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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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Fort Worth Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners

A trampoline recreation business; an oilfield services company; a longtime aviation maintenance firm; a maker of electrical wiring harnesses. Those were the wide variety of businesses that received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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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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Oil dips but stays over $108 before US job report

PAMELA SAMPSON, AP Business Writer

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil dipped slightly Friday ahead of the release of a key U.S. employment report.

Benchmark oil for October delivery was down 3 cents at $108.34 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.14 to close at $108.37 on Thursday.

Traders were refraining from big moves before the U.S. Labor Department releases employment data for August. Many investors believe that strong growth will ensure that the Federal Reserve will start to reduce, or "taper," its massive bond-buying program later this month.

The U.S. central bank is buying $85 billion in bonds a month to keep long-term interest rates low and stimulate the economy. Fed stimulus has helped drive a bull market in stocks that has lasted more than four years.

Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, fell 5 cents to $115.21 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Brent has risen sharply recently due to fears of a U.S. intervention in Syria, even if the scale of the attack is now expected to be low. President Barack Obama continued to press skeptical U.S. lawmakers to give him the authority to use military force. Obama won little backing at an economic summit this week in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Francis Lun, chief economist at GE Oriental Financial Group in Hong Kong, said the situation in Syria led to recent rises in oil prices but he suggested that its overall effect on markets would not be profound.

"I think Syria will be a limited regional war," he said.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.4 cent to $2.832 per gallon.

— Natural gas fell 2.2 cents to $3.553 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil fell 0.7 cents at $3.133 per gallon.

 

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