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Chesapeake Energy slashes 15% of workforce

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the natural gas explorer selling assets to raise cash, plans to cut 15 percent of its workforce to cope with a drop in commodity prices.

The Oklahoma City company will lay off 740 people and take a $55.5 million one-time charge in the third quarter related to employer payroll taxes, according to a filing Tuesday.

“While this was extremely difficult, we are acting decisively and prudently to enhance the long-term competitiveness and strength of Chesapeake,” CEO Doug Lawler said Tuesday in an internal memo sent to Bloomberg News. “Over the past year, we have taken significant actions in response to the low commodity prices by reducing our costs and decreasing our capital spending.”

From the combination of spinoffs, asset sales and other cuts, the company’s workforce fell by almost half last year to 5,500, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article36976698.html#storylink=cpy

It’s official: National Soccer Hall of Fame coming to Frisco

FRISCO, TEXAS -- It’s finally official. The U.S. Soccer Federation is partnering with FC Dallas to bring its National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum to Toyota Stadium.

Tuesday night’s approval by the Frisco ISD school board was the last of four votes needed to fund $39 million worth of improvements for the stadium, some of which were required to accommodate the Hall of Fame’s move. Also approving the deal were the Frisco City Council, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation and the Frisco Community Development Corporation.

FC Dallas spokeswoman Leigh Anne Gullett said Wednesday that they had hoped to make a big announcement. But the various public entities required to approve the funding for the deal had to include details as part of their public records.

The Hall of Fame is expected to be part of a newly constructed second level of the stadium located above the south end zone.

Read more: http://friscoblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/its-official-national-soccer-hall-of-fame-coming-to-frisco.html/

Texas A&M regent advocates scheduling Longhorns to give Aggies a 'cupcake' football game

Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee would like to see the Aggies and Longhorns renew their dormant, but historic football rivalry. The reason for his proposal though won't likely lead to officials in Austin returning his phone call.

The Austin American Statesman reported on a post on Buzbee's Facebook page on Wednesday addressing the issue, though it was out of public view in the afternoon. In it, Buzbee noted that he hasn't talked with anyone associated with Texas A&M's board of regents or football people about this, but he feels it's time the Aggies schedules the Longhorns.

"I am going to advocate that the Aggies play Texas again in the near future. Because of our brutal SEC West schedule, where we play the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, etc., the Aggies need some cupcake games to rest and heal. In my view, Texas is just as weak if not weaker than the non-conference games we play, so we may as well play them."

Texas A&M is enjoying a 4-0 start, including an overtime win over Arkansas on Saturday for a share of the SEC lead. Texas is 1-3 following a loss to Oklahoma State, giving the Longhorns their worst start since 1956.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/headlines/20150930-texas-am-regent-advocates-scheduling-longhorns-to-give-aggies-a-cupcake-football-game.ece

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

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Texas A&M regent advocates scheduling Longhorns to give Aggies a 'cupcake' football game

Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee would like to see the Aggies and Longhorns renew their dormant, but historic football rivalry. The reason for his proposal though won't likely lead to officials in Austin returning his phone call.

The Austin American Statesman reported on a post on Buzbee's Facebook page on Wednesday addressing the issue, though it was out of public view in the afternoon. In it, Buzbee noted that he hasn't talked with anyone associated with Texas A&M's board of regents or football people about this, but he feels it's time the Aggies schedules the Longhorns.

"I am going to advocate that the Aggies play Texas again in the near future. Because of our brutal SEC West schedule, where we play the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, etc., the Aggies need some cupcake games to rest and heal. In my view, Texas is just as weak if not weaker than the non-conference games we play, so we may as well play them."

Texas A&M is enjoying a 4-0 start, including an overtime win over Arkansas on Saturday for a share of the SEC lead. Texas is 1-3 following a loss to Oklahoma State, giving the Longhorns their worst start since 1956.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/headlines/20150930-texas-am-regent-advocates-scheduling-longhorns-to-give-aggies-a-cupcake-football-game.ece

Cross-posted in the Sports Group.

Abbott asks feds to boost border security after increase in crossings

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for additional law enforcement help along the Mexican border, after noting a “significant increase in immigrants who are once again pouring across our border illegally.”

Abbott wrote on Wednesday to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to request 250 additional Border Patrol Agents in Texas, five more aerostats and “continued federal diligence and partnership” to maintain the two detention centers in Texas.

