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Bike Race Boosts Central Texas Economy by Chinh Doan of KWTX. FORT HOOD—One of the biggest bicycle races in the state wrapped up this weekend in Central Texas. This year's Texas State Championship Road Race had a 15% increase in participants. Despite some heavy rain this weekend, the state race on Fort Hood had more than 800 participants, which is the most in the past four years. 

The rise and fall of Vince Young by Jerome Solomon, Terri Langford and Mike Tolson of the Houston  Chronicle. From those first ragged schoolyards of south Houston to the tidy fields where high school teams battle for local bragging rights to the brightly colored and traditional grounds where college stars try to make their name, Vince Young showed nothing if not limitless promise. Give him the ball, let him do his thing. But six years after Young stood gloriously on center stage in a packed Rose Bowl, having taken his team 56 yards in under two minutes to win the national championship of college football, one of the University of Texas' greatest stars has no team and apparently not much of the $45-plus million that came his way after he signed a professional contract.

BP’s Texas Refinery Sale Shows Volatile Industry’s Decay by Bradley Olson of Bloomberg. TEXAS CITY—BP PLC may get less than half the $2.85 billion it planned for selling its Texas City refinery, the third-largest in the U.S., as values for U.S. plants haven’t kept pace with soaring profits. The average price of U.S. refineries sold since 2009 indicates the plant should sell for $1 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg Industries show, a valuation that would be among the lowest in two decades

American Airlines' national woes may hurt Waco airport by Mike Copeland of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Travelers on American Airlines have endured flight cancellations and delays in recent weeks, with some of the problems blamed on pilot “sickouts” related to negotiations about a new labor deal. A spokeswoman for American Eagle, which flies daily from Waco to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as a feeder for American Airlines, reports no disruption of service.

South Texas Underground Film Festival Hosts Screening by KIII News. CORPUS CHRISTI—Local filmmakers and actors got their big screen debut as South Texas Underground Films showcased various international and independent films at the Art Center of Corpus Christi on Sunday. It was the first time Corpus Christ has hosted an international film festival.

The best Texas wines — all made from Texas grapes by Tina Danze for the Dallas Morning News. With Texas Wine Month fast approaching, the panel got a jump on saluting true Texas wines. Although supplies aren’t enough to penetrate the national market, many Texas wines have been winning over critics and bringing home bling from competitions, coast to coast.  

McLane denies Forbes' estimate of his Baylor stadium donation by Tim Woods and Regina Dennis of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Former Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. on Wednesday denied a Forbes estimate that his gift to Baylor University for a new riverfront football stadium was “north of $200 million.” McLane — who earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor, previously served as chairman of the school’s board of regents and was named regent emeritus in 2010 — said Forbes did not contact him for the report and said the estimate is “nowhere near” the amount of his donation.

Professor returns to UTEP, with prosthetic technology and business by Vic Kolenc of the El Paso Times. A scolding decades ago from his father for joking about a Juárez boy missing a leg left a lasting impression on Roger Gonzalez, then an El Paso schoolboy. Now, the 49-year-old professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering has returned to his hometown to teach at the University of Texas at El Paso, his alma mater, and with UTEP's help, grow Limbs International.

Texas Economy Would Be Booming If It Weren't For the Damn Journalists by Eric Nicholson  of the Dallas Observer. First, the good news. The Dallas Fed's most recent economic numbers show that Texas' economy is growing. That growth is moderate, 2.4 percent for the year, but it's better than in the country as a whole.

Private Capsule Set to Launch Space Station Cargo Next Month by Mike Wall and for Scientific American. A glitch with a Russian spacecraft has helped clear the way for a private capsule's first contracted cargo flight to the International Space Station early next month, NASA officials say. Russia's Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft was originally set to launch three astronauts toward the station on Oct. 15.

