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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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BP claims administrator names interim CEO

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former FBI supervisor has been named interim CEO of the multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced Monday that David Welker will replace David Odom, who resigned last week.

Welker was the special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans office before becoming Juneau's security head in June 2012.

Odom and the program's chief operating officer, Kirk Fisher, resigned last week amid conflict-of-interest allegations. Former FBI director Louis Freeh, who is leading an independent probe of the settlement program's operations, said in a September report that Odom and Fisher formed a company to work on unrelated litigation under the supervision of a firm that is a contractor for the BP settlement program.

In a statement Sunday, Juneau said Odom and Fisher were leaving to pursue "other business opportunities." Juneau refused to comment on BP's allegation that the resignations follow reports that the men entertained subordinates at a strip club that was paid $550,000 for its settlement claim. BP made that allegation in an advertisement that ran Monday in three major newspapers.

Juneau said Welker "brings a wealth of program experience" to his new job.

"His integrity, work ethic and credentials are simply beyond reproach," Juneau said in a statement.

The search for a permanent CEO will start immediately, the statement said.

 

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