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TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture | amar_txbz,
TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture

Eleven miles south of Amarillo, just off of Interstate 27, lie the ruins of an ancient monument. Two huge, disembodied legs are all that is left of the statue. At least, that’s what you’re supposed to be fooled into thinking.

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TxDOT Launches New Technology to Reduce Congestion for Travelers Headed to Port Aransas During Busy Spring Break

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — As vacationers take to roads during the busy Spring Break period, the Texas Department of Transportation is using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology to reduce congestion at the Port Aransas ferry crossing near Corpus Christi. Using signals emitted by Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled devices, ferry wait times will be calculated and posted on changeable message boards for drivers traveling to Mustang Island and Port Aransas.

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Advocates: Saving Matagorda Bay Could Take Legal Action
 BAY CITY — More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has suffered greatly in recent years due to a lack of freshwater inflows from the Colorado River.

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In Guadalupe River, Tubers and Consumers Face Low Flows
CANYON LAKE — Averaging 70 degrees year round, the Guadalupe River lures Texans to its banks every summer to float. Outfitted with the most tubing companies of any river in the state, vendors are up front about what to expect. 
 
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Alana Rocha for the Texas Tribune

Omni Hotels & Resorts to Acquire and Operate Five Resorts

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase and operate five well known resort properties from entities affiliated with KSL Capital Partners LLC. 

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$5.7 Million Recreational Trail Grant Largest Award in Program’s History

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved $5.7 million in federal grants for 33 recreational trail projects across the state. This is the largest amount of grant funds awarded from the Recreational Trail Grant Program in the 20-year history of the program in Texas.  

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35 Miles of Brazos River Now Part of TPWD’s Texas Paddling Trails

Texas Business reports:  BRAZORIA COUNTY – Four new paddling trail segments on the Brazos River comprising the Stephen F. Austin Paddling Trail have recently been added as official Texas Paddling Trails. 

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Tourism: 35 Miles of Brazos River Now Part of TPWD’s Texas Paddling Trails
Tourism: 35 Miles of Brazos River Now Part of TPWD’s Texas Paddling Trails

Texas Business reports: BRAZORIA COUNTY – Four new paddling trail segments on the Brazos River comprising the Stephen F. Austin Paddling Trail have recently been added as official Texas Paddling Trails. 

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Sale of Longhorns Sparks Debate on Breed's Future | longhorn cattle,

Sale of Longhorns Sparks Debate on Breed's Future

The resilient longhorn, able to survive on sparse foliage and water, has endured in Texas for more than 100 years. But the recent sale of about 100 longhorns by theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department has spurred debate about the breed’s future in the state.


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DSHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Texas Coastal Waters

Texas Business reportsThe Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury. 

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Best Little Bass Lake in Texas Planned for Wichita Falls

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—What’s more fun than catching a big bass? For many people, it’s catching a lot of bass. 

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Franklin Mountains State Park to Grow by More Than 600 Acres

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission bought approximately 658 acres to expand a state park in El Paso that already ranks as the largest urban park in the continental United States. 

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$17.5 Million Repair to Battleship Texas Hull to Begin in April

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department contracted with Taylor Marine Construction Inc. to make the first significant structural repairs to the Battleship TEXAS in more than 20 years.  

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Texas White Bass, Other Fisheries Threatened by Drought

 Texas Business reports: ATHENS—Puxatawney Phil may herald the onset of spring for folks in the Northeast, but for Texans there is another signal: The beginning of the annual white bass run upstream from reservoirs into rivers. 

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Schlitterbahn Begins Construction in Corpus Christi

Texas Business reports:  CORPUS CHRISTI—Corpus Christi residents turned out in force to celebrate the groundbreaking of Schlitterbahn's newest Waterpark and Resort. 

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Signs Go Up To Protect Endangered Wild-rice in San Marcos River   | sanant_txbz, aust_txbz, San Marcos River, wild rice,
Signs Go Up To Protect Endangered Wild-rice in San Marcos River

Texas Business reports: SAN MARCOS — New signs are popping up along the San Marcos River to educate the public about recent state actions to protect the river.


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Best Bass Lake in Texas?  Night work by fisheries biologists sheds light on honeyholes   | 
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Best Bass Lake in Texas? Night work by fisheries biologists sheds light on honeyholes

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—In reservoirs scattered throughout Texas, under the black skies of cool, fall nights, loud generators drone and bright lights beam from strange-looking boats built to transmit electrical current into the water to catch fish. Crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department  (TPWD) Inland Fisheries district offices use these electrofishing boats to collect information on fish populations, including Texas’ most popular fish—largemouth bass. 


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Laurus Corporation Acquires Hilton Hotel in San Antonio    | hotel,
Laurus Corporation Acquires Hilton Hotel in San Antonio

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Laurus Corporation, a U.S.-based private real estate investment and development firm, completed the acquisition of the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel in San Antonio.  

