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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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Alliance's Hillwood Commons lands first tenant

A large title insurance, property valuation and settlement services company is the first tenant at Hillwood Commons I, an office complex at Alliance Town Center.

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Fort Worth payment processor acquired by pension plan group

Fort Worth-based First American Payment Systems has been acquired by an investor group led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’), with participation of members of the First American management team.


First American is a payment processor that provides electronic transaction processing services for more than 140,000 merchants in the United States, and in Canada through its Canadian subsidiary, iATS Payments. Private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg held the majority ownership position in First American.
“First American is at an exciting point in the company’s evolution, and we look forward to collaborating with our new financial partners to identify and pursue attractive opportunities to drive our next phase of growth – both through organic expansion and strategic acquisitions,” said Neil Randel, chairman of the board and CEO of First American.


Closing is expected in August and terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. In the Fort Worth Business Press Top 100 listing, First American said it had revenues of $431.2 million in 2012.
With $140.8 billion (Canadian) in net assets as of Dec. 31, 2013, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is the largest single-profession plan in Canada. - Robert Francis
 

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