Texas service sector grows but retail sees decline in sales

The Texas economy is once again a mixed bag: The state’s factory activity slowed in January, and its retail outlook worsened, but its service sector rebounded, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Productivity declined and demand for new orders remained anemic in the state’s manufacturing sector, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Survey Outlook.

“The manufacturing sector in Texas continues to oscillate between below-average growth and no growth, while avoiding outright contraction despite several months of declining orders,” said Emily Kerr, senior business economist at the Dallas Fed.

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On the positive side, “the employment index remains a bright spot, moving up in January and continuing to signal above-average hiring,” Kerr said.

The anonymous Dallas Fed surveys received feedback from 417 manufacturing executives Jan. 17-25.

Based on

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Texas DPS troopers turn in 4 illegal immigrants following chase involving a child

A man accused of human smuggling and evading troopers in Texas is behind bars, and the four illegal immigrants in the car with him were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol. 

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop a black Mercury Grand Marquis for a traffic violation on U.S. 83 in Mission, Texas on Jan. 27, according to a news release.

The driver, later identified as Jose Maximo Viera of Penitas, evaded the trooper through multiple cities, rural roads and dirt roads. During the pursuit, speeds reached 110 miles per hour. Viera reportedly lost control of the vehicle several times due to its speed and wet road conditions.  

Viera and the passengers bailed out of the car and ran toward the brush, where troopers located them.


Three adults from El Salvador

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Armed Houston taqueria customer justified in shooting armed robbery suspect under Texas law: legal expert

An armed robbery suspect was shot dead by an armed customer in a Houston taqueria last week in a shooting that one criminal defense attorney in the area told Fox News Digital appears to have been justified under Texas law.

A person is justified in using force against another person when and to the degree he or she reasonably believes force is immediately necessary to protect him against the other person’s use of force,” Houston criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley told Fox News Digital regarding Texas law and how it relates to a controversial shooting captured on video last weekend of an armed robber being shot dead by a customer in a Houston restaurant.

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Eric Eugene Washington, walked into the store pointing what appeared to be a gun at customers, demanding their money and collecting their wallets.

As Washington walks by the armed

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BGL Announces the Sale of Texas Molecular to VLS Environmental Solutions

CLEVELAND, Jan. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is pleased to announce the sale of Texas Molecular Holdings (TM) to VLS Environmental Solutions (VLS), a portfolio company of I Squared Capital. BGL’s Environmental & Industrial Services investment banking team served as the exclusive financial advisor to TM in the transaction. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Deer Park, Texas, Texas Molecular specializes in the handling,

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Texas attorney general says Biden’s new immigration plan may not be legal: ‘you’re not king’

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is questioning the legality of Biden’s new immigration policy as the president visits the border for the first time in his presidency. 

“We have checks and balances. Each branch has its own power. The states have their own power,” Paxton tells Fox Digital. “It’s his own law, his own rules. And he doesn’t run it through Congress.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton campaigns in Gilmer, Texas on May 19, 2022
(Ken Paxton campaign)

After months of urging from Republican lawmakers and border communities, Biden is visiting one of the centers of the border crisis in El Paso, Texas. 

In El Paso, CBP agents have been overwhelmed: migrants are sleeping on streets outside the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, new processing centers have been erected to home thousands of new people crossing daily, and officials are even placing barred wire along the Rio Grande to keep people

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Migrant crossings plummet as Texas National Guard expands barbwire fence along the border

Shipping containers placed on U.S. side of Rio Grande in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Migrant crossings have plummeted in a mile-long stretch of Downtown El Paso where the Texas Army National Guard has set up concertina wire and portable fencing along the Rio Grande.

The guard began setting up the barrier last week at a gap in the border wall west of the Paso del Norte port of entry. In the space of eight days, the barbed wire has nearly reached a second port of entry and chain-link fence anchored by sandbags extends even farther. The result is that asylum seekers can no longer walk across ankle-deep water in the Rio Grande and turn themselves in to waiting Border Patrol agents in that area.

“The difference is vast,” said 1st Sgt. Suzanne Ringle. “The 19th, the 20th and the 21st we

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