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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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Ray Hutchison, legislator, Senator's husband, dies at 81

DALLAS (AP) — Ray Hutchison, an attorney, former legislator, gubernatorial candidate and the husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, has died. He was 81.

Michelle McCormick, spokeswoman for the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, confirmed that Hutchison died Sunday. A family spokeswoman, Lindsey Parham, said he died at a Dallas hospital of heart complications.

Hutchison was the chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 to 1977 and ran in the following year's GOP primary for governor but lost to Bill Clements. He served as a state representative for Dallas' district 33-Q from 1973 to 1977.

While serving in the state Legislature, he met wife Kay Bailey, then a representative from Houston. They married in 1978 and had two children. He already had two children from a previous marriage, Parham said.

"He was the state chairman of the very first convention I attended," said Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. "He helped lay the groundwork for us to take control of the state of Texas."

The Republican Party of Texas "plans to honor him for his dedication," Munisteri added.

After his unsuccessful bid for the governor's office, Hutchison focused on his law practice and stood on the sidelines of his wife's flourishing political career. In 1990 she was elected as state treasurer and three years later, she won a special race for a seat in the U.S. Senate, a position she held for almost 20 years.

"Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come. Ray was a true public servant, a devoted husband and a loving father," Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement.

Hutchison served as counsel at Bracewell & Giuliani to state and local governments on development projects, the law firm said in a statement.

"Ray was involved in virtually every major government development project in North Texas over the past five decades," said Ben Brooks, head of Bracewell's public finance practice and a longtime friend of Hutchison.

An expert bond lawyer, Hutchison was involved in the development of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and other prominent projects in the state, including the construction of several professional sports venues.

In the early 1970s, he led the negotiations to move the Washington Senators to Arlington, where they were renamed the Texas Rangers.

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