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HOUSTON Vehicle-for-hire apps like Uber and Lyft are gaining popularity nationwide, and Houston officials are struggling with the debate on whether to embrace or ban them.

The city council delayed its vote Wednesday on new regulations for the shared ride services.

Meanwhile, taxi cab companies are trying to hit the brakes on Uber and Lyft, which would only add more competition.

A federal judge is set to hear a request from cab companies on July 15.

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