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
The difference between the actual and potential output of an economy—widely known as the output gap—is so critical to central bank policy that scholars and policymakers devote a great deal of time and effort to estimating it and, accordingly, deciding how much to adjust various monetary instruments. Correctly gauging the output gap is particularly difficult because an economy’s potential output is not directly observable.
Full Story » Carlos E.J.M. Zarazaga for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 2:44 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 33,100 jobs during April 2013. Between April 2012 and April 2013, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 3.0 percent, the State Comptroller reported.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:27 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Is Texas still in a drought? It depends upon where you are and whom you talk to, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M extension service agents across the state.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:11 pm
Since the 2010 U.S. census, the number of naturalized citizens has increased substantially in Texas, and the state's immigrants account for significant purchasing power and economic output, according to an analysis by a Washington-based think tank urging immigration reform.
Full Story » Julián Aguilar for Texas Tribune - Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Recent hail storms in the Northern Plains were the final straw for much of the wheat there, but many areas still have the chance to make decent yields, according to a Texas A&M Extension Service agronomist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 8:54 am
Texas Business reports: Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for growing shares of the economy and electorate in Texas, according to the Immigration Policy Center. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up roughly 1 in 6 Texans, and one-third of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: Retail sales improved notably in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index climbed back into positive territory, gaining 16 points to reach 11.6. Inventories were largely unchanged.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:03 am
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.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:37 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas service sector activity expanded in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, rose from 6.1 to 11.8, indicating activity picked up pace this month.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:32 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased sharply in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from -0.5 to 11.2, indicating a notable pickup in output.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:46 am
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Though recent storms promised to reset the drought button for a large part of East Texas, the western half of the state will likely see below-normal precipitation from now through August, according to a Texas A&M University climatologist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:17 am
One of the state’s worst droughts in decades has been particularly hard on its iconic ranching business, with the barren land leading to increased costs to feed cattle. In Starr County, at the southern tip of the state, Texas Agrilife Extension agent Omar Montemayor can’t give the ranchers money or rain, but he is teaching them ways to keep their herds healthy.
Full Story » Hannah Jones for Reporting Texas - Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton planting intentions may be affected by the replanting to cotton of freeze-damaged wheat acreage, but a Texas A&M extension service expert doesn’t expect the change to be significant on dryland wheat acres.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:56 am
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.
Full Story » Cody Permenter for Texas Tribune - Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:22 pm
As he looks at the calendar, DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler is getting nervous.
Fowler is among a group of officials in the Eagle Ford Shale area who are lobbying lawmakers for money to address the rural South Texas region’s roads, many of which have been pummeled by drilling activity. With about a month left before the legislative session ends, he and others fear the push for funding has stalled.
Full Story » Aman Batheja for Texas Tribune - Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:29 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity was flat in April, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 pm
Texplainer: Who Oversees Texas' Fertilizer Plants? Hey, Texplainer: Which state and federal agencies were responsible for overseeing and regulating the fertilizer plant in West that exploded last week, killing 14 and injuring at least 200?Full Story » Cody Permenter for the Texas Tribune - Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 3:35 pm
Charlette Hearne thought she and her neighbors in southeast Oklahoma had won their water war against Texas. A decade ago, Oklahoma considered pumping billions of gallons of water out of the Red River basin—a poor, rural slice of the state—and selling it to Texas to slake the thirst of Dallas-Fort Worth, the country’s fastest growing metropolitan region.
Full Story » Jim Malewitz for Stateline - Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:04 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—The damage to the wheat crop in the Panhandle, Southern Plains and Rolling Plains regions from the last bout of freezing weather was not uniform, but losses were “significant,” according to a Texas A&M extensionservice agronomist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:35 am
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