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Texas Department of Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation is a government agency in the American state of Texas. Though the public face of the agency is associated with the construction and maintenance of the state's immense state highway system, the agency is responsible for overseeing aviation and public transportation systems in the state. At one time, TxDOT administered vehicle registration; the agency has been headquartered in the Dewitt C. Greer Building at 125 East 11th Street in Downtown Austin, since 1933; the Texas Legislature created the Texas Highway Department in 1916 to administer federal highway construction and maintenance. In 1975, its responsibilities increased when the agency merged with the Texas Mass Transportation Commission, to form the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. In 1986, the department started using "Don't Mess with Texas" as its slogan to reduce littering on Texas roadways, as part of a statewide advertising campaign; the phrase was prominently shown on road signs on major highways, as well as in television and print advertisements.

The slogan is still in use and remains popular. In 1991, the Legislature combined the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, the Department of Aviation, the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission to create the Texas Department of Transportation. In 1997, the pre-existing Texas Turnpike Authority was divided into two successor agencies: the North Texas Tollway Authority took responsibility for TTA assets in four North Texas counties, while the Turnpike Authority Division of Texas DOT was given jurisdiction over toll facilities in the rest of the state. In 2009, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles was created by the state legislature, taking over some functions from TxDOT. With 12,000 employees, The executive director is James Bass. Bass served as chief financial officer since 2005, he is assisted by four assistant executive directors. The current interim Deputy Executive Director is Marc Williams; the department is organized into 34 divisions. TxDOT is one of the state's largest departments in terms of the number of subordinate offices – it maintains 25 geographical districts throughout the state.

The large number of departments is needed due to the large size of the state, the varying climate and soil conditions affecting public roads, the differing needs of the local populace. In 2010, TxDOT was reorganized into four regions, South and West; the regions are designated as Regional Support Centers. The number of districts remained the same; each district, managed by a district engineer, is responsible for the design, location and maintenance of its area transportation systems. Local field offices within districts are known as area offices, many districts have separate maintenance offices on a county-by-county basis. Functional divisions and offices headquartered in Austin provide administrative and technical support to the districts; every month, TxDOT publishes Texas Highways, a magazine aimed at showcasing various aspects of the state by providing interesting travel information on a specific stretch of highway in the state. TxDOT publishes the annual Texas Travel Guide, which offers points of interests for all regions of Texas.

Horizon is a quarterly journal financing in particular. Texas portal Transportation portal Official website

Ted Ammon

Robert Theodore Ammon was an American financier and investment banker. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was murdered in his home in 2001 by electrician Daniel Pelosi, convicted in 2004. Ted and his wife, Generosa Ammon, were in the midst of a divorce at the time of his death, Daniel Pelosi was romantically linked to Ammon's soon-to-be ex-wife. Ammon and his wife had married on February 2, 1986, had two children, the twins Greg Ammon and Alexa Ammon, whom they adopted from the village of Medvedivtsi in the Mukachevo Region of Ukraine, in October 1992. At the time of the murder, the couple were near finalization of their divorce; the custody agreement had been signed on October 18, 2001, the divorce settlement was expected to be consented to the following week. Four months after Ted's death, Generosa married Daniel Pelosi on January 15, 2002. After the Ammons moved back to the United States, he secured a position with Lord and Lord, he subsequently went to work at the law firm of Mayer and Platt.

One of this firm's clients was the small investment firm of Kohlberg, Roberts & Co.. In 1983, following his legal work on a KKR deal, Ammon was recruited by the private equity firm, which specialized in leveraged buyouts. Ammon served as an Associate at Kohlberg, Roberts & Co. from 1984 to 1989 and as a General Partner from 1990 to 1992. He worked on many deals, notably the famous $31 billion RJ Reynolds/Nabisco takeover, he joined his colleagues in becoming a multimillionaire and was quoted numerous times in the book Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. According to Russ Baker in the May 2002 issue of Gotham, "He was along for the wild ride as KKR grew into one of Wall Street's most aggressive and storied leveraged buyout outfits." In 1992, Ammon left KKR in order to establish Big Flower Press. The firm became a leader in the printing of advertising inserts for newspapers. Ammon's goal was to create relationships with newspapers nationwide and to provide them with other needed commodities.

