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AMR’s American Airlines Settles Litigation With Sabre by David McLaughlin and Andrew Harris  for Bloomberg Businessweek. AMR Corp.’s American Airlines settled litigation with Sabre Holdings Inc., the flight data and reservation business that American spun off in 2000 and later accused of trying to crush competition from its former parent. The companies renewed their current distribution agreement for multiple years, according to a jointly issued statement.

Southwest Accepts RFID Device to Track Cargo Temperatures by Claire Swedberg of RFID Journal. Following the testing of an RFID-enabled temperature-tracking device built into a shipping container, Southwest Airlines Cargo (Southwest Airlines' cargo services branch) has approved the device to be used by shippers on its aircraft. The solution is intended to provide data regarding the environmental conditions within a Cold Chain Technologies container of temperature-sensitive goods, such as vaccines or drugs, measured and recorded throughout the flight via an Intelleflex battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID sensor.

AFF Review: Ann Richards' Texas by Debbie Cerda of Slackerwood. Six years after her death, filmmakers Jack Lofton and Keith Patterson team up to portray the most memorable woman in Texas politics in their directorial debut, Ann Richards' Texas.  

Pipeline splits landowners' opinions in East Texas by Zain Shauk of the Houston Chronicle. WINNSBORO - Amid the elm and pine trees on his family's East Texas land, between leaves turning pink and orange and tracks left by hogs and raccoons, Gabe Cordova has gotten used to the sight of nothing. That is what was left after yellow machines with claws and saws ran their course, cutting away a dense preserve of dogwood, cedar and sweet gums en route southward.

Clean Harbors buys Texas oil recycler by Marie Szaniszlo of the Boston Herald. Clean Harbors Inc., the Norwell-based hazardous material cleanup and disposal company, yesterday announced plans to buy Safety-Kleen Inc. of Texas for $1.25 billion, primarily to expand into the used-oil recycling and re-refining business. 

Healthy Central Texas pecan harvest expected to double last year's drought-stricken take by J.B. Smith of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Fall has brought a pecan boom to Central Texas, though it may not be quite enough to erase the memory of last year’s bust. Pecan growers in the fertile Brazos Valley are seeing their orchards rebound this year from the devastating 2011 drought that killed or maimed many trees.

Corporations cash in on tax breaks for farmers, ranchers by Chris Willis for KXAN. AUSTIN—The same provision in the Texas Constitution that protects farmers and ranchers from excessive taxes on the land it takes to produce food for a hungry population also helps some of Central Texas' wealthiest corporations save thousands of dollars when the tax man comes calling. Texas law allows for special agricultural land use designation and property valuation when the primary use of the land is for agricultural.

Dallas Buys 1.3 Million in Chihuly Merch, The Exhibition Gets Extended Through New Year's Eve by Jamie Laughlin of the Dallas Observer. The Dallas Arboretum made a bold announced this morning: Dallas, like, really loves Chihuly. The show has brought in 461,332 visitors since opening in early May with the potential to draw thousands more during the holiday season, but the show was scheduled to close on November 5, marking a tidy, six-month run here in Dallas.

State weighs blackout risk and electricity prices by Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman.  The state’s utility commissioners are considering revamping how electricity is bought and sold in the wholesale market, trying to balance increasing the risk of rolling blackouts against “sticker shock,” as its consultants put it, if they get it wrong. The three commissioners appear split over whether to tweak the nation’s lone energy-only market, which pays only when a power company sells electricity, or shift some of the risk of building power plants to consumers by making so-called capacity payments to entice new investment to the state.

Natalie Portman Was Filming A Movie At The Texas Longhorns Game Saturday by Cork Gaines for Business Insider. Natalie Portman was filming a new flick in Austin at the Texas-Baylor game, and wow did she look great. Apparently the movie is a yet-to-be-named flick that also stars Michael Fassbender that is based on love triangles and the music scene in Austin, Texas, and...oh who cares.

