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Air show grounded

A popular Denton festival will not take flight in 2017. The Denton Air Show has been placed on hiatus beginning this year. The Denton Air Fair Committee had outstanding bills for conducting the 2016 air show, according to internal memos obtained through an open records request.


Kim Phillip: Sky not falling, Chicken Little

When 35 Denton announced a couple of weeks ago that there will be no 2017 festival, the news launched a firestorm of media attention.

Customers avoid new Wells Fargo accounts

NEW YORK — Customers are still turning their backs on Wells Fargo after a scandal over sales practices, with the bank saying Friday the number of new checking accounts people opened was down 31 percent in January from a year earlier.

Laurence Kotlikoff: ‘Purple Health Plan’ an option for America

Brenda Davis, age 60, lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her husband is 65, retired and on Medicare. But for Brenda, who is self-employed, her only option is Obamacare. Brenda earns too much to get an Obamacare subsidy.

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Discounts abound on many out-of-fashion sedans

DETROIT — If you do your homework, now is the time to practically steal a new sedan from your car dealer.


Garbage in, geeking out

Denton’s home to a load of garbage. And the landfill that garbage fills at ECO-W.E.R.C.S. Resource Recovery Park is no joke. Processing nearly 8,100 tons of waste from more than 29,000 homes in 2016, according to its website, the city’s solid waste and recycling department is just one local group to double down on environmental friendliness and capitalize on renewable resources.

What’s open, what’s closed

Denton’s got a new natural foods store: Green Foods Nutrition at 405 Fort Worth Drive. Its official grand opening is set for Friday, the shelves are filling up with natural supplements and non-GMO foods, and it’s working to provide events in the space.

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Pilots union leaders blast American CEO

DALLAS — Support from labor unions was critical when Doug Parker’s US Airways forced a merger with American Airlines, but now the CEO of the world’s biggest airline is under fire from unions unhappy about pay that lags rates at rival Delta.


Heather Steele: Hiring marketing firm a long-term partnership

I can’t tell you how often we come across this scenario: A client comes to us with their marketing in tatters (or dormant, on fire or nonexistent). They need help badly because their marketing has fallen into neglect (or into a black hole). So we patch ’em up and give them a fancy new website, an awesome brochure or a strategy for future marketing.


Peugeot owner eyes GM’s Opel

FRANKFURT, Germany — France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen, says it’s exploring a possible takeover of Opel, General Motors’ money-losing European business.

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Pat Driscoll: Lack of insurance impacts business success

The health of Texas women directly impacts the welfare of our state. Healthy women create a positive ripple effect for their families and communities. But in Texas, 2.2 million women and girls have no health insurance.

Smaller firms lag in web security

Small businesses are lagging behind larger companies in preparedness for attacks on their websites or computer systems. That’s the finding of a survey by Hiscox, an insurance company whose target market in the U.S. is small business.

Chuck Carpenter: Bush speech to highlight Denton County Days

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will be the featured speaker during the Denton County Days luncheon March 1 in Austin.


Gun industry seeks to ease restrictions on silencers

ATLANTA — They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm has been as difficult as buying a machine gun, requiring a background check that can take close to a year.


Sam Burke: Understanding contract boilerplate

In the age of the word processor, most contracts are assembled from forms or using a contract one of the parties has used before. Very often at the end of these previous agreements or forms, some boilerplate provisions are included. Sometimes these provisions are a good fit for the new agreement and other times they are not.


Take these steps if you haven’t gotten your W-2

You’re ready to file your taxes — except for one thing: You’re still awaiting an IRS Form W-2 from an employer. Each January, companies issue W-2s to inform workers, and Uncle Sam, of the amount of money the worker made during the previous year and how much in income, Social Security and Medicare taxes was withheld. If you file without all of your W-2s, it could delay processing of your return — and the arrival of any refund.


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Senators try to give boost to self-driving cars

WASHINGTON — In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two senators said this week they’re launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation’s roads.

Jonathon Fite: Value investing making another big comeback

Today’s investment world is cluttered and noisy. Investors looking to put their hard-earned savings to work can be overwhelmed by buzzwords and jargon. They need clarity. It helps to begin by asking a simple question: What investing approach has achieved the best results in the long run?

No-fault crashes still boost premiums

WASHINGTON — Most drivers don’t expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn’t their fault. But a consumer group says it happens, and it’s a problem.

