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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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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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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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Oil jumps to nearly $104 as Ukraine crisis spirals 


The Associated Press

The price of oil continued to climb on Friday, reaching nearly $104 a barrel on concerns that the tensions over Ukraine and new sanctions against Russia could disrupt global supplies.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was up 51 cents to $103.94 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped $1.99 the previous day to close at $103.19.

Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, rose 43 cents to $108.62 on the ICE exchange in London.

A series of geopolitical events pushed prices higher by raising concern that oil supplies could become tighter, even though no disruptions were imminent.

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions against Russian energy companies late Wednesday, including against Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer. While analysts say the stiffer sanctions are unlikely to cause any dip in production or exports in the short term, they could prevent or delay future exploration and production.

The crash of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine, which Ukrainian officials said was shot down, raised the risk of a sharper conflict between Ukraine and Russia that could lead to even tighter Western sanctions against Moscow. And fighting in the Gaza strip intensified after a shaky cease-fire expired, yet another source of turmoil in the Middle East, the world's most important oil-producing region.

In other Nymex trading:

— Wholesale gasoline added 0.5 cent to $2.862 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 0.6 cent to $3.96 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil rose 0.7 cent to $2.879 a gallon.

 

 

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