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  • AMD Trims Austin Workforce - 400 Jobs Slashed

    11/08/2012 10:48:09 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 11/9/12
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ( AMD ) has eliminated approximately 400 jobs from its Austin workforce in order to reduce operational costs. This layoff is an attempt by AMD to optimize its cost structure and thereby improve its competitiveness. The restructuring announcement came as part of AMD's third-quarter 2012 earnings release. The company had planned to eliminate 15% of its workforce, or about 1,800 jobs but did not mention local layoffs. The company had nearly 2,500 workers in Austin at the time. These layoffs are expected to reduce the cost base by 25% and generate total annualized cost savings of...
  • Cigna to Lay Off 1,300 Workers Worldwide

    11/08/2012 10:34:50 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 13 replies
    KTEN-TV ^ | 11/9/12
    DENISON,TX--- One international company with local offices will be eliminating jobs. Cigna announced November 1st that 1,300 jobs will be cut worldwide now through June 2013. A cigna rep says only a small number of these jobs will in Denison. He says most of the layoffs will occur in Europe. "The largest impact in the United States is going to be in our home state, where our headquarters is, in Connecticut of about 200 people. Then all the other actions are going to be smaller and spread throughout all of our offices and operations throughout the United States," Cigna Corporation's...
  • RIM Reportedly Cuts 200 Jobs In Irving, Texas Office (4,800 more coming)

    11/08/2012 1:26:38 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/8/2012
    Research in Motion yesterday laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas, the Dallas Morning News is reporting. RIM confirmed that there were layoffs in Irving, the story says, but would not say how many jobs were cut. According to the newspaper, RIM denied that it has plans to close the Irving office, which according to the story had about 700 employees before the recent cuts. The story says that according to a source, most of the job cuts were to call center staff. Update: Here’s RIM’s official statement on the situation: RIM is on target...
  • We lost. But Palin still pulled out 2 new TP Senators: Deb Fischer and Ted Cruz

    11/07/2012 8:58:46 AM PST · by convertedtoreason · 33 replies
    Fischer, 61, a state legislator, easily won in a state that has trended more conservative in recent years. Elected to the Nebraska legislature in 2004, Fischer upset two better-known opponents to win the Republican primary. She will succeed retiring Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. Fischer has said she favors repeal of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms and supports passage of a balanced budget amendment. She also supports more oil drilling and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would go through Nebraska. Kerrey was elected governor of Nebraska in 1982. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988, re-elected in...
  • What America Voted For Last Night

    11/07/2012 2:12:01 PM PST · by pwatson · 25 replies
    North Texas Tea Party ^ | 11/07/12 | Michael Openshaw
    America’s voice was quite clear last night. It voted, by a significant margin, for the Republicans to retain strong control of the House, for Democrats to have stronger control of the Senate, and to re-elect the man proven to have no inclination to work with either in such an environment. By voting the way they did, the American people did not vote to re-install the dream of 2008, but voted for the gridlock nightmare of 2010. They voted to support governance without budget, spending without revenue, and executive by diktat, not by the will of the people nor constitutional constraint....
  • Cruz Easily Wins U.S. Senate Race

    11/06/2012 11:14:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    kutnews.org ^ | November 6, 2012 | Jay Root
    Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the job. Cruz had a huge, insurmountable lead in early returns. In early statewide returns, his total was slightly behind Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's total, but the gap represented a relatively low number of split ballots. Romney was beating President Obama by more than 15 points with about 10 percent of the precincts reporting, according to early unofficial returns. The outcome of the U.S. Senate race was never much in doubt. Democrats haven’t won...
  • Cruz wins Texas' US Senate seat, beats Paul Sadler

    11/06/2012 9:14:26 PM PST · by South40 · 19 replies
    KLTV (AP) ^ | 11/6/2012
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat. Cruz beat former Democratic state representative Paul Sadler. The ex-state solicitor general was heavily favored since Texas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.
  • Complaint filed: Absentee ballots sent to San Antonio cemetery (TX)

    11/06/2012 2:04:57 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    KVUE ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Jeff Goldblatt / KENS 5
    Martinez said he obtained documents on Oct. 30 that show more than five dozen requests for absentee ballots from this address, despite the fact there's not a living soul there. He filed a formal complaint on Oct. 31 with the Secretary of State. He told KENS 5 the case has now been forwarded to the Attorney General. "We just want to be sure that things like this are not going on in the future and make sure that people's vote is appropriately counted," he said. Martinez did not provide any evidence that any fraudulent votes were cast as a result...
  • Galveston County Extends Voting Hours

    11/06/2012 12:34:33 PM PST · by 1riot1ranger · 29 replies
    city hall email ^ | 11/6/2012 | City of League City
    Galveston County has extended voting hours until 8:54 pm. Votes after 7:00 will be counted as provisional. County will have further details available at the polling location and on Galveston County website. Any idea what caused this extension?
  • NY Times claims Obama Slight Electoral Win- 5PM today

