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Sharing The Ice Chest. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2011.
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 Agribusiness

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Pond and lake levels continued to recede as the drought persisted. In some areas, pond levels were down 3 to 5 feet, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agent reports. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Billy Higginbotham)
Texas crop, weather for April 5, 2011: Rain may salvage some plantings east of I-45

Texas Business reports:  College Station—Parts of East Texas and the Coastal Bend received from 1 inch to 1.5 inches of rain on April 4, but the rest of the state got only high winds and cooler temperatures, according the National Weather Service, according to reports compiled by Scott Burns of Texas Agrilife.


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Bryan W. Shaw
U.S.Ag Secretary Appoints TECQ Member To U.S. Task Force On Air Quality

Texas Business reports:  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed three Texans to the  Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, including one from a Texas agency that is actively bucking the EPA on air quality control permits.


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 Aviation

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American Eagle Launches Daily Nonstop Service Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Springfield, Illinois
Texas Business reports:  Fort Worth—American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, began nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, Illinois Full Story »
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FAA Mandates Inspections for Early Models of 737 Aircraft

Texas Business reports:  The FAA issued an emergency directive that requires operators of specific early Boeing 737 models to conduct initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage.


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 Construction

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Transit Mix Concrete & Materials Company
Trinity Industries Inc. Expands Aggregates Business

Texas Business reports:  Trinity Industries Inc. acquired through its subsidiary, Trinity Materials Inc.,  certain aggregates operations of Texas Industries Inc. that serve markets in Texas and Louisiana.


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 Energy

NuStar and TexStar Plan to Expand Infrastructure to Move Eagle Ford Shale Crude and Condensate to South Texas

Texas Business reports:  San Antonio—NuStar Logistics L.P. and TexStar Midstream Services  LP today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to develop a new pipeline system to transport Eagle Ford Shale crude and condensate to Corpus Christi.


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 Entertainment

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Work of contemporary photographer Subhankar Banerjee on view at Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Texas Business reports:  Fort Worth—On May 14, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the work of contemporary photographer Subhankar Banerjee in the exhibition Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know.


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 Finance

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Court’s $1.2 million judgment orders JK Harris & Company to pay restitution to Texas clients

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Attorney General’s office resolved the state’s enforcement action against South Carolina-based income tax consulting firm JK Harris & Company.


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Former Bank Officers and Homebuilder Convicted of Bank Fraud

Texas Business reports:  McAllen—The former president and vice president of a McAllen-area bank and an area homebuilder have been convicted of bank fraud after pleading guilty, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced.


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Texas Instruments Agrees To Buy National Semiconductor

Texas Business reports: Dallas--Texas Instruments will buy California’s National Semiconductor in a $6.5 billion  transaction.


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Transcontinental Realty Investors Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results

Texas Business reports: Dallas--Transcontinental Realty Investors Inc., a Dallas-based real estate investment company, reported results of operations for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

The company reported net loss applicable to common shares of $68.3 million or $8.42 per diluted earnings per share, as compared to a net loss applicable to common shares of $80.7 million or $9.94 per diluted earnings per share for the same period ended 2009.


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 Government Contracts

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Carrolton Firm Won An $11.2 Million Contract To Supply Mine Detectors And Training

Texas Business reports:  A Carrolton firm won an $11.2 million contract to supply mine detectors and training to the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense.  


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An MRAP Cougar HE in testing with land mines set off around it.
Sealy Firm Receives $11 Million Contract For Changes to MRAP Vehicles
Texas Business reports:  A Sealy firm won an $11 million order for several engineering changes to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles. Full Story »
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 International Texas

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Laffins packing facility.
Houston-area firm Buys India Chemical Manufacturer

Texas Business reports:  The Woodlands—Huntsman Corporation completed its acquisition of Indian chemical producer Laffans Petrochemicals Ltd., and has taken ownership of the manufacturer's 60kt ethylene oxide derivatives facility in Ankleshwar, Gujarat.

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 Legal

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Court’s $1.2 million judgment orders JK Harris & Company to pay restitution to Texas clients

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Attorney General’s office resolved the state’s enforcement action against South Carolina-based income tax consulting firm JK Harris & Company.


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Former Bank Officers and Homebuilder Convicted of Bank Fraud

Texas Business reports:  McAllen—The former president and vice president of a McAllen-area bank and an area homebuilder have been convicted of bank fraud after pleading guilty, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced.


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Bryan W. Shaw
U.S.Ag Secretary Appoints TECQ Member To U.S. Task Force On Air Quality

Texas Business reports:  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed three Texans to the  Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, including one from a Texas agency that is actively bucking the EPA on air quality control permits.


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 Marketing

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Baylor Health Care System and Select Medical Corporation Launch Rehab Venture
Texas Business reports:   Baylor Health Care System and Select Medical Corporation completed a joint venture transaction that will launch a rehabilitation arrangement. Full Story »
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 Real Estate

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San Angelo Housing
San Angelo Housing
Texas Business Reports:  Here is the current information on the San Angelo housing market from the  Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.   Full Story »
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San Marcos Home Sales
San Marcos Home Sales
Texas Business Reports:  Here is the current information on the San Marcos housing market from the  Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.  Full Story »
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The Connor Group Buys Knightsbridge Apartments In Dallas for $27.5 Million

Texas Business reports: The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm based in Ohio, last week expanded its Dallas-Fort Worth portfolio by more than 300 units with the addition of Knightsbridge Apartments.


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 Technology

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Carrolton Firm Won An $11.2 Million Contract To Supply Mine Detectors And Training

Texas Business reports:  A Carrolton firm won an $11.2 million contract to supply mine detectors and training to the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense.  


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Falcon Heavy
Launch Date Announced For World Largest Rocket Tested In Texas
Texas Business reports:  The world’s largest rocket, tested at SpaceX’s McGregor site, will be launched on within two years, officials announced. Full Story »
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 Texas Patent Of The Day

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Informational Display For Rapid Operator Perception
Abilene Man Invents Electonic Dashboard Display For Rapid Perception

Texas Business reports:  An Abilene man received a U.S. patent for an electronic dashboard display invention.

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