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Christus Southeast Texas acquires Mid-County land to build micro-hospital

Christus Southeast Texas Health System announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that it has acquired a 6.2-acre lot southwest of the new Christus Outpatient Center under construction on Ninth Avenue and State Highway 365 Port Arthur to develop Mid-County’s first micro-hospital.
A micro-hospital operates 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, meets all federal and state licensing and regulatory requirements and offers a condensed number of inpatient beds for observation and short stays.

Power sector carbon dioxide emissions fall below transportation sector emissions

U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transportation sector reached 1,893 million metric tons (MMmt) from October 2015 through September 2016, exceeding electric power sector CO2 emissions of 1,803 MMmt over the same time period. On a 12-month rolling total basis, electric power sector CO2 emissions are now regularly below transportation sector CO2 emissions for the first time since the late 1970s. CO2 emissions from electric power have been trending lower since 2007.

UTMB, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas sign affiliation agreement

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas have signed a clinical affiliation agreement, the companies announced in a press release Wednesday, Jan. 11.

This affiliation, which went into effect Jan. 1, will build on the strengths of both organizations to provide the most advanced patient care for adult and pediatric patients in the Beaumont area and the surrounding region, the release stated.

U.S. ethane production, consumption, and exports expected to increase through 2018

U.S. production of ethane is expected to increase from an average of 1.25 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2016 to 1.7 million b/d in 2018 according to EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Increased ethane production is expected to be consumed in the petrochemical industry domestically as well as exported to other countries.

International Paper awards two grants to Little Cypress Elementary

Little Cypress Elementary received two grants from International Paper’s IP Giving Foundation last week. The first is for a refill kit for expendable materials used in the second grade’s Saxon Phonics program, worth $4,374.92.

The oldest business in every state

Most of the oldest businesses in the U.S. got their start in the early days of their home state’s existence. Those that have survived to this day cover a diverse range of industries and sizes, some with recognizable names, others relatively unknown.


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Weber appointed to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appointed Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) Friday, Jan. 13 to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over all forms of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.

Author's new book attempts to ‘Take the Fear out of Franchising’ for prospective entrepreneurs

"While franchising is a fabulous methodology that has created countless millionaires, it's not foolproof, and it will not work for everyone," writes Dr. John P. Hayes in his latest book, “Take the Fear Out of Franchising,” released last December. "If you are going to buy a franchise it is your responsibility to make certain not only that a particular business is right for you but that franchising makes sense for you, too."

Natural gas prices in 2016 were the lowest in nearly 20 years

Natural gas prices in U.S. regional markets were volatile in 2016. In the first quarter of the year, much warmer-than-normal winter temperatures and large amounts of natural gas in storage caused prices to decrease. Prices began to gradually increase in late spring, with increased natural gas demand from multiple sectors and decreasing natural gas production, before sharply increasing at the end of the year with the onset of cold temperatures in mid-December.