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Billy Doyle Walker loved working in the sky. He used to say he could see forever, perched high up communications towers as he applied fresh paint. Three years ago, working halfway up a 300-foot steel tower at the LBJ Ranch, the panoramic view included the rolling green hills and meadows of the Texas Hill Country. The tower was used by former President Lyndon B. Johnson to communicate with the White House. Walker's wife, Krystle Meloy, was 23 then. She was home at the couple's apartment in New...

Eileen Pace

A new study from the Texas A & M Transportation Institute confirms a direct link between the increase in Texas oil production since 2009 and the surge in fatal crashes on state highways. 2009 marked the year oil production kicked into high gear in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions of the state. TTI compared accident statistics for the four years on either side of that divide. It found that, in the Eagle Ford, the number of fatal crashes rose by 6 percent. In the Permian...

Ryan E. Poppe

At a luncheon in Austin on Thursday, the head of Toyota-North America shared some of the company’s future plans, some of which include more jobs at the company’s San Antonio plant, which at this point cannot keep up with customer demand for light trucks. In April of 2014, Toyota-North America CEO Jim Lentz announced the company was moving its headquarters from California to the Dallas suburb of Plano. Since then the company has begun construction on its two-million square foot facility in...

What Does Texas Manufacturing Need To Bounce Back?

Sep 30, 2015

From Texas Standard : More than 28,000 jobs – that's what the manufacturing sector of Texas lost in the month of August, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' manufacturing outlook report.

Stepping off his recent flight from Boston at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, education consultant Debashis Sengupta looked a little surprised. "The flight today was actually quite nice," says Sengupta. "No problems at all, in fact — not something I was expecting from United." This frequent flier says an uneventful, on-time flight on United is the exception, not the rule. "I'm not a fond customer of United at all," says Sengupta, 53, of West Newton, Mass. "I've never had a good flying...

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