WinCo to open its first Denton location July 28

WinCo Foods will open its first retail location in Denton on Thursday, July 28 at Rayzor Ranch Town Center.


Following mass shooting in Orlando, travel agents not seeing widespread cancellations to city

Experts say it’s too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there.

Jeremy Fykes: Guaranty Bank & Trust strives to be unique

At the beginning of May, Guaranty Bank & Trust, a bank with a history that spans over 100 years, opened a temporary facility located in Woodhill Square at 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 100.

Kim Phillips: Dickenson the right person for UNT’s athletic director

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the University of North Texas Mean Green will kick off the 2016 football season against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at Apogee Stadium.

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying professional networking service site LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion.


Green rush sprouts up

GUNTER (AP) — About 60 miles north of Dallas, amid green fields in the sleepy town of Gunter — population 1,486 — Texas Cannabis CEO Patrick Moran has optioned to buy a former cotton gin, where he plans to grow the cannabis sativa plant, known more commonly as marijuana.

Kim Phillips: Dog show expertise a plus for CVB staff

“Silver Grand Champion.” “Best Veteran in Show.” These were accolades popping up on Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff’s Facebook feeds as we followed sales director Dana Lodge during her recent vacation in Seattle. Strange vacation lingo? Not in Dana’s world.

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Apple’s next big challenge: Making Siri smarter

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s Siri made a big splash when the wisecracking digital assistant debuted on the iPhone five years ago. But as other tech giants jockey to build intelligent “chat bots” and voice-controlled home systems capable of more challenging artificial-intelligence feats, Siri at times no longer seems cutting edge.

Scott Burns: Social Security raise hangs on inflation rise

Remember this number: 233.278. It’s the average consumer price index for the third quarter of 2015. It’s an important number because it will help determine whether 60 million Social Security beneficiaries get a benefit increase in 2017.

Briefly in business: CoServ provides service to 300,000 meters

CoServ, an electric distribution cooperative with a gas distribution affiliate, now provides electric and natural gas service to 300,000 meters, according to a news release from the company.

Feds weigh fate of for-profit college watchdog

BOSTON — Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools.

Scott Burns: Trade decline more than simply a passing trend

Henry Ford had two great ideas. One was the creation of the first factory assembly line with a conveyor belt. It cut the time to produce a Model T from about a day and a half to an hour and a half. It created a massive productivity change.

Jack Bausman, former AP bureau chief in Moscow, dies at 92

Stamford, Conn.Bausman, former AP bureau chief, dies at 92Jack Bausman, a Cold War-era correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for The Associated Press, has died, his daughter said Friday. He was...


Student loan debt hinders startup plans

NEW YORK — As millions of people graduate from colleges and universities this spring, student loan debt will put the kibosh on the hopes many of them have to become entrepreneurs.

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Overdose antidote easier to buy

It is becoming easier for friends and family of heroin users or patients taking strong painkillers to buy an antidote that can reverse the effect of an overdose, as policymakers look for ways to fight a growing epidemic.

Kim Phillips: New and weird gets space to grow here

“Everything ‘cool’ was once new. Everything new was once weird. And everything weird needed a community to support its growth. And then it became cool.”

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Try online for lower drug prices

WASHINGTON — Most people don’t shop for lower prescription drug prices. They should, especially now that there are easier ways to do so.

Scott Burns: Seven proven ideas can help boost finances

Ideas are odd things. Some spread like wildfire, instantly transforming our lives. Others are slow, taking decades to be recognized as basic truths. Here are seven “slow ideas” in personal finance.

Nest CEO to fly coop 2 years after sale

SAN FRANCISCO — Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell is flying the coop two years after selling the smart-thermostat maker to Google for $3.2 billion.

Club: Closing coal plant sooner would save money

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say electric utility ratepayers would save hundreds of millions of dollars if a big coal-fired power plant in northern Nevada was shut down earlier than its planned closure.

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Marketing Educators of Texas will host a silent auction next month during the Career and Technology Association of Texas conference in Fort Worth to help fund the Marketing Educators of Texas Ann Reed Memorial Scholarship.

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A pop-up proposition

Driving past an old, historic home in downtown Lewisville, Denton resident Venetta Petties always would envision what the house would look like as a wedding venue.


Agents: Real estate market isn’t as fun as it used to be

NEW YORK — Real estate agents are flummoxed by a housing market that’s still trying to recover a decade after its historic collapse.

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Kim Phillips: Courthouse more than a place to congregate

It is Memorial Day, a fitting time to take notice of a significant piece of art situated right in the middle of our living room.

Scott Burns: One presidential candidate can restore sanity

When he announced he was running for president four years ago, I barely humored my friend. All he would succeed in doing, I warned, is to live forever as “the economist who ran for president.”

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Corinth man gets lifetime achievement award Corinth resident Richard B. Haws was given a lifetime achievement award this week in Washington, D.C., for his work as founder of the American Iron and Steel...


U.S. economy starting to show signs of life

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

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Banks make it easier to split tabs

NEW YORK — Splitting the bill for those pizzas you shared with your buddies or that utility bill that is suddenly due is going to get easier and faster even if you don’t all use the same bank.


Summer of the road trip

NEW YORK — Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip.

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Kim Phillips: Denton stepping into new markets

Anyone at Twilight Tunes on the courthouse lawn a couple of weeks ago likely noticed us.


Self-driving big rigs could be next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO — Picture an 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel.

New OT rules force small businesses to make hard choices

NEW YORK — The government’s new rules requiring overtime pay for millions of workers have small business owners facing some hard choices.

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Phil Mickelson to repay $1 million in SEC case

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million dollars that the Securities And Exchange Commission says he earned in an illegal insider trading scheme.


Travelers’ troubles

WASHINGTON — Facing a growing backlash over extremely long waits at airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked fliers “to be patient” as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

Kim Phillips: Add another to the Denton bucket list

There is an ancient saying that originated in the Bible’s Old Testament: “Nothing under the sun is truly new” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).


As online shopping intensifies, outlook dims for mall stores

WASHINGTON — Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall —from Macy’s to The Gap and J.C. Penney — face an increasingly uncertain future.

Scott Burns: Taking a visit with the rational gold investor

AUSTIN — You’ve probably watched one — at least for a few minutes.

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Hawaii sues Takata, Honda over unsafe, defective air bags

HONOLULU — The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives.

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Vermont tries to put brakes on drug prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont is poised to become the first state requiring drug companies to explain their price increases, and Bob and Deborah Messing think that’s a good idea.

Earl’s 377 Pizza sets opening date

Earl’s 377 Pizza, the third restaurant from John “Sparky” Pearson and chef Chad Kelly, will open Monday, May 23.


Around again

LODENICE, Czech Republic — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world’s biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia.

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Kim Phillips: Mural rich with Denton symbols

Atop scaffolding, local artist Dan Black is separated from onlookers by a fancy red velvet rope looped between brass stanchions, a classy nod to the importance of his work.

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Tidy up tech, and tighten security

NEW YORK — Spring cleaning isn’t just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It’s a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you’re protected against hackers.

Scott Burns: Time to check the teeth on your 401(k)

Is that gift horse 401(k) plan you have a good deal? Have you examined its teeth? Maybe it’s time.

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Kim Phillips: Lonely luggage? Not in Denton

This suitcase is not alone.


Streamlining success

For years, Emily Roden has had a knack for teaching.

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Savvy fliers use airline changes to save money

NEW YORK — Airline schedule changes are often frustrating. Suddenly a mid-morning flight shifts to one leaving before sunrise or a leisurely layover turns into a mad dash to the next gate.