Company brings cloud printing service to Tech by Caitlan Osborn of the Daily Toreador. The Information Technology Division is working on a new way to ensure members of the Texas Tech community have the finest resources, without the hassle. During the summer, the department began its pilot program for WEPA, or Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere, by placing four cloud printing kiosks in the Advanced Technology Learned Center in the basement of the Library.

Incoming F-35 boss says relationship with Lockheed and others 'worst I've ever seen’ by Bob Cox of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Ouch. Sounds like the new boss of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is going to be just as demanding as the outgoing one.

American Airlines hands Samsung tablets to flight attendants by Kim S. Nash by Computerworld UK. American Airlines is testing a mobile system that provides flight attendants more passenger details with a goal of improving customer relations. Using Samsung devices, the pilot programme has 40 of American's 10,000 flight attendants tapping and scrolling through data such as seat assignments, requests for special services, and a customer's loyalty programme status and itinerary. 

American Airlines flight attendant receive 'early out' offer by KTVT.  FORT WORTH--Hundreds of American Airlines flight attendants have decided to walk away from the financially troubled company. American is offering the flight attendants $40,000 "early out" cash incentives for leaving the airline.

 Second Thoughts About Getting A J.D.? There’s Still Time to Recoup Tuition by Brenda Sapino Jeffreys of Texas Lawyer. Time is running out for students who want to withdraw from Texas' nine American Bar Association-accredited law schools and still recoup some of their tuition money. While tuition refund policies vary, Lone Star State law schools generally use a sliding scale, with the last chance to get a refund ending about a month after classes begin. 

China Nabs Lead Role in Odessa Plant, and Laura Miller Says West Texas is Fine With That by Glenn Hunter of D Magazine. When news came yesterday that a Chinese company would be hired to build Summit Power Group’s coal-gasification project near Odessa that Laura Miller’s been managing, the first question that came to mind was, “Couldn’t they find an American outfit to do that?” Not really, the former Dallas mayor says, basically because putting up the innovative “clean-coal” plant is just too complicated.

Chesapeake Loses Bid to Void Texas Oil, Gas Rights Award by Margaret Cronin Fisk of Bloomberg Businessweek. Chesapeake Energy Corp., facing claims by mineral rights holders in multiple states over canceled oil and gas lease offers, lost a bid to reverse a $19.7 million judgment to a Texas lease owner. Chesapeake wrongfully canceled an agreement to buy drilling rights held by the family-owned Peak Energy Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled.

GM bringing tech center, 500 jobs to Austin by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman. General Motors Corp. said Friday it is creating a 500-person information technology center in Austin as part of the company's push to use computer know-how to actively transform how the giant carmaker does business. GM is believed to have leased a former Dell Inc. building in the Tech Ridge area of Northeast Austin.

 With a history in aviation, Brownsville hopes to refuel its image by landing an aerospace role by Steve Clark of The Brownsville Herald. It was a sad day for Brownsville in 1959 when Pan American World Airways pulled up stakes and moved its Western Division headquarters to Miami. The airline, which had set up shop in Brownsville in the late 1920s, was a major employer and a point of pride for the city as Pan Am’s “Gateway to Latin America.”

Connecticut company invests in Curves, promises changes by Mike Copeland of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Connecticut group has made a “significant” investment in Waco-based Curves International, promising “renewed energy” and several brandwide changes. The fitness franchise for women, which features a 30-minute workout on resistance equipment, became a worldwide success story for founders Gary and Diane Heavin only to decline in popularity through the years because of competition and dissatisfaction among some franchisees.

How to Fry Cotton Candy by Carol Shih of D Magazine. Tommy Tolls is the Cotton Candy guy. He’s going to be standing inside Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt booth at the Texas State Fair starting on September 28, supervising the cooks to make sure they make the fried cotton candy balls perfectly right.

Three Years After Evan Smith's Exit, a Redesign for Resilient Texas Monthly by Nat Ives of Ad Age. When Evan Smith stepped down as editor-in-chief at Texas Monthly in July 2009 to help start the all-digital Texas Tribune, it was easy to wonder how the magazine would fare after his exit. The title accumulated accolades during his tenure, including two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, the magazine industry's top honor.

