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TCU rises 20 places on influential U.S. News & World Report ranking

St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., has long disdained the rankings game. The liberal arts school, which focuses on the great works of Western civilization, was known for not responding to requests from U.S. News & World Report for information that the magazine uses to sort the nation's colleges.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Barnett still packs economic punch, study finds

Despite reduced drilling and unstable gas prices, Fort Worth continues reaping the rewards of the Barnett Shale, according to a newly released study by The Perryman Group.7

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Time to make more Do-Nuts in DFW

Shipley Do-Nuts has signed a development agreement with Adkins Development Corp. to accelerate expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

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Leo's Foods to shutter Fort Worth plant, lay off 84

In a filing with the Texas Workforce Commission, Leo’s Foods will begin terminating employees over a 14 day period beginning Oct. 10.

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Road congestion, potholes cost Fort Worth drivers $1,700 a year

Texas roads and bridges cost the state’s motorists a total of $25.1 billion statewide annually, more than $1,700 per driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to a new report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation group.
The TRIP report, “Texas Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Texas, 16 percent of major urban roads and highways are less than adequate. Nearly one-fifth of Texas bridges are in need of replacement, repairs or modernization, according to the report and the state’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year.


“These high costs are like a hidden tax on our motorists; we’d all be better off investing a little more in improving our transportation infrastructure and avoiding these costs,” said Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, chairman of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.


A total of 19 percent of Texas’ state maintained bridges are currently in need of replacement, repair or modernization. Two percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient, meaning there is significant deterioration to the major components of the bridge. An additional 17 percent of the state’s bridges are designated as functionally obsolete because they no longer meet current highway design standards.
Traffic crashes in Texas claimed the lives of 16,041 people between 2009 and 2013. Texas’ traffic fatality rate of 1.41 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is 27 percent higher than the national average of 1.11. The traffic fatality rate on Texas’ non-Interstate rural roads was 2.63 traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, more than two-and-a-half times higher than the 0.99 traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel on all other roads and highways in the state. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Texas, according to the report.


According to the report, 21 percent of roads in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington are rated as poor, just below San Antonio’s 32 percent. Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington residents wasted 45 hours in traffic annually, just below Houston’s 52 hours wasted.
Vehicle operating costs (VOC) annually in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington are $508 annually, below San Antono’s $662, but above Houston’s $450. - Robert Francis
 

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