ECONOMY

GOP State Senate Nominees Speak Out Against Historical Racing

Five Republican nominees for seats in the Texas Senate voiced public opposition Monday to a proposal that would allow a controversial new form of betting on horse races in Texas. Paul Bettencourt, Konni Burton, Bob Hall, Don Huffines and Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, urged the Texas Racing Commission to reject proposed rules allowing historical racing.

A gas well last fracked in March sits 385 feet from Debbie Ingram's home in Argyle, Texas on July 22, 2014.
A gas well last fracked in March sits 385 feet from Debbie Ingram's home in Argyle, Texas on July 22, 2014.

Denton Fracking Ban Could Spur Legal Clash

A North Texas town's effort to ban hydraulic fracturing may prompt an unprecedented showdown between two powerful rights: a city's authority to shape development and mineral owners' right to tap their resources. 

Denton Fracking Ban Could Spur Legal Clash

A gas well last fracked in March sits 385 feet from Debbie Ingram's home in Argyle, Texas on July 22, 2014.
A gas well last fracked in March sits 385 feet from Debbie Ingram's home in Argyle, Texas on July 22, 2014.

A North Texas town's effort to ban hydraulic fracturing may prompt an unprecedented showdown between two powerful rights: a city's authority to shape development and mineral owners' right to tap their resources. 

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Series: Falling Behind

Calif. Lawmaker Returns the Favor With Job-Recruiting Trip to Texas

California State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, speaks to media outside the Texas State Capitol on June 30, 2014. Gaines is in Austin discussing his efforts in promoting California as a premier destination for business relocation.
California State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, speaks to media outside the Texas State Capitol on June 30, 2014. Gaines is in Austin discussing his efforts in promoting California as a premier destination for business relocation.

Following Gov. Rick Perry's travels to Sacramento earlier this month to promote Texas’ business climate, a California state senator has returned the favor. 

 

With Lamb-scaping Crew, Texas Solar Farm Aims to Shave Maintenance Costs

Sheep wander between rows of solar panels at at a 4.4-megawatt solar farm in northeast San Antonio. OCI Solar Power, the farm's operator, uses the sheep – and their voracious appetites – to maintain shrubbery on the 45-acre site.
Sheep wander between rows of solar panels at at a 4.4-megawatt solar farm in northeast San Antonio. OCI Solar Power, the farm's operator, uses the sheep – and their voracious appetites – to maintain shrubbery on the 45-acre site.

Operators of a 45-acre San Antonio solar farm have turned to sheep – not lawnmowers – as a low-cost, low-effort way to control overgrown shrubbery that might otherwise impede the company’s technicians. 

Series: Hurting for Work

Here's a look back at our four-part Hurting for Work project, a series on how disdain for government regulation sparked a "Texas miracle" economy — while tearing down protections for the workers who built it.