News boxes not welcome at new journalism  building by Bobby Blanchard of the Daily Texan. As the Belo Center for New Media works to gear students up for the new digital age of journalism, some faculty and students are concerned it is leaving the print age behind. Citing environmental concerns, College of Communication administrators have stopped The Daily Texan from placing a news box in front of the $54.8 million Belo Center for New Media.

Restaurants butting heads over 'Buffalo Gap' name by Robert Philpot of An Abilene-area restaurant and a Fort Worth restaurant are butting heads over the use of the name "Buffalo Gap." Tom Perini and Perini Ranch Steakhouse, which is based in the Abilene-area town of Buffalo Gap, are seeking an injunction against Paul Willis and PM McKinney investments, Buffalo Gap Legendary Texas Cuisine, which is scheduled to open any day now at 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. in west Fort Worth.

Slow road to Lockhart smells a bit fishy by Ben Wear of the Austin American-Statesman. Anti-toll road activists have been saying for years, ever since the tollway wave hit Texas early last decade, that the Texas Department of Transportation in various subtle ways was making free roads slower to pump up usage of the pay-to-drive roads nearby. They could never produce a smoking gun.

Texas coal plant scales back operations by Kate Galbraith of The Texas Tribune. Luminant, a major Texas power-generation company, plans to shut two of three units at one of its 1970s-era coal plants during the winter and spring, the company told the Texas grid operator this week. That removes about 1,200 megawatts, or more than 1 percent of capacity, from the already strained Texas power grid.

Report: Mass Deportation Could Cost Texas Billions by Julián Aguilar of the Texas Tribune. A study released Thursday by the Center for American Progress concludes that the Texas economy would suffer a net economic loss in the billions if group deportations of illegal immigrants occurred at even moderate levels. The progressive think tank concluded that even if as few as 15 percent of Texans living in the state illegally were removed at once, it would mean an annual $11.7 billion loss for Texas’ gross state product, increasing to more than $77 billion if all 1.65 million estimated illegal immigrants were removed from the state.

Revitalizing the Alamo is Subject of Heated Debate by Hollie O'Connor of the Texas Tribune. At a recent Alamo Plaza Better Block event, Robert Benavides led about 20 people on a tour of the landmark, where in addition to historical markers and re-enactors of the site’s infamous battle, there were also street vendors selling art, crafts and food. Benavides, a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, which educates the public and preserves sites and artifacts related to Texas' independence, was bothered by the commercial presence at the event, as were other organization members.

Texas petitions EPA to relax ethanol standards by Jeff Stebbins of KFDA. AMARILLO—The ongoing historic drought decimated crops across the nation, and now Texas corn growers are asking the federal government to ease up on current ethanol production requirements to offset the cost of doing business. In 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency instituted the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, which set a minimum on the amount of alternative fuels to be blended with traditional gasoline.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Rays, Texas Rangers are ‘smartest spenders’ in sports by Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks of the Washington Post. In major professional sports, the “winning is everything” mentality is frequently trumpeted as a way to measure a franchise’s success. But wins are merely a piece of the pie when it comes to running a truly successful team.

KUT expansion to make waves with new station by David Maly of the Daily Texan. On-campus radio station KUT may soon be able to boast two frequencies and say it has a station dedicated solely to news. Should someone want tunes, he or she had better change to KUT’s music channel.

Dunkin Donuts to open 5 new Central Texas stores by Mike Copeland of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Dunkin Donuts wants to increase its presence in Texas and has signed agreements with franchise groups to build about 100 restaurants in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Central Texas, including Waco. A franchisee called Medallion Donuts LLC plans to place at least five Dunkin Donuts locations in Waco, College Station, Temple and Killeen between 2013 and 2017

San Marcos Rivers Could See Decrease In Tourism by Adrian Omar Ramirez of The University Star. The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance in May banning the public consumption or display of alcohol in city parks. Drinking alcohol on the river is a pastime enjoyed by some Texas State students, residents and tourists year-round.