He tied the request specifically to an increase in August of immigrant families and unaccompanied children illegally crossing the border.

“Given recent reports that our southern border has become more porous – not less, it is clearer than ever that the federal government must act to reverse the tide of this mounting crisis,” the Republican wrote.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/abbott-asks-feds-to-boost-border-security-after-increase-in-crossings.html/

The Blue Bell divide: conservatives more likely to buy troubled brand

Liberal Texans are less likely to give Blue Bell a second chance than conservatives.

Weeks after the embattled Brenham-based creamery reintroduced four flavors to grocery store shelves in a few Texas cities, only a third of liberals said they were “very likely” to buy the ice cream, according to poll results released Wednesday. That’s compared to 57 percent of conservatives who said they were “very likely” to buy Blue Bell.

“There is no evidence that Blue Bell somehow tastes better to conservatives,” according to a summary of poll results by Austin-based Crosswind Media and Public Relations. “But there are slight cultural differences among Texans related to their consumption of the state’s most famous homegrown dairy product.”

Blue Bell is slightly more popular among whites (70 percent) than Hispanics (67 percent) and African-Americans (62 percent).

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/the-blue-bell-divide-conservatives-more-likely-to-/nnrT5/

Former Lt. Governor Dewhurst, Houston oilman settle lawsuit over funds

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has settled a lawsuit he filed against a Houston oilman over disputed funds linked to an imprisoned ex-political adviser.

Terms of the out-of-court settlement involving Michael Looney were not released, the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1haFqJy ) reported Tuesday.

Court documents indicate Looney was a partner with ex-Dewhurst aide Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield in an energy venture. Barfield pleaded guilty last fall to wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of campaign funds. He is currently serving more than seven years in prison.

Barfield stole $2.8 million in campaign funds from Dewhurst, according to court documents.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/dewhurst-houston-oilman-settle-lawsuit-over-funds/nnrSH/

Poll: half of Texans support gay marriage, legalization of marijuana

Nearly half of Texans support gay marriage — up from 29 percent in 2009 — according to a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday morning.

Also, more Texans support legalization of marijuana — 46 percent, up 13 percent since 2011 — and of those of oppose legalization, more than half say marijuana should be decriminalized, according to the survey, conducted Sept. 8-21.

Texans continue to believe that the economy is the most important issue in the U.S., and they remain concerned about border security. Nearly two-thirds said they supported the state Legislature approving $800 million for border security, including hundreds more state troopers stationed at the border.

The recent Texas Lyceum Poll, the group’s ninth measure of Texans’ views, surveyed adult Texans’ attitudes on a variety of issues such that also included the Affordable Care Act, climate change and youth football. The group also asked respondents about the presidential race. That data will be revealed Thursday.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/poll-half-of-texans-support-gay-marriage-legalizat/nnrQ5/

Wendy Davis formally endorsing Clinton presidential bid

AUSTIN, Texas — Former state senator and failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is formally endorsing Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid.

Davis has already praised Clinton in previous emails, but will make her support official Wednesday evening at an Austin coffee and wine bar. Also endorsing Clinton at the same event is Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

Davis became a national sensation in 2013, when she used a 12-plus-hour Senate filibuster to temporarily block tough new statewide abortion restrictions. The GOP-controlled Legislature overwhelmingly approved them in a subsequent special session.

Republican Greg Abbott beat Davis by more than 20 percentage points in last year's governor's race.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/wendy-davis-formally-endorsing-clinton-presidentia/nnrRh/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Wendy Davis formally endorsing Clinton presidential bid

AUSTIN, Texas — Former state senator and failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is formally endorsing Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid.

Davis has already praised Clinton in previous emails, but will make her support official Wednesday evening at an Austin coffee and wine bar. Also endorsing Clinton at the same event is Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

Davis became a national sensation in 2013, when she used a 12-plus-hour Senate filibuster to temporarily block tough new statewide abortion restrictions. The GOP-controlled Legislature overwhelmingly approved them in a subsequent special session.

Republican Greg Abbott beat Davis by more than 20 percentage points in last year's governor's race.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/wendy-davis-formally-endorsing-clinton-presidentia/nnrRh/

Cross-posted in the General Discussion: Primaries forum.
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