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ADA, Okla. — Oklahoma’s history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state’s creation in 1907 was celebrated with a symbolic wedding ceremony between the Indian and Oklahoma territories.

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, scrappy startups that share a penchant for superlatives and a commitment to protecting the environment, have dominated the relatively new market for vegetarian food that looks and tastes like meat.

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The unemployment rate in the three-county Longview metro area dropped to 3.7% in September from 3.9% in August while the state rate held steadily for four months at 3.4%, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

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A confluence of factors helped cotton sail higher all week as speculators caught on to both better demand and lower supplies of the white fiber.

A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas over the next several years.

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BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — The winds are blowing fair for America’s wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources.

The question isn’t whether taxpayers in Arlington got hosed when they agreed to spend a half-billion dollars for a new ballpark next door to the one they spent millions to build just 22 years earlier.

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Timing is everything when it comes to saving for the holidays. The longer you have to build up cash reserves, plan your budget and buy gifts at the right price, the better you can cover these seasonal costs without going into debt.

Temperatures across the South are sweltering and rapidly creating drought conditions. Thermometers in many cities topped 100 degrees in recent days, and recent months have been record hot with less than half of normal rainfall.

The former Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steakhouse property on East Marshall Avenue has sold more than four years after the building became vacant.

Texas gasoline prices were down 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35 per gallon statewide Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 13,114 stations. In the three-county Longview metro area, the average was down 4.1 cents since last week, to $2.26 per gallon.

Texas cattle producers are seeing fewer dollars in their pockets as sale prices drop and the Texas beef herd hits an eight-year high of 4.65 million head.

Cattle and hog prices are taking off as Asian countries continue to struggle with the African Swine Fever epidemic.