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
Take A Look Into The Dark Mirror At Waco’s Horror Film Festival Texas Business notes this story by KWTX:A new film festival is getting Waco in the spirit of Halloween. The Dark Mirror: Waco’s Horror Film Festival is a free film series that will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Bosque River Stage on three nights this month: Oct. 16, 22 and 30.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 5:01 pm
Texas Business reports:El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders & Chamber took center stage at this year’s United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 31st Annual Convention and Business Expo held last week.
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These Families Shop When Aid Arrives Texas Business recommends this story by Miguel Bustillo of the Wall Street Journal: HOUSTON—At midnight on the first of the month, a scene unfolds at many Wal-Mart StoresInc. sites that underscores the deep financial strains that many low-income American consumers still face.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 3:55 pm
SXSW’s First Round of 2011 Panels Texas Business notes this story by Nigel M. Smith of IndieWire: The 2011 edition of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have confirmed the first 20 panels, culled from proposals submitted via the SXSW PanelPicker interface. Full Story » - Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 3:17 pm
Wichita Falls Economy Texas Business notes this report by KERA on Wichita Falls as the station begins a news series. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 3:09 pm
Warner Bros. Setting The Next Big Disaster Epic In Galveston, Texas Texas Business notes this story by Katey Rich of Cinema Blend: Though Roland Emmerich has stamped his name all over the genre in recent years, disaster movies are timeless and much bigger than he is; even Clint Eastwood seems to be getting into the game with the depiction of the 2004 tsunami in his new film Hereafter. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:46 am
Stars align for Texas musical evening Texas Business notes this story by the Hays Free Press: This year’s Stars of Texas Music Legacy series will present Texas State University alumnus Randy Rogers, who will share the stage with the Trishas and Walt and Tina Wilkins for an evening of unique, Texas-inspired music. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:42 am
Houston Ship Channel Closed to Traffic by Downed Line Texas Business notes this story by Bloomberg Businessweek: The Houston Ship Channel is closed to all inbound and outbound traffic as the U.S. Coast Guard responds to a downed power line that may keep the waterway shut for days.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:12 am
Texas Business reports:AUSTIN – The State of Texas, six other states and the U.S. Department of Justice today resolved a lengthy antitrust investigation into the anti-steering and non-discrimination rules of MasterCard International and Visa Inc.
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Back in the print era, Laura Lippman worked as a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald and then for the San Antonio Light. I’ll always remember her story on a Rocky Horror Picture Show audience participation midnight showing.
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Crop rotation has benefits Texas Business notes this story by Countryworldnews.com: Crop rotation is a valuable practice in controlling weed, insect and disease problems.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:02 am
American Airlines to launch nonstop Los Angeles-Shanghai service Texas Business notes this story by ETurboNews: FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation seeking authority to launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, beginning April 5, 2011.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:02 am
Chamber music concert on tap Texas Business notes this story by Brad Newman of the Amarillo Globe-News: The epic poem "Beowulf" receives a Texas Panhandle retelling in "Wolfe," which premieres this week in Amarillo.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:02 am
Special care for special needs dogs Texas Business notes this story by Becca Nelson Sankey for the San Angelo Standard-Times: Jonie Keeney doesn’t recall ever meeting a dog that didn’t like her.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 12:02 am
Dr Pepper Bottle. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
Texas Business reports:A Houston firm won a $43.1 million fuel supply contract for the Defense Logistics Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
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Daughter of conjunto music producer recalls youth Texas Business notes this story by Crystal Olvera of the Houston Chronicle: McALLEN, Texas — Juanita Garcia can still recall the smell of the freshly grilled burgers her parents used to buy her at the late Sunday afternoon tardeadas in Weslaco and Hidalgo.Full Story » Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 5:05 pm
National Instruments setting plans to grow Texas Business notes this story by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman: Alex Davern , chief financial officer at National Instruments Corp. , has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company, one of Austin's leading high-tech employers.Full Story » Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 4:57 pm
Texas Business reports:An Austin firm won an $18 million contract modification to provide support services at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
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Texas Rotary Rig Texas Business reports: The Texas rotary rig count sits at 718, unchanged from last week, but up 328 from a year ago, according to Baker Hughes.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 12:02 am
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Teletouch Communications Inc., a premier U.S. wireless services, cellular, consumer electronics and public safety equipment provider, announced the award of a multi-year contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) for the company's comprehensive product line of public safety, emergency vehicle lighting and siren equipment.
