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: A Fort Worth firm won a $12 million Air Force contract modification for F-22 support services.
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Six Flags Receives $41 Million in Cash Texas Business reports: Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park company, announced that it has received a $41 million cash distribution with respect to its equity investment in dick clark productions. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:03 am
Federal Judge Chides SEC in Mark Cuban's Document Dispute Texas Business notes this story by The Blog of Legal Times: 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 today sharply criticized the agency over its handling of a public records request related to the investigation.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:08 pm
U. S. Census Shows Hispanic-Owned On The Rise Texas Business notes this story by Stephanie Palmer of KBTX: New U. S. Census figures show Texas is ranked third nationally, when it comes to the number of Hispanic-owned businesses. In the Brazos Valley, Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:47 pm
Racetrack Coming to Laredo? Texas Business notes this story by Pro8News: Racetracks in Texas may be big business, but many say the lone star state's losses are even bigger.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:23 pm
Halliburton buys Ottawa software firm Texas Business notes this story by the Ottawa Business Journal: An energy services firm in Houston announced the takeover of Ottawa-based Permedia Research Group on Friday.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:47 pm
Texas snow: Taylor cotton gin handles hefty crop Texas Business notes this story by the Texas Daily Press: Driving along the roads around Taylor, it’s not uncommon to see pieces of white fluff floating along in the wind or snagged on roadside plants. Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:40 pm
Tenants flock to redone building Texas Business notes this story by Justin Zamudio of the San Angelo Standard-Times: The building in central San Angelo has always held a special meaning in Suzi Marshall’s heart.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:35 pm
Russian company seeks to buy U.S. uranium mining operations Texas Business notes this story by CNN: A Russian company is seeking to buy a controlling interest in one of the largest uranium extraction operations in the United States including assets in Texas-- a sale that requires U.S. government review because of possible national security implications.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:32 pm
Oil & Gas Recession Rebound Texas Business notes this story by NewsChannel10.com: AMARILLO, TEXAS - A driving force of the Panhandle economy is on the recession rebound, bringing with it millions of dollars to the area.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:15 pm
The Artists Are Coming to Blanco County Texas Business notes this story by Chelita Riley of the Blanco County News: A focus on nature tourism, or ‘eco-tourism,’ has led local lavender farms to team up with the art community to enhance the experience of visitors to our area. According to statistics provided by the State of Texas, three-quarters of visits to rural Texas are leisure visits.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:31 pm
Fehr Foods Group plans $84M deal Texas Business notes this story by Jaime Adame of the Abilene Reporter News: Longtime cookie manufacturer Fehr Foods likely soon will be under new ownership, as South American food giant Grupo Nacional de Chocolates S.A. has announced plans to acquire the Abilene-based company for $84 million.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 12:06 pm
Alcohol sales in Lubbock reach 1 year mark Texas Business notes this story by Edmund Rostran of the Daily Toreador: Today marks the one-year anniversary of Lubbock County becoming wet and allowing the sale of alcohol in both convenience stores and stand-alone package stores.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 12:02 pm
Visitors to forest festival enjoy first swine races Texas Business notes this story by Larissa Graham of the Lufkin Daily News: Amid a bugle call and cheers from the crowd, pigs raced down a sawdust track Wednesday in the first swine race of the Texas State Forest Festival, which is being held through Sunday at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center on Lufkin’s north loop.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:26 am
Summit project looks for owner Texas Business notes this story by Geoff Folsom of the Odessa American:Summit Power Group Inc.’s planned Texas Clean Energy Project could have a new owner in the coming months.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:10 am
State pulls Crazy Water Retirement license, residents moved Texas Business notes this story by Christin Coyne of the Mineral Wells Index: The assisted living portion of the Crazy Water Retirement Hotel in downtown Mineral Wells is being closed Friday after the state pulled the facility's operating license. All assisted living residents are being moved immediatelyFull Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:01 am
