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Super PAC Men: How political consultants took a Fort Worth oilman on a wild ride

The head of a Texas oil dynasty joined the parade of wealthy political donors, aiming to flip the Senate to Republicans. By the time consultants were done with him, the war chest was drained and fraud allegations were flying

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Bon Appétit: New French restaurant dishes out the finest in Fort Worth

Barely open six months, Le Cep, a contemporary French restaurant proffering fine dining, is stirring up Fort Worth’s culinary scene.

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Bridge collapse on I-35 north of Austin

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a reported bridge collapse along an interstate in Central Texas.

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Bombay Co.'s former HQ building purchased

The Bombay Co.’s former Fort Worth headquarters building has been sold, with private equity fund Diversified International Partners snapping up the seven-story, 122,828-square-foot structure at 550 Bailey St.

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Latin-inspired restaurant set to open in downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth’s dining scene is about to get spicier with the opening of a new restaurant featuring Latin-inspired coastal cuisine.

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FW, Dallas chambers, AA pilots blast Texas AG for anti-merger lawsuit

 

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas and Fort Worth chambers of commerce and union pilots at Texas-based American Airlines say the state's attorney general should support American's proposed merger with US Airways instead of fighting it in court.

The presidents of both chambers said the merger will help the local economy and create jobs, and the alternative is economic uncertainty for the region and state. The combined company would be based in Fort Worth.

"By any stretch of the imagination, having what the press refers to as 'the World's Largest Airline' based in Texas, makes our state more competitive," James Oberwetter of Dallas and Bill Thornton of Fort Worth wrote Monday in an open letter to Abbott.

The pressure on Abbott from the business community comes just weeks after the Republican announced his candidacy for governor in the 2014 election.

Separately, the Allied Pilots Association said in an advertisement in Monday's Dallas Morning News that American is "a powerful economic engine" in Texas but needs the merger to compete with bigger United and Delta.

The union asked Abbott, "Are you opposed to having a leading global carrier in Fort Worth? Considering everything at stake — including the large number of jobs and the tax revenues they generate — that doesn't make any sense."

Abbott's office didn't respond immediately. Last week, Abbott wrote in a column for the same newspaper arguing that the merger was designed to eliminate competition and raise prices.

Abbott and AGs in five other states joined a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that seeks to block the merger on antitrust grounds. The airlines vowed to fight back in court, and they left open the possibility of negotiating a settlement that would allow the deal to go ahead.
 

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