Category Archives: Texas business

Public officials tasked with logistical difficulties ahead of vaccine distribution

A vaccine is making its way to the Coastal Bend, but that doesn’t mean we have crossed the finish line. The fist doses are on the way and distribution is expected to begin within the month. Even though it isn’t an initial panacea for the virus, local public health officials around the region are working out the logistical nightmare of

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Cruises from Galveston canceled through March

The two major cruise companies operating from here on the Texas coast have announced that they will not restart cruises until at least March. Carnival Cruise Line said Thursday they have canceled all cruises nationwide through Feb. 28. The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement in October that indicated that Carnival might consider allowing cruises to resume out

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Online sales taxes are helping with state budget even though it is still going to be slimmer than usual

State Comptroller Glen Hegar briefed the Legislative Budget Board in Austin on Monday ahead of what is expected to be a fairly tight fiscal budget for the state’s next biennial budget.  Hegar told Senate and House Budget Board members that revenue collections from around the state have exceeded what was initially predicted back in July of 2020 and that certain

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Las Vegas Is Watching Texas Very Closely This Week And They Have Good Reason To Be Concerned

The first National Finals Rodeo was held in Dallas in 1959. Three years after that they moved to Los Angeles for three years. From there, they moved out to Oklahoma City, where they maintained a home through 1984. In 1985 the National Finals rodeo packed their bags once more and headed out to the entertainment Mecca of America—Las Vegas.  The

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Local Mayors Send A Letter To The Port With Strong Objections Over A Certain Legislative Action Item

While Port of Corpus Christi officials spent much of last week on a type of localized goodwill tour a letter signed by ten Coastal Bend mayors seems to tell a little bit different of a story. The letter addresses their objections to a portion of the Port’s legislative agenda that would in essence strip the cities of their rights to

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Coronavirus: New Cases Increase Across State On Saturday

State health officials reported another 7,677 new daily cases of COVID-19.  That number increased by 456 more than Friday.  The state also confirmed that there are 6,068 lab confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in Texas hospitals. That number remained close to Friday’s totals. The state also reported 111 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday.  Locally in Nueces County the numbers remained fairly

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Calallen High School Graduate and South Texas Businessman Jim Wright Defeats Well-Funded Democratic Machine For Texas Railroad Commission Race

South Texas rancher and businessman Jim Wright will be the state’s next oil and gas regulator. Wright will serve on the three-member Railroad Commission, which regulates energy resources in the state.  Wright was able to score 53.2% of the vote, or over 800,000 more votes than the challenger Chrysta Castaneda.  In March, Wright defeated Republican incumbent Ryan Sitton in the

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As Texas prepares to further open up for business COVID-19 counts slowly begin creeping back up

On Wednesday something will happen that hasn’t technically been allowed since late June, bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity if county judges allow. “Until now, only two types of businesses have not been open” since then, Abbott said in a Facebook video last week when he made the announcement. “One is river tubing operations and the other

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Texas Planted Cotton Acres Dipped Down In 2020

According to data recently released by the USDA Texas upland cotton acreage decreased by nearly half a million acres. Economists say that the lower planted acres stemmed from increased supply and lower prices in part due to the coronavirus pandemic which impacted the commodity markets negatively over the year. But the loss of planted acreage came at no overall shock

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