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Socially Conscious Angel Investor Group to Launch in Austin
Bob Bridge, an Austin entrepreneur is recruiting investors to back startup businesses that promote socially conscious causes.

Shooting Victim Told Police "Billy" Shot Him Before He Died, Detective Testifies
Billy Ray Lewis, convicted on two charges of second-degree murder in 2002, was awarded a new trial in 2013 by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Court determined that the original judge assigned to the case erred by not allowing a back strike by the defense attorneys to remove a juror.

Texas Jury Awards $60 Million Verdict in Oil & Gas Fraud Case
A Texas jury has awarded more than $60 million to two groups of oil and gas investors who were defrauded of enormous profits from production leases covering thousands of acres in West Texas. The award is believed to be the largest ever awarded in Fisher County and the surrounding counties.

Meet the Self-Made Millionaires of 'West Texas Investors Club'
Oil and gas industry kingpins are Michael McConaughey and Wayne Gilliam star in a new show where entrepreneurs pitch ideas while the pair drinks beer. The show is dubbed "The West Texas Investors Club".

Law Increasing Unemployment Taxes Gets Abbott's Signature
Unemployment taxes are being increased all around in order to give businesses in a certain industry a tax break.

Whole Foods Market Helping Other Austin Businesses
Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, will offer zero-interest loans to other local businesses damaged by flooding. The supermarket chain is setting aside $1 million to help its Texas neighbors.

Uber Sues Houston Over Trade Secrets
The ride-hailing service Uber filed suit to block the release of public records about its drivers and business operations in Texas, arguing that the information represented trade secrets that would benefit its competitors.

Texas Legislator Proposes Specialized Business Court
State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced a bill to create a chancery court and chancery court of appeals to hear business cases.

Pennzoil Wins Trademark Infringement Case Against Miller Oil
The two companies had a working relationship for more than a decade, but it ended it litigation.

Texas Small Business Owners Feeling Upbeat About Economic Outlook
According to a Capital One study, many of the owners of Texas small businesses and startups had a renewed faith in the economy at the beginning of 2015.

Texas-Based RadioShack Clashes Again With Lenders
Once popular electronics retailer RadioShack has been having some financial troubles and has once again been accused of breaching the terms of a loan.

Providing Health Insurance Still a Struggle for Small Business
With health care costs steadily increasing the requirement that employers provide health insurance to employees under the Affordable Care Act is still difficult for many small business owners to meet.

Rideshares Banking on Big Business at ACL
A decision from the Austin City Council on legalizing rideshare companies is anxiously anticipated by business owners that have been operating in the area.

Business Incubator Launches Funding Platform for Houston Startups
Tech company Start Houston plans to launch a platform that will connect investors to new Houston businesses.

Texas Court Enforces Two-Year Non-Compete; Suggests Restrictions up to Five Years May be Reasonable
A Texas court has upheld a non-compete agreement restricting a former employee of an armored car company.


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