Big Flower was renamed Vertis Holdings, Inc. Through more than thirty acquisitions, the firm diversified geographically and became a leading international supplier of integrated marketing services, including high-value printing and imaging technology. Vertis went public in 1995. Ammon served as Chief Executive Officer from the company's inception until April 1997 and as Chairman of the Board from the company's formation through December 2000. With Vertis facing changing market conditions, a mutually advantageous separation/payout agreement was worked out between Vertis and Ammon. During his time at Vertis, Ammon had put together a "deal team" and venture capital program, managing an in-house venture business, he had set up several holding companies, which held the vast share of his ownership interests. These ventures directly invested in both public and non-public companies and in such general areas as technology, media and management services, the internet; the specific fields of these companies included print and digital technology, diagnostic radiology, long-distance telephone service, biopharmaceutical innovation.

After leaving Vertis, Ted oversaw his team's venture capital investments through the entities that he had established. Much of the money that Vertis had paid to Ammon provided seed money for his investments. Two of the most profitable investments were in Moore Corporation Limited, a Vertis competitor, in National Imaging Associates, Inc. a provider of health care services. Ted's marriage turned hostile, they were days from finalizing their divorce when on October 22, 2001, he was found bludgeoned to death in his East Hampton, NY weekend home. Because their divorce was not finalized and Ted's will had not been changed, Generosa inherited 50% of his estate, in accordance with the will, with the balance going to the Ammon Foundation. On January 15, 2002, Generosa married Daniel Pelosi sold the properties she had owned jointly with Ted. JPMorgan Chase & Co. was appointed along with Generosa as co-executors of the estate. Generosa's estate inherited Ted's estate; the estate did not pass until after her death.

Pelosi was convicted of Mr. Ammon's murder in December 2004 and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. With a total net worth of some $100 million, Ammon created the largest scholarship fund at Bucknell. Subsequently, he complemented this endowed program with a challenge/matching grant, resulting in added incentives for others to contribute to his alma mater, he served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, the YMCA. He attained to the title of Chairman at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he worked with Wynton Marsalis. On October 22, 2012, Greg and Alexa Ammon donated a $1 million gift from the Ammon Foundation to Jazz at Lincoln Center to name the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library. "Ted considered the music library essential to the integrity of this institution. The Ammon Archives and Music Library will be accessible to students and lovers of jazz the world over," said Wynton Marsalis and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. "My father's deep commitment to Jazz at Lincoln Center inspired my sister Alexa and I to continue his legacy with this naming gift for the preservation and perpetuation of the music he loved so much.

Wynton's vision for The Ammon Archive and Music Library aligns with my father's

Yes! Jesus Loves Me

Yes! Jesus Loves Me is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1980, it was Fahey's poorest selling release. Music critic Mark Allan praised the album, noting that "Fahey weaves a spell with his precise picking and odd tunings... if you unplug the phone, turn off the TV and give it the chance, this music might remove you from your everyday existence."From his review for the UK-based Record Collector, critic Jason Draper gave the album 4 stars, stating "... it’s a concise, stately piece of work, Fahey tapping into blues and bordering on ragtime guitar... it transcends time and spans agee... grand and full enough to fill the deepest chamber and the grandest dining room, yet intimate enough for a fireside sherry when the kids have gone to bed. If you can’t be touched by this, you can’t be touched by anything." Yes! Jesus Loves. Yes! Jesus Loves. "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" – 1:46 "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" – 1:12 "Lord of All Hopefullness/All Through the Night" – 3:40 "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel" – 2:37 "Two American Folk Hymns" – 2:20 "For All the Beauty of the Earth" – 1:37 "St. Patrick's" – 1:51 "Holy, Holy" – 1:58 "Come Labor On" – 1:39 "St. Clement's" – 1:51 "For All the Saints" – 1:33 "At the Name of Jesus" – 1:23 "Come Thou Almighty King/Wild Western Hero" – 1:43 "Praise to the Lord" – 1:43 "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian in My Heart" – 1:52 "Faith of Our Fathers" – 1:16 "Just as I Am" – 1:22 "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" – 3:31 "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today" – 2:58 "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" – 0:40 John Fahey – guitar