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ZZ Top is the Most Famous Band From Texas

The United States is one of the largest exporters of modern music. The world loves to listen to American music — most of the top-selling global artists of all time are American. Many of the biggest bands of all time that are not American — The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and others — moved to […]

Why Schools in Texas Trail Most States

Few concerns facing the United States — or any nation — are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos answered questions about school proficiency. Policymakers and observers disagree as to how to spend public education funds and how exactly schools should […]

Average Date Costs $100 in Texas

Whether you’ve been dating for several months, married for years, or are going on a date with someone for the first time, an entertaining and romantic outing can be appreciated by all. And in the midst of trying to impress your sweetheart, it’s wise to be mindful of the cost. The team at 24/7 Wall […]

In Texas, 1 in 4 People Have a Preexisting Condition

Prior to the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 – commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – most insurance providers would issue policies based on a customer’s current health and health history. For this reason, many Americans with preexisting conditions were denied access to private health insurance and treatment. According to the Kaiser Family […]

Texas Infrastructure Stronger Than Most States

The U.S. economy is the largest in the world, topping a GDP of $18.6 trillion in 2016. An economic powerhouse as massive and diversified as the United States depends on a network of highways, bridges, airports, and dams to thrive. And while the economy has grown every year since the recession officially ended in 2009, […]

Texas Infrastructure Stronger Than Most States

The U.S. economy is the largest in the world, topping a GDP of $18.6 trillion in 2016. An economic powerhouse as massive and diversified as the United States depends on a network of highways, bridges, airports, and dams to thrive. And while the economy has grown every year since the recession officially ended in 2009, […]

Brazos Higher Education Authority is the Largest Charity in Texas

Charitable giving by individuals rose to nearly $400 billion in 2016, a record high according to philanthropy research organization Giving USA. Such donations help more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations that operate in the United States. These groups, which are organized for purposes other than generating profit, are often formed with a public benefit or […]

Black and White Inequality in Texas Worse Than Most States

In the wake of Charlottesville, racial issues dominate the news. As much of the country rallies against racism, data suggests that the United States is a long way from full social or material equality. While racism may no longer be entrenched in laws, the result of years of discrimination is clear in today’s racial divide […]

Oil and Gas Extraction is the Largest Industry in Texas

One of the strengths of the United States is its diverse economy, which comprises many industries that contribute to overall economic development and greater stability. Total U.S. economic output topped $16 trillion in 2015, and each state’s contribution to overall GDP was unique, both in terms of size and industrial composition. For example, California, New […]

Liberty County Among the Places in America Where Young People Are Moving

Just 11.2% of Americans moved in the past year — an all-time low. This is mostly due to low migration levels among millennials, who are far less likely to migrate than older generations. Still, the likelihood of picking up and moving to a new place remains highest among young people 18 to 34 years old. […]

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