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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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Abbott takes big campaign cash lead over Davis

PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis remains a fundraising force in the Texas governor's race but begins the pivotal final push toward Election Day with substantially less money to spend than Republican Greg Abbott, according to new campaign finance figures released Tuesday.

Abbott began July sitting on nearly $36 million — nearly triple the cash Davis has on hand. Already a heavy underdog, the Fort Worth state senator is now confronting deficits not just in polls but financially in a big state where deep pockets are typically essential in elections.

Davis has raised $27 million since her filibuster in the Texas Capitol last summer over new abortion restrictions made her a star among Democrats. That's already more than what Democrat Bill White raised against Gov. Rick Perry in 2010, but Davis has burned through more than half that money before a single television ad has aired.

"There are the resources available, and will be raised, to compete in the fall," Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas said.

Abbott reported collecting $28.1 million since officially launching his campaign for governor almost exactly a year ago. But the longtime Texas attorney general had been quietly stockpiling money for years, building a bankroll in excess of $20 million before even announcing his candidacy.

The advantages of that head start are beginning to show.

"It's a big body of water for sure. It can be bigger depending on how Abbott spends it," said Bill Miller, an Austin lobbyist who has worked for Perry and is a longtime political consultant in Texas. "He owns the airwaves if he wants to."

Exactly who has been writing the biggest checks to Abbott and Davis in recent months wasn't immediately clear. Both campaigns made only their bottom-line numbers public before submitting itemized campaign finance reports that were due Tuesday to the Texas Ethics Commission.

Davis has garnered nationwide support while becoming among the most visible Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the country. She's made coast-to-coast fundraising trips, and more than one in four dollars she raised through the primaries this spring had come from out of state.

The new fundraising totals come two weeks after Davis headlined the Texas Democratic Convention, where she said it was "absurd" to suggest her chances of winning are fading. Her campaign Tuesday downplayed the gap in available cash and highlighted how Davis has attracted more than 140,000 individual donors.

Davis has not disclosed the identity of all her small donors in previous finance reports. Abbott's campaign attacked Davis again Tuesday over that omission, and said in a statement that Abbott was "overwhelmed by the support" he has received from donors who are 95 percent from Texas.

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