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Old Drilling Logs Help Researchers Map Brackish Water

Daniel Ortuño pulled a small piece of Texas history from a shelf in a building at the University of Texas at Austin. The yellowing piece of paper said that on Dec. 19, 1951, John L. Boyd began drilling a 1,350-foot-deep oil well through 17 layers of shale and limestone in Crockett County in southwest Texas.


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Farmers fighting wind erosion and continued drought

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M extension service personnel. 

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Texas Expands Closure of Oyster Harvesting Due to Algae

Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services is temporarily closing bays along the Texas coast from Matagorda Bay to Corpus Christi Bay to the harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels because of elevated levels of an algae that can produce a toxin in some shellfish. DSHS previously closed the Galveston Bay system to harvesting effective March 13 for the same reason. Commercial and recreational harvesters should not harvest oysters, clams or mussels from these areas until further notice. 

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TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture | amar_txbz,
TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture

Eleven miles south of Amarillo, just off of Interstate 27, lie the ruins of an ancient monument. Two huge, disembodied legs are all that is left of the statue. At least, that’s what you’re supposed to be fooled into thinking.

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Regulations Could Harm Texas' Bid for Tesla Plant

Gov. Rick Perry, far from shy in his efforts to reel in jobs from other states — especially California — often declares Texas “wide open for business.” 

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Arming U.S. Agents in Mexico Stalling Trade Agreement

LAREDO — Call it one of the most heralded binational agreements between the United States and Mexico you have probably never heard of.

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Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Texas’ economy.

From 2006 to 2010, there were 256,849 new immigrant business owners in Texas, and in 2010, 24.9 percent of all business owners in Texas were foreign-born. Furthermore, from 2007 to 2010, immigrants in Texas founded around 31.3 percent—almost one in three—of all new businesses in the state.

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Texas Comptroller Office Distributes $553 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN--The Texas Comptroller's Office announced that state sales tax revenue in February was $2.2 billion, up 5.8 percent compared to February 2013. 

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Cotton acres expected to be way up over 2013

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION – From all indications, 2014 Texas cotton plantings will be a double-digit percentage increase over those in 2013, according to a Texas A&M extension service agronomist. 

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $76.1 Million Military Contract Boost

Texas Business reports:  An Amarillo firm won a $76.1 million contract increase on Osprey military craft, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $351 Contract Boost

Texas Business reports:  An Amarillo firm won a $351 million contract boost to a military contract, according to the U.S. Department of  Defense. 

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Most peaches, other fruits, probably not damaged by freeze

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – The buds of many peach and other fruit trees were not open enough to be damaged by the latest cold front that stormed through Texas, according to a Texas A&M extension service expert. 

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Retail Sales Growth Slows

Texas Business reports: Retail sales signaled continued growth in February, albeit at a slower pace, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index remained in positive territory but plunged from 20.7 to 5, its lowest reading in seven months. Inventories rose at a slower pace than in January. 

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Crop prospects not good at this time

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Dry topsoil and low subsoil moisture, along with cooler than normal soil temperatures, are having a chilling effect on spring planting, said Travis Miller, Texas A&M extension service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. 

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Texas Service Sector Activity Expands but at a Slower Pace

Texas Business reports: Texas service sector activity continued to reflect expansion in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, remained positive but fell from 18.1 to 9.8. 

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $10.3 Million Military Contract Boost

Texas Business reports:  An Amarillo firm recently won a $10.3 million contract change on a military contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Retail Sales Growth Picks Up

Texas Business reports: Retail sales climbed again in January, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. Thesales index rose from 17.4 to 20.7, signaling stronger growth. Inventories rose at a slower pace than in December. 

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West Texas and Coastal Bend ag producers facing challenging conditions

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – The new year has found many Texas farmers and ranchers in West Texas and the Coastal Bend regions facing the same conditions they have experienced over the last three years: drought. 

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $15.5 Million Military Contract

Texas Business reports: An Amarillo firm won a $15.5 million contract to support military aircraft, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $33 Million V-22 Order Increase

Texas Business reports:  An Amarillo firm won a $33 million V-22 contract increase, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Surge Global Energy to Buy 70,000 Acres Drilling Rights in Permian Basin

Texas Business reports: AMARILLO, Texas—Surge Global Energy Inc. signed a letter of intent agreement with Amazing Energy Inc. of Amarillo to acquire for stock, the controlling interest in Amazing Energy. 

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Amarillo’s Bell-Boeing Wins $60.1 Million Defense Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  An Amarillo firm won a $60.1 million contract change for a helicopter contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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In Texas, a Push to Show Farmers How to Save Water

DUMAS — Deep in the Texas Panhandle, where the decline of the Ogallala Aquiferhas left farmers fearful for their future, Harold Grall is hoping his field of tiny green corn plants will survive with minimal watering. 

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Fort Worth’s Bell Helicopter Textron Wins $38.8 Defense Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $38.8 million contract change on a military helicopter contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Wheat producers have another aphid control tool

Texas Business reports: AMARILLO – Producers looking for aphid control in their wheat fields might have a new tool, according to a Texas A&M research study. 

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