Andrew Schneider

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Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The holiday season can be stressful, but for energy workers, December is turning out to be especially tough. Oil and gas firms have laid off close to 56,000 Texans in the past year.


Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key employees, some companies are offering unpaid sabbaticals or trimming pay across the board to reduce labor costs without layoffs. But for many employers, times are so hard that they have no choice but to keep cutting employee ranks.


In Texas, Homeless Residents Face Obstacles To Voting

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Tuesday is election day in many cities across the country. But without a fixed address or voter ID, it's a challenge for many homeless people to vote.


Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In Hamburg, home to one of Europe's busiest ports, support for trade is fervent. But many Germans have their doubts about a proposed trans-Atlantic agreement that is expected next year.


Texas Cattle Ranchers Whipsawed Between Drought And Deluge

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Years of drought have taken a toll on agriculture, particularly cattle ranching. Now instead of too little water, there's too much. But the rains may revive pastures and allow rebuilding of herds.


In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.


No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you've shopped for meat recently, you no doubt have noticed that beef prices are up. That may be hard on consumers, but the prices are helping ranchers purchase expensive feed and rebuild herds.


In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Texas is in the midst of a fracking boom, which is opening up huge energy reserves and bringing in jobs. But traffic fatalities, some involving inexperienced and fatigued truck drivers, have surged.


As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The business of pop culture conventions is exploding, with comic cons and other animation and pop culture gatherings taking place every weekend at cities around the country.


Coal-Burning Power Plant To Give New Life To Texas Oil Field

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

About 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide will be captured annually from a coal-burning power plant near Houston. Then the CO2 will be injected into a nearby oil field to help boost crude production.


Contractors Have A Tough Time Finding Experienced Workers

Friday, May 16, 2014

States like Texas are enjoying a boom in commercial construction but there aren't enough skilled workers. Companies have little choice but to offer higher pay and bonuses to attract and keep workers.


Trucker Shortage Worsens As Energy Sector Booms

Monday, September 02, 2013

With the oil and gas sectors booming, the need for truckers is growing. But the ranks of well-trained drivers are shrinking, especially as baby boomers hit retirement age. And competi...


As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Most economists say this year's back-to-school sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes. Still,...


If Supplies Of Oil Are Up, Why Is Gas Still Pricey?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline. That would seem to be the right economic c...


Manufacturing Redux Benefits Texas Gulf Coast

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Millions of Americans have lost factory jobs over the past decade, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life. And that's in large measure because of the discovery of abundant supp...