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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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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Obama calls for offshore drilling in Southeast

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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China manufacturing stems oil fall, idles near $96

BANGKOK (AP) — Stronger Chinese manufacturing stemmed a three-day slide in the price of oil Friday.

Benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was up 16 cents at $96.52 a barrel at early afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 39 cents to close at $96.38 on Thursday. For October, oil sank 5.8 percent.

Ample supplies of crude have weighed on the price. The Energy Department said Wednesday that U.S. supplies increased 4.1 million barrels last week. Over five weeks, supplies have risen by more than 25 million barrels.

But a suggestion of stronger demand came Friday from two reports on Chinese manufacturing that showed an uptick in activity.

That suggests China's economic recovery could continue to strengthen after growth rebounded to 7.8 percent in the third quarter from a two-decade low in the previous quarter.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international crude also used by U.S. refineries, rose 47 cents to $109.31 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 1.1 cents to $2.598 a gallon.

— Heating oil added 1.1 cent to $2.964 a gallon.

— Natural gas dropped 2.5 cents to $3.556 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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