    11/05/2012 7:28:56 PM PST · by Individual Rights in NJ · 68 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/5/2012 | MICAH COHEN
    If the polls are correct, and President Obama wins a narrow Electoral College victory on Tuesday, the pivotal moment of the 2012 presidential race may have actually occurred in 2009. About two months after taking office, Mr. Obama set the terms of the government’s rescue of General Motors and
  • Running to remember those injured (Ft. Hood massacre)

    11/05/2012 5:42:06 PM PST · by bgill · 2 replies
    KXAN ^ | Nov. 5, 2012 | KXAN
    Thursday, Royal started an 80-mile journey in Killeen with the goal of running to the State Capitol The number on his shirt shows his mission: "32 Still Standing." It's for the 32 survivors who were wounded in the Fort Hood attacks -- 32 people Royal says are often forgotten.
  • School Skit Features Romney Getting Punched

    11/05/2012 3:39:16 PM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/5/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school marching band is facing criticism for a halftime performance that featured someone dressed like Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting assaulted.
  • This Might Be the First Legal Deer Ever Harvested with a Silencer in the State of Texas. Ever.

    11/05/2012 5:07:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 November, 2012 | Nick Leghorn
    Early this morning, just as the sun was coming up, I was sitting on a pair of buckets with Tyler Kee in his brand new deer blind when a beautiful love-struck buck wandered into our field following a doe that had run through a few seconds earlier. And as I lined up my scope for what would be the fourth headshot on wildlife in a row, the biggest thing that was running through my mind was “I might be about to make history…” The state of Texas has always made hunting with silencers illegal for game animals. Something about poaching...
  • Houston Poll Watcher Says NAACP ‘Ringleader’ Was Accused of Touching Voting Machine

    11/04/2012 6:29:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/4/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The poll watcher who said individuals in NAACP T-shirts took over a Houston polling site told TheBlaze Sunday that the “ringleader” of the group was also accused of touching an electronic voting machine that a voter was using.Eve Rockford said the woman in the NAACP attire first screamed at the poll supervisor and demanded that a clerk be removed during the Friday incident.“She starts screaming at [poll supervisor Rose Cochran] and she says ‘get this clerk out of here, get him out of here I’ve had enough of him,” Rockford, 51, told TheBlaze. “He starts calmly, using his voice, ‘she’s...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The AAA 500 from Texas on Sun. 11/4/12 - 2 pm ET on ESPN - 3 Chase races to go!

    11/03/2012 2:19:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 11/3/12
    Texas, Phoenix, Homestead.. 3 to go.. Sunday, it's Texas.. and looky who's on the pole.. GiDDyuP, CowBoys! Time to hit the BBQ buffet! Vote! and Don't Forget to Donate to FR!
  • Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs(EPA induced)

    10/31/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/12
    Navistar International Corp. (NAV) plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks. The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants. SNIP Navistar, which also makes military trucks and school buses, has lost $241 million during the first nine months of its...
  • U.N. to Monitor the U.S. Election? Exposé on the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

    11/03/2012 8:15:30 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 November 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Who Is Bolat Bersebayev and Why Is He Monitoring Our Elections? The New American 02 November 2012 Who are Bolat Bersebayev of Kazakhstan, Elchin Musaeyev of Azerbaijan, and their OSCE teammates who are "monitoring" the U.S. elections? ... As reported previously by The New American, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has warned the OSCE monitors that they will risk criminal prosecution if they interfere in the state’s election procedures. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has also warned OSCE that its monitors must obey Iowa election laws or face arrest (see here and here). Janez Lenarcic, the director of the...
  • Jeb Bush believes Texas will be “blue” by 2016

    11/03/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 88 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | Oct 16 2012 | Patricia Diez
    A lot can change in just four years. For former Florida Governor Jeb Bush a four-year timetable is enough for a significant shift for the Republican party. He tells Joe Hagan of New York magazine: “It’s a math question. Four years from now, Texas is going to be a so-called blue state. Imagine Texas as a blue state, how hard it would be to carry the presidency or gain control of the Senate.” Hagan starts the article for New York magazine with this idea that Texas’ rapidly changing demographic will unfavorably affect the Republican party. He writes: “Sitting down across...
  • DOJ sending voting observers to 23 states

    11/02/2012 6:29:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 11/2/12 | Dan Freedman
    With Election Day only four days off, the Justice Department is planning to send 780 observers to polls in 23 states including Texas, California and New York. DOJ lawyers and other employees will monitor voting in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas and Jefferson Counties in Texas; Alameda and Riverside Counties in California; and Orange County in New York. The Justice Department observers will join a growing throng of lawyers and poll watchers sent by the presidential candidates as well as state and local candidates. In addition, Houston-based True the Vote, self-proclaimed poll integrity organization, has pledged to deploy a virtual army...
  • DPS puts fatal La Joya chase officer back on duty

    11/01/2012 4:17:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Valley Central ^ | November 1, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    LA JOYA, TEXAS (AP) -- The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of the state trooper who fired on a fleeing pickup truck near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing two illegal immigrants who were hiding under a blanket in the bed.