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Touring Austin’s Haunts   | aust_txbz, Chris English, Haunted ATX,
Touring Austin’s Haunts

While the city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” Chris English, founder of Haunted ATX, is keeping Austin scary. English provides the one and only mobile haunted tour in Austin, a year-round venture that is particularly popular around Halloween. 

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Kathleen Leon For Reporting Texas

Remnant of Austin African-American Neighborhood to Open as Restaurant   | aust_txbz, Wheatville,
Remnant of Austin African-American Neighborhood to Open as Restaurant

A new chapter is about to open for a piece of Texas history nestled in West Campus, a bustling neighborhood next door to the University of Texas. 

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By Jillian Bliss For Reporting Texas

Spirit Airlines Starts Low Fare Service Between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Houston Airport System announced that Spirit Airlines launched its low fare service between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.

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DSHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Texas Coastal Waters

Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory warning people not to consume blue marlin caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury. 

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$10,000 Grant to Fund Bastrop State Park Trail Building

Texas Business reports: BASTROP – Bastrop State Park will use a $10,000 grant from Coca-Cola to underwrite the continued building of new park trails.

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‘Ghost Lights’ in 12 Bone-Chilling Locations   | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
‘Ghost Lights’ in 12 Bone-Chilling Locations
Texas has 12 mysterious “ghost lights” sights throughout the state, each with its own unique tie to local lore.  Full Story »
By Mary Baswell For Reporting Texas

Longhorn Cavern Sporting New $700,000 Lighting System   | aust_txbz, Burnet, Longhorn Cavern, Michelle Devaney, Shawn Devaney,
Longhorn Cavern Sporting New $700,000 Lighting System

Texas Business reports:  BURNET—Add one more reason to visit or revisit Longhorn Cavern State Park this summer other than its constant 68-degree environment. Workers have rewired the National Registered Landmark and replaced decades-old incandescent lights with hundreds of energy-saving, 12-volt halogen lights to better illuminate the cavern’s natural features.

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$3 Million in Trail Grants Awarded Across Texas

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3,014,992 million in federal funding for 26 National Recreational Trail Grant projects in communities across the state. 

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Texas Spends $1.1 Million To Almost Double Mother Neff, Oldest State Park
WACO—The state’s first official Texas State Park will grow to almost 400 acres thanks to action taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.  Full Story »
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Witte Museum Opens Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—The Witte Museum plans to open the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26, 2012.

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2012 Hurricane Outlook Good News for New Galveston Amusement Park

 The Weather Research Center’s 2012 hurricane season outlook predicts a quiet storm season for the Texas Gulf Coast — potentially good news for Galveston’s newest tourist attraction.

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By Mary Baswell For Reporting Texas

JetBlue Airways Takes Flight to its 71st Destination: Dallas/Fort Worth

 Texas Business reports:  DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT—JetBlue Airways began service to its 71st destination and the third destination served in the Lone Star State: Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels To Open World's Longest Waterpark Ride   | New Braunfels, Tubenbach, waterpark,
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels To Open World's Longest Waterpark Ride

Texas Business reports:  NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas— Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark, plans to open its largest development in almost 15 years with the addition of a new park area called Tubenbach. 

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Legendary Anglers to be Inducted into Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—Professional angler Tommy Martin of Hemphill and lure manufacturer and angler Lonnie Stanley of Huntington will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame June 2, 2012, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

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Texas Border Tourist Attractions Work to Label Area as Safe   | South Padre Island, Big Bend National,
Texas Border Tourist Attractions Work to Label Area as Safe

From the coastal beachfront of South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park in the west, Texas businesses dependent on tourists say their areas are safe despite the drug-related violence in northern Mexico.

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By Lynda Gonzalez For Reporting Texas

Historic Dallas Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa Becomes Luxe Hotels' First Branded Property in Texas   | Stoneleigh Hotel, Efrem Harkham,
Historic Dallas Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa Becomes Luxe Hotels' First Branded Property in Texas

Texas Business reports:  LOS ANGELES—Luxe added the historic Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas,  making it the newest Luxe branded property.  

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DSHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Sabine Lake

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory limiting the consumption of gafftopsail catfish from Texas waters of Sabine Lake in Jefferson and Orange counties.


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Second Texas Paddling Trail to Open in Seguin

Texas Business reports:  SEGUIN – The 34th Texas Paddling Trail and second in Seguin will open on Wednesday, Dec. 7, along a scenic stretch of the Guadalupe River. 

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American Airlines and Qantas Receive Final Approval to Launch Joint Business Agreement

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH, Texas and SYDNEY—American Airlines and Qantas Airways today welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation's final approval of the airlines' trans-Pacific joint business agreement (JBA), which will allow the carriers to coordinate services between the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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In Battle for Turkey-Racing Bragging Rights, It’s Texas vs. Minnesota | fowl, poultry, Cuero, turkey, turkey race, Minnesota,
In Battle for Turkey-Racing Bragging Rights, It’s Texas vs. Minnesota

CUERO — Training turkeys can be highly stressful work.

