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UPDATE: Wilkie, longtime head of Sid Richardson Foundation, dies at 91

Valleau Wilkie Jr., who headed the Sid W. Richardson Foundation from 1973 to 2011, died Tuesday in Sunapee, N.H., at 91.

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Oil plunge sparks concern of real estate slowdown in U.S. energy centers including Texas

SEATTLE — The drop in oil prices to five-year lows, while helping consumers, is sparking concern that leasing and construction demand will be hurt in some of North America's best-performing markets for commercial real estate.

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As oil prices plunge, Texas eyes are on new comptroller

In January of 1983, just one month after Billy Hamilton stepped into his position as Texas’ chief revenue estimator, the state was wading in a flood of red ink that no one had seen coming. Plummeting oil prices had pushed state tax collections $100 million below the previous

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Study: Texas children living with relatives often don't receive state support

About 253,000 Texas children live with family members who are not their parents and many of those are not receiving state and federal benefits, according to a report released last week.

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North Texas theater among US venues saying they'll show 'The Interview' Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) — Several movie theaters said they will begin showing "The Interview" Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release.

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Williams to be new UNT Health Science Center president

Dr. Michael Willams 

For more: fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article.aspx

The University of North Texas System (UNTS) Board of Regents on Wednesday named Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA, as the sole finalist as president of the UNT Health Science Center.
UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson recommended Dr. Williams to the Board after receiving a unanimous recommendation from a Presidential Search Advisory Committee comprised of campus, system, and community leaders. State law requires university governing boards to name finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making a permanent appointment.
Williams was named to his interim position in December 2012 following the firing of former President Scott Ransom.. A Fort Worth native, Williams, 58, is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both anesthesia and critical care medicine. He practiced medicine in Dallas for several years, moved to Fredericksburg to practice anesthesiology in 1995 and grew the practice to eight providers. In 2008, after serving on the board of Hill Country Memorial for five years, he quit his practice to become chief executive officer of the hospital.
“I didn’t set out to be a hospital CEO, but I always enjoyed the managing partner roll of my practice,” said Williams in an earlier interview. He says he often looks to successful business practices to find solutions in health care problems.
“In both medical education and health care, there has been a real lack of business approaches. Health care organizations have been slow to recognize that they are, in fact, businesses,” Williams said.
He is a 1981 graduate of UNTHSC with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO) from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, one of five schools and colleges now part of the UNT Health Science Center. Williams earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University; a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Ross University; a Master of Business Administration from Duke University; and a Master's Degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
"Dr. Williams is an extraordinary and accomplished product of the institution he now will lead. He returns to his hometown in Fort Worth with a proven commitment to quality healthcare and innovation," Chancellor Jackson said in a news release. "Over the past six months in his interim assignment he has demonstrated a strong commitment and keen grasp of the issues and opportunities ahead of the UNT Health Science Center."
 

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