Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.
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  • Business Insider

    Here's why the once solidly Republican state of Texas could become a ticking time bomb for Trump's GOP

    The 2020 presidential election is projected to have record voter turnout, and the long-time Republican stronghold of Texas is shaping up to be a battleground state. Republicans' margins of victory in the state have been narrowing over the course of the last few election cycles, especially in Texas' suburban areas. And over the course of just a few weeks in July, four incumbent Republican congressmen all decided to call it quits and not run for re-election in 2020 in what some commentators have termed a "Texodus." Three of the retiring congressmen, Rep. Pete Olson of Texas' 22nd district in the Houston suburbs, Rep. Will Hurd of the 23rd district along the border, and Rep. Kenny Marchant of the

  • Field Level Media

    Twins' Berrios aims to seal series win at Texas

    All-Star right-hander Jose Berrios gets the start on Saturday night as the Minnesota Twins try to clinch a series victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Minnesota won the first two games of the four-game series, 13-6 on Thursday and a 4-3 nail-biter on Friday night. The latest result increased the Twins' lead in the American League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians, who dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Yankees.

  • Film Review: ‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’

    Film Review: ‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’

    Settling in to watch "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas," you may have a burning question that applies to almost no other rock documentary, and that is: Who, exactly, are these guys? The ones behind the beards? If you’re old enough, of course, you probably know that ZZ Top started out, in 1969, […]

  • Texas receiver Joshua Moore to appear in court later this month after arrest on weapons charge

    Texas receiver Joshua Moore to appear in court later this month after arrest on weapons charge

    Texas wide receiver Joshua Moore is facing a court date next week in Austin after being arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, a misdemeanor.  Court records indicate he is scheduled to appear in Travis County Criminal Court on Aug. 22. The Austin American-Statesman was the first to report the arrest.  "We're aware of the situation with Joshua Moore," Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement obtained by the Morning News. "We have talked with him and his family and are handling this internally at this time, but will continue to monitor the legal process. We will determine any further action upon the completion of that process."  Moore has continued to practice since the arrest. 

  • Between Texas and Mexico, a Restless Border Defies the Map
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    Between Texas and Mexico, a Restless Border Defies the Map

    In El Paso, we call it the Rio Grande; our neighbors in Juárez know it as Río Bravo. It’s supposed to be a national border, but the river had its own ideas.

  • Texas Capital (TCBI) Down 6.9% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

    Texas Capital (TCBI) Down 6.9% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

    Texas Capital (TCBI) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

  • Reuters

    Texas power prices nearly triple to record high as heat bakes state

    Spot power prices in Texas almost tripled to a record high for Friday as the state's grid operator took emergency measures for a second time this week to keep the lights on as consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape a heat wave. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for much of the state, called on consumers to conserve energy and issued energy emergency alerts on Tuesday and Thursday after the shutdown of some generation and curtailment of some power lines caused reserves to fall. Next-day power prices at the ERCOT North hub soared from $265 per megawatt hour (MWh) for Thursday to $751 for Friday, their highest on record, according to Refinitiv data going back to 2010.

  • PR Newswire

    VapeWild Continues Domestic Brick and Mortar Expansion in Texas

    Texas vapor company opens three stores near Headquarters ADDISON, Texas , Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VapeWild, a Texas -based vapor manufacturer, retailer and distributor, announced Aug. 15 the opening ...

  • WTHR Indianapolis

    Brewery unveils pickle beer flavor

    FORTH WORTH, Texas (WTHR) — A new flavor of beer is quite a big "dill" in the Lone Star state. According to 9NewsWest, Martin House Brewing Company has teamed up with Best Maid Pickles to create a pickle-flavored adult beverage. "Our friends at Best Maid Pickles created a pickle dedicated to the Salty Lady! They actually put lemon zest and coriander into every jar," said the Facebook post. This particular brewery is known for its unusual beer flavors. They also have a Salsa Verde beer. Martin House Brewery is launching the beer on Saturday at a special brewery lunch, 9NewsWest reported. Texans can also have the beer delivered to them. The beer will not be made available to anyone outside of Texas

  • Robert Alford to miss “extended amount of time” with leg injury
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    Robert Alford to miss “extended amount of time” with leg injury

    The Arizona Cardinals appear to have lost another cornerback for the start of the regular season. With Patrick Peterson already set to miss the first six games due to a suspension, Robert Alford is now set to miss the start of the year due to a leg injury. "Robert has a leg injury. He'll be [more]

