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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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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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Fort Worth Police association planning 25,000-square-foot offices

The POA, which recently demolished its one-story building at 904 Collier St. near downtown, is planning a five-story replacement.

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Texas official has beef with Chipotle after Aussie meat buy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas agriculture commissioner on Monday aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.

Commissioner Todd Staples in a letter dated Monday says it is "misguided" and "irresponsible" for Chipotle founder Steve Ells to believe that Australian meat is raised more responsibly than cattle in Texas, the nation's leading producer, or other states.

Staples wrote he was "shocked" that Chipotle is getting beef from 8,000 miles away when there are producers galore in Texas.

"We have a wide variety of producers and processors," he wrote. "It seems foolish to discount these immense, local resources when making decisions about where to source your beef."

Ells last month defended the move by writing for the Huffington Post that Chipotle was having difficulty getting beef it prefers from U.S. producers because the lingering drought is leading to the smallest herd in decades.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said in January that the U.S. cattle herd was 89.3 million head, the lowest since 1952.

Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said the low US herd numbers mean there are fewer animals that meet the company protocol of using no hormones or antibiotics.

"It would be our preference to get that domestically but it's just not available," he said.

Staples says he wants Ells to meet with him and Texas beef industry leaders.

 

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