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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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UPDATE: BNSF railroad shuffles top execs but keeps Rose

 

Carl Ice 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The CEO who led BNSF railroad as it was sold to Warren Buffett's company is moving into the chairman's role, and another executive will be promoted to lead the company.

The Fort Worth-based railroad announced the executive changes Wednesday.

BNSF's Chairman and CEO Matt Rose will become executive chairman in January. Chief Operating Officer Carl Ice will be promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.

The railroad said Rose will focus on long-term strategic planning while Ice focuses on day-to-day operations.

Ice has been with BNSF for 34 years, most recently serving as president since November 2010. In 1995, he led a team that orchestrated the merger and subsequent integration of Burlington Northern Railroad and Santa Fe Railway. Since then, he has helped lead the company and culture into what it is today. Ice has been integral to the development of the company’s operating and marketing plans.

“For over a decade, Carl has worked alongside me, and his assumption of the CEO title is a natural and well-deserved transition,” said Rose in a news release. “I am pleased for him and the organization, and the continuity he represents as he undertakes the leadership of this role.”

Buffett, who is Berkshire Hathaway's chairman and CEO, praised Rose and Ice and said BNSF has exceeded his expectations since Berkshire bought the railroad in 2010.

Some Berkshire investors have speculated that Rose may be a candidate to eventually succeed the 83-year-old Buffett as CEO. - Additional reporting by Robert Francis, Fort Worth Business Press
 

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