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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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Bush center in Dallas gets environmental award

JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

 

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Monday to present an award for the environmentally friendly design of the building and grounds.

Former first lady Laura Bush, who led the centers' design committee, accepted the framed certificate from Boxer on behalf of the center located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Bush gave Boxer a tour of the center's green features, including the park behind the center that recreates a Texas prairie.

"I'm really excited to get to show her this and to show everyone this. I think it's important to have this kind of park on a college campus so young people can see how you can landscape in a very beautiful way with native plants that don't require much water," Bush said.

Boxer, a Democrat from California, announced last week that the inaugural Climate Hero Award from the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, which she co-chairs, is going to the Bush center and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. Boxer plans to visit the Clinton center later this year.

Both libraries have achieved the highest certification — platinum — from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program.

"This is a remarkable experience, to be here, to see what they have done and to look at how hard it really is, as the first lady was saying, to get this kind of a designation, this platinum. It's not easy," said Boxer, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The Bush center, which includes the Republican president's library and museum, in addition to his policy institute, was dedicated in April.

"I'm just thrilled to be here," Boxer said before her tour of the park. "At this point, when there's so much acrimony in Washington, I jumped at the chance to be here because when we informed the library that we were giving this award they were thrilled and they said 'Would you come out?'"

"When you pursue energy efficiency, it is such a win-win. It is not ideological. You save money on your building in the long run. Yes, there's upfront money, but then you get It back over time," Boxer said.

 

 

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