Obamacare enrollment brisk but deadline nears in shorter signup period

Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been brisk as the deadline to sign up looms Friday, but final numbers are likely to fall short of last year regardless because the enrollment period is half as long. In Texas...

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3M to sell Austin unit to Corning in its latest local downsizing

Industrial and consumer products company 3M continues to reduce its Austin footprint, announcing plans to shed a unit based here that makes bandwidth and optical fiber devices for the telecommunications sector — six months after it reached a separate...

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As recycling costs rise, will Austin feel the sting?

The cost of being green has been going up — at least when it comes to recycling. China — traditionally a top buyer of mixed paper, plastics and other recyclable trash that U.S. consumers toss into their recycling bins — plans to severely...

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Cybers threats on rise for state government, Texas Senate panel told

The terms vary — phishing, hacktivism and whaling are just a few — but they all represent serious cybersecurity threats increasingly menacing state governments throughout the U.S., some Texas state senators were told Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the...

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15-year prison sentence handed down in Austin securities fraud case

James Elton Warr, who operated an Austin investment company, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of bilking his clients out of more than $1 million from 2010 to 2011. A Travis County jury on Friday found Warr,...

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Lengthy Austin securities fraud case ends in conviction

The president of an Austin investment company, whose grandfatherly demeanor contrasted with allegations that he bilked investors out of more than $1 million in 2010 and 2011, was convicted Friday on four first-degree felony charges that included theft...

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In Texas, Obamacare enrollment up despite shorter sign-up window

Texans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in high numbers through the initial four weeks of open enrollment, with applications so far up by more than 50 percent in the state — but a significantly shortened enrollment...

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Progress slow at SpaceX’s planned South Texas spaceport

BOCA CHICA -- More than three years ago, SpaceX founder Elon Musk gathered with state leaders at this remote South Texas beach to trumpet it as the future location of the world’s first commercial spaceport.     But so far, the only liftoffs from the...

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Texas Association of Business ranks best, worst state legislators

The state’s largest business lobbying group vowed Tuesday to help mobilize support for pro-business candidates for the Texas Legislature in the wake of this year’s regular and special sessions, where it often found itself on the defensive while social...

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What House tax plan could mean for Texas taxpayers

It would take days – and more than a few attorneys – to figure out how the new House tax bill would affect specific individual or corporate taxpayers, but the plan includes some obvious pluses and minuses for Texas taxpayers. Of the proposals included...

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