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By Elena Watts For Reporting Texas

Bird Lovers Fly South: Nature Tourism in Rio South Texas Generates $300 Million Annually

Texas Business reports:  EDINBURG—One of America's most vibrant "birding hotspots" is Rio South Texas; a tropical paradise with almost 500 recorded species of bird.


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In three months since opening, new waterpark boosts Texas resort's leisure travel sales 40 percent   | dal_ftw_txbz, Gaylord, Grapevine, waterpark,
In three months since opening, new waterpark boosts Texas resort's leisure travel sales 40 percent

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS and GRAPEVINE—The Gaylord Texan's new 10-acre, $13-million Paradise Springs waterpark, designed by landscape architecture and land planning firm TBG Partners, boosted the resort's leisure travel business by nearly 40 percent since its Memorial Day opening.


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Those Bats Also Bring Money to Austin   | aust_txbz, Mexican freetail, bat, J.P. Foley, vendor, tourism,

The 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats fly off on their nightly hunt for insects is one of the many free attractions that brings hundreds of visitors to Austin. Photo by Stephanie Bathurst.
Those Bats Also Bring Money to Austin
J.P. Foley recently spent a Sunday evening standing under the Congress Avenue Bridge for the third time in four years, waiting for the city’s famous million-bat colony to take flight. Full Story »
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 Online program to help coastal tourism businesses ‘fish’ for customers   | corp_chr_txbz,
Online program to help coastal tourism businesses ‘fish’ for customers

Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service nature tourism program is offering a new online marketing platform, guide training and certification program for Texas fishing guides and coastal tourism service providers.


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Rodeo Clowns: Make ‘Em Laugh While Dodging Bulls
Clowns, like any other entertainer, prepare for the show with makeup and costume like actors bustling behind closed curtains. But rodeo clowns take both of their roles — comedian and athlete — very seriously. For them, backstage is also a locker room, full of muscular men and sweaty athletic gear. As the announcer’s voice echoes underneath stadiums in Austin and Houston and outside trailers in Edna, Texas, they prepare physically and emotionally. When the overture is over, after the national anthem is sung, it’s time to face the bulls. Full Story »
By Abbey Adkison for Reporting Texas

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Close Lake O’ the Pines

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced a temporary emergency closure on parts of Lake O’ the Pines due to ongoing fire suppression operations in the area.


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Corps of Engineers announces Lake Georgetown’s Jim Hogg boat ramp closure

Texas Business reports:  GEORGETOWN—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District closed of Jim Hogg boat ramp at Lake Georgetown due to drought conditions.

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Corps of Engineers announces Waco Lake Airport Beach closure due to drought conditions
Texas Business reports:  WACO—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District closed Airport Beach Park at Waco Lake due to drought conditions. Full Story »
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Spring Awakening' to run July 15-31 at Rice's Hamman Hall | hou_txbz, Rice University, Spring Awakening, American Journal of Psychiatry, International Journal of Psychoanalysis,Generations, Glenn Gabbard, Frank Wedekin,
Spring Awakening' to run July 15-31 at Rice's Hamman Hall

Texas Business reports:  The theater company Generations, in association with Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, will present the coming-of-age drama "Spring Awakening" with a rock-music score.


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Secrets of Ancient Egypt Revealed through Modern Science in Exhibit at Baylor's Mayborn Museum Complex | CT scan, Egypt, Egyptian girl, mummy, archeology, Baylor University, Mayborn Museum, Lost Egypt, Columbus, Ohio, Ellie Caston, Terry White, exhibit installation, sarcophagus, mummies, return of the mummy,
Secrets of Ancient Egypt Revealed through Modern Science in Exhibit at Baylor's Mayborn Museum Complex

Texas Business reports:  A 16-year-old Egyptian girl who lived 2,300 years ago could not have imagined today's CT Scans. But because of the impact such technology has had on archeology, much has been learned about the mummified mystery teen -- all without ever unwrapping her.

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Qantas Airways Begins DFW International Service to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia | dfw, dal_ftw_txbz, Quantas, John Travolota, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Boeing 747-400, Qantas, Sydney, Australia, Jeff Fegan, Kim Beazley, Wally R. Mariani,
Qantas Airways Begins DFW International Service to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia

Texas Business reports:  Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport welcomed the inaugural Qantas Airways flight from Sydney, Australia to Dallas-Fort Worth.


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Travelocity Signs Agreement with Russian Carrier S7 Airlines | dal_ftw_txbz, Southlake, Maxim Polukhin, S7 Airlines, Russia, oneworld, European online,
Travelocity Signs Agreement with Russian Carrier S7 Airlines

Texas Business reports:  Southlake—Travelocity signed a distribution agreement with S7 Airlines of Russia, a member of the oneworld alliance, and will offer the airline’s full range of content through Travelocity.com, Travelocity Business, and the Travelocity Partner Network.


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