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
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 12:02 am
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 12:02 am
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 12:02 am
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:02 am
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:02 am
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
Austin developer plans 1,800 home east of Texas 130 Texas Business notes this story by Shonda Novak of the Austin American-Statesman:A local developer is moving ahead with plans for about 1,800 houses, apartments and townhomes on 417 acres near Texas 130 and Texas 71, in an area poised for growth.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:43 pm
Texas Business notes this story by Steve Tarter of the Journal-Star: PEKIN —
A company that's been part of the Pekin scene for more than 100 years has announced that its corporate office will move to Texas, but it assured the Pekin mayor that the company's ethanol production would stay put.
Rangers agree to extension with Fox Sports Southwest Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: The Texas Rangers have agreed to a 20-year contract extension with Fox Sports Southwest that is estimated to total $1.6 billion over the life of the deal beginning in 2015.Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:55 pm
McLennan County Construction Begins on I-35 Texas Business notes this story by KWTX: Construction preparations begin this week on the newest project in the expansion of Interstate 35 through the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Waco District, from North Loop 340 in Bellmead (north of Waco) to FM 1858 just south of the city of West. Full Story » Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:13 pm
Texas Business reports:Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers , the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will open its new facility at the Company's permanent auction site located at 6050 Azle Avenue in Lake Worth this week.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:03 am
American Eagle at DFW. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
Texas Manufacturing Picks Up and Six-Month Outlook Improves Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity rose slightly in September, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, edged back into positive territory following a reading near zero in August.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 9:07 pm
Garza Sports Complex an ‘upgrade’ for Texas City Texas Business notes this story by Evan Mohl of the Galveston County Daily News: TEXAS CITY — Texas City director of recreation and tourism Jay Williams could not hide his pride and joy when looking over his newest facility. Full Story » Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 8:54 pm
Spanish goat ranchers in West Texas are becoming a growing breed Texas Business notes this story by Jerry Lackey of the San Angelo Standard-Times:Since the mid-1990s when Boer goats were increasing the goat inventory across the Lone Star State, Robert Kensing said nothing but Spanish would have a home on his Menard County ranch.Full Story » Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 4:03 pm
Film on the Victoria Tragedy Set Mexican on Road to Moviemaking Success Texas Business notes this story by Jose Luis Castillo Castro of the Latin American Herald Tribune: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – When Pablo Veliz was 22 years old he managed to get his first feature-length film screened at the Sundance Film Festival – which immediately made him one of the most up-and-coming producers of Hispanic movies in the United States.Full Story » Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 8:48 am
Texas Business reports:Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Texas Land & Cattle Steak House announced that Patrick Droesch, currently chief operating officer, has been named president and chief operating officer.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 12:02 am
Angel & Saucer. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2010.
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 regulators not aware of potential CFTC manipulation probe,Irving spends incentive dollars to lure two corporate headquarters and almost 2,000 jobs;Hotels, restaurant operators prep for record Final Four;Star-Telegram presses roll one last time; Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; and more.