Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: An owner of a durable medical equipment (DME) company has been sentenced to prison for defrauding the Medicaid health care program of approximately $1 million by submitting false and fraudulent claims for incontinence supplies, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recently announced.
Fred Jessie Cole Jr., of Houston, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal.
Cole, 44, who was a co-owner of Crusade Integrated Health Services, a DME company located in Houston, was indicted in January and pleaded guilty on April 5 to 14 counts of health care fraud.
Cole has admitted that between May 2003 through September 2006, he submitted false and fraudulent claims to the Texas Medicaid Program for incontinence supplies such as diapers and briefs that were not delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries, not wanted by Medicaid beneficiaries and not medically necessary.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Rosenthal has ordered Cole to pay $937,567.54 to the Medicaid program which represents the amount he was paid for the false and fraudulent claims he had submitted to the health care program and to serve a three-year-term of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.
The investigation leading to the charges against Cole was a joint effort conducted by agents of the Texas Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI. Special Assistant United States Attorney Julie Redlinger prosecuted along with Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Kristine Rollinson responsible for asset forfeiture issues and AUSA Carolyn Ferko, who represented the United States at yesterday’s sentencing hearing.
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