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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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Top area CFOs honored

The Fort Worth Business Press honored 13 area chief financial officers today with a luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Body-camera maker has financial ties to former Fort Worth police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

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Texas A&M names new dean for Fort Worth-based law school

Andrew Morriss

Texas A&M University School of Law has named Andrew Morriss, currently a faculty member at the University of Alabama’s law school, the new dean, effective July 1.
Morriss’ selection to lead the Fort Worth-based law school that Texas A&M acquired last year was approved May 1 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Morriss is a nationally prominent legal scholar known for his work on regulatory issues involving environmental, energy and offshore financial centers.
He received a doctorate in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently the D. Paul Jones Jr. & Charlene A. Jones Chairholder of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Morriss also earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master of public affairs degree from UT-Austin.


Following law school, he clerked for U. S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview.
He has taught and lectured in the Cayman Islands, China, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Nepal and other locations around the world.
He is a Research Fellow at the New York University (NYU) Center for Labor and Employment Law, chairman of the editorial board for the Cayman Financial Review and is affiliated with numerous think tanks on public policy, including the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, the Institute for Energy Research at Washington, D. C., and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Prior to joining the University of Alabama, Morriss was the H. Ross & Helen Workman Professor of Law and Professor of Business at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve.
His wife, Dr. Carol Akers, is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
In separate action on May 1, regents approved $5 million from the Available University Fund (AUF) for the law school now and up to $20 million over the next five years on a dollar-for-dollar basis regarding funds raised in the private sector. The AUF represents proceeds from the Permanent University Fund to enhance excellence in teaching, research and related initiatives. Fundraising and donor engagement activities are already under way.
The law school is currently headed by Aric Short, who was serving in an interim capacity when Texas A&M acquired it from Texas Wesleyan University.
Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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