Stories By Neal Morton

  • BELGRADE, Mont. -- Nearly every classroom at Story Creek Elementary School offers sweeping views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains that surround the Gallatin Valley here in southwestern Montana. But on a recent spring morning, most teachers...
  • In its most recent retail outlook survey, the Dallas Fed found 30.3 percent of Texas retailers reported sales declines in March — the highest percentage since April 2013 and up from 20.2 percent in February. Only 4.4 percent of retailers reported...
  • In its most recent manufacturing outlook survey, the Dallas Fed found 22 percent of Texas manufacturers reported production growth this month, down from 26 percent in February. The percentage of manufacturers who experience production declines...
  • A heartwarming walk down the runway Unique fashion show at O’Connor High School features kids with disabilities wearing clothes made especially for them by high school student designers.
  • Topnotch grown-up entertainment Dave & Buster’s, Main Event, AMF Bowling and an Austin-based indoor skydiving firm all recently launched new locations in the Alamo City or announced plans to increase their presence here.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio to close portion of park for construction of new dolphin attraction SeaWorld San Antonio, as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion project, will close the northern portion of the park to guests starting later this month to make room for a new dolphin exhibit and attraction.
  • Cheap fuel sends CST’s profits soaring CST Brands Inc. on Friday reported net income reached $200 million last year, an increase of 44 percent over 2013, thanks in large part to a decline in fuel costs during the fourth quarter.
  • In its most recent manufacturing outlook survey, the Dallas Fed found 26 percent of manufacturers enjoyed production increases this month, up 0.1 percent from January. However, 25.3 percent of manufacturers reported production declines — the...
  • CrossAmerica Partners LP, a subsidiary of locally based CST Brands Inc., recently closed on its acquisition of a Wisconsin firm that operates dozens of convenience stores in the Midwest.
  • Hub International Limited, a global insurance brokerage firm, recently acquired the assets of San Antonio-based Alexander Insurance Agency. Alexander, which since 1975 has offered insurance for commercial towing and transportation industries,...
  • The 20 most lucrative bars in the San Antonio area for 2014 Drinkers spent more than $519.9 million on alcohol at bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Bexar County last year, according to mixed beverage receipts from the Texas comptroller's office.
  • PAX South to return to S.A. through 2017 Officials hope CVB efforts, Convention Center expansion will draw crowds with cash
  • H-E-B to launch competition during Super Bowl ad The San Antonio-based grocer’s Super Bowl commercial features one of its employees traveling the world — from Rio Grande Valley and Finland to Peru and Italy — in order to find unique foods for H-E-B’s line of Primo Pick products. The ad ends...
  • Downtown H-E-B gets green light from city advisory board H-E-B expects to break ground early this summer on its planned downtown grocery store, after getting conceptual approval from the Historic Design & Review Commission.
  • CST Brands unveil new convenience store foods More than 1,000 convenience store managers sampled Birthday Beer from Shiner, dry roasted edamame, healthier juice for kids and many other products at the trade show that locally based CST Brands Inc. hosted at the Convention Center on Tuesday.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas teases details of Batman roller coaster For the past month, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been leaving social media crumbs for roller coaster enthusiasts hungry for details about its upcoming Batman: the Ride.
  • Go inside H-E-B's first two-story grocery store The new H-E-B store at 1601 Nogalitos St. will carry five times more craft beer than previously offered, 300 different wine labels, expanded produce and deli sections and a "travelator."
  • Toyota unveils redesigned Tacoma The Japanese automaker unveiled its new compact truck Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Toyota competed for attention against the re-entry of General Motors into the segment. While sales of the Tacoma rose 11.9...
  • Ride-booking service Uber on Friday announced temporary price cuts for 48 of its smaller markets, including San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and Dallas. Effective Friday, fhe new pricing model cuts fares in San Antonio by 20 percent but should,...
  • A McAllen-based general contractor overseeing construction of Schlitterbahn’s upcoming resort in Corpus Christi recently sued the water park operator for nearly $700,000 in late payments. Several other vendors also have filed liens against New...