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Hotel, convention center, WinCo facility highlight year’s projects

Construction cranes are still around town, a sign of the changes to come in 2017 across Denton. Development in retail, commercial property and warehouse spaces is underway. Plus, University Drive construction is scheduled to be done March 31, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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What’s open, what’s closed

After 60 years, Weldon’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear closed Saturday. Two online auctions for shop merchandise will open Jan. 27 and 30, with a face-to-face auction featuring bits, spurs and owner Weldon Burgoon’s Western collectibles at 10 a.m. March 4 at 345 E. Hickory St.

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Markets cheer ‘clean Brexit’

LONDON — Britain’s future outside the European Union became much clearer Tuesday: It’s so long to the single market, goodbye to the European Court of Justice and farewell to the freedom of movement for workers.

Scott Alagood: Know basics of the 85th Texas Legislature

This new year brings with it a new Texas Legislature. The Legislature meets in odd-numbered years to enact, repeal or modify the laws of the state.

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GM announces U.S. jobs plan

DETROIT — General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

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Heather Steele: Get your marketing ready to meet 2017

Now that the new year is in full swing, you’ve probably pulled yourself out of holiday mode and back into grind mode. Maybe you went kicking and screaming, maybe you went with a sense of relief, but you’re here.

Herbert Austin: Helping entrepreneurs start businesses, create jobs in ’17

Small businesses in Denton County contribute to the strength of our nation’s economy and are at the center of job creation, innovation and global competitiveness. A Cabinet-level agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s priority is to ensure we are doing all we can to help small businesses thrive.

Jonathon Fite: Value investing returns prove solid once again

Our columns over the years have focused on the truth that value investing strategies are the only ones to outperform over the long term. Periodically, value strategies do lag. But these periods often give way to the longer-term outperformance trend.

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Chuck Carpenter: Chamber gearing up for key initiatives

We began the final quarter of the 2016-17 program year Jan. 1. We’ll use the next three months to ramp up to some key initiatives scheduled for early in the next program year, which will begin April 1.

IMF boosts forecast with Trump set to lead

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump’s policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump’s protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be “quite destructive” for the global economy.

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Pushkala Raman: Help available for local small businesses

Small business is the engine of any community. This is particularly true of Denton, which is home to several exciting small businesses in the areas of technology, health care and services. Small businesses...

Venezuela debuts new banknotes

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans stood in long ATM lines Monday to take out new, larger-denominated bills that President Nicolas Maduro hopes will help stabilize the crisis-wracked economy.

Wal-Mart to add about 10K U.S. jobs

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday its plans also will generate about 24,000 construction jobs.

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The eight richest people on Earth

LONDON — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity.

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Cyber forget-me-not

HOUSTON (AP) — In the late 1990s, Peter Barrett thought to videotape his fluffy white dog, Snowy, howling along to a TV show’s theme song. He put the tape away and forgot about it for several years.

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Kim Phillips: Denton a unique place to live

Since moving to Denton last November, I am seeing things I’ve never noticed in my 14 years at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau. My work often includes night and weekend hours, and my husband, Tim, and I have invested the bulk of our entertainment time and date nights in Denton over these years, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover these little nuances I didn’t know about.

Scott Burns: Saving Social Security requires real-world solution

In an ideal world, everyone would save money so they could take care of their own retirement. Some would call this a Jeffersonian ideal. Others might say it is a Republican core belief. But it’s a widely admired idea.

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Many small companies lack good cash buffer

NEW YORK — When Rafael Romis started his website design company five years ago, he kept enough cash on hand to last about two weeks. That worked well until the company’s income taxes had to be paid.

Credit cards getmore competitive

Today’s competitive credit card market has turned lucrative for consumers, meaning what would have been a good offer just a few years ago no longer measures up.

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During Mardi Gras, tradition takes the cake

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans is a city strong on traditions, and few inspire as much passion as the king cakes of Mardi Gras season. Do you eat Haydel’s, Gambino’s or Randazzo’s? Fillings and toppings or old-school simplicity?

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Crickets make leap in demand

WILLISTON, Vt. — At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm, you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets.

Driverless electric shuttle being tested

LAS VEGAS — There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street.

