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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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Fort Worth minority business receives nationwide grant

Cuevas Distribution Inc., a minority- and woman-owned business in Fort Worth, is one of 20 small businesses nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of the Mission Main Street program.

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Oil lower amid jitters over US government shutdown

EILEEN NG, Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Oil prices were lower Monday amid jitters as a battle loomed in Washington among U.S. political leader over a federal budget needed to avoid a partial shutdown of the government.

Benchmark oil for November delivery fell $1.32 to $101.55 per barrel at early afternoon Kuala Lumpur time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 16 cents to close at $102.87 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday.

The U.S. government will reach its borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, on Tuesday. If Congress doesn't raise that limit, the government won't be able to pay all its bills and some 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal employees will not go to work.

A lasting solution seems far off as the White House and Republican lawmakers still disagree sharply on spending cuts and other key budget issues.

"The economy will slow down, confidence will slide and demand for crude will be hurt. There will be a real snowball effect if the partial shutdown goes ahead," said Evan Lucas, analyst with IG in Melbourne.

Goldman Sachs estimated that a three-week shutdown would slow the economy's annual growth rate in the October-December quarter by up to 0.9 percentage point. If so, the growth rate next quarter would be a scant 1.6 percent, compared with market expectations of a 2.5 percent growth.

Oil has already fallen for three straight weeks as diplomatic efforts surrounding Syria and Iran eased concerns about Middle East supplies.

Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, fell 87 cents to $107.76 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 2.2 cents to $2.638 per gallon.

— Natural gas fell 3.3 cents to $3.556 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil lost 1.8 cents to $2.9671 per gallon

 

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