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: The Department of Public Safety and the official web site of Texas government contracted with NICUSA LLC to provide driving records online.
Texas drivers can now order and print their own online driver records rather than having them delivered by mail.
Texas.gov, the official web site of the State of Texas, in partnership with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), has launched an enhanced online Driver Record Request System, bringing the driver record process down from weeks to minutes.
All driver record types are available online, including certified records that are acceptable for defensive driving courses.
“We are proud to offer a service that saves time and money for both Texas drivers and DPS,” said DPS Assistant Director Rebecca Davio. “Texans no longer run the risk of missing court deadlines because they're waiting to receive their driver record in the mail.”
Each year, DPS receives an average of 12 million driver record requests. Before the on-demand Driver Record System was launched, DPS staff printed and mailed every record, even if the request was made online.
All Texas drivers, including commercial driver license holders, are eligible to use the online Driver Record System.
To request a record, drivers must provide authentication information from their Texas driver license or ID and the last four digits of their social security number. Orders also require a credit card and access to a working printer.
In addition to on-demand driver records, Texas.gov and DPS have introduced two other online services in the past six months: Concealed Handgun Licensing and Contractor Driver Record Requests.
Texas.gov is the official website of the state of Texas (http://www.texas.gov) and is overseen by the Texas Department of Information Resources. Texas.gov helps state and local government entities Web-enable their services and is operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Texas NICUSA LLC.
Texas NICUSA builds, operates, maintains, and markets Texas.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC's family of companies. Since its launch in 2000, Texas.gov has securely processed more than 127 million financial transactions and collected more than $15.5 billion on behalf of participating entities.
NIC is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The NIC family of companies currently provides cost-effective eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 98 million people in the United States.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Texas regulators not aware of potential CFTC manipulation probe,Irving spends incentive dollars to lure two corporate headquarters and almost 2,000 jobs;Hotels, restaurant operators prep for record Final Four;Star-Telegram presses roll one last time; Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; and more.