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: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Texas A&M University System, reached an agreement with SSC Service Solutions, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, to manage facility support services, to include building maintenance, landscape maintenance and custodial services at 16 A&M System campuses throughout Texas.
Texas Business reports: WACO—By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site, a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a Baylor University case study published in the European Journal of Information Systems.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A three-member manufacturing consortium has partnered with Brookhaven College to provide job training using a $373,985 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
Texas Business reports: Texas job growth has been persistently above trend this year, with jobs growing at an annual pace of 3.2 percent through October, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In recent months, however, the pace of employment growth has slowed. Exports have generally declined since February, causing a weakening in Texas manufacturing. Continued low prices for natural gas have also led to some slowing in the energy sector. Offsetting this somewhat, construction activity has accelerated. Looking forward, the Texas Leading Index increased for the fourth consecutive month in October, although the pace of increase has moderated. The outlook components of the Dallas Fed’s three Texas Business Outlook Surveys all weakened in November, suggesting somewhat weaker growth ahead.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A new Master of Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin draws on the liberal arts, technology programs and other disciplines to train business and nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how human behavior and experience relates to today's global marketplace.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Baylor University's Law School will begin operating a clinic to assist those who may be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. An estimated 150,000 young unauthorized immigrants in Texas are eligible for relief from immediate deportation.
Texas Business reports: Extend Health, operator of the nation's largest private Medicare exchange, today opened its second Richardson service center at 1122 Alma Rd. in the Richardson Telecom Corridor, where it will hire an additional 200 benefit advisors and customer care representatives. This brings the total number of jobs Extend Health is bringing to Richardson to more than 500 in two new service centers.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Lockheed Martin reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest union at its Fort Worth, Tex., aircraft manufacturing facility.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—ExxonMobil plans to expand the size of its facilities under construction in Houston to accommodate additional employees from the immediate area and from company locations in Fairfax, VA and Akron, OH.
The Army announced that it will begin a six-month assessment May 14 of an exception to the Direct Ground Combat Assignment Rule for female Soldiers. Of the nine brigades selected for the exception to policy, three are at Fort Hood – 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams in the 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Brinker International Inc. formed a partnership with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS), which connects companies with young veterans looking for corporate jobs after serving their country.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in March, marking the seventh consecutive month of decline. March’s unemployment rate was down from 7.1 percent in February, and from 8.0 percent a year ago. Texas’ unemployment rate is significantly below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.
Texas Business reports: A new study by the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University-San Marcos reveals a far greater need for Health Information Technology (HIT) workers in Texas than previously anticipated.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Direct Energy, an energy and energy-related service provider, will hold a job fair on April 18 to fill approximately 200 jobs being created as part of its decision to relocate its head office to Houston, Texas from Toronto, Ontario.
Texas Business reports: Long hours of backbreaking work in the fields, on construction sites or as day laborers, along with being away from family and friends for days, months or years can take a toll on the mental health of migrant workers.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—In an age in which "multitasking" is often cited as a core competency for employees, organizational communication researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have begun to better understand the nuances of how different individuals accomplish multiple tasks.
Texas Business reports: Having an abusive boss not only causes problems at work but can lead to strained relationships at home, according to a Baylor University study published online in journal, Personnel Psychology.
Texas Business reports: China in the not-too-distant future could well rival Mexico as one of the sources for low-wage workers coming into the United States, contends Dudley L. Poston Jr., a Texas A&M University sociologist who also directs the institution’s Asian studies program.
Texas Business reports: A co-worker's rudeness can have a great impact on relationships far beyond the workplace, according to a Baylor University study published online in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Midland had the lowest unemployment at 5.1 percent and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 13.2 percent, according to statistics released today by the state agency that monitors the workforce.
Texas Business reports:Over the next five years, The University of Texas at San Antonio is slated to receive $2.4 million in funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to continue its MARC research training program, which supports underrepresented and disadvantaged UTSA undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, statistics or engineering. UTSA will use the funding to partially support 12 students each year through 2016.
Texas Business reports: TEXARKANA—The City of Texarkana will receive $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide environmental job training and workforce development to poverty stricken areas in Northeast Texas.
Texas Business reports: Pay plays a relatively small role in a nurse's decision to stay at or leave a job in a nursing home, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine.
Texas Business reports:WACO—Women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to stay on the job if they have greater control over their work schedules, according to a Baylor University study.
Texas Business reports: While several states have recently limited the ability for teacher unions to collectively bargain for their members, teachers will continue to flex their political muscle in a way scholars of policymaking have overlooked: through their pocketbooks, says a Baylor University political scientist.
Texas Business reports: Dallas—Southwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), who represent the carrier's approximately 260 Appearance Techs, are proud to announce the parties have reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year contract that becomes amendable February 2015.
Texas Business reports: Austin—Austin Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 37,200 jobs in March for a total gain of 251,100 jobs from a year ago. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.9 percent. Midland had the state's lowest rate at 4.6 percent.
Texas Business reports: Austin—The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has notified ATI Enterprises Inc. (ATI) that an investigation of graduate employment reports from three of its Dallas-area ATI career schools revealed violations of the Texas Education Code, according to a TWC statement.
