1:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Denton To Vote On Fracking Ban

A Vantage Energy natural gas rig in southwest Arlington just south of Interstate 20, Monday, December 23, 2013
Paul Moseley Star-Telegram

The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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10:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': The Dallas Start-Up Scene Shortlist

Launch DFW will host Dallas New Tech at the DEC on August 5th.
coolinsights / Flickr

Navigating the world of small business can be challenging. Yet North Texas has proved itself with a booming start-up community. Today at 1 p.m., three local entrepreneurs talked startups on Think: Launch DFW founder Bradley Joyce, SPAteneity Natural Nail Salon founder Missy Malone and Kairos Facial Recognition founder and The Sport of Sales​ author Craig Lewis.

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6:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Texas Tribune Series: Few Protections For Workers In Texas 'Miracle' Economy

Workers help with construction of a building in Austin. Photo by Todd Wiseman.
Todd Wiseman The Texas Tribune

State officials have touted the so-called Texas “miracle” economy and its boost in oil and gas and construction.

The Texas Tribune investigative series "Hurting For Work" found little protection for workers in those industries because of lax regulation. For instance, the lead author of the series, Jay Root, says Texas is the only state that allows employers to opt out of providing workers’ compensation coverage.

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2:55 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Across Texas, Bitcoin Fans Join The Online Currency Frenzy

More local businesses are accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for goods and services.
Pablo Arauz KERA

Bitcoin made headlines last fall when users of the black market website Silk Road made illegal purchases with the online currency. Ross Ulbricht, the University of Texas at Dallas graduate who created the site, was arrested.

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4:38 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Thanks To Texas Bravado, Dallas Landed Federal Reserve 100 Years Ago

Employees of the Dallas Fed in the 1950s sorted cash.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

One hundred years ago, Dallas was selected to be one of 12 locations to host a Federal Reserve Bank. It not only beat out other Texas cities, but also New Orleans, which at the time had a population three times larger. So how did "Little D" get a Reserve Bank? Texas bravado, in part.

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6:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

In Dallas, Former Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Talks Of Tough Economic Times -- And His Legacy

Former President George W. Bush introduced Ben Bernanke and Joshua Bolten at a Bush Institute conference on monetary policy in Dallas.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas hosted a seminar on the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. Now, those words usually don’t exactly get the blood racing, but headliner and former Fed chief Ben Bernanke teamed with his host, George W. Bush, for an unusually candid – and even entertaining – series of chats.

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12:34 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Energy Future Holdings Files For Bankruptcy; Power Production Won't Be Affected

Hope Abrams/Flickr

Energy Future Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday after agreeing with key financial stakeholders to keep its power-producing businesses operating in Texas while it reduces roughly $40 billion in debt.

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1:34 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Toyota To Move Its U.S. Headquarters To Plano

Harry LaRosiliere, the Plano mayor, was all smiles Monday as Toyota confirmed it was moving its U.S. headquarters to the Collin County city.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Toyota is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Plano.

The Japanese automaker announced the move Monday.

The KERA Radio Story.

Toyota says the new headquarters will bring together employees who are now scattered around the country. It will break ground on a new headquarters in North Texas this year.

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2:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Following Backlash, Dallas-Based Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association.
Brinker International

Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that states on its website that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group says it believes that vaccinations can "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."

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4:16 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Fort Worth Tops List Of Best Downtowns in America

Lead in text:, a website that focuses on quality of life in small to mid-sized cities, seems to have used a mix of measurable criteria and editor preferences to form this ranking of downtowns. Retail and office vacancy rates, population gains, and income growth were some of the measures where Fort Worth excelled. Also cited were cultural amenities including parks, theaters, and entertainment districts like Sundance Square. Their take on the city: "Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has." The editors did not look at the country's largest cities, including Dallas, for this list.
Horses, wagons and longhorn steers parading through downtown might seem strange, but in Fort Worth, Texas, it's a tradition. The annual All Western Parade, which marks the start of the Stock Show and Rodeo, draws more than 100,000 spectators and demonstrates how this ever-evolving metropolis remains close to its agricultural roots.