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: In the wake of the Seventh Court of Appeals ruling that Mike Leach cannot sue Texas Tech because of sovereign immunity, the chair of the state’s appropriations committee asked the Texas Attorney General’s office whether the state can appropriate Texas Tech’s money generated from private sources, such as television football agreements, for the state budget.
State representative Jim Pitts asked for an opinion whether the money from private sources used to pay the former Texas Tech coach are public monies, and if so, can the state take that money the ongoing budget crisis. He was joined in the request by state representative Senfronia Thompson, chair of the local and consent calendars committee of the legislature.
“Recently; a public university in the State of Texas has asserted the defense of sovereign immunity in an employment contract dispute,” they wrote.
A large majority of the funds in Leach’s employment contract were derived from purely private sources, the two pointed out. “These sources are carefully detailed as part of the compensation sections of the employment contract.”
Leach’s claim was denied by the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas. The appellate court ruled that a state institution is immune from suit for a breach of contract unless the defense is waived by the Legislature.
While Leach is pursuing a legislative solution as directed by the Seventh Court of Appeals and Chapt er 107 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code., the state representatives see that ruling as potentially making the funds subject to helping with the state budget crisis.
Pitts and Thompson posed the following question: If a public university in a contract dispute invokes sovereign immunity, would monies generated from purely private sources by that public university's athletic department , including gifts, endowments, alumni and athletic supporter contributions, gate receipts from regular and post season athletic events, television revenues and shoe, apparel, or equipment revenue be considered subject to state appropriation authority as provided by the Texas Constitution?”
An Attorney General Opinion is a written interpretation of existing law. The Attorney General writes opinions as part of his responsibility to act as legal counsel for the State of Texas. Attorney General Opinions clarify the meaning of existing laws. They do not address matters of fact, and they are neither legislative nor judicial in nature. That is to say, they cannot create new provisions in the law or correct unintended, undesirable effects of the law. Opinions interpret legal issues that are ambiguous, obscure, or otherwise unclear. Attorney General Opinions do not reflect the AG's opinion in the ordinary sense of expressing his personal views. Nor does he in any way "rule" on what the law should say.
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