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
Coryell County seeks ways to control feral hogs Texas Business notes this story by Taylor Short of the Killeen Daily Herald: In the squeeze of a tight budget season, Coryell County is hoping increased coordination between landowners can aid trappers against destructive animals and draw state attention to the problem.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:50 am
Back to School Texas Business notes this story by Drew DeBerry of the Cherokee Herald: Texas' current economic climate, which has received rave reviews in Fortune Magazine and CNN, can also be attributed to our educated and hard-working, results-driven workforce. Full Story » Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:01 am
Rain Does Not Melt Her. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
Bids To Be Taken For San Antonion PolyTrauma Housing Texas Business reports: The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week it will take bids to build and renovate the PolyTrauma Transitional housing at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital in San Antonio.Full Story » Texas Business - Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:25 pm
Texas Business reports: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received numerous complaints from workers who are being prevented from seeking other jobs because training certificates are not being issued by their employers.
Texas Business reports: U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.4 percent fewer workers in June 2010 than in June 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) announced today.
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Texas Business reports:Texas is investing $1.56 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, for the creation of its global professional services headquarters in San Antonio.
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Texas Business reports:San Antonio’s Kinetic Concepts Inc. announced the German District Court in Mannheim has found that Renasys canisters and foam dressings used with Smith & Nephew plc's Renasys EZ system infringe KCI's German counterpart of its European patent for negative pressure wound therapy.
Texas Business reports:A Florida construction firm won an $11.3 million contract to build a joint intelligence technical training facility at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today.
Texas Business recommends this story by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman:Xtreme Power Inc., the Kyle-based developer of large energy storage systems, has been named as the storage system provider to a proposed high-profile energy transmission project known as Tres Amigas.
Texas Business reports:Chestnut Petroleum announced the recent completion of the Crowley Teeter #1H, a horizontal well drilled in the sweet spot of the massive Newark, East gas field in the Barnett Shale.
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Texas Business reports:FORT WORTH--Airlines is introducing Express Seats(SM), the newest product offering under its Your Choice(SM) line of products and services that provide customers a way to purchase special services they value.
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Dobie movie theater closes its doors Texas Business notes this story by KVUE: There will be one less movie house in Austin now that the Dobie movie theater near the University of Texas campus has announced it is closing its doors.Full Story » Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:17 am
Texas Business notes this story in the New York Times DealBook edited by Andrew Ross Sorkin:Dell said that it has agreed to buy 3PAR, a data storage company, for about $1.15 billion in cash, as the computer giant races to expand beyond its core PC-making business.
Texas Business notes this story by Eric Torbenson of the Dallas Morning News:Dallas-based Mesa Energy Holdings Inc. said that the Securities and Exchange Commission has started a formal inquiry into possible improper stock sales related to Mesa's predecessor company.
Texas Business notes this analysis by Gerson Lehrman Group:Southwest Airlines is to decide by December 1 whether to switch some orders for the Boeing 737-700 to the larger 737-800. This could give a boost to Bombardier's CSeries.
Texas Business recommends this story by Dennis Cauchon of USA Today:Rapidly rising pay and benefits in the armed forces have lifted many military towns into the ranks of the nation's most affluent communities, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
Texas Business notes this press release from University of Texas at Austin: AUSTIN--Paul Stekler, a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker known for his films about American politics, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
Texas Business recommends this story by Karen Robinson-Jacobs of the Dallas Morning NewsThe new head of Six Flags Entertainment Corp. announced gains in attendance, revenue and profit for the theme park operator Monday.
Texas Business notes the following story by Sandra Baker of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:TD Ameritrade investment brokerage firm received tentative approval for an economic incentive package worth up to $300,000 Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council to help it expand its operations at Alliance by nearly 500 jobs in the next three years.
Texas Business notes the Agrilife Extension crop report:A "very unusual alignment of factors" means Texas could have an unusually large cotton crop that coincides with high prices in the market, according to aTexas AgriLife Extension Service cotton expert.
Texas Business reports:U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced the selection of 3 Texas projects to develop technologies aimed at safely and economically storing carbon dioxide in geologic formations.
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Texas Business reports:In a major effort to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st-century energy economy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced the University of Texas would receive $15 million in funding for its Energy Frontier Research Center.
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Texas Business recommends this story by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman:Dell agreed Monday to pay $1.15 billion in cash for a California-based maker of data storage systems as the computer maker moves to expand its storage offerings to big customers.
