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Monday, May 5th, 2014

San Marcos introduced to big audience on Times Square big screen

A 15-second video promoting the San Marcos area as an inviting place to live and work is airing 18 times a day through mid-July on a 520-square-foot Jumbotron in the technicolor canyons of Times Square in New York.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

New auto sales in Hays County outpace region

New vehicles sales grew at a considerably faster rate in Hays County than in the Austin metropolitan region as a whole during the first quarter of 2014, according to research by the Freeman Auto Report.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Texas touts lighter regulation in wooing California firms

Gov. Rick Perry often stresses the state's "smart regulations" to businesses from California. While entrepreneurs in Texas often find fewer regulatory obstacles, some argue the Texas approach has hidden costs.

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Oil, gas industry group opposes energy market overhaul

The Texas Oil and Gas Association, the state’s largest and oldest petroleum organization, says it does not want regulators to overhaul the wholesale energy market, adding its name to the proposal's growing list of opponents and pitting...

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Audio: Foreign investors pour billions into Texas oil, gas

Since exploration and production of oil and gas in shale regions began surging around 2007, foreign companies have poured billions into mergers with American energy companies.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Perry takes job raid to the Big Apple

After a couple of high profile job-poaching trips to California and Illinois, Gov. Rick Perry is planning a new raid — this time on the Big Apple.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

On Austin visit, Obama sings city’s, school’s praises

President Obama said Thursday that Austin was the perfect spot to kick off his“Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity” tour because the city was doing so many things right economically.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

House gives early OK to franchise tax breaks

House Bill 500, which would spend an estimated $667 million over the next biennium to reduce the burden of the state’s franchise tax on businesses, still faces an uphill climb in the Senate, where lawmakers have raised...

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Audio: Bill aims to bolster vocational training

Mario Lozoya, with Toyota Texas, whose plant is located in San Antonio, told the Senate Public Education Committee on Tuesday that the plant is "the high tech" manufacturing facility in South Texas. That's why he regularly visits...

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Report: Panama Canal expansion will aid Texas exports

A $5.5 billion infrastructure project under way in Central America will have far-reaching effects on Texas, but not in the way many had originally guessed, according to a recent report commissioned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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