signing the bill at an Austin elementary school.
The Austin Round Rock rental market is benefiting from the metro’s tight housing inventory. The 1st quartet housing report shows average rents are up by more than 3%, to 1750 dollars a month. The Texas A&M Real estate Center’s Dr. Jim Gaines says the market is trying to keep up with buyers.
Gaines says homebuilders are trying to work quickly to build homes as best they can within specific price brackets, but that's proving to be very difficult because of high land prices, a labor shortage, and increased material costs.
WHAT WATCHDOG GROUP FOUND AT NURSING HOMES...That the facilities failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the government requires it.
Austin's traffic is among the worst in the world according to a new study by navigation company TomTom. The report puts Austin at 19th-worst in America and 179th-worst globally. Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio all have better rankings than Austin. The study also says Austin drivers sit in traffic 63-percent longer between 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on weekdays.