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 analysis of new school construction costs released by the Texas Comptroller’s office today shows the cost for some campuses varied by nearly $200 per square foot. And though there were different factors for the variances, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is making policy recommendations to help school districts and taxpayers monitor construction efficiency and compare costs.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to ONEOK Hydrocarbon.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permits to Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) in Ingleside, TX. OxyChem’s permit allows the company to build an ethylene cracker.
Micro-apartments, roughly the size of a two-car garage, havebeen making waves as a new housing option in some East and West Coast cities, but will the trend make its way to Austin? As more young people move to Austin, some city leaders say the tiny apartments could become an affordable option for a city where the cost of housing keeps rising.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit for the Lone Star NGL facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just west of Houston.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District awarded a $21.8 million contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) for major renovations and upgrades to six of its facilities. Work will include renovations for energy efficiency, handicap accessibility, interior and exterior upgrades, and site improvements as well as construction of additional new space.
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI--Reconstruction of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi took another step forward recently with the Texas Transportation Commission’s approval to seek a design-build contractor.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a Texas builder for 35 years, was recently awarded a $1.8 million project by Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the sixth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation.
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Noting San Antonio drivers waste more than 40 million hours annually sitting in traffic on some regional roadways, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, VIA Metropolitan Transit, city of San Antonio and Bexar County leaders today unveiled a plan to allocate more than $800 million to fund expansions of I-10, US 281 and Loop 1604.
Not everything is bigger these days in Texas, where state highway engineers have developed thinner paving mixes that work better than old-style asphalt coatings, last longer and save the state millions of dollars.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—TDI Real Estate Holdings LLC, began a $40 million construction project that will create 154 apartments, almost 20,000 square feet of retail space and secure parking directly across the street from the MTA/Long Island Railroad's Farmingdale Station.
Texas Business reports: WACO—The Baylor University board of regents approved construction of the $99 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation that will house the university’s Hankamer School of Business.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $531 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for Interstate Highway 35W in Tarrant County, Texas, that will relieve one of state’s most congested corridors and improve safety by upgrading the expressway and adding two new lanes in each direction.
Texas Business reports: UT Arlington softball and baseball players will have clubhouses, training facilities and press boxes worthy of a world-class, collegiate program by January 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The University of Texas at Austin cleared a major hurdle in its effort to build the new Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), with the UT System Board of Regents approving a $310 million funding plan for the building.
Texas Business reports: EULESS, Texas—U.S. Concrete Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Redi-Mix, LLC, completed the acquisition of certain assets of the ready-mixed operations of Bodin Concrete LP, headquartered in Rowlett, Texas.
HOUSTON — Ryan Bokros was 8 years old when he attended his first baseball game at the Houston Astrodome. It was 1985. The dome was bursting with people, the famous scoreboard bright with lights and the space bigger than anything he had ever seen.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Balfour Beatty | McCarthy joint venture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA) and Medical Command (MEDCOM) recently celebrated the official topping out for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Replacement at Fort Hood, Texas.
Texas Business reports: WACO—At their spring meeting today, the Baylor University board of regents approved construction of phase one of a new on-campus track and field stadium and voted to move forward in developing the design for the proposed new School of Business building.
Texas Business reports: HARLINGEN, Texas—Construction is expected to begin early next year on the new La Paloma Power Plant, to be located in the Harlingen Industrial Park in Harlingen, Texas located along the US-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, in deep South Texas.
Texas Business reports: VICTORIA, Texas—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $2.3 million to the state of Texas for construction of a community safe room in the city of Victoria in Victoria County, Texas.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH--The TCU Board of Trustees approved the design plans of a $45 million renovation to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the project receiving a lead commitment of $10 million from Ed and Rae Schollmaier.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District awarded a $648 million contract January 29 to Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II for the construction of the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Sam Rayburn Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in Commerce will receive a needed expansion of facilities as Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) adds 29,000 square feet to accommodate the growing student population.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The George W. Bush Presidential Center publicly announced the date for its invitation-only dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 25, and its public opening on May 1, 2013.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Nora’s Gift Foundation selected Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) to build the new Nora’s Home hospitality facility near the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Texas Business reports: FORT HOOD—A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Candlewood Suites hotel on Fort Hood will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 on 761st Tank Battalion Avenue adjacent to Bldg. 194, Phantom Warrior Center.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Texas Transportation Commission approved the Texas Department of Transportation’s selection of a developer for the expansion of SH 99, or Grand Parkway. Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders will design, develop and construct the next phase of the 184-mile outer beltway traversing the seven-county Houston metropolitan area laying the groundwork for Texans to have yet another option for traveling around the city.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Standard Equipment Company (SEC) Energy Products & Services awarded a $13 million contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. to build four new buildings at SEC’s corporate headquarters complex in northwest Houston.
Texas Business reports: With a turn of the shovel, Phase 1 construction began on the new Texas A&M Equine Complex. At a total cost of $80 million when completed, the new complex provides a home for equine science education, research and outreach.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Dallas Business Unit of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. (S&P) began construction of a new Walmart Supercenter south of downtown Dallas on Ledbetter Drive at R.L. Thornton Freeway. The 185,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be complete in late summer, 2013.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a design-build contract to the joint venture of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. (S&P) in Austin and AMG Contractors LLC in San Antonio for the construction of Operations Readiness Training Complex facilities at Fort Hood, Texas.
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