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What Are Some of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Industries?

Some industries like real estate and the newspaper industry might have taken a noticeable nose dive during the recent downturn in the economy, but others have seen an equally noticeable rise.

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Final Cost of BP Oil Spill: $7.8 Billion Dollars

British Petroleum and a small army of plaintiffs’ attorneys have presented a New Orleans federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Lufkin Best Buy Store Will NOT be Closed

Best Buy has released the list of its under-performing stores that will be closed in the coming weeks, and you'll be glad to know the Lufkin store is NOT on the list.  In fact, only two Texas stores are on the list -- one in Austin, the other in San Antonio.

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via Flickr/Sospoi Legume
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Diboll City Council Approves 4-Day Work Week

The 4-day work week appears to be the coming thing.  The Diboll City Council has voted join other municipalities around the country and "test drive" the 4-day work week for five months.

They want to see if it's the money saver and efficiency improver its proponents say it is. If it lives up to expectations, the council is expected to make it permanent.

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Is it a Good Time to Refinance Your House?

With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, millions of Americans are deciding to refinance their houses and get lower rates.  So the answer to the question in that headline is YES.  There has never been a better time to take a walk down ReFi Street.

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Which Airline Ranks Worst in Customer Satisfaction?

Last year, airlines in the US posted their highest profits in more than a decade — but all that money sure didn’t buy a lot of customer satisfaction.

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Texas Hospital Sparks Controversy for Refusing to Hire Obese Employees

When you apply for a job, you assume your qualifications are what matter most, but the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas is also asking prospective new hires to step on a scale. If they weigh too much, they’re excluded from consideration.

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Harris County Nation’s Fastest Growing County

Led by Harris County, the population of the 10 county Greater Houston Metropolitan area went over 6 million people last summer, making it the nation's fifth-largest metro area.  The US Census Bureau says Harris County added more people than any other county in the nation between April 1, 2010, and July 2011.

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