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: AUSTIN—In a unanimous decision, the Texas Transportation Commission voted to revise the 2012 Unified Transportation Plan (UTP), formally allocating approximately $1.6 billion to communities across the state using existing funding formulas.
The remaining $400 million will be allocated to transportation projects selected by the Transportation Commission focusing on strategic partnerships and statewide connectivity.
The Transportation Commission and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) leadership are encouraging partners to select projects that meet important local needs, while leveraging the state’s limited resources with other available funds or opportunities to achieve the greatest benefit possible for each community.
“These funds will help local leaders throughout the state address local transportation priorities, while also addressing our concerns about safety and traffic congestion,” said Texas Transportation Commission chairman Ted Houghton in a prepared statement. “Thanks to early coordination with our local partners, the state’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and TxDOT’s districts will be able to put these dollars to work on important projects quickly.”
The $2 billion in allocations are comprised of Texas Mobility Fund bond proceeds, anticipated federal funding and savings on construction projects currently under way.
TxDOT will work in partnership with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and districts to identify projects that focus on safety, congestion, maintenance and statewide connectivity in the coming months.
“Our $2 billion is expected to deliver more than $4 billion in projects, plus additional opportunities beyond this,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “This is a tremendous opportunity for TxDOT to work with our partners in a way that has a significant impact on our state’s mobility challenges.”
For example, TxDOT intends to partner with local MPOs and regional transportation agencies to accelerate and build projects such as Sections 3A/3B of the North Tarrant Express, I-35E in Dallas and US 290 in Houston. Moreover, $300 million from TxDOT will leverage a $1.2 billion project for I-35E. For sections 3A and 3B of the NTE, a $100 million TxDOT investment leverages a $1.3 billion project. And $400 million in TxDOT funding leverages $1.4 billion for US 290 in Houston.
Across the state, $800 million of the funds will go toward addressing metropolitan congestion, nearly $650 million toward MPOs and rural connectivity, $150 million to strategic projects identified by TxDOT districts, more than $200 million to statewide connectivity, and $200 million to strategic partnerships.
TxDOT announced the availability of approximately $2 billion in funds in February and immediately began work with local transportation leaders to receive input on options for allocating the funds and collect ideas for potential priority projects that could move forward quickly.
Continued coordination between TxDOT, local and federal officials is necessary before projects can begin. Public involvement activities related to these funds are ongoing and specific projects will be identified by local partners and approved by the commission by late summer.
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: 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; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance;and more.