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Clearing the way

The former Jim McNatt Toyota Dodge dealership was demolished Friday to make way for a multi-business pad site by Lincoln Properties at the intersection of University Drive and Bonnie Brae Street in Denton. Tenants at the site have not been announced. The land is adjacent to property owned by grocery retailer H-E-B, and there are still no plans to develop that site into a store, Marbie Jackson, H-E-B director of public affairs, said Friday.

Kim Phillips: Stage set for amazing 2017

As the final hours of 2016 ebbed away last weekend, social media was firing on all channels.

Scott Burns: Social Security reform may harm some workers

I have some advice for our new Republican leadership: Remember Dan Rostenkowski. He was the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 1989.

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Golden Triangle Mall’s owner refines nameThe Weitzman Group and Cencor Realty Services will now go by Weitzman, consolidating the names and different branches of the same company. The Weitzman Group is...

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Denton's Acme Brick faces penalty for August 2015 emissions

Acme Brick faces a state penalty after the scrubber on its smokestack failed in August 2015, triggering a week of emissions that included tons of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen fluoride.

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IMPress absorbs Eagle & Wheeler

IMPress Graphics absorbed Eagle & Wheeler, a 109-year-old Denton printing company, on the first of the year, but the new owners have no plans to change up the business.

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Promising property

DALLAS — The drive north from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the WinStar World Casino and Resort across the Red River in Oklahoma may become more interesting soon.

Kim Phillips: Unusual resolution bound for new year

Like many people the week before Christmas, I was dashing around trying to get last-minute holiday preparations wrapped up. The radio was on as I drove between errands.

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Debra Layman, a registered nurse, is now the chief operations officer for Health Services of North Texas.

Scott Burns: Social Security bill would shrink future benefits

You’re eager to buy your favorite candy bar. You go in the store. You pay the usual amount. But when you open the familiar wrapping, you get a terrible surprise. It’s smaller, way smaller, than you expected.

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Becoming Bengals

LITTLE ELM — Locals once called the area “Fruit Jar Junction.” With myriad addresses listed under towns such as Little Elm, Aubrey, Cross Roads and Oak Point, one thing seems to unite the people living in the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor between Denton and McKinney: the schools.

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Guaranty Bank & Trust is one of the top 100 companies to work for, according to Texas Monthly.

Kim Phillips: Christmas itself is true gift

Last week, I told the story about warm, sweet Christmases of my childhood. It was indeed a simpler place and time. Adulting is complicated, even when times are good.

The Ins-N-Outs of 2016

Denton’s business scene continued to evolve in 2016 with notable closures and openings further diversifying the local economy and changing the business landscape.

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Trump’s signals mixed on infrastructure

WASHINGTON — It’s not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised.

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Heather Steele: Marketing in December can be tricky

Marketing is a nuanced science, and never more so than during the holidays. Black Friday is a recurring phenomenon for a reason: People love to shop and retailers need to finally start turning a profit for the year.

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Auto roundup: Smart fires reported

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are reviewing eight complaints that the engine in the tiny Smart Fortwo can catch fire.

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Sam Burke: Car accidents a key source of liability for businesses

This past year, injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents rose for the first time in over a decade. When discussing this issue with local State Farm agent Matt Portz, he told me that State Farm processes 42,000 auto accident claims per day. The recent rise in accidents related to deaths and injuries likely is due to lower gas prices (more cars on the road) and an increase in distracted driving (cellphone use).

Jonathon Fite: Dollar-cost averaging packs plenty of power

Last year, the year-end letter we send to our partners had three main themes. First, we reiterated that our strategy had not changed since its inception. We were focused on investing in bargains that would protect our partners from the risks of higher inflation and rising interest rates over the long run.

Chuck Carpenter: Retreat, business summit on tap for Denton chamber

In preparation for our new program year, which will begin April 1, the Denton Chamber of Commerce board recently signed off on priority topics for our planning retreat agenda. The retreat is scheduled for Jan. 27 at Hilton Garden Inn Denton.

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Margaret Young: Small businesses get into spirit of giving

Giving — to family or to those less fortunate than we are — is something we think a lot about during the holiday season. Often, we have certain causes that we are more likely to give to, that are near and dear to our hearts.