Suddenly California Has The Hottest Job Market In The Country by James Nash and Darrell Preston of Bloomberg. California, which sent a delegation to Austin last year to find out how the Lone Star State had beat it in employment growth, surged ahead of Texas to lead the nation in job creation for the last two consecutive months. California added 365,100 nonfarm jobs in the year ending in July, a 2.6 percent increase and the state’s largest 12-month gain since 2000. 

A Baylor Professor’s Palladium Palace by Linda Nguyen of Baylor Lariat. Who needs Extreme Makeover when you have these guys? Lorin Matthews, associate professor of physics, and her husband Christopher Matthews live in a home they completely renovated themselves. What’s more?

US Airways: No non-disclosure agreement with AA by Ben Mutzabaugh for USA Today. US Airways says that despite comments to the contrary from pilots, it has not agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with American Airlines parent AMR. At least two news organizations cited a memo from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) that said US Airways' management had agreed to sign the NDA

 Job superintendent sues roofing company over unpaid projects by Kelly Holleran of the Southeast Texas Record. The superintendent of a roofing project claims he was not fully paid for work he performed. Ward Gregory Woodworth filed a lawsuit Aug. 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Monument Constructors, doing business as Monument Roofing Systems, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Investors, retailer want to remake two blocks in Downtown El Paso by Vic Kolenc of the El Paso Times. Ever since El Paso multimillionaire Paul Foster spent millions of dollars renovating the 100-year-old Mills Building Downtown, the question has lingered: Would other private investors follow his lead and really get Downtown redevelopment moving?

Ann Richards Film Recalls a Woman and Her Era by Christopher Kelly of the New York Times. There are a number of moments in the new documentary "Ann Richards' Texas" that evoke the famous dictum: The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is certainly true in American politics. Early in the film, the directors, Keith Patterson and Jack Lofton, explore Ms. Richards's 1990 race for Texas governor against the wealthy businessman Clayton Williams, who suffered a major public-relations setback after questions arose over how little he paid in federal income tax.

Could the market regulate what the EPA cannot? by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. CORPUS CHRISTI — Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and operators of Texas' dirtiest coal-fueled power plants are breathing easier, having thwarted an effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to help humans breathe easier. A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule exceeded the agency's authority and sent the rule back for revision. Basically, the rule would have required 28 states, especially Texas, to stop polluting themselves and neighboring states quite so much.

Jefferson County could need $1.5M to entice American Airlines by Dan Wallach of the Beaumont Enterprise. Attracting American Airlines to serve the Jack Brooks Regional Airport will require a revenue guarantee, said Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick. On Thursday, Branick led a contingent of four people, along with its Dallas-area based consultant, to visit American Airlines, also based in Dallas, to pitch the idea of re-establishing air service here.

Mega Carthage football stadium screen — largest in state — almost installed by Sherry Koonce of the Longview News-Journal. CARTHAGE — The Carthage High School Bulldogs — Texas’ 3A football champions of 2008, 2009 and 2010 — have scored a new first. Bulldog Stadium will have the largest Jumbotron screen of any high school in Texas when the season opens Aug. 31 against Gladewater, according to district officials.

From incubator program, UT grad student turning idea into a real company by Kirk Ladendorf of the Austin American-Statesman.  At some point in the creation of a new company, the founders are supposed to come to a "Go" or "No Go" decision. They make a hard, evidence-based calculation on whether their intriguing business idea has a shot at making money in the real world.

Range Wins Appeal in Suit Against Texas Landowners by Tom Korosec of Bloomberg Businessweek. Range Resources Corp. (RRC)’s lawsuit against Texas landowners who accused it of contaminating their water by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can’t be halted under a state law that bans litigation meant to stifle public protest, an appeals court said. The landowners, Steven and Shyla Lipsky, sued Range in June 2011 in state court after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an administrative order saying the gas driller was responsible for contaminating their water with dangerous levels of methane and benzene, which can cause cancer.

