Mike Weaver: Resources can help those in need of an RIA

In a previous column, we talked about stockbrokers as being salespeople who charge commissions and provide investments that are “suitable.”

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Late-night luxury

Soon enough, Denton residents will be able to dine on the Square at all hours of the day.

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Kroger opens Marketplace in Lewisville

Kroger will open its eighth Marketplace store in North Texas with a grand-opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday. The store, 4620 State Highway 121 in Lewisville, will anchor Castle Hills Marketplace, a 400,000-square-foot shopping center being built by Cencor Realty Services.

Kim Phillips: Springtime is time to go outside

Something we do really well in Denton is outside. Perhaps a better way of saying it is that we do outside well.

Scott Burns: It’s time to repeal the senior citizen surtax

Tax reform is in the air — again. This means we will be subject to the wretched posturing of politicians saying they want to help the middle class. They will do this by giving us some of our income back and calling it tax relief.

Briefly in business

Denton’s Movie Tavern theater announced Wednesday plans for space expansion and interior upgrades.

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GE pares financial unit, returns to its roots

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

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Regulators begin review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern shore.

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Computer users face hard choice — pay ransom or lose files

NEW YORK — It’s a chilling moment: A message appears on a computer screen, saying the files are encrypted and the only way to access them is by paying a ransom.

UNT closer to buying building

The University of North Texas is one step closer to buying the 91,000-square-foot building that currently houses Sack & Save. The Board of Regents authorized the university to complete the purchase for $6.25 million, and university officials expect the deal to go through in the next 90 days.

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City eyes smoking ban compromise

The Denton City Council is expected to revisit a compromise that would expand the city’s smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and similar devices, yet grandfather in a handful of bars that still allow smoking under an exception granted in 2012.

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Pair to talk about entrepreneurship, sustainability

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc., will be paid $48,300 to speak Thursday at the University of North Texas. The two founded the company in Burlington, Vermont,...

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RadioShack resurrected

FORT WORTH — A smaller RadioShack got a fresh start this week.

Kim Phillips: Increase in parking a cause for celebration

I was ahead of schedule on a beautiful morning in downtown Austin. I knew just what to do with the extra bit of time on my hands: stop for breakfast on a patio and soak up the fresh air before working indoors the rest of the day.

Scott Burns: Home ownership deductions not a middle-class tax benefit

Some gilded cages are about to rattle. The financial quake will be felt all over California. Ditto Honolulu, New York and Boston. Indeed, in every place where homes are priced high, higher and highest, angst will prevail.

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Expo shows innovations in Japan industry

SENDAI, Japan — Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there’s a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe.

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Hiring slowdown: U.S. employers added 126K jobs in March

WASHINGTON — A weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added just 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a 12-month streak of gains above 200,000.

Scott Burns: For most, owning a car beats leasing

My husband always said leasing made sense only if you could write off the lease as a business expense. Is that still true?

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Brand flubs and fizzles

NEW YORK — It was a tempest in a coffee cup.

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Internet infrastructure gaps remain

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Kim Phillips: Denton’s creative spirit captivates

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein said this. I first encountered this particular Einstein quote a few weeks ago when our team was making final preparations for Denton’s debut at the enormous South by Southwest Interactive Exposition (SXSWi) in Austin. It was Eric Pulido who said it, and the moment he did, it rang true in my heart about Denton.

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Cloudy view from Vista Ridge

LEWISVILLE — Some Vista Ridge Mall tenants remain optimistic about the future despite the mall’s recent difficulties.

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Liquor store opens in city

Denton’s first liquor store is officially here. The Liquor Outpost opened Saturday and is the first place to sell bottles of hard liquor in the city limits.

Food stamp recipients could start working soon

WASHINGTON — New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

Scott Burns: Transforming home equity into a better retirement

Imagine you are in your 60s, looking over your shoulder for signs that your job will soon disappear. Imagine you don’t have a pension. Imagine you don’t have much money in your 401(k) plan. Indeed, you may have next to nothing. What you have is your home, one you have lived in for a long time — long enough to have paid off the mortgage.

Briefly in Denton

Two new restaurants are moving downtown, N.Y. Pizza and Pasta and Dix Coney Island.

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Health insurance law paperwork costs small businesses thousands

NEW YORK — Complying with the health insurance law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn’t have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.

