Travel News Report
Jan. 23, 2013

Texas bills would dedicate $2 billion for water
The Texas Tribune
State Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, filed two bills that would allocate a one-time, $2 billion sum from Texas' Rainy Day Fund to create a revolving fund for water-supply projects. Ritter, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, is a key figure on water issues in the drought-ravaged state. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has said he is looking to Ritter's leadership on water.More

Texas a model state for dynamic job, economic growth
Investor's Business Daily
The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also — pace critics such as the New York Times' Paul Krugman — created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth.More

TSA to remove controversial airport body scanners
Business Travel News
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced it will remove body-imaging machines that display what some critics have described as naked images of passengers. "Due to its inability to deploy non-imaging Automated Target Recognition software by the congressionally mandated June 2013 deadline, TSA has terminated its contract with Rapiscan," the division of OSI Systems that provides the technology, according to a TSA statement.More

American Airlines unveils first new look since 1968
USA Today
American Airlines will begin rolling out planes with new red, white and blue stripes on their tails Jan. 31. The new design is the first change in the look of American's fleet since 1968. Eliminated in the new flag-like look on the tail: the airline's signature AA logo. It's replaced by an eagle's head piercing a red and blue stripe toward the front of the plane.More

Amex: Business travel spending fell 1 percent in Q4
Travel Weekly
American Express said consumer travel spending increased 9 percent in the fourth quarter, while business travel spending decreased 1 percent. The decrease in business travel sheds a little more light on the 5,400 job cuts announced recently by American Express. Most of those cuts will be made in its corporate travel business.More