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Denton's WinCo Distribution opens

From a banana manager to a robot stocking pallets of dry goods, the WinCo Foods Distribution Center is up and running. Most of the shelving inside the 800,000-square-foot center at 300 S. Western Blvd. in west Denton is still empty as the company begins to ship out certain types of products to local stores today.


‘The last adventure’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (TNS) — Think of it as the trip of a lifetime — even if it is coming a bit too late — or the perfect sendoff for that relative from whom you could never get far enough away.


Kim Phillips: Anonymous hero at Kroger displays heart of Denton to highest degree

It was one of those days. She got up at 5 a.m. to bake cookies for her son’s class event at school. The cookies burned. She threw on some clothes and rushed to Kroger, grabbed bakery cookies to replace the trashed homemade batch, paid and hurried back home. The household was in a tizzy, everyone scrambling to get ready for work and school.

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Flight attendants plan Valentine’s Day picket of American Airlines over ‘broken promises’

DALLAS — American Airlines flight attendants plan to picket the carrier’s Fort Worth headquarters and several airports around the country Tuesday over what the union is calling “broken promises” to its members.

Employers fear job-based health care is vulnerable

WASHINGTON (TNS) — Through years of acrimony over Obamacare coverage for the poor and other individuals lacking health policies, one kind of insurance has remained steady, widespread and relatively affordable.

Laurence Kotlikoff: Uncertainty doesn’t mix well with stock market

Smart economists never predict the stock market. Our theory tells us it’s impossible. Leaving aside inside information, everyone already knows what we know and has traded on this old news and moved stock prices accordingly.

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Ford bets $1B on robotics startup founded by Waymo, Uber vets

SAN FRANCISCO — Ford Motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.


Car payments more permanent

Car payments have morphed from a temporary nuisance into a permanent part of many people’s budgets. Whether that’s a bad thing depends on what you do with the rest of your money.

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Snapchat’s young users are its greatest asset and biggest risk

LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Kids don’t use email anymore. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik Yak is so 2015. When it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s at.


Push renewed for fewer antibiotics in livestock industry

MINNEAPOLIS (TNS) — New federal regulations mark the first serious attempt in at least 20 years to tackle what many have called the systematic overuse of antibiotics in healthy farm animals.


Natural passion

Some aspire to add life to their years rather than years to their lives, so to say. Brenda Subbiah and Alex Nagal aim to preach that state of mind with their new health and nutrition store at 405 Fort Worth Drive in Denton.


Kim Phillps: Train tunesadd lifeto town

Their song began long ago. In fact, their tune was first, before a single Denton band you can name. It was before the University of North Texas’ jazz school and its evolution into one of the most prestigious music schools in the world.


Possible health law changes worry some entrepreneurs

NEW YORK — Stay in business for yourself or go back to working for someone else? That’s the choice some small business owners and freelancers are worried they may have to make, depending on what changes Congress makes in the health care law.

Laurence Kotlikoff: Scott Burns passes torch to economist

My grandmother, Bessie Cohen, loved Johnny Carson. She lived for Ed McMahon’s nightly scream, “Heeeeere’s Johnny.” When Carson retired, I knew Mom-Mom, who was 92, would take it hard. Sure enough, she passed within a week.


Entrepreneurs race to develop flying cars

WASHINGTON — Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.

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Buc-ee’s on target

Yes, all of the groundwork along Interstate 35E southbound from Denton, right before Unicorn Lake, is Buc-ee’s.


Kim Phillips: Denton talent set in granite

Let’s go for a walk. We’re starting in downtown Denton at the PointBank Black Box Theatre on Hickory Street, and we’ll head west toward the Square.

Scott Burns: Loyal readers made wonderful run possible

This is (almost) my last column. It marks 40 years of deadlines, 36 in national syndication. That’s more than 5,000 columns and more than 3.5 million words. It’s the equivalent of 44 books, or six tomes the size of War and Peace.

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Taxes often a headache for small businesses

NEW YORK — With the start of tax season, stress levels are rising at many small businesses. Even owners who are organized, keep good books and stay in touch with their accountants can find compiling returns to be a painful process.


Little progress in tech diversity

NEW YORK — The tech industry brought us self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and 3-D printers. But when it comes to racial and gender diversity, its leading companies are no trailblazers.


Regulation relief

NEW YORK — Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile regulations imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration scrapped now that Donald Trump is president, with rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books.