$5.8M Ark tourism ad plan to spend in Texas Texas Business notes this story by Chuck Bartels of the Victoria Advocate:Lower tax revenues forced the state tourism agency to cut its advertising budget by nearly $1 million, but officials said Thursday that its media strategy for the coming year is to bring more people to the state as the economy recovers.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:42 am
Recession: Waco Finds Reason For Hope Texas Business notes this story by Carmen Galvan of the Baylor Lariat:Despite declining values in the housing construction, home sales and consumer spending markets, Waco hopes to increase its economic growth after reaching its lowest point since 2007 in February 2010.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:23 am
Rowlett Resident Nominated Best Female Artist Texas Business notes this story by LaDarien Spencer of the Star Newspapers: The South Florida Gospel Music Awards (SFGMA) nomination committee has nominated Joyce Spencer, a resident of Rowlett, Texas, as Best Female Artist.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:20 am
The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster Texas Business recommends this story by Newsweek: Before Blockbuster became a video store behemoth—and, now, a firm that has filed for bankruptcy—it was, in fact, an oil company.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:17 am
El Paso to Cut International Spending for U.S. Focus Texas Business notes this story By Katarzyna Klimasinska of Bloomberg Businessweek: El Paso Corp., the owner of the largest U.S. network of interstate natural-gas pipelines, plans to reduce spending on international exploration and production in 2011 to focus on U.S. output.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:14 am
KEC International completes acquisition of SAE Towers Texas Business notes this story by the Economic Times: MUMBAI: RPG Group company, KEC International, on Thursday said it has completed the acquisition process of US-based SAE Towers, along with its subsidiary firms in Brazil, Mexico and America. Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:52 pm
Economist: Budget Woes Likely To 'Replay' In 2012 Texas Business notes this story by Jay Gormley of CBS11TV: Dallas has grappled with budget shortfalls for years, and a Southern Methodist University economist said the city is likely to see more of the same. Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:51 pm
Nobody Wants the 500 Pound Bale Texas Business notes this story in the Daily Yonder:Larhea Pepper tells how she and a group of Panhandle cotton raisers turned around their farms and their community.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:45 pm
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.
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Texas Business reports:Uranium Resources Inc. announced today the company completed drilling at its Section 13 property in Ambrosia Lake in McKinley County, New Mexico, approximately 10 miles northeast of Grants.
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Stone Temple Pilots Tour Postponed Texas Business notes this story by Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly: Some five weeks into tour—and several days after an unsettling appearance in Houston, Texas—Stone Temple Pilots have officially rescheduled a dozen dates in order to “take a short break.”Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:20 pm
Texas Business reports: MoneyGram International, a leading global payments company, announced today that it will move its corporate headquarters to Dallas from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Texas Business notes this story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:Blockbuster Inc. said Thursday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection under a pre-arranged plan that slashes its nearly $1 billion debt and gives it financing to try to reorganize its business.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:53 am
Woman sues DeTar, claims wrongful firing Texas Business notes this story by Gheni Platenburg of the Victoria Advocate: A woman claimed she was wrongfully fired by DeTar Hospital in retaliation for sexual harassment complaints she made against the company's assistant chief financial officer, according to a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in Federal court.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:20 am
Engineering fair hosts about 130 companies Texas Business notes this story by the Daily Toreador: The Texas Tech Engineering Job Fair hosted 135 companies at the Lubbock Civic Center Wednesday in attempt to give students an opportunity to meet prospective employers.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:09 am
BP well dead, but its effects live on Texas Business notes this story by the Houston Chronicle:Sunday's death knell for BP's Macondo well heralded a milestone worth noting but was largely symbolic given the ongoing personal, economic, legal and environmental fallout from the accident.Full Story » Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 6:38 am
View From Amon Carter Museum. Photo by C.P. Gian. Copyright 2010.
