Houston's Morning News w/ Jimmy Barrett & Shara Fryer

Houston's Morning News w/ Jimmy Barrett & Shara Fryer

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Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer take you through the stories that matter on the morning of 09/11/2019, including: Today marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, and rural Pennsylvania. How has the event changed the nation? Our lives? Our security? Have we “forgotten”? Texas Democrats plot path to flipping state in 2020. The state party has high hopes and ambitious goals in a new document outlining their path to turning the state blue. The Texas Democratic Party is pulling back the curtain on its 2020 strategy ahead of the Houston presidential debate, releasing a plan to flip the state “blue”. Party officials have hailed the debate's location as the latest evidence of their 2020 mantra — that Texas has become the "biggest battleground state in the country." The document reflects the party's growing optimism after Beto O'Rourke's closer-than-expected loss to Ted Cruz in 2018 and all the down-ballot gains that came with it. This year has only given them more hope as a parade of Texas GOP congressmen announce their retirements, three out of five of them so far in competitive districts. As rates fall, the pool of people who could benefit from refinancing their mortgages increases. And Freddie Mac's data showed that when mortgage rates fell below 3.5 percent, the number of people eligible for a refinance would surge. When rates fell below 4 percent in May, holders of up to $2 trillion worth of debt could benefit from a refinance. When they fell below 3.5 percent, said Freddie Mac, that figure would rocket to $4 trillion. That happened this week, as the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.49 percent, over a percentage point lower than the year before.

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