Category Archives: Texas business

How “18 Test Tubes” back in the 1970s helped lead to oyster cultivation along the Texas Gulf Coast

Scientists back in the 1970s helped lay the groundwork for a modern mariculture industry that will now include Texas oysters.

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Special Blog Report: Live music and arts are suffering more than many people realize in Texas

More bad news for live music… The pandemic has effectively pulled the plug on live music events, dealing a heavy blow to the state that is home to the self-proclaimed live-music capital of the world. Two-thirds of venue owners across the state say that they expect to permanently close because of the crisis, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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Texas Attorney General Rules In Favor Of Open Government Saying That Names Nursing Homes With COVID-19 Outbreaks Must Be Released

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has rejected most arguments presented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for concealing information on nursing home names and locations where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred. The attorney general ruling on July 6 required release of the bulk of information requested earlier this year by numerous organizations and individuals. The non-profit Freedom of Information Foundation of

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What We Learned From Thursday’s Campaign Finance Reports In Local State Races

Candidates for public office in Texas filed their financials this week and as there always is there is plenty to discuss—it wouldn’t be Texas politics if there wasn’t. But what we learned and what may actually become of it might be two very different outcomes. In both Texas House Districts here in Nueces County we saw both the Democrat and

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Private Schools Face Uncertain Future In Light Of Public Health Orders And Nueces County May Now Be Involved In the Fight

On Thursday afternoon public health officials in Nueces County took action that would require public and charter schools within the boundaries of Nueces to hold no in-person classes until at least September 8, 2020 in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order is not unique to Nueces County. The order mimicked similar decrees in El Paso and Laredo which

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Are We Making A Big Mistake By Keeping The Beaches Open? Locals Will Go Regardless and Out-of-Towners Are Coming

Matt Pierce Briscoe It was pretty much made clear at a joint city of Corpus Christi/Nueces Country press conference on Monday that Nueces Country beaches would remain open for the upcoming holiday weekend despite the ongoing and increasingly concerning rise in COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, not far to our south, Cameron County announced Monday that effective at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June

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The Story vs. The Narrative: How Bad Is The Coronavirus Situation In Nueces County? We May Never Know Unless There Is More Transparency

Matt Pierce-Briscoe The spread of coronavirus infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has warned on Sunday in Dallas.  “Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000 a day,” he said.  Here in Nueces County the daily new

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New Local Covid-19 Data Shows Significant Increases As The State Sets A New Hospitalization Record

Nueces County reported some 228 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday with a total of 81 persons said to be recovering in the hospital. Of the patients recovering in area hospitals, the official count lists 18 as being in the ICU. While officials say that they believe there is sufficient hospital beds and ventilators in our county, they did say

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Abbott Announces Significant Changes To Reopening Of Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order Friday to close bars at 12 p.m. Friday. The order also limits restaurants to 50% capacity starting Monday in order to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action,” Gov. Abbott said

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Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Pause In Reopening Plan

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will put a pause on further planned phases to reopen Texas. This move comes as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Abbott said that businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated

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