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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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Alliance's Hillwood Commons lands first tenant

A large title insurance, property valuation and settlement services company is the first tenant at Hillwood Commons I, an office complex at Alliance Town Center.

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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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Hilltop Holdings buying rest of SWS Group

DALLAS (AP) — Hilltop Holdings Inc. of Dallas is buying the rest of SWS Group that it doesn't already own in a deal that values the regional bank and financial services provider at about $260.8 million.

Hilltop Holdings, a financial holding company, already owns a 24 percent interest in SWS Group's common stock.

The boards of both Dallas-based companies unanimously approved the deal announced Tuesday. It still requires approval by SWS shareholders and regulators. The SWS acquisition is targeted to close before year's end.

Under terms of the deal, SWS Group Inc. shareholders will receive 0.2496 shares of Hilltop common stock and $1.94 of cash. This equals $7.88 per share based on Hilltop's Monday closing price.

In January, Hilltop had offered $7 per share for SWS.

Hilltop owns PlainsCapital Corp., a bank franchise based in Texas. Hilltop also owns National Lloyds Corp., which provides property and casualty insurance through two insurance companies, National Lloyds Insurance Co. and American Summit Insurance Co.

SWS shares climbed 41 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $7.89 in premarket trading Tuesday. Hilltop shares closed at $23.79 on Monday.

 

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