Regulator says pipeline fight raises issues for lawmakers by Jeannie Kever of the Houston Chronicle. After weeks of skirmishes a between a Canadian company building a pipeline through East Texas and opponents including landowners, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission predicted Friday that the Legislature will take up the issue when it meets early next year. Barry Smitherman said construction should continue on the Keystone XL pipeline, intended to bring oil from the Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries, including a leg that would relieve a backlog at the Cushing crude oil terminal in Oklahoma.

San Angelo parks plan includes connecting trails, adding kayak, canoe launches by Matthew Waller of the San Angelo Standard-Times. SAN ANGELO, Texas — From the swing sets at Barb DeWitt Park along the Concho River to the live animals on display at the San Angelo Nature Center by Lake Nasworthy, the 2012 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan encompasses them all. The City Council approved the parks master plan as a guide in its regular meeting Tuesday and allowed the Parks and Recreation Department to pursue a half-million dollar grant opportunity.

Fire destroys Big Tex at State Fair of Texas by Nick Dean of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Images from those on the ground at the State Fair of Texas, where Big Tex, who turned 60 this year, caught fire Friday morning.

Marathon Seeks Buyer for 96,000 Eagle Ford Acres in Texas by Edward Klump of Bloomberg Businessweek. Marathon Oil Corp., the U.S. oil and natural gas producer that spun off its refining business last year, is seeking to sell more than 96,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford formation in Texas. The sale includes acreage in nine tracts in Karnes, Bee and Wilson counties, according to a listing on the Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse website.

2012 Top States for Doing Business Survey Results by Area Development Magazine. States were ranked in each of the 14 categories based on the number of times they were named as a "top-5" choice by the responding consultants. According to the results, the top-10 states for doing business are Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Indiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, in that order.

Canadian company wants 60 percent tax abatement to locate plant in Fort Worth by Scott Nishimura at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. FORT WORTH -- A Canadian producer of pipeline systems is asking the city for a maximum $2.2 million, 12-year property tax abatement, with plans to open a plant in southeast Fort Worth that would employ as many as 350 people. Flexpipe Systems, which is based in Calgary, Alberta, and has U.S. headquarters in Houston, would end up paying a projected $2.85 million in city property tax over the 12 years.   

Eco-protesters attempt to halt massive pipeline project by David Schechter of WFAA. A top state official is blasting protesters who oppose a massive new pipeline in East Texas as "eco-anarchists" and part of the "environmental lunatic fringe." The comments of State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson come as protests intensify against the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project, part of the Keystone XL Pipeline

New faces enter trendy food truck business in North Texas by Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. FORT WORTH -- It's no secret that food trucks -- not the factory gate variety but fanciful nouveau versions serving up everything from red velvet waffles to New York deli to sashimi -- have gained a foothold in North Texas despite the obvious business risks. The scene exploded after Dallas began allowing food trucks in July 2011, broadening the potential market.

Poo bags feature presidential nominees by UPI.  FORT WORTH—A Texas company has created special baggies for cleaning up dog poop that feature images of the presidential candidates. Therapoo, which launched in September, sells designer dog-poo bags, some of which feature the likeness of Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, KTVT, Dallas-Fort Worth, reported.

American Airlines' memo on proactive 767 seat measures by Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today. American Airlines announced in a memo to employees that it was taking "proactive" steps to secure seats on an additional 49 aircraft, this time all Boeing 767s.

Peak hospital in Santa Teresa must be sold in Ascend deal by Vic Kolenc of the El Paso Times. Universal Health Services must sell its 56-bed Peak psychiatric hospital in Santa Teresa in order for it to complete its proposed $517 million acquisition of Ascend Health Corp., the Federal Trade Commission has ordered. The FTC ordered that Peak be sold within six months to an FTC -approved buyer because without that sale the proposed deal would lead to a virtual monopoly of psychiatric services to insured patients in the El Paso area, the FTC ruled.

Chip Design Luminary Leaves Samsung for Apple by Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal. Samsung recently raised eyebrows by beefing up its team of Texas-based chip designers, including those whose backgrounds pointed to an interest in chips for server systems. Now one of the most prominent of those recruits has left the South Korean company for Apple. The gadget maker has hired Jim Mergard, a 16-year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung.