Craig Shook new Cotton Board chairman Texas Business notes this story by the Southwest Farm Press: The Cotton Board’s newly elected chairman, Texas cotton producer Craig Shook, took the podium. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:45 pm
Texas Business reports. Furniture Brands, Inc. has leased 109,386 square feet within the Airtex Industrial Center in Houston, Texas,PannattoniDevelopment Co. announced in a press release.
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NetSpend aims for $200M initial stock offering Texas Business notes this story by Lori Hawkins of the Austin American-Statesman: Austin-based NetSpend Holdings Inc. , one of the largest national providers of prepaid debit cards, is hoping to raise $200 million in an initial public offering of its stock, according to a securities filing Thursday. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:38 pm
Texas Business reports:On a day of numerous final and proposed rules announced by the Federal Reserve Board, the agency on Monday proposed enhanced consumer protections and disclosures for home mortgage transactions.
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Texas Business reports:Dallas-based Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced a new symmetric polarity transceiver that protects the system from communication losses and potential damage should the signal wires be inadvertently reversed during installation or maintenance.
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efleetdirect Expands Into Dallas Texas Business reports:efleetdirect has expanded their operations with a new staging and processing facility in Dallas to serve one of its strongest markets in the countryFull Story » Texas Business - Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:02 pm
Texas Businessreports:The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced final rules to protect mortgage borrowers from unfair, abusive, or deceptive lending practices that can arise from loan originator compensation practices.
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Texas Businessnotes this story by the San Saba News & Star:Ann Thompson, the widow of Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson, has commissioned Deep In The Heart Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, to create a larger than life size bronze of the country music icon.
Texas Business notes this story by the Orlando Sentinel:Fired Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will be near the gridiron again this season. This time, as a game analyst for CBS College Sports Network.
Texas Business recommends this story by Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman:Two state lawmakers Monday warned the board the Pedernales Electric Cooperative that its recent actions, including the firing of General Manager Juan Garza, will require legislative action to protect members.
TexasBusiness recommends this column byDuane Howell of the Lubbock Avalanche- Journal:A surprising cut in U.S. ending stocks for 2010-11 and a steep reduction in world stocks linked to prior-year revisions powered cotton futures to new seasonal highs last week.
Texas Business recommends this story by Christy Hoppe at the Dallas Morning News: The glass offices at the nation's leading universities have filled faster than the classrooms, with new layers of administrators added at twice the rate of faculty and instructors, according to a study being released today.
Budget shortfall could mean 7,300 layoffs for Texas prisons Texas Business recommends this story by Mike Ward of the Austin American-Statesman:More than 7,300 criminal justice employees would have to be laid off if Texas' corrections agency is required to cut its spending by 15 percent, officials said Monday, warning that such a move could force the closure of several prisons and endanger public safetyFull Story » Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 7:01 am
Abilene Adult Day Care announces October closure Texas Business notes this story by Garner Roberts for the Abilene Reporter News: For 16 years the families of Matt Casey and Stephen Faulkner have depended on Abilene Adult Day Care to provide much-needed services..Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:58 am
An Industrial Strength Renewal Texas Business notes this article in Texas Real Estate Business: Brokers throughout the state comment on the rising tide of the industrial marketFull Story » Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:34 am
Amy's Ice Cream Wall. Photo by Julia R. Nelson. Copyright 2010.
Texas Business notes this story by Ana Ley of the McAllen Monitor:MISSION — Maggie Trujillo’s black rubber boots sloshed through the expanse of brown, muddy water that nearly submerged the thatched roof of his restaurant.
Texas Business reports:Tribune Company announced today that its new subsidiary, Blue Lynx Media LLC, has opened a shared service center in Lewisville, TX, where it is expected to provide jobs for as many as 200 new employees.
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Texas Business recommends this story by Steve Clark of the Brownsville Herald:Port of Brownsville officials went hunting for TIGER I late last year but came up empty-handed, so they’re hoping TIGER II is easier to catch.
Texas Business recommends this story by Brian Gaar of the Austin American-Statesman:Securities fraud is bigger than ever, state officials say, as tough economic times have prompted people to seek new investment opportunities.
Texas Business recommends this story by Mike Baird of the Corpus Christi Caller Times:CORPUS CHRISTI — Playing football at Ray High School cinched one local man’s dream of performing on a different stage in Hollywood.