Texas Supreme Court Will Hear Franchise Tax Argument by Mark Dewey of KUT. The Texas Supreme Court says it will listen to global food giant Nestle’s argument that the Texas business Franchise Tax is unfair. In its court filing, Nestle argues that because retailers and wholesalers pay a lower tax rate than manufacturers like Nestle, the so-called “margin tax” should be thrown out.

Local exterminators seeing increased business after West Nile outbreak by Adam Shear of KXXV. WACO - Local pest control companies say they have been fielding a lot more calls recently because of the West Nile Virus spreading in Central Texas. With 29 confirmed cases of West Nile in McLennan Co. and another 10 in Bell Co., many pest control services are seeing an increase in interested customers

'Pork chopper' isn't wildly popular, nor particularly effective, state official says by Kelley Shannon for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. AUSTIN — When Texas legislators allowed hunters to pay to shoot feral hogs from helicopters, they made national headlines with the "pork chopper" law. Now, a year after the law took effect and the hoopla has died down, shooting hogs from the air isn't wildly popular and the animals are finding ways to avoid the gunners, meaning helicopter hunting is not particularly effective for feral hog control, a state official said

Sunkist, Lone Star Citrus go exclusive on grapefruit by Mike Hornick of The Packer. Sunkist Growers has reached an agreement to source Texas grapefruit exclusively from Mission-based Lone Star Citrus Growers. Production is expected to start in late September or early October. 

Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service expands, addresses rumors by Paige Skinner of the Daily Toreador. It has made local, state, national and international news, with even Jay Leno addressing it during the “The Tonight Show.” It is the — what some consider controversial — Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service which offers residents to pay maids to clean a house, while dressed in lingerie, topless or completely nude.

Texas judge rules in favor of TransCanada in eminent domain case by Steven Mufson of the Washington Post. A judge in Lamar County, Texas, ruled Wednesday night that TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has the right of eminent domain, rejecting a plea by farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford and dealing a blow to landowners and environmentalists who have been trying to block construction of the pipeline. The ruling by Judge Bill Harris removes yet another potential obstacle for TransCanada, which already has permits from the Army Corps of Engineers for the southern leg of the pipeline, which starts in Cushing, Okla., and runs to Port Arthur, Texas.

Shafter silver mine water discharge concerns neighbors by Alberto Tomas Halpern of Big Bend Now. PRESIDIO COUNTY – Cibolo Creek Ranch owner John B. Poindexter fired the first shot Wednesday in what may become a new water war in Presidio County. Speaking at a Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District meeting in Marfa, Poindexter voiced concern at the Rio Grande Mining Company’s discharge of water from its well.

UT regents’ panel votes 4-1 to authorize purchase of radio station by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz of the Austin American-Statesman. A committee of the University of Texas’ governing board today approved the Austin flagship’s proposal to acquire a second public radio station for $6 million. But in a rare development, the vote was not unanimous.

Sale of Capitol complex property falls through amid opposition by Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman.  The controversial sale of a piece of the Capitol complex has fallen through, but the General Land Office has put the parking lot west of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum back on the market. Sealed bids are due at noon Aug. 29.

H&M will make its Texas outlet mall debut at Grapevine Mills by Bloomberg Businessweek. Clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, will open in Grapevine Mills mall on Aug. 30. It will be the first outlet center in Texas for one of the leading chains in the cheap chic fashion business.

Samsung to Spend $4 Billion to Boost Texas Chip Output by Jun Yang of Bloomberg Businessweek. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of memory chips, said it will invest about $4 billion in its Texas factory to boost output of processors increasingly used in smartphones and tablet computers. The investment will help convert the production of memory chips to logic products, including processors that power mobile devices, at the Austin, Texas, plant, Samsung said in a statement

Mexico may feed off Texas pipelines by Dudley Althaus of the San Antonio Express-News. MEXICO CITY — Mexico may someday realize its potential as a natural gas superpower; but in the lengthy meantime, the country's gnawing energy craving may feed off Texas pipelines. Mexico energy planners are pressing ahead with an $8 billion expansion of the country's 5,500-mile natural gas pipeline system, focusing on central and northern industrial cities.

