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Two Fort Worth council members propose temporary single-family moratorium around TCU

The moratorium would apply to new permits for single-family homes around TCU, and give the city time to figure out what to do with a controversial proposed overlay in several neighborhoods around the university.

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Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks

DALLAS (AP) — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

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Landscape architect behind several TCU landmarks acquired

The Dallas design firm behind several Texas Christian University projects, as well as Globe Life Park in Arlington and AT&T Stadium, has been acquired by Rvi Planning + Landscape Architecture.

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Fort Worth launching Stockyards design task force

The task force, to be chaired by the Fort Worth architect Eric Hahnfeld, would be responsible for confirming the boundaries of the city's planned Stockyards design district and reviewing the work of a consultant.

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Fort Worth council approves tax abatement for Sprouts grocery in Ridglea

The abatement would be to VCB Property, which also won an abatement to build a strip retail center.

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University of Texas a partner in gaming academy

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas and video game industry leaders are teaming up to open a gaming academy beginning in the fall of 2014, the school announced Monday.

The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy will focus on training students to become game development team leaders. Warren Spector, a 30-year industry veteran known for work on "Ultima" and "System Shock," will guide the curriculum. He and Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, will serve as part-time instructors.

"The program will focus on building the skills required for students to lead teams and develop games from concept to completion, while growing talent for the gaming industry," Sams said.

Students attending the academy will earn a post-baccalaureate certificate instead of a graduate degree. The academy will include a 12-month program in which students will create a small-scale game.

There are only 20 spots available next year for the academy. Admitted students will receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend to assist with fees and housing expenses.

"By combining the best professors with some of the gaming industry's top minds and contributors, The University of Texas will immediately establish itself on the cutting edge of gaming design technology and the gaming industry," said Wofford Denius, co-founder of the academy.

According to the Texas Film Commission, the state has the second largest concentration of game companies in the U.S. Texas has more than 155 development and publishing companies that provide about 4,000 full-time jobs.
 

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