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Houston Plant Expansions May Be Further Sign of ‘Permania’

Posted on · A French energy company’s partnering with companies in Canada and Austria to build chemical and plastic plant expansions in Port Arthur and Bayport. It’s close to $2 billion dollars in investment, anticipating the opportunity to capitalize on more shale gas as a result of what’s increasingly being called “Permania,” the pursuit and production of natural […]


DOJ will end use of private prisons, six of them in Texas

Posted on ·   The U.S. Justice Department announced it will end the practice of housing federal inmates in privately-operated prisons. There are 13 private federal prisons, and six of them are in Texas. More than twenty-two thousand federal inmates – about twelve percent of the total – are housed in the private facilities. A recent audit found that private […]

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The Flatlanders: A Musical Legacy Built on Serendipity

Posted on · In the early 1970s, a group of Lubbock musicians recorded an album under the name The Flatlanders. But the record was never released, and they parted ways. When the core members, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, went on to achieve musical success on their own there was suddenly interest in their earlier work — […]