Kim Phillips: SXSW features Denton flavor

We are standing at the crossroads of the world. There is Sweden over there. Singapore and Germany are just a little farther down. There is NASA. Austin, Tyler and Texas are behind us. Oh, and I see China off to the right.

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Innovative thinker

ADDISON — Eric McGehearty has never read a book in his life, and he couldn’t if he tried.

Energy agency sees more oil declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices have further to drop with few signs of slowing production in the U.S., according to a global energy agency.

Scott Burns: You, too, can live near water

SARASOTA, Fla. — I am aboard the Sea Gypsy again, interviewing manufactured home residents some days, being deckhand and cook on my friend’s trawler on others. But I admire the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway every day.

Briefly in business

Fruit bouquet chain Edible Arrangements will join the Adagio building this summer.

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Start pedaling

Spring is right around the corner and Denton cyclists emerging from hibernation now have another resource for their biking needs.

Kim Phillips: Welcome center in the works

Acouple of weeks ago while visiting my family in East Texas, I took my parents out to lunch. My dad loves to chat with servers, and this occasion was no exception. In the course of their conversation, our young server mentioned that she had attended the University of North Texas in Denton until recently. I piped in telling her UNT was also my alma mater and that I stayed in Denton after finishing school.

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How short-term viral hits can transform a small business

NEW YORK — Fifteen minutes of Internet fame can create long-term riches for a small business.

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Growing a company

The startup scene in Denton is continuing to grow, as entrepreneurs tackle areas in technology.

Kim Phillips: St. Patrick's Day is soon upon us

March is here and with its arrival, winter finally blew in. That old groundhog got it right this time around. He predicted six more weeks of winter, and since the season seemed to have skipped Texas all together this year, we may have wondered if his forecast was for everywhere but here. Apparently what he meant to say for us is that winter was yet to come.

Scott Burns: Two ways to own a manufactured home

PALMETTO, Florida — Judy Smith slides her white convertible into a parking spot. She greets me at the door to the Country Lakes Co-Op Inc., a resident-owned manufactured home community. The clubhouse overlooks a sylvan lake. Many of the houses sport embroidered flags, waving in the breeze. Golf carts abound. Traffic is far away.

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How upcoming legal cases may change the future of franchises

NEW YORK — Are franchises small, independent businesses or should they be considered part of a much larger company? The question is at the heart of two upcoming legal cases. The outcomes could affect profits and change how franchisees hire, fire, manage and pay workers.

Pricey water prices a concern for airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court fight over retail operations at one of the nation’s busiest airports led to a charges Friday that passengers are being gouged on bottled water prices.

Kim Phillips: Denton travelers spring back from storm's effects

Last Tuesday, someone on Facebook posted a picture of freshly sprouted flowers laid flat, only their little green leaf tips visible. The photo caption referenced our mini-Icemageddon: “This ice is a life ruiner.”

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Two pubs debut in spite of ice

Winter weather closed schools and offices this week, but the doors were open at two brand-new businesses.

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Digital dilemma

NEW YORK — When one of Ileaa Swift’s employees posted homophobic comments on Facebook, the reaction was quick.

Kim Phillips: Travel key to Texas’ vitality

“Life’s Better in a State of Travel.” This is the Texas Travel Industry Association’s brand tagline. This column’s regular readers know I talk a lot about branding, how it’s much more than a mere logo.

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Tax abatement to help Peterbilt expand

Peterbilt will soon begin a $23 million expansion of its current plant in Denton, now with the help of a tax abatement from the city.

Scott Burns: Simplicity tends to overcome complexity

Even a gently thrown rock can bring down a glass house. That image came to mind last summer as I read a research note by two Ph.D.s in finance, Jason Hsu and Vitali Kalesnik. Both work at Research Affiliates, of which Hsu is a co-founder.

For many, cash saved at pump staying in pockets

WASHINGTON — In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they’ve traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy.

Briefly in business

More stores and restaurants have signed on to join Rayzor Ranch Town Center, including In-N-Out Burger, Raising Cane’s and Chili’s.

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Shop to leave Square site

After 23 years of selling home decor, clothing and other specialty items at The Courthouse Collection, business owner Karen Wilson is moving the shop to Krum.