 Life Partners Holdings gets relief in Texas ruling by Reuters. Life settlement company Life Partners Holdings Inc said that a Texas district judge refused to grant state officials the right to block the company from doing business or appoint a receiver. The company, which has been accused of accounting fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, had said on Thursday that the Texas Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against the company and two of its directors.

Dog Food Served To Prisoners, Company Reaches Settlement by Carla Gillespie of Food Poisoning Bulletin. The company that started a chain reaction of meat sales that culminated with dog food being served to inmates in the federal prison system has reached a settlement with the federal government. John Soules Foods Inc. of Tyler, Texas entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on July 22, 2012, ending a three-year investigation.

Kindred buying Texas based home-health, hospice company by Carolyn Tribble Greer of Business First. Kindred Healthcare Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire IntegraCare Holdings Inc., a Grapevine, Texas-based company that provides home health, hospice and community services in 47 locations across Texas. Louisville-based Kindred is buying the company for $71 million in cash, plus a potential of paying $4 million more, based on 2013 earnings.

Baylor Regents ‘rise up’ student fees by Maegan Rocio of the Baylor Lariat. Tighten your belt buckles. The Baylor University Board of Regents voted to increase graduate and undergraduate tuition and students fees for the 2013 -2014 school year.  

American Airlines' flight attendants OK contract by the Huffington Post. DALLAS — Flight attendants at American Airlines voted to approve a new contract offer from the airline, which is seeking to cut costs in bankruptcy protection. The results released Sunday showed attendants voted to accept the contract by 59.5 percent to 40.5 percent, according to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

Taking a bite out of the dinner sales circuit by Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman.  I've been getting a lot of dinner invitations lately. So many that I could take my wife out to restaurants several times a month and never pick up a check.

New publisher named at The Eagle; Wilson takes over Waco newspaper by The Eagle. Eagle publisher Jim Wilson has been named to the same post at the Waco Tribune-Herald. Wilson, who served in Bryan-College Station for five years, will be replaced by Crystal Dupre, publisher of the Star in Meridian, Miss. She will report to Wilson in her new position.

'3 Ways to Kill a Mook' will show at Wichita Falls theater by Lana Sweeten-Shults of the Wichita Falls Times Record News. Every mook has his day. Take Sunday, when "3 Ways to Kill a Mook" makes its big-screen debut during a private, invitation-only screening at Cinemark 14 in Parker Square.

Life Partners Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order by Andrew Harris and Kelley Shannon of Bloomberg Businessweek. Life Partners Holdings Inc. and its Life Partners Inc. unit, an investor-financed buyer of insurance policy death benefits, were barred by a judge in Texas from dissipating assets or destroying records. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued the company on Aug. 15, claiming the policy interests it sold were unregistered securities and that Life Partners misled investors about the life expectancies of the insured to generate revenue.

AMR’s American Denied Court Leave to Toss Pilot Contract by David McLaughlin and Mary Schlangenstein of Bloomberg Businessweek. AMR Corp.’s American Airlines was denied approval from a federal bankruptcy judge to cancel its pilot contract and impose cost reductions after the union refused to accept concessions. AMR didn’t prove that a successful reorganization depended on being able to end restrictions on domestic airline-marketing accords and pilot furloughs, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in Manhattan said

U.S. Postal Service issues new Texas stamp by KVUE News. AUSTIN—The U.S. Postal Service issued a new series of stamps Thursday; one of them is all about Texas. The 10 stamps feature the state flags of state from Texas to Wyoming along with the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Imposter--How A Frenchman Convinced A Texas Mother He Was Her Son by Peter Simek of D Magazine. At this year’s Dallas International Film Festival, Bart Layton’s documentary, The Imposter, easily sold out its screenings, winning deserved buzz off a talked-about debut at Sundance. You can’t help but talk about The Imposter after seeing it; it is one of those films that solves riddles only to pose new ones, that peels back a mystery only to suggest a litany of even more baffling questions.

