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 The state capital of Texas is Austin, and the largest city is Houston. Other major cities in Texas include Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, San Antonio and Waco.

Historically, Texas was an center of the US oil industry. While the oil industry remains strong within the state, today the state contains a mix of both new and traditional industries, including a significant service sector. Some of the leading companies with their headquarters in Texas include Affiliated Computer Services (in Dallas), American Airlines (in Fort Worth), AmerisourceBergen (in Frisco), AMR (in Fort Worth), AT&T (in San Antonio), Centex (in Dallas), ConocoPhillips (in Houston), Continental Airlines (in Houston), D.R. Horton (in Fort Worth), Dell (in Austin), Electronic Data Systems (in Plano), ExxonMobil (in Irving), Halliburton (in Houston), Hilton Hotels Corporation (in Cisco), J.C. Penney (in Plano), Kimberly-Clark (in Irving), Lyondell Chemical (in Houston), Marathon Oil (in Houston), Pizza Hut (in Addison), Radio Shack (in Fort Worth), Southwest Airlines (in Dallas), Sysco (in Houston), Tesoro (in San Antonio), Texas Instruments (in Dallas) and Valero Energy Corporation (in San Antonio).

- Airports serving Texas include Corpus Christi International Airport in Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas/Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, and San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio.

- Leading education institutions in Texas include Texas A&M University (in College Station), the University of Texas (in Austin) and William Marsh Rice University (in Houston).

- Professional sports franchises in Texas include the Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League baseball) in Corpus Christi, the Dallas Cowboys (American football in the NFL) in Irving, the Dallas Mavericks (National Basketball Association) in Dallas, the Dallas Stars (ice hockey in the NHL) in Dallas, FC Dallas (Major League Soccer) in Frisco, the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League baseball) in Frisco, the Houston Astros (Major League Baseball) in Houston, Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer) in Houston, the Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association) in Houston, the Houston Texans (American football in the NFL) in Houston, the Midland RockHounds (Texas League baseball) in Midland, the Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League baseball) in Round Rock, the San Antonio Missions (Texas League baseball) in San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs (National Basketball Association) in San Antonio, and the Texas Rangers (Major League Baseball) in Arlington.

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