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    How much does Irving spend advertising itself?
    In this edition of Muni Monday, we look at a big project getting underway in Richardson and how much Irving spends advertising itself.


    University of Texas hires Chris Del Conte as new athletics director
    The University of Texas at Austin has hired Chris Del Conte to lead its athletics program