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The Forest Park Medical Center campuses were supposed to be more like spas than hospitals.  And they were —  from the hand cut stone and sculptures to the lavish trees and fancy menu.

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Exide Technologies says bankruptcy will not alter the cleanup of lead contamination at its closed Frisco plant. 

Exide Technologies, which owns the recently closed battery recycling plant in Frisco, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Exide is in the midst of cleaning up lead contamination in and around the Frisco plant. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect activities there.

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Struggling retail giant JC Penney could face bankruptcy if things don’t improve, according to SMU Marketing Professor Ed Fox. 

American Airlines

By an overwhelming 74 percent margin, American Airlines pilots have voted to ratify the tentative contract hammered out with the bankrupt carrier. Voting ended Friday at noon.

Judge Says RIP, Hostess

Nov 21, 2012

Twinkies may be built to live forever, but a federal bankruptcy judge put the final nails in the coffin for Irving-based Hostess Brands today. The move clears the way for the Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos to go on the auction block.

A Cream-Filled Legacy: Sweet Memories Of Twinkies

Nov 16, 2012
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Throughout North Texas Friday generations who grew up with Twinkies in their lunch boxes were wondering if their childhood treats will disappear. The Irving-based Hostess Brands company which makes the desserts is going out of business.

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American Airlines says it’s serious about taking pilots to court if, as the company claims, they continue to disrupt flights. And if that happens, the pilots union could be fined millions.

North Texas travelers now have fewer flights to choose from out of DFW. American Airlines has cut up to two percent of its flights following an increase in delays and cancellations.

Hundreds of uniformed American Airlines workers have marched to company headquarters to protest bankruptcy plans that could void their contracts.

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Officials with American Airlines will try to convince a bankruptcy judge that labor agreements must be broken for the carrier to survive.

Leaders of the Fort Worth-based airline on Monday will be at a federal courthouse in New York to open what could be a two-month hearing.

Parent company AMR seeks to void its contracts with pilots, flight attendants and ground workers and impose its own terms.

The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November.

The three largest American Airlines unions are supporting a merger with U.S. Airways.

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Bankrupt AMR, parent company of American Airlines, has told its unions that without more concessions, it will move to cancel all contracts next week in court.

Hundreds of protesting American Airlines workers marched to sway the public in the battle over their jobs and benefits. Bankrupt American Airlines says it must severely slash workers and pensions to successfully emerge from Chapter 11. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports union members don’t buy it.

Every union leader expressed surprise by the large number of job cuts American Airlines says it needs to survive. They plan to fight back. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that 13,000 figure could shrink before negotiations end, and the plan heads to bankruptcy court.

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American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks says briefings continue with union reps and members, but this is the tentative breakdown of job losses.

Latest Update from American Airlines at 1:16pm:

Expected Employee Reductions:

Agents, Reps, Planners – TBD, the ARP restructuring plan is still under development as the company collects and analyzes employee feedback.

Fleet Service & Other TWU – Approximately 4,200

Flight Attendants – Approximately 2,300

Management/Support Staff – Approximately 1,400

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Today, American Airlines and union workers will discuss changes that must occur so the carrier can successfully emerge from bankruptcy. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports pensions could be a prime target.

American Airlines employees find out this week how the airlines’ bankruptcy will affect them. KERA’s BJ Austin says airline executives meet with union leaders on Wednesday.

American Eagle, the regional airline affiliate of American Airlines, may furlough more than 220 Texas-based pilots and flight attendants in February to cut costs under bankruptcy protection.

American Eagle vice-president Cathy McCann told the Texas Workforce Commission that 119 pilots and 104 flight attendants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area could lose their jobs around Feb. 13th.

Fort Worth-based American has about 74,000 employees, and Eagle has about 14,000, including part-timers. Parent company AMR Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection Nov. 29th.

SMU Experts Look At AMR

Dec 14, 2011
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The North Texas economy will take a hit from AMR's bankruptcy, even if it's not evident yet. That's according to Southern Methodist University business experts. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the school's annual economic review.

When American Airlines filed for bankruptcy November 29th, it told customers to expect business as usual. But economist Michael Davis, with SMU's Cox School of Business, says that cannot last long. The carrier will have to cut costs, even if most local workers keep their jobs.

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Dallas, TX – DFW Airport Board members will wait at least another week to get additional details of American Airlines' bankruptcy, and how that might affect the airport's finances. KERA's BJ Austin says the discussion at Thursday's Airport Board meeting was sketchy.

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Dallas, TX – Even though American Airlines' parent, AMR, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday, passengers may see no changes in the carrier's operations. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on who may pay a price.