Texas Business recommends this story by Jenalia Moreno of the Houston Chronicle:GALVESTON — Several stories high and topped by its red and blue smokestacks and yellow water slide, the Carnival Ecstasy towered over the cruise ship terminal near Galveston's historic Strand.
Texas Business recommends this story by John Hall of the El Paso Times:FORT BLISS -- If this post's new commanding general has his way, Fort Bliss will be energy independent in a little more than five years.
Texas Business notes this story by Greg Jefferson of the San AntonioExpress-News:Mayor Julián Castro didn't talk about cracking down on smoking in public spaces during his 2009 campaign, and he didn't officially propose pushing the city's smoking ban into bars and pool halls.
Dubuque delegates head to Dallas Texas Business notes this story by TH Online: When American Eagle Airlines pulled its fourth daily flight between Dubuque and Chicago in 2008, it left a hole in Dubuque Regional Airport's schedule. Full Story » Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 8:21 pm
Texas Business notes this story by Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald: The former owners of baseball bat and glove maker Nokona - including a Berkshires neighbor and friend of the governor who owns the Pittsfield Colonials minor league team - are being sued after the company was seized by a bank and sold.
Hard Times Are Softer for CEOs Texas Business notes this story by Jennifer Hiller of the San Antonio Express-News: Overall pay for chief executives of San Antonio's publicly traded companies fell more than 50 percent in 2009.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 6:43 pm
Texas Rig Count by Baker Hughes Inc.
Texas Rig Count Baker Hughes issued its monthly rotary rig count. Rotary rig counts are used as indicators for activity in the oil and gas industry. Full Story » Source: Baker Hughes Inc. - Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 4:45 pm
Texas Business notes this story by Lana Sweeten-Shults of the Wichita Falls Times Record News: That’s what the audience comes to the show for ... They want to see you play your instrument,” said Sterling Abernathy, the 17-year-old stellar mandolin player with Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, just one of seven bands from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri headed to the two-day Wichita Falls Parks & Recreation Bluegrass Festival.
139 out of work as McGregor plant closing Texas Business notes this story by the Waco Tribune-Herald:Smead Manufacturing will close its folder-making plant in McGregor, putting 139 people out of work as it seeks to reduce costs and stay competitive, company officials confirmed Wednesday.Full Story » Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 1:02 pm
Texas Business notes this story by of Pegasus News:artnering with the Texas Association of Film & Tape Professionals, Dallas-based USA Film Festival has scheduled a three-program evening of Texas-made films for August 23 at the Angelika Dallas.
Texas Business notes this story By Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Press:In 1972, the Rolling Stones were arguably at their live zenith, rumbling through the world behind that year's Exile on Main Street and blazing a debauched path of crazy sex, deviant drugs and bluesy rock and roll.
Parent of Texas Monthly Further Extends Preferred Stock Exchange Offer and Adjourns Special Shareholder Meeting Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indiana corporationthat owns Texas Monthly with several other publications, today announced that it is further extending its offer to issue 12 percent PIK Senior Subordinated Notes due 2017 ("New Notes") in exchange for Emmis' 6.25% Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock ("Preferred Stock") at a rate of $30.00 principal amount of New Notes for each $50.00 of liquidation preference of Preferred Stock until 5 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, August 20, 2010. Full Story » Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 6:52 pm
Texas Business recommends this story by Brenda Sapino Jeffreys of Texas Lawyer:It has been more than nine months since plaintiffs lawyer John M. O'Quinn died in a Houston automobile accident, but his legal affairs still make news.
Regional Economy Remains on Road to Recovery TexasBusiness.com points to this report by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank: Recent data and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas surveys suggest that the regional economy continues to expand, although there are indications the pace may be slowing.Full Story » Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 5:35 pm
TexasBusiness.com reports: A small portion of a $115 million Navy contract will be performed in Houston on the material and design for Ship 1 of the Mobile Landing Platform, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
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TexasBusiness.com notes this story by WMBFNews: Daniel Vitiello, a 19-year-old Texas Tech sophomore, taught himself to fix Apple's 3G, 3GS and 4 iPhones, and now fixes dozens of them from his parent's dining room.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Texas Bowl seeks new title sponsor; Insult to Injury: Texas Workers’ Comp System Denies, Delays Medical Help; American Airlines continues to shed jobs; Chemical Safety Board shut out of West probe by ATF; America’s greatest threat: Unsafe work conditions; The West News proves the value of a great weekly newspaper in a community torn up with grief and chaos; Chinese investors checking out Texas, Austin;and more.