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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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Devon Energy buying Eagle Ford assets for $6B

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Devon Energy Corp. is buying oil-producing assets and other property in the Eagle Ford in Texas from GeoSouthern Energy for $6 billion.
 
Devon said Wednesday that the assets include current production of 53,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 82,000 net acres with at least 1,200 undrilled locations.
 
The acquisition includes acreage in DeWitt and Lavaca counties in Texas. The assets are expected to reach a peak production rate of about 140,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
 
Analysts say the GeoSouthern deal will give Devon a better balance between oil and natural gas.

Canaccord Genuity analyst Robert Christensen said oil currently accounts for 12 percent of Devon's total volume. "This deal would likely increase Devon's oil production by a significant amount, as GeoSouthern is the 4th largest oil producer in the Eagle Ford," he wrote in a note to clients.

GeoSouthern will continue to run its other assets in the Texas Gulf Coast region and other areas. Its corporate partner, The Blackstone Group, will exit its stake in the company as a result of the Devon transaction.

 
Devon plans to fund the deal with available cash and borrowings. The deal is expected to close in early 2014.
 
Devon's stock gained $1.12, or 1.8 percent, to $63.89 in morning trading.

 

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