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Texas has old, new candidates to offer as presidential hopefuls

The Republican Party has long been riven between its establishment and conservative wings, a split that plays out every four years in the race for the White House.

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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Compass BBVA names Happel CEO for Fort Worth

BBVA Compass has appointed Brian Happel, most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth.

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Two Fort Worth Baylor medical properties acquired

Baylor Surgical Hospital of Fort Worth and Baylor Surgical Hospital Integrated Medical Facility are among three facilities acquired by Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II Inc.

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New home sales surge to 5-year high

Emily Jane Fox

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sales of new homes jumped in June to a five-year high, despite the recent rise in mortgage rates.

New homes sold at an annual rate of 497,000 in June, up 8.3% from May, which was revised downward. June sales were well above the 483,000, that economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting,

It was the highest pace of sales since May 2008, when they reached 504,000.

Sales were 38% higher from the same period last year.

The report comes a day after the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes stumbled last month, which some experts called a possible side effect of rising mortgage rates lately.

The 30-year mortgage rate recently rose to its highest level in nearly two years to 4.51%.

The higher rates dragged down the pace of home building last month.

Record low mortgage rates, coupled with a drop in foreclosures, had helped boost the housing market over the past year. As a result, home sales, prices and construction had surged earlier this year.

But in the last 10 weeks, mortgage rates began a steady climb, raising the cost of buying a home. Rates, however, are still low by historical standards.

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