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From Texas Standard:

The federal government is turning off of some broadcast TV stations forever to free up space for the broadcast signals needed by smartphone users to play videos, run apps, and make calls.

One of the big beneficiaries of this re-allocation of the airwaves will be Texas billionaire Michael Dell.


From Texas Standard:

Gas prices are at the lowest they’ve been on average in about seven years, according to AAA. Today crude oil prices are near 2003 lows – under $27 a barrel – and lower gas prices will follow.

Oil is currently hovering at around $29 a barrel, down 70 percent from a year and a half ago. The repercussions of the drop are being felt across the oil industry in the U.S., yet other industries are also being affected.

In Houston, tumbling oil prices are hurting what had previously been a very hot housing market. Single-family home prices are down nearly 8 percent since the summer.

From Texas Standard:

The last time a Walmart opened in Austin was six years ago. It opened, but not without a massive fight that lasted years.

Hope Morrison was one of hundreds who testified against Walmart and Lincoln properties – the developer in the deal. She spoke before the Austin City Council in 2006.