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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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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Compass BBVA names Happel CEO for Fort Worth

BBVA Compass has appointed Brian Happel, most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth.

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Two Fort Worth Baylor medical properties acquired

Baylor Surgical Hospital of Fort Worth and Baylor Surgical Hospital Integrated Medical Facility are among three facilities acquired by Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II Inc.

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Fort Worth minority business receives nationwide grant

Cuevas Distribution Inc., a minority- and woman-owned business in Fort Worth, is one of 20 small businesses nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of the Mission Main Street program.

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Oil climbs as Ukraine fear outweighs China data


The Associated Press

The price of oil climbed above $100 a barrel Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine outweighed a fourth month of contraction in China's manufacturing.

Benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was up 34 cents to $100.10 a barrel at 0725 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 34 cents to settle at $99.76 on Friday.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil, gained 11 cents to $108.70 on the ICE exchange in London.

Violence flared in Ukraine on Sunday as a mob of protesters outraged by the deaths of pro-Russian activists stormed police headquarters in the Black Sea port city of Odessa, smashing doors, windows and security cameras before police freed dozens of their jailed allies.

Concerns are mounting that if the conflict spirals further it could force the U.S. and Europe to strengthen sanctions against Russia, which Ukraine accuses of fomenting unrest in its Russian-speaking eastern regions. Russia is a major supplier of natural gas and oil to Europe.

China's factory activity contracted again last month, according to HSBC's purchasing manager index, and the pace of the decline was more severe than a preliminary version of the report indicated. The PMI results underscore the continuing slowdown in the world's second biggest economy, which could mean lower energy demand.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.4 cents to $2.95 a gallon.

— Heating oil added 0.4 cent to $2.926 a gallon

— Natural gas rose 0.3 cent to $4.677 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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