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Bridge collapse on I-35 north of Austin

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a reported bridge collapse along an interstate in Central Texas.

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Amazon begins Prime Now program in Dallas area

If you just have to have it now, as in one hour, you can, at least in the Dallas area, as Amazon.com Inc. announced Thursday it will offer Prime Now.

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Monty Bennett: Businessman, water district activist

Monty Bennett’s name will not appear on the ballot for the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors yet he remains a powerful backstage player whose influence could shape the direction of the district’s business for years to come.

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Price appeal: Condos going up on Near Southside

Chris Brassard and Omar Diaz had apartments in mind when they built a 12-unit complex on May Street just south of West Magnolia Avenue on Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Then their leasing agent, Will Northern of Northern Realty Group, suggested they consider selling the units as condominiums.

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Texas jobless rate falls as employers add workers

Texas unemployment fell to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

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Rail service extension reaches D/FW Airport

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Light rail service at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport began Monday with the first train officially arriving to link travelers to downtown Dallas.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Orange Line extension, the final nearly 5-mile stretch to reach the airport, opened four months ahead of schedule at the D/FW Airport Station.

The first train arrived shortly before 4 a.m. Monday, airport officials said. The $152 million extension offers service via Terminal A.

"This is a momentous day for our customers and for D/FW Airport, because passenger rail is a critical component to D/FW's status as a top-tier international gateway," said Sean Donohue, airport CEO.

The connection should be a major selling point to attract conventions and customers to Dallas, Donohue said.

DART previously relied on a combination of rail service and buses to reach Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which handles nearly 166,000 passengers daily.

"By adding 5 miles of rail to what was already the longest light rail system in North America, DART is connecting Dallas to the world through D/FW Airport," said Gary Thomas, DART president and executive director.

DART, a regional transit agency, operates the state's largest municipal rail system, serving Dallas and a dozen other North Texas cities and covering a geographic area of about 700 square miles.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1974. DART was created by voters and funded with a 1-cent local sales tax in 1983.

 

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