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Farmers Market. Photo by C.P. Gian. Copyright 2010.
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 Economics

Dallas Fed says Texas Manufacturing Declines
Texas factory activity declined slightly in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey.   Full Story »

 Agribusiness

A ripe time to buy Texas watermelons
 Texas and other major producing states have grown so many watermelons the price has tumbled, at times below the point where farmers break even on production costs, reports William Pack of the San Antonio Express-News.  Full Story »

Ag commissioner applauds Brookshire Brothers Fresh Market for Texas products
State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples gave kudos to Lufkin’s Brookshire Brothers Fresh Market Tuesday afternoon for promoting “all things Texas, reports the Lufkin Daily News.  Full Story »

Change aims for market fairness
 A proposed rule change that could provide new protections for livestock producers against unfair, fraudulent or retaliatory practices under the Packers and Stockyards Act was published in the Federal Register last week by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, reports the San Angelo Standard-Times.  Full Story »

Farmers from abroad visit
 From a vineyard and organic farm to a feedlot, a dairy and an irrigated cotton and wheat farm - eight people from Australia and New Zealand arrived in Amarillo on Monday to see how agriculture is done in Texas, reports the Amarillo Globe-News.  Full Story »

FDA seeks less use of antibiotics in animals to keep them effective for humans
 Here's something that could put a damper on Big Pharma's hopes for animal health businesses. The FDA is resuming its fight against the use of antibiotics in healthy farm animals, saying that the rising tide of resistant bacteria is "an urgent public health issue,"  reports the Washington Post. 
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Ranch always a family venture
 Joseph Robert Mims was 17 when he struck out from Hayes County with a change of clothes and two quilts packed behind his saddle heading westward, reports Jerry Lackey of the San Angelo Standard-Times.  Full Story »

Ranch always a family venture
 Joseph Robert Mims was 17 when he struck out from Hayes County with a change of clothes and two quilts packed behind his saddle heading westward, reports Jerry Lackey of the San Angelo Standard-Times.  Full Story »

Smithfield Shares Rally On JBS Takeover Speculation
 Shares of Smithfield Foods Inc.,which bought a majority stake in Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride last year,  the top U.S. pork producer, jumped as much as 8.3 percent today on speculation the company may be a takeover target for Brazil-based meat processor JBS S.A., reports Cattlenetwork.com.  Smithfield Foods Inc. is the top U.S. pork producer, Full Story »

Year looks good for Texas peach crop
  — Fans of Texas peaches have reason to rejoice.

Experts say the 2010 harvest could mean a bumper crop.

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 Aviation

B-1B program on the chopping block? Report says maybe
 Early retirement of the entire B-1B fleet could be one cost-saving measure pursued by a committee of U.S. Air Force leaders, reports the Abilene Reporter-News.  Full Story »

Company wants to test aircraft in Gatesville
 The city of Gatesville is in talks with a defense company who is asking the city to lend airport space that would be used to build facilities for the testing of a new unmanned aircraft, reports Taylor Short of the Killeen Daily Herald.  Full Story »

 Energy

Proposed oil pipeline to Texas raises worries
 The $7 billion project, called Keystone XL, would increase America's access to crude from Canada's tar sands,as offshore crude exploration faces scrutiny amid a runaway oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a legal fight over a federal offshore drilling moratorium, reports Matthew Tresaugue of the Houston Chronicle.  Full Story »

Texas Mulls More Nuclear Reactors
 Seventeen years ago, Texas turned on its last nuclear reactor, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. In another decade, several more reactors could get built here — if events in Washington go the power companies' way, reports Kate Galbraith of the Texas TribuneFull Story »

 Entertainment

New ampitheater for Sherman's new 4th of July celebration
 SHERMAN, TX -- If you'd like to see a professional fireworks display, there are plenty going on across Texoma. In fact, the city of Sherman is preparing for a very special Independence Day celebration, KXII reports. Full Story »

 Finance

State targeting 2nd settlement company
 Another New Braunfels life-settlement company has landed in the cross hairs of state regulators, Patrick Danner of the Express-News reports. Full Story »

Scottrade Opens Denton Office
 Online investing firm opens its 475th brick-and-mortar office.

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 Food Service Industry

Burglars targeting Bush's Chicken restaurants across Central Texas
 A favorite Central Texas restaurant chain is under siege. 

Thirteen Bush's Chicken locations have been targeted by burglars over the last few weeks, and now franchise owners is doing its best to fight back, KXXV reports.