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Economist: Texas strong in weak U.S. economy Texas Business notes this story by J. Louise Larson of the Kilgore News Herald: Conservative roots have left the Texas economy relatively robust in the wake of the American recession of 2008, according to a report presented to East Texas leaders Friday at UT Tyler.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 10:14 pm
Insurer reaping returns from death benefits Texas Business notes this story by David Evans of Bloomburg News: When Prudential Financial invests death benefits owed to survivors of soldiers killed in battle, the money comes from a source with deep pockets: the federal government.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 5:25 pm
Fans in middle of dispute Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: t’s been awhile since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned carriage dispute in these parts, but News Corp. and Dish Network are taking it down to the wire on whether some fans will be able to watch the final weekend of the baseball regular season and Saturday’s Big 12 football games.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 3:13 pm
Ailing Texas economy triggers drop in property values Texas Business notes this story by Jason Embry of the Austin American-Statesman:The worsening Texas economy will reduce property values by 5.4 percent over two years, Comptroller Susan Combs said in a letter to lawmakers Friday.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 3:11 pm
Crude price tests $80/bbl on economic improvement signs Texas Business notes this story by Oil & Gas Journal: The price of crude jumped to a new 7-week high Sept. 30 for the second consecutive day, up 2.7% in the New York market after the US Department of Commerce reported a slight increase in second-quarter growth of the nation’s gross domestic product.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 2:51 pm
United, Continental merger a big blow for American Airlines, US Airways Texas Business notes this story by Surojit Chatterjee of the International Business Times: The $3.2 billion merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines, which creates the world's biggest carrier, could deal a big blow to rival carriers like American Airlines and US Airways as they would find it difficult to match its scale of operation.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 3:57 pm
Texas woman sues Chesapeake, seeking royalties Texas Business notes this story by the Journal-Record: A Texas woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against subsidiaries of Chesapeake Energy Corp., saying they shortchanged royalty owners in the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 3:36 pm
State grants air pollution permits for Matagorda plant Texas Business notes this story by Matthew Tresaugue of the Houston Chronicle: Texas' environmental agency granted air pollution permits for a proposed coal- and petroleum coke-fired power plant in Matagorda County over the objections of local officials and residents.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 2:21 pm
Airlines pressured to find merger partners Texas Business notes this story by Jessica McIlhinney of CheapHotelBookings.com: The awaited merger of United Airlines with Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines’ arrangement to purchase AirTran Holdings puts new pressure on large-name operators without a merger partner to find.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 1:55 pm
Recession Hammers Wichita Falls Workers Texas Business notes this story by John E. Martinez of the Wichita Falls Times Record News: For the first quarter of 2010, workers in the Wichita Falls MSA suffered wage losses of almost $100 million. Full Story » - Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 12:02 pm
Proper method of appraising the value of residence homesteads damaged by Hurricane Ike Texas Business notes this opinion by the Texas Attorney General: Calculation of the 2010 appraised value of a residence homestead damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and renovated to its pre storm status is determined by section 23.23(f) of the Tax Code so long as the structure was "rendered uninhabitable or unusable." If the structure was not rendered uninhabitable or unusable, calculation of the 2010 appraised value is dependent upon whether the renovations may reasonably be said to constitute a mere "repair" or a "new improvement" under section 23.23(e). If the structure was rendered uninhabitable or unusable, calculation of the 2010 appraised value is dependent upon the appraised value the property would have had in 2009 but for the storm damage, together with the market value of all new improvements to the property as described by subdivision (f)(2).Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 11:25 am
Latino Film Showcase Texas Business notes this story by the San Antonio Express-News:The Texas premiere of the upcoming PBS documentary "The Longoria Affair" is one of the highlights of Saturday's inaugural Latino Film Showcase presented by the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 11:12 am
Matthew McConaughey Reunites With "Dazed'" Director in Carthage Texas Business notes this story by ABC News/Entertainment: Matthew McConaughey is joining Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in "Bernie," a dark comedy that will reunite him with his "Dazed and Confused" director Richard Linklater. is joining Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in "Bernie," a dark comedy that will reunite him with his "Dazed and Confused" director Richard Linklater.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 11:10 am
Pocket Wireless to shut in Connecticut & Massachussets Texas Business notes this story by Mara Lee of the Hartford Courant: Less than two years after Pocket Wireless announced a $125 million investment in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, the company is pulling out of the market.Full Story » Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 9:47 am
Texas Business reports: The U.S. Army awarded a $217,026.60 contract to a Houston firm to repair the boat houses and warehouses for the Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks in Brazoria and Matagorda counties.
