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The population of the Greater Houston area is predicted to reach 10 million by 2040. The current figure is just under 7 million. Natural population alone will account for 1.3 million of the increase with births exceeding deaths at the rate of 60,000 a year. A spokesman for the Greater Houston Partnership, the area’s economic development body, said “If we have very small or normal job growth we’ll probably fall short of 10 million. If we have a period of job growth like we had from 2010 to 2014 we’ll exceed that number.”

Growing up Alice Walton was so worried about her father’s mounting debts that she sometimes shed tears. Today she is the richest woman in Texas with an estimated fortune of $44.9 billion. Her father was Sam Walton who established the famous Wal-mart chain of stores. Ms Walton (69), who lives in Fort Worth, is among 38 Texans on the Forbes Magazine list of the 400 richest Americans. The Texans include a 35-year old pipeline magnate, an 89-year-old oil billionaire and five women. President Donald Trump’s wealth was estimated at $3.1 billion.

“Houston is a city of champions,” declared Mayor Sylvester Turner when he hosted a rally outside City Hall to support the Houston Astros baseball team as they start their defence of the World Series Championship. He also congratulated the Houston Dynamo soccer team when they were entertained at City Hall after winning the U.S. Open Championship.

The four student nurses who took part in the 2018 Grampian-Houston exchange – Laura Waters and Leslie Rodriguez from Houston Baptist University and Helena Buley and Tara Tully from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen -  were guests at a dinner in their honour in Houston and they gave a presentation comparing healthcare provision and nursing education in Texas and in Scotland. The students are pictured with some of the dinner guests who included Houston City Council member Mike Laster and Harry Gee, President of Sister Cities International in Houston.