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Last year, music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify generated more revenue than CD sales. Musicians say they aren’t happy with how much they’re getting in return, especially now that streaming companies like Amazon, Google, and even NPR, have formed a lobbying group to try to lower the amount they pay to musicians. 

Steve Jurvetson / CC

VAN HORN, Texas — A private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has launched an unmanned spaceship in its first test flight, the latest development in the commercial space race.

Bezos said in a statement the New Shepard capsule reached 58 miles high and parachuted to a landing in the west Texas desert. The rocket booster developed a pressure problem and couldn’t be recovered.

Bezos’ Blue Origin, which is vying to send people on suborbital trips, tends to be secretive but released video and photos of the flight.

Its website says New Shepard, which can carry at least three people, aims to eventually fly over 62 miles above Earth, the recognized boundary of space.

Gas Prices Rise Nationwide, DFW Area Most Expensive In Texas

Apr 30, 2015
Courtesy AAA Texas

COPPELL, Texas — Despite gas prices being lower than they were at this time last year, nationally and statewide, Texas drivers are now paying $2.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, seven cents per gallon more than they did last week. However, it is still $1.11 less per gallon than last year, according to a report from the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

Tomorrow, May 1, is the deadline for terminals to switch over to summer-grade fuel and that, along with other major factors like seasonal maintenance at refineries and market uncertainty has contributed to the rise in prices.

While gas prices rose across Texas and other parts of the U.S., Texans are still paying 20 cents less than the national average of $2.58 per gallon.

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Big Meet

Apr 24, 2015
C.M. Keiner http://bit.ly/1JD6Gxb / CC

HOUSTON — In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming.

A chastened parade of energy executives, analysts, academics and government officials from several countries delivered speeches and participated in panels as part of HIS’s CERAWeek energy conference, worrying over prices and making a profit, and speculating on what it could all mean for economies and consumers around the world.

By nssl0001, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection / Wikimedia Commons

DALLAS — Texas home insurers saw a third straight year of healthy profits in 2014 due to higher rates and fewer severe storms across the state.

But The Dallas Morning News reports a rising tide of lawsuits filed by homeowners in recent years has companies worried that more could be on the way. The industry seeks legislation that would curb homeowners’ ability to sue insurers for unpaid claims or unfair practices.

State insurance department records show though that those lawsuits didn’t hurt companies’ bottom line last year, but Mark Hanna of the Insurance Council of Texas says the number of lawsuits against insurers has been “off the charts” in recent years and companies are worried that more are on the way.

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