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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Body-camera maker has financial ties to former Fort Worth police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

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Fort Worth Police association planning 25,000-square-foot offices

The POA, which recently demolished its one-story building at 904 Collier St. near downtown, is planning a five-story replacement.

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US investigators reaffirm 1996 crash was accident

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former U.S. officials who played key roles in the investigation of one of the nation's worst aviation disasters said they stand by their conclusion that the 1996 crash of TWA flight 800 near New York City was caused by an accidental fuel tank explosion — and not a bomb or missile.

The explosion and crash of the Boeing 747 on July 17, 1996, killed all 230 people on board.

Officials spoke to reporters at a briefing on the National Transportation Safety Board's four-year investigation into the crash. The board took the usual step of organizing the briefing on an investigation that has been closed for years. That's in response to a new documentary film set to air this month that says new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

The officials dismissed allegations of a cover-up, saying the evidence points strongly to the board's conclusion that overheated gases in the plane's near-empty fuel tank caused the tank to explode. The gases were most likely ignited by a spark from damaged wiring in a fuel measuring system.

Joseph Kolly, the current director of the board's Office of Research and Engineering, was the chief fire and explosives investigator on the crash investigation. He said he is "absolutely" certain the fuel tank was the cause.

In their search for clues, investigators tested shoulder-fired missiles to see if they would show up on radar and used another 747 to replicate the overheating of fuel tank vapors, among other tests.

"I am upset about bringing this back up, for the sake of the people who lost folks in the accident," Kolly said. "It's not good."

But there have long been doubters. They include three former investigators — one from the NTSB, one from TWA and one from the Air Line Pilots Association — who appear in the film.

One of the former investigators, Hank Hughes, was in charge of reconstructing the interior of the aircraft cabin from debris recovered from the ocean. Hughes said the board "completely discounted" the accounts of more than 200 witnesses who say they saw a streak of light heading toward the plane before it broke apart.

Hughes also said the plane's reconstructed fuselage has holes consistent with what would be expected from missile shrapnel.

But officials at the briefing said an examination of witness statements showed that what people thought might be a missile was actually the trajectory of the plane after the fiery explosion, the force of which broke off some pieces of the aircraft.

The former investigators have also signed a petition filed with the NTSB to reconsider reopen the probe. Kelly Nantel, a spokeswoman for the board, said the board is considering the petition

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Associated Press writer Joan Lowy contributed.
 

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