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Texas physicians inject billions into state economy

Physicians add opportunity, growth, and prosperity to the Texas economy by creating 670,172 jobs and generating $117.9 billion in state economic activity, according to a new report, The Economic Impact of Physicians in Texas, released today by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Retail sales grow 4.9 percent in 2017 holiday season

Mastercard SpendingPulse reported Tuesday, Dec. 26, that holiday sales increased 4.9 percent this year, setting a new record for dollars spent. This is the largest year-over-year increase since 2011 and a further indication of consumer confidence. Online shopping also saw large gains of 18.1 percent compared to 2016, boosted by a late season rally.

The SpendingPulse report details holiday shopping from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 and covers retail sales across all payment types, including cash and check.

Key findings of the Mastercard SpendingPulse report:

Texas’ jobless rate falls to new record of 3.8 percent

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. The Texas economy added 54,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91 consecutive months of annual growth.

American Valve and Hydrant makes Christmas special for Girls' Haven

One resident said she opened a Christmas present for the first time in her life at the Girls’ Haven Christmas bash on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The girl said that she had gotten gift cards from relatives but never something that could be unwrapped.

“It’s amazing. Even though I know Santa Claus is not real, it’s still amazing,” she said. She is almost 16 and she has been living at Girls’ Haven for five months.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” she said when asked about unwrapping a gift for the first time.

Entergy Texas donates $100,000 to nonprofits in the Golden Triangle for Hurricane Harvey relief

Entergy Texas donated $100,000, designated for Golden Triangle nonprofits, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, just a portion of the more than $500,000 the company has put into Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The presentations were made at The Laurels in Beaumont.

International Paper donates $50K to local schools, charities

International Paper Orange Containerboard Mill has awarded $50,000 in foundation grants to local community organizations. Grants were awarded by the IP Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We feel privileged to be able to assist our local nonprofits and organizations in their efforts to serve this community,” said Ed Barr, Mill Manager. “We look forward to seeing the great results they achieve.”

Local community organizations that were awarded grants for the 2017 cycle are:

First ethanol shipment departs from Jefferson Energy Beaumont terminal

Green Plains Inc. and Jefferson Energy Companies, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, recently announced that their joint venture, JGP Energy Partners, loaded its first vessel with nearly 3 million gallons of ethanol destined for Brazil. The joint venture is currently loading its second shipment of 10 million gallons of ethanol on a vessel bound for India.

Chevron Phillips donates $115K to local charities, schools for Harvey relief

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center recently received a gift of $10,000 from Chevron Phillips. These funds will support the replacement of vital environmental education materials lost as a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Restoring educational resources is crucial for Shangri La Garden’s educators to continue their environmental education efforts. Funds from Chevron Phillips will target Outpost Tour programs along Adams Bayou, Nature Discovery Center wildlife programs, and onsite curriculum-based nature education programs focused on grades K through 8.

TWC business conference schedule begins in Nacogdoches

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced its 2018 Texas Business Conference schedule with 16 locations available throughout the state. The conferences offer employers and human resource professionals the opportunity to earn education credits, learn about new employment laws, network with peers, and talk one-on-one with employment attorneys.

LU tapped for Outstanding Society of Physics Students Chapter

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at Lamar University was recently tapped an Outstanding SPS Chapter for 2016-2017, officials announced, in recognition of its activities in research, outreach and service.

The national honor reflects the level of activity at LU that has resulted in the student chapter being recognized for the third time in the last four years, said Cristian Bahrim, professor of physics and SPS chapter advisor. The chapter was tapped outstanding for the 2015-16 and 2013-14 school years.