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Bridge collapse on I-35 north of Austin

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a reported bridge collapse along an interstate in Central Texas.

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Amazon begins Prime Now program in Dallas area

If you just have to have it now, as in one hour, you can, at least in the Dallas area, as Amazon.com Inc. announced Thursday it will offer Prime Now.

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Monty Bennett: Businessman, water district activist

Monty Bennett’s name will not appear on the ballot for the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors yet he remains a powerful backstage player whose influence could shape the direction of the district’s business for years to come.

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Price appeal: Condos going up on Near Southside

Chris Brassard and Omar Diaz had apartments in mind when they built a 12-unit complex on May Street just south of West Magnolia Avenue on Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Then their leasing agent, Will Northern of Northern Realty Group, suggested they consider selling the units as condominiums.

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Texas jobless rate falls as employers add workers

Texas unemployment fell to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

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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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