Texas Business reports: Lockheed Martin Services received a $171 milllion contract to support civilian personnel management in San Antonio and Gaithersburg, Maryland, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
Texas Business reports: Raytheon will host more than 100 Dallas-area high school students Tuesday for a day of engineering activities, which include guiding the students through a production floor engineering simulation.
Back To The Blackboard Texas Business reports: Good teachers may be costly, but bad teachers cost much more. Isn’t that what the government should be thinking? Full Story » Amber Riney, Special To Texas Business.
Texas Business notes this story by Ed Dutton of Bloomberg: AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and its flight attendants failed to reach an agreement on a new contract as they finished three days of mediated talks, the first such session in almost eight months.
Nationwide buys land for Texas expansion Texas Business notes this story by Mark Williams of the Columbus Dispatch: Nationwide is moving ahead with its plans to nearly double its work force in the San Antonio area, announcing yesterday that it has entered into a contract to buy about 25 acres outside the city.Full Story »
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 »
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 »
Division of Workers' Compensation Texas Business notes this story by Texas Tribune: The Division of Workers' Compensation is a sub-agency inside the Texas Department of Insurance. In 2005, lawmakers merged the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission into TDI, which created the Division of Workers' Compensation that exists today.Full Story »
Employers Favor State Schools for Hires Texas Business notes this story by Jennifer Merritt of the Wall Street Journal: U.S. companies largely favor graduates of big state universities over Ivy League and other elite liberal-arts schools when hiring to fill entry-level jobsFull Story »
Pet foods company lays off 43 Texas Business notes this story by Garner Roberts for the Abilene Reporter-News:Pied Piper Pet and Wildlife, Inc., in Hamlin, a manufacturer of private-label pet foods, has laid off about one-fourth of its employees, according to Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas.Full Story »
Workforce Stress Texas Business notes this story by Sheryl Jean and Melissa Repko of the Dallas Morning News: Kim, a single mother of two children, has seen her pay cut by 5 percent, her health benefits decrease, her 401(k) match disappear and her workload grow after her company cut workers to ride out the recession.Full Story »
Hiring: Border Patrol Agents Texas Business reports: It’s a case of where people seeking jobs and a better life create jobs and perhaps a better life—just not for themselves. Full Story » Texas Business
Texas Business recommends this story by Alex Branch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:FORT WORTH -- The roiling national debate over whether to stop granting automatic citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants reverberates loudly across Tarrant County.
Texas Business recommends this story by Cindy V. Culp of the Waco Tribune-Herald:Deportations triggered by a relatively new program that checks the immigration status of people booked into the McLennan County Jail have mostly involved people with no prior criminal history.
Texas Business reports:The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in July, unchanged from June, and continued to trend well below the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, announced the Texas Workforce Commission today.
Texas Business reports: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received numerous complaints from workers who are being prevented from seeking other jobs because training certificates are not being issued by their employers.
Texas Business notes the following story by Sandra Baker of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:TD Ameritrade investment brokerage firm received tentative approval for an economic incentive package worth up to $300,000 Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council to help it expand its operations at Alliance by nearly 500 jobs in the next three years.
Texas Business recommends this story by Christy Hoppe at the Dallas Morning News: The glass offices at the nation's leading universities have filled faster than the classrooms, with new layers of administrators added at twice the rate of faculty and instructors, according to a study being released today.
Budget shortfall could mean 7,300 layoffs for Texas prisons Texas Business recommends this story by Mike Ward of the Austin American-Statesman:More than 7,300 criminal justice employees would have to be laid off if Texas' corrections agency is required to cut its spending by 15 percent, officials said Monday, warning that such a move could force the closure of several prisons and endanger public safetyFull Story »
Texas Business reports:Tribune Company announced today that its new subsidiary, Blue Lynx Media LLC, has opened a shared service center in Lewisville, TX, where it is expected to provide jobs for as many as 200 new employees.
TexasBusiness.com notes:WDSGlobal has hired some 460 full- and part-time employees for its call center here and has plans to hire another 200 beginning Aug. 30, site director Jack Kozeny said.Kozeny said interested people should apply at the call center at Interstate 44 and Airport Drive, reports the Wichita Falls Times Record News.
TexasBusiness.com notes:When Stephanie Litchauer heard the news about potential massive layoffs at military contractor BAE Systems Wednesday she was at first floored. Then she felt deeply worried about the future of her business and all of Sealy, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that workers at Aviat U.S. Inc. are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.The San Antonio company workers are part of approximately 9,000 workers from companies in 19 states a companies in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, the agency said.
TexasBusiness.com notes: As North Texas Hispanic leaders cheered a federal judge's decision Wednesday to block the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law, two Texas lawmakers said Thursday that they will move ahead with plans to file similar bills to cut the number of illegal workers here.
"Although the federal government handles immigration matters ... if they aren't doing their job, if they aren't securing the border, then the states are not prohibited from doing exactly that," said state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, a former Arlington mayor pro tem, who will file a bill similar to Arizona's, reports Anna M. Tinsley of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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