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Samsung chooses Taylor for its new chip plant, citing the importance of a reliable supply of power

Samsung will be coming to Taylor, Texas, a new report says. (Shutterstock)

Samsung Electronics has settled on the City of Taylor, 35 miles northeast of Austin, for construction of a $17 billion new chip plant, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported Monday. Measuring 51.7 million square feet, the new facility would be four times larger than Samsung's existing plant on East Parmer Lane in Austin.

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As new editor imposes 'a new vision,' columnist Ken Herman exits the Austin American-Statesman

The Austin American-Statesman's Ken Herman (left), pictured with former host of the Statesman Shots podcast, Tolly Moseley, is leaving the publication after a "new vision" was announced by editor Manny Garcia. (I Love You So Much- The Austin 360 Podcast/Facebook)

Ken Herman, the Austin American-Statesman's columnist for the past 12 years, announced his departure Sunday in a graciously-worded report that nonetheless revealed differences between Herman and the new Statesman editor Manny Garcia.

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Elon Musk seeks fast-track approval of $1.1 billion Tesla plant
(Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock)

It could be the biggest Austin economic development project in a generation. One observer calls it a "get-out-of-jail-free" ticket to overcome the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. But Tesla, the high-flying builder of electric vehicles, has asked local officials to react quickly and fully to its requests. If not, Tesla could flee to a rival location in Tulsa, Okla.

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