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: HOUSTON – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 47, was ordered to federal prison for eight years following her convictions of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A jury convicted Tellison April 2, 2014, following three days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—Roque Joel Ramirez, 48, of Robstown, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of mail fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
RHOME — Johnny Vinson is not your typical underdog. At 82, he is a rancher who has sold more land than most rural Texans could imagine owning. And he has plenty left to stand on, including more than 3,500 acres in Wise County that have ample room for dozens of gas wells, grazing cattle, a ranch house and staff living quarters.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS — Jerry C. Bullard, 57, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon, by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $317,779 in restitution, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Bullard worked in the durable medical equipment department of Medistat Group Associates, Inc., an association of health care providers in Desoto, Texas.
Time is quickly running out for Texans fighting the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.
As its operator prepares to start pumping crude oil underground from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast, citizen activists are calling for more testing of the line, saying that months-old warning letters sent by federal regulators to the pipeline's operator provide reason for concern about the line’s integrity.
Chesapeake Energy’s mark on Fort Worth is hard to miss.
The company’s 20-story office building is a prominent fixture of the Fort Worth skyline. And Chesapeake, the second-biggest driller in the Barnett Shale in North Texas, owns many of the hundreds of drilling pads nestled among the city’s homes, schools and playgrounds.
Texas Business reports: McALLEN—Two former clinic staffers and a physician assistant’s wife have all been ordered to prison for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program in the operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Comfort Gates, 48, was sentenced by U.S District Judge David C. Godbey, to 72 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $830,000 in restitution following her conviction at trial in April 2013 on charges stemming from her involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation (EHC) and Medic Healthcare Incorporated (Medic).
Texas Business reports: McALLEN -‐ Frank Gonzalez, 30, and Graciela Escamilla, 51, both of Mission, have been charged in a federal indictment for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Texas Medicaid through fraudulent billings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Donald Gibson II, 57, of Sugar Land, is headed to prison following his conviction for conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to medically unnecessary diagnostic testing and physical therapy, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS — A federal jury has convicted two local men on conspiracy and health care fraud charges related to their operation of a physician house call company in North Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Joseph Roy Brown, 39, of Collierville, Tennessee, and John Michael Kelly, 43, of Plano, Texas, were sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, to twelve months and one day in prison, and a 12-month term of probation, respectively, following their guilty pleas earlier this year to their roles in a corporate hacking conspiracy.
Isis Brantley has been braiding hair for more than 30 years, and she wants to pass her trade on, teaching others the techniques she has used on clients ranging from musician Erykah Badu to homeless Dallas residents.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, 59, and Oscar Barbosa, 50, have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Aleman was the former chief operations officer of USA Dry Van Logistics (USADV), a cross-border trucking company that services the maquiladora industry. Barbosa was the former controller of the company.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Attorney General’s Office secured an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction against Austin-based nonprofit Cristo Vive for providing unauthorized legal services in the Travis County area.
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI—Sylvia Salinas Ramirez, of Driscoll, and Debra Jean Velasquez, of Robstown, have been convicted of wire fraud and conspiring to do so as part of a scheme to defraud the Texas Medicaid program through fraudulent home health billings, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: CORSICANA, Texas—Sandy Jenkins, 64, of Corsicana, Texas, was arrested by special agents of the FBI earlier this week on a federal criminal complaint charging mail fraud. Jenkins allegedly defrauded the Collin Street Bakery of $16.6 million.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Texas Attorney General’s Office obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a specialized dating service that targeted senior citizens, disabled Texans and veterans.
Texas Business reports: BROWNSVILLE, Texas—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited National Electric Coil Co. LP in Brownsville with eight safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation, with proposed penalties totaling $120,000.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Philip Odoemena, 60, the former owner/operator of Kingsway Medical Systems, Inc., (Kingsway) was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 35 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $483,995 in restitution, following his guilty plea in September 2012 to one count of health care fraud.
Texas Business reports: BEAUMONT, Texas—A 70-year-old Beaumont orthodontist last week pled guilty to health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two executives at a Dallas-based medical insurance company with operating a $10 million Ponzi scheme that victimized at least 80 investors.
Texas Business reports: VALLEY VIEW, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PumpCo Energy Services Inc. for 14 safety and health workplace violations for exposing workers to hazards at the company's maintenance facility in Valley View.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Today the United States and the state of Arkansas filed a joint enforcement action against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) in federal district court in Little Rock, Ark.
Texas Business reports: LUBBOCK—Robert Gregory Bruce, aka Greg Bruce, 46, appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and pleaded guilty to an information charging one count of mail fraud and aiding abetting, stemming from a fraud scheme he ran while he served as a vice president of University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu, 55, a naturalized United States citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been sentenced to 81 months in federal prison following his convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: TIMPSON, Texas—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Nix Forest Industries Inc. in Timpson, Texas, with 17 safety and health violations, including one willful, after a worker was killed in December 2012 when he was struck by a broken band saw blade and other workers were exposed to hazards at the sawmill.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health and Hospital System (Parkland) settled allegations it violated the civil False Claims Act and Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Doctors Arun and Kiran Sharma, two Houston-area physicians previously sentenced for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and more than a dozen private insurers, have appeared in federal court for a resentencing hearing on restitution and forfeiture issues, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Texas Securities Commissioner John Morgan recently announced a report documenting the successful completion of the transfer of mid-sized investment advisers (IAs) from federal to oversight by state regulators.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Theresa Portillo, 44, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 78 months (six and one-half years) in federal prison and ordered to pay $3,431,000 in restitution, following her guilty plea in January 2013 to a felony information charging one count of embezzlement of funds from a credit union.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—On the day before their trial was to begin in federal court, Dallas residents Eric Damon Johnson and Tracie Elaine Stenson pleaded guilty to their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy that they ran in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The owner of a now defunct chiropractic clinic in Bryan has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Recovery efforts continued Friday in West, two days after the town was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion. And as investigators search for the cause of the explosion, environmentalists said that the situation highlighted lax regulations in Texas for plants handling dangerous chemicals.
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—Michael David Goodwin, 63, an orthodontist who practiced in Amarillo and Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 50 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,810,960 in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to one count of health care fraud related to the Texas Medicaid program.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Tricon Precast Ltd. with 21 alleged serious violations and three other-than-serious violations following an October 2012 complaint inspection for exposing workers to struck-by, electrical, fall hazards and numerous other unsafe working conditions at the company's Henry Road facility in Houston.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS — Following a seven-day trial, before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, a federal jury convicted three defendants on health care fraud and related charges stemming from their involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation (EHC) and Medic Healthcare Incorporated (Medic), announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Donald Gibson II, 56, of Richmond, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to medically unnecessary diagnostic testing and physical therapy, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: LUBBOCK, Texas — Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay $54,973,137 in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to an Indictment charging 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering and four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act.
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