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Texas Business reports:IBC Advanced Alloys Corp announced that Purdue University has filed provisional patents covering IBC-funded current nuclear fuel research and new discoveries, underway at Purdue and Texas A&M universities.
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Texas Business reports:Chicago’s Livingston International has acquired Texas-based Maquilogistics Inc., officials announced.
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Federal Judge Chides SEC in Mark Cuban's Document Dispute Texas Business notes this story by Mark Scarcella of the National Law Journal: A day after an appeals court revived the Securities and Exchange Commission's insider trading suit against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a federal judge in Washington on Wednesday sharply criticized the agency over its handling of a public records request related to the investigation.Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:01 pm
Dallas airport executive chosen to run Tampa airport Texas Business notes this story by Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune: TAMPA - Hillsborough County leaders chose a top executive at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to lead Tampa International Airport's efforts to recruit new flights and maintain high customer service.Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:31 pm
Clinton Manges, Volatile Texas Oilman and Rancher, Dies at 87 Texas Business notes this story by Douglas Martin of the New York Times: Clinton Manges, who dropped out of grade school to pick cotton before rising to become a Texas legend by amassing a $1 billion fortune through land and oil deals, funneling millions to politicians, declaring bankruptcy and going to prison, died Thursday in a San Antonio nursing home. Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:49 pm
Energy Update: Elevated Inventories Keep Prices in Check Texas Business notes this report by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank: The price of West Texas Intermediate oil has fluctuated around $75 per barrel for the past five months. High inventories and expectations for slower economic growth worldwide have kept prices in check. The Energy Information Administration recently lowered its oil price forecast for 2010 and 2011 to $77 and $82 per barrel, respectively.The EIA forecast is consistent with the futures curve, which expects prices will rise to $83 by December 2011.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:40 pm
UPDATE 1-BA, Iberia, American Airlines sign alliance deal Texas Business notes this story by Reuters: British Airways, American Airlines and Spanish carrier Iberia have signed off on a long-awaited strategic alliance that will see them cooperate on flights between Europe and North America.Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:37 am
Drive Thru Medical Exams for Truckers Are Dangerous Texas Business recommends this article by Craig Cherry of Texas Trial Law Advocate: In order to drive a commercial truck on our highways, federal law requires that truck drivers receive a medical certificate before heading out on the road. Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:05 am
Texas Business reports:A San Antonio firm has won a $103 million contract to design and build communication and electrical system upgrades at California’s Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
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From Harvard Law to brisket and slaw Texas Business notes this story by Sandra Bretting of the Houston Chronicle: Phil Stephenson opened Phil's Barbecue in Houston last June based on a series of revelations over two decades.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:30 pm
Conjunto club given six months Texas Business notes this story by Scott Huddleston of the San Antonio Express-News: The Dangerous Structure Determination Board has given a West Side conjunto club six months to raise funds for repairs to avoid demolition.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:53 pm
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