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Food service plays large role in Bell county's economy
 The latest economic survey of Bell County shows that households spend about $4,000 per year on food service and accommodations, reports the Temple Daily Telegram.  Full Story »

Suit filed against Chico's: Gay men allege city, security violated civil rights
 Five men who allege their constitutional rights were violated at a Chico's Tacos last year filed a lawsuit Monday against the city government, a security company and the restaurant, reports Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times.  Full Story »

 Industrial

Dallas Fed says Texas Manufacturing Declines
Texas factory activity declined slightly in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey.   Full Story »

 Legal

In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline
 After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual reason for the computers’ demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations, reports Ashlee Vance of the New York TImes.  Full Story »

New bidder may pursue Rangers
 Another potential bidder for the Texas Rangers has emerged, according to a sports industry publication, while the ball club's bankruptcy attorneys have slightly amended their plan to lift it out of Chapter 11 on July 9, reports Barry Schlacter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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SAP Abused Its Dominance in Software, Versata Says
 Austin-based Versata filed an antitrust lawsuit against SAP, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.  Full Story »

Suit filed against Chico's: Gay men allege city, security violated civil rights
 Five men who allege their constitutional rights were violated at a Chico's Tacos last year filed a lawsuit Monday against the city government, a security company and the restaurant, reports Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times.  Full Story »

Texas business tax break threatened

About 25,000 small businesses across Texas can expect to start paying their "margin tax" again after a two year moratorium, reports Steve Myers of ConnectAmarillo.com


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 Movie Industry

Casting Call For Austin Independent Film Violet
Independent film to be shot in Austin and Salado issues a casting and crew call.  Full Story »

 Real Estate

Bids for downtown Dallas condos to start at $39,000
 A downtown Dallas condominium project is holding an auction of almost three dozen unsold units, reports the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

CB Richard Ellis set to buy Whirlpool Corp. warehouse in Wilmer
 Developer Duke Realty has already found a buyer for its new Whirlpool Corp. warehouse south of Dallas, reports Steve Brown of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

Colliers International finishes deal for office lease in 17Seventeen McKinney tower
 After months of negotiations, commercial real estate firm Colliers International has signed its new office lease in Uptown's 17Seventeen McKinney tower, reports Steve Brown of the Dallas Morning News.  Full Story »

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 Solaris Estates, the last of admitted swindler Benny Lee Judah’s major development deals, has been sold and provoked a bit of a bidding war in the process, according to documents in federal court, reports Walt Nett of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.  Full Story »

 Retail

Big Country gun shop owners are cautious about impact of ruling
 A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday giving Americans the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live was greeted with mixed reactions locally, reports Celinda Emison of the Abilene Reporter-News.  Full Story »

Cigarette labels changing
 The Food and Drug Administration made major changes regarding the labels of cigarettes.  Sherman area vendors express their opinion on the change, reports KXII.  Full Story »

 Service Industry

New Waco company doing vehicle conversions for disabled
TexasBusiness.com recommends:  The Douthits are running Interstate Mobility, a vehicle convernsion company for disabled, reports Bill Teeter of the Waco Tribune-Herald Full Story »

 Technology

Dell's next push: A bigger sales force to drive revenue
 Dell Inc. is making an expensive push to expand its global sales force as it prepares to expand its business through the sale of complex combinations of computer hardware, software and services, reports Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman.  Full Story »

In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline
 After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual reason for the computers’ demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations, reports Ashlee Vance of the New York TImes.  Full Story »

LibreDigital Acquires Symtio eCommerce Business from HarperCollins
Austin's LibreDigital Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing and distribution technology for publishers,  announced that it has acquired the Symtio e-commerce platform from Zondervan, a HarperCollins company.

 

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SAP Abused Its Dominance in Software, Versata Says
 Austin-based Versata filed an antitrust lawsuit against SAP, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.  Full Story »

 Tourism

Lubbock commits land for proposed baseball museum
The city of Lubbock committed five acres near downtown for a proposed college baseball museum, reports Adam D. Young of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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 Utilities

Plans for Santa Teresa power plant downsized
 The solar plant to be built in Santa Teresa for El Paso Electric Co. has been substantially downsized and the technology changed because the builder could not get sufficient financing, reports Vic Kolenc of the El Paso Times.  Full Story »

Texas Mulls More Nuclear Reactors
 Seventeen years ago, Texas turned on its last nuclear reactor, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. In another decade, several more reactors could get built here — if events in Washington go the power companies' way, reports Kate Galbraith of the Texas TribuneFull Story »