Contractor to hire laid-off Fort Bliss workers by Vic Kolenc of the El Paso Times. Tatitleck Corp., an Alaska-based defense contractor, expects to hire most of 496 Fort Bliss workers who are being laid off by another contractor at the end of November, a company official said. Cubic Corp., of San Diego, recently notified the Texas Workforce Commission it will lay off 496 workers at Fort Bliss by Nov. 30 because it lost its federal contract to provide a variety of support services at the Army post.

Texas-made Tundra gets historic towing job by Neal Morton of  the Houston Chronicle. Workers from the Toyota plant in San Antonio celebrated their role in making the Tundra pickup that was slated overnight to help tow the space shuttle Endeavour to its final home in Los Angeles. Beginning early Friday, the 11-year-old Endeavour began a two-day, 12-mile trip to retirement from Los AngelesInternational Airport to the California Space Center, where it will go on display. 

University Lands sales down from record highs in 2011 by Alexa Ura of the Daily Texan. University Lands, operated through the UT System’s Office of Business Affairs, sold a combined $72 million in oil and gas leases during its 2012 semiannual sales. The leases come on the heels of University Lands’ most lucrative sales in history in 2011, when lease sales totaled $560 million.

Texas Windmills Make Schools Share with Poorer Districts by Bloomberg Businessweek.  Giant turbines that give Texas the largest wind-generating capacity among U.S. states have forced seven school districts facing budget cuts to share new wealth from the equipment under the state’s education-finance system. The Hermleigh Independent School District had to give up $2 million a year -- about the same as its annual budget -- after growth of local wind-driven generating capacity spurred a 10- fold increase in district property values per student, according to a report from Standard & Poor’s.

Finances squeeze accordion fest by Jim Beal Jr. of the San Antonio Express. In San Antonio, it's not difficult to find someone playing an accordion. But this year, fans won't experience the concentrated, diverse squeezebox sounds that have ruled La Villita since the International Accordion Festival started in 2001. 

Branson: 'It would be quite fun' to buy stake in American Airlines by Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today. Could Sir Richard Branson emerge as a white knight for bankrupt American Airlines? You might think so by comments he made in an interview.

The Last Nordstrom piano man in Texas plays his final song at Dallas’ NorthPark Center  by Michael Hamtil of the Dallas Morning News. His job, in a nutshell, was to make people happy. And he did. 

SpaceX Cargo Launch To ISS Is Successful by Forbes. The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the Dragon space capsule on Sunday. (All SpaceX rocket engines are tested in McGregor, Texas). This marks the first commercial cargo mission to the Station.

Cricket infestations a stinky problem at Waco businesses by Cindy V. Culp of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  As branch manager of Synergy Bank in Waco, Jani Rodriquez is used to handling all manner of situations. But for the past few months, Rodriquez has been stumped by a problem that has plagued several local businesses — a foul odor caused by decaying cricket carcasses.

Steak n Shake to make international debut by Katherine Field Boccaccio of Chain Store Age. SAN ANTONIO—Steak n Shake has signed its first international development agreement, which will bring the concept to the Middle East. Steak n Shake has signed an exclusive area development agreement with the Saleh Bin Lahej Group to open 40 restaurants throughout the United Arab Emirates

DREAM Act Could Mean Billions for Texas Economy by Julian Aguilar of the Texas Tribune. Granting legal status and paving the way to citizenship for an estimated 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would generate approximately $329 billion in economic impact by 2030, according to a report released Monday. The study also says that Texas itself would see an impact of $66 billion.

Perot's economic stance resonates 20 years later by Richard Wolf of USA Today. PLANO, Texas -- Twenty years from the day he shook up the 1992 presidential race with warnings of economic doom, Ross Perot feels vindicated -- though he's not happy about it. The national debt -- $4 trillion and rising when he sounded the fiscal alarm by challenging President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- stands at $16 trillion.

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.