The latest shopping trend? Pairing items Texas Business notes this story by Marcella S. Kreiter of UPI:Ever wonder why bananas have started showing up in the cereal aisle, or why soft drinks are stacked across from the chips?Full Story » Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010 7:41 am
Dell looks to reboot business Texas Business notes this story by Jon Swartz of USA Today: Deep in the heart of Dell headquarters here, where it is 99 degrees in the shade outside in early September, something else was heating up.Full Story » Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010 7:39 am
Famous Mill Goes Away As King Cotton's Reign Fades Texas Business notes this story by Sea Stachura of NPR: After selling cotton to textile factories for almost 150 years, the S.M. Whitney Co., run by descendants of cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, is set to close.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 9:34 pm
SNR's Berger settling in here Texas Business recommends this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle: One of the constants of sports radio since I started doing this job in 1997 has been listening to Bob Berger, who is in his 16th season as host of the Sunday afternoon Around the NFL show on One on One Sports and, since 2001, Sporting News Radio.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 12:53 pm
FAA's pilot-fatigue plan hits wall with unions Texas Business notes this story by Alan Levin of USA Today: Two union groups on Thursday rebuked the government's proposal to reduce on-the-job fatigue among the nation's pilots, a potential roadblock to the sweeping attempt to revamp pilot schedules.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:41 am
Dell to boost China spend to $100B over a decade Texas Business notes another story on Dell's investment in China, this time by Jessica Mintz of the Washington Post: Dell Inc. is making a $100 billion bet that China will remain one of the fastest-growing markets for personal computers over the next decade.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 10:33 am
Dell plans second large manufacturing center in China Texas Business recommends this story by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman: Dell Inc. is expanding its operations in China, which has become the computer maker's second-largest market after the United States.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 7:13 am
S.A. eateries targeted on illegal workers Texas Business notes this story by Guillermo Contreras of the San Antonio Express-News: In a rare criminal worksite enforcement case, a San Antonio restaurant company, its owner and four managers have been indicted on charges they conspired to hire illegal immigrants.Full Story » Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 6:56 am
Texas Business reports:AUSTIN – The State of Texas today filed four motions to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing new federal regulations that it claims threaten the Texas economy and jeopardize Texas jobs.
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Walls Of Waco Landmark Building Come Down Texas Business notes this story by Paul J. Gately of KWTX: Demolition work began this week to clear property on the city block between South 6th and South 7th Streets and Franklin and Mary Avenues in downtown Waco.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:19 pm
James Wolk Interview LONE STAR Texas Business nLoneotes this story by Christina Radish of Collider.com: The new Fox drama Lone Starcenters on Robert Allen (James Wolk), a charismatic and brilliant con artist who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of Texas. Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:25 am
Fewer authors, more face time Texas Business notes this story by Janet Van Fleet for the Abilene Reporter-News: Over the past 10 years, the homegrown West Texas Book & Music Festival has evolved and changed from a singular literary focus to today’s broader, more encompassing viewpoint.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:07 am
Country music star shines at this year's STARS event Texas Business notes this story in the Monitor: HIDALGO – Award-winning country music sensation Martina McBride brought her “Shine All Night” tour to headline a fundraising event for a local nonprofit organization that helps thousands of students pursue higher education.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:00 am
Boeing says it's entering space tourism business Texas Business notes this story by Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle:Boeing says it's getting into the space tourism business, an influential endorsement by the world's largest commercial aircraft builder of efforts in Congress and by President Barack Obama to significantly increase funding for commercial spaceflight.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:13 am
Mexico bicentennial: El Paso event grows due to Juárez violence Texas Business notes this story byDaniel Borunda and Adriana Gómez Licón of the El Paso Times: Mexican flags waved, children tooted horns, fireworks boomed and mariachis played as a crowd of up to 10,000 people celebrated Mexico's 200th birthday Wednesday night in Downtown El Paso.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:11 am
Sources: Sematech moving ahead to move more workers to New York Texas Business notes this story by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman:The Sematech chip research consortium, which has been based in Austin since 1988, is pushing ahead with plans to move most of its remaining Austin workers to Albany, N.Y., early next year.Full Story » Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:06 am
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