  • Walmart loses round in bid to sell hard liquor in Texas
    Houston Chronicle

    Walmart loses round in bid to sell hard liquor in Texas

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Texas law that keeps Walmart from selling packaged liquor in the state does not violate the Constitution. Texas allows privately held businesses — but not publicly held corporations such as Walmart — to own "package stores" where hard liquor is sold. Thursday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says a federal judge erred in ruling that the Texas restriction is discriminatory and violates constitutionally protected interstate commerce. The court sent the case back to the federal district court in Texas for further consideration. Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield says the company is disappointed with the ruling and is

  • 'I haven't met anyone like her': Texas man's ad to find Toronto woman goes viral
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    'I haven't met anyone like her': Texas man's ad to find Toronto woman goes viral

    "I did not even get her number...the bus was about to leave us."

  • One Small City Beat the Texas Heat That Sent Power Price Soaring

    One Small City Beat the Texas Heat That Sent Power Price Soaring

    (Bloomberg) -- On Tuesday afternoon, as virtually all of Texas was facing the prospect of rolling blackouts and electricity prices skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, a small city on the southeastern edge of the state was so awash in power that it was basically giving the stuff away for free.Welcome to Victoria. Population: 63,000. This city, in the heart of the Lone Star State’s “Golden Crescent” region, isn’t known for much beyond plastics factories and chemical plants. A business roster of the local Chamber of Commerce boasts some big names including Formosa Plastics Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. It’s these industrial roots that may have saved it from one of the biggest power price spikes Texas has ever seen.Victoria’s giant industrial complexes are capable of making their own power with on-site generators. They’re handy resources when the state’s entire grid is running out of reserves and electricity is selling for $9,000 a megawatt-hour, more than anywhere else in America. While the rest of Texas was facing a shortage, these plants may have ramped up their own power generation, creating a supply glut in the city because of a lack of space on transmission lines.“Power plants around Victoria went full bore,” said Adam Jordan, an analyst at Genscape. The limits of the grid turned the area into a tiny island where -- as wild as it sounds -- electricity was selling for as low as negative $250 a megawatt-hour.Power grid operators call this phenomenon “congestion.” Indeed, when asked about extremely low prices there on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it “related to transmission congestion around the Victoria area.” At one point, a color-coded map of electricity prices on Ercot’s website was covered in bright red -- the shade for power trading at thousands of dollars a megawatt-hour. Victoria stood out as the lone cool-blue spot where electricity was below zero.The region may have been trying to cash in on soaring electricity prices by making their own power and feeding it onto the grid. But the ramp-up threatened to overload transmission lines that export power to big cities like Houston. The negative power prices signal to generators that they need to back off. “Ercot wanted power everywhere but there,” Jordan said.“These plants that self-serve are always looking to capture high prices when they can,” Josh Danial, a BloombergNEF analyst, said in an interview. The swings in power generation from these so-called private-use networks, he said, have actually sparked some controversy in the market as traders and power-plant operators can’t track their capacity, making it challenging to forecast prices.Victoria may have also turned into a power oasis on Tuesday as the region’s industrial giants idled some operations, said Adam Sinn, president of Aspire Commodities LLC. Big customers like them get paid to cut demand when electricity use is soaring, through programs known as demand response.“Either the plants shut off in demand response,” Sinn said, “or they shut off and started using their on-site private generation for the grid.”Caterpillar and Formosa didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Martin in New York at cmartin11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at ldoan6@bloomberg.net, Pratish NarayananFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Barking Carnival

    2020 Texas Football Recruiting: Longhorns land Manor DL Princely Umanmielen

    Can't stop. Won't stop. Over the last six weeks, the Longhorns have added 17 recruits to the 2020 and 2021 classes and skyrocketed up the rankings. With this latest 2020 commitment, the Horns are now up to 15 commitments, ranking them 6th nationally. Meet 2020 Manor DL Princely Umanmielen. The four star recruit is ranked #37 in the state of Texas and is considered one of the three elite big body DL prospects in-state. A list that includes current Texas commitment Vernon Broughton and Longhorn lean Alfred Collins from Bastrop. If Texas makes a clean sweep there by adding Collins to go with Utah DL Van Fillinger, the Horns will have landed a truly elite DL class. Princely goes 6-4.5, 255 but he'll

  • The 2020 Census Is Coming Soon. Some States Don't Really Seem To Care.

    The 2020 Census Is Coming Soon. Some States Don't Really Seem To Care.

    Some states haven't dedicated any money to preparing for the 2020 census, which determines representation in Congress and federal funding allocations.