Healthcare Help: University breaks ground on new West Texas medical facility

BY BRANDI SMITH

In West Texas, the need for medical care is great. The 1,000-square-mile El Paso County alone has a population of more than 830,000, but the hospitals in the region’s largest city, El Paso, also serve many neighboring communities. After all, the county shares a boundary with New Mexico, as well as an international boundary with Mexico.

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Don’t buy the hype: The Texas retail market is stronger than ever

By Brandi Smith

Assessed purely by the headlines, the past few years have been a challenge for some of the nation’s largest retailers. Payless ShoeSource announced in April that it would shutter nearly 400 stores. In January, JCPenney started closing 140 locations across the country. Even mall stores have taken a hit with retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and Guess pulling the plug on 60 locations within the next year. Though many analysts cite those cases as examples of how the retail sky is falling, many Texas experts are saying, “Hold up, Chicken Little.”

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