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In Power Line Dispute, Rancher Questions Wiggle Room

RHOME — Johnny Vinson is not your typical underdog. At 82, he is a rancher who has sold more land than most rural Texans could imagine owning. And he has plenty left to stand on, including more than 3,500 acres in Wise County that have ample room for dozens of gas wells, grazing cattle, a ranch house and staff living quarters. 

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Former Employee at Desoto’s Medistat Group Associates Sentenced for Role in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

Texas Business reports: DALLAS — Jerry C. Bullard, 57, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon, by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $317,779 in restitution, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  Bullard worked in the durable medical equipment department of Medistat Group Associates, Inc., an association of health care providers in Desoto, Texas. 

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Fort Worth’s Elbit Systems Wins $12.2 Million Helicopter Signal Contract

Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $12.2 million defense contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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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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Addison’s Lone Star Aerospace Wins $8.7 Boost to War Game Studies

Texas Business reports: An Addison firm won an $8.7 million boost to a defense contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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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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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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Pudge Rodriguez joins Fox Sports Southwest

Texas Business reports: Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, one of Major League Baseball's all-time greatest catchers and a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, has joined FOX Sports Southwest as an analyst on RANGERS LIVE pre and postgame coverage. The announcement was made by FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President and General Manager Jon Heidtke. 

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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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The Lasalle Group Names Joseph E. Jasmon as Chief Operating Officer

Texas Business reports: IRVING—The Lasalle Group Inc., a provider of memory care, appointed Joseph E. Jasmon as the company’s first chief operating officer.   

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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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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $7.6 Million Boost To United Kingdom Jet Fighter Contract

Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $7.6 million boost to a fighter jet 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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McCarthy Wins $1.8 Million Renovation Project for Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a Texas builder for 35 years, was recently awarded a $1.8 million project by Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the sixth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation. 

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McKinney’s Raytheon Wins $9.4 Million Defense Order

Texas Business reports:  A McKinney firm won a $9.4 million weapon order, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Fort Worth’s Rockwell Collins-ESA Wins $12.2 Million Defense Order Boost

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $12.2 million military contract change, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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McKinney’s Ratheon Wins $14.3 Million Repair Part Order

Texas Business reports:  A McKinney firm won a $14.3 million order for aircraft repair parts, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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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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Fort Worth’s Alcon Laboratories Wins $23.4 Million Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $23.4 million change to a military contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Texas Manufacturing Picks Up Again but Less Optimism in Outlook
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased for the tenth month in a row in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 7.1 to 10.8, indicating output grew at a slightly stronger pace than in January.  Full Story »