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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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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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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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American Airlines' first 787 Dreamliner arrives at D/FW

American is preparing the plane to begin service sometime in the second quarter.

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Oil rises above $94, bolstered by severe US cold

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The price of oil climbed above $94 a barrel Wednesday ahead of a weekly U.S. stockpile report and with U.S. demand for heating fuel expected to rise amid severe cold weather.

Benchmark U.S. oil for February delivery was up 39 cents to $94.06 a barrel at midafternoon Kuala Lumpur time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 24 cents to end at $93.67 on Tuesday.

A deep freeze has spread from the U.S. Midwest to the East and South, setting record low temperatures from Boston to Birmingham, and killing 21 people. The Midwest and the East experienced temperatures colder than much of Antarctica, supporting oil prices as demand for heating fuel rises.

An estimated 190 million people in the U.S. were subjected to the icy blast, caused by a kink in the "polar vortex," the strong winds that surround the North Pole. Authorities said the worst should be over in the next day or two. Warmer weather — at least, near or above freezing — is in the forecast for much of the stricken part of the country.

Analysts said investors are also waiting for the U.S. government's crude inventory report that is likely to show a fall in stockpiles last week, indicating stronger demand.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 18 cents to $107.53.

In other energy futures trading:

— Wholesale gasoline dipped 0.1 cent to $2.678 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 3 cents to $4.329 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil was up 0.4 cent to $2.964 a gallon.

 

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