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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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Jury finds BP negligent in Texas emissions event

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — BP was negligent and responsible for a 41-day emissions event in 2010 at its Texas City refinery, but there isn't enough evidence linking the pollution to illnesses, a Galveston jury has found.

BP PLC has said that 500,000 pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air when there was a technical problem at the refinery. The emissions event coincided with the company's efforts to plug a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The jury on Oct. 10 unanimously agreed that the company was responsible for the pollution, but only one person wanted to award damages. Three people who said they became ill due to the pollution testified at the trial that began Sept. 11. The trial was designed as a test for a larger suit that includes 45,000 people. The jury deliberated for two days and three hours before reaching a verdict.

BP reached a settlement with Texas in November 2011 to pay an unprecedented $50 million fine for repeated violations at the aging refinery along the Gulf Coast. The settlement included the 2010 emissions event. The company also faces a $1 billion class-action lawsuit for a 15-day gas leak in November 2011 that residents say made them sick.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. last October agreed to buy the refinery.

"Today's verdict affirms BP's view that no one suffered any injury as a result of the flaring of the BP ultracracker flare during April and May 2010," BP spokesman Scott Dean was quoted as saying by the Galveston Daily News.

Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the residents, said he was surprised by the verdict.

"But I respect juries," Buzbee told the Houston Chronicle, adding that he learned at this trial a few things that will help with the remaining cases.

 

 

 

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