Farmers in Texas still reeling from the February freeze

May 10, 2021
For some, insurance money is coming in, but according to one farmer, "it never makes you whole."
“Technically I've lost two crops," says Dale Murden, above in one of his citrus groves. "The one that was being harvested for the 2021 season, and now zero crop for the 2021/2022 season."
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Restaurants in Texas are finding it hard to attract staff

May 7, 2021
Restaurants across the state are in fierce competition for workers — most of whom, post-COVID-19, want safer and better-paying jobs.
“About 91% of restaurants report openings they can't fill,” said Emily Williams Knight with the Texas Restaurant Association.
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Texas tree growers will feel February freeze effects for years

Apr 26, 2021
And right now everyone including homeowners, city parks, schools and businesses in Texas needs plants and trees.
Palm trees with fronds turning brown stand on Simmons Oak Farms just outside of Harlingen, Texas.
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Texas plumbers flush with business after freeze

Apr 9, 2021
For the past two months since the winter storm, Texas plumbers have been seeing split pipe after split pipe.
February's extreme weather did widespread damage to pipes and drainage systems, keeping plumbers busy since then.
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Texas Rangers fans can go out to the ballgame again ... all together

Apr 1, 2021
The Rangers' 40,000-seat stadium, Globe Life Field, will be open at full capacity this season.
Soon, Globe Life Field will be ready to host fans at full capacity again. Texas has been declared 100% open.
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Big Texas energy companies may become more powerful after historic winter storm

Mar 29, 2021
Consolidation in the Texas energy sector could make a few companies "too big to fail," some say.
Several inches of snow blanketed most of Texas on Feb. 15. In the Denver Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, residents woke up to rolling blackouts that eventually turned into a multiday outage.
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Texas is reopening. Are business owners ready?

Mar 3, 2021
Some Texans are ready for business as usual. Others will enforce their own mandates.
Following Gov. Abbott's termination of restrictions, factors like safety and money will influence whether businesses drop them too.
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Texas, Mississippi lift COVID mask mandates

Texas businesses can open at 100% capacity in a week. In Mississippi, mask and distancing recommendations are now in place.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) issued an executive order lifting the state's mask mandate on Tuesday.
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Texas' largest power co-op files for bankruptcy

Mar 1, 2021
Brazos Electric's filing could be an ominous sign as other Texas power providers assess the damage after the extreme weather.
Brazos Electric was hit with a massive bill from the grid operator after infrastructure broke down during February's deep freeze.
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Texas' ag industry faces hundreds of millions in losses after deep freeze

Feb 26, 2021
And those hits ripple through to grocery stores, where there are still some limits on buying things like milk and eggs.
Dairy farmers had to dump 14 million gallons of milk because they couldn’t get it to processing plants. A lot of poultry farmers lost power for days and couldn’t get more fuel for their generators.
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