Alcoa to sell Texas plant assets, land by Reuters.   Aluminum company Alcoa Inc  said it will sell land and other assets at its Rockdale, Texas plant to the Lower Colorado River Authority, a non-profit public utility and conservation body. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Alcoa said it will retain ownership of its smelter and aluminum powder operations in Rockdale.

Fort Worth TWU Workers Could Take Tulsa Jobs by John Stancavage of Hispanic Business. On the surface, the Transport Workers Union's approval of a new contract with American Airlines last week would appear to have saved about 1,400 Tulsa jobs. But for existing local workers, it's more complicated than that.

China's Sinopec eyes stake in Texas power project by Reuters.  Oil giant Sinopec Group along with Chinese banks are in talks to put up to $1 billion in a Texas clean energy project, in what would be one of the biggest investments by Chinese companies in the U.S. power sector. The Chinese group is looking to acquire an equity stake in and provide financing to the roughly $2.5 billion Texas Clean Energy Project, which is being developed by Seattle-based Summit Power Group.

Contractor files another lawsuit in Montgomery Plaza dispute by Sandra Baker of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. FORT WORTH -- Thos. S. Byrne, the Fort Worth general contractor, filed another lawsuit Tuesday to try to collect nearly $6.6 million it says it's owed for converting the former Montgomery Ward building on West Seventh Street into condos. The suit, filed in state district court in Tarrant County, asks that a judge allow the company to move forward with foreclosure proceedings on 93 condos at Montgomery Plaza, which have been sold, but not until its dispute with the developer is settled in arbitration.

State insurance agency worker blocked consumers' emails by Tim Eaton of the Austin American-Statesman. A Texas Department of Insurance staffer ordered the blocking of hundreds of emails sent to the insurance commissioner from Texas consumers, official records show. Last month, the Texas Department of Insurance said the agency's Internet security measures might have been triggered by a flood of emails to Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman, resulting in the rejection of hundreds of messages from Texas consumers.

'A Pain in the Behind': Council Gets Briefed on Zebra Mussels by Eric Nicholson for the Dallas Observer. When zebra mussels found their way to Lake Ray Roberts last month, or, more precisely, when wildlife officials found that they had found their way there, Dallas let out a collective "Oh, crap." The invasive bivalves were easy to ignore when they were the plague of the Great Lakes and the Upper Midwest.

Houston helps Olympic ratings surge for NBC by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. Thanks in part to a significant increase in Houston, NBCUniversal's 17-day coverage of the London Olympic Games outdistanced the Beijing Games of 2008 to become the most-watched television event in the nation's history. Viewership across NBC network affiliates, including KPRC in Houston, and its cable channels totaled 219.4 million viewers, up from 215 million in Beijing.

Spartanburg-based Synalloy Corp. acquires Texas company for nearly $26M by Upstate. Spartanburg-based Synalloy Corp. announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase storage tank maker Palmer of Texas for nearly $26 million. Synalloy, which produces steel pipes and specialty chemicals, said the transaction will complement its existing business.

Hurst's only bowling alley closes by Terry Evans of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. HURST -- The only bowling alley the town has ever is closed. "This is like having to move away from home," said Joy Murrell, who was manager of AMF Hurst Lanes for a decade and has been bowling there for 35 years.

At Lake Texoma, A Man, His Boat House, and a Decades-Long Fight With the Corps of Engineers by Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer. Charles Paternostro was 14 when, in the mid-'50s, his father purchased an acre of land on a five-story cliff overlooking Lake Texoma and built a modest, three-bedroom home. The family lived in Dallas full-time but spent their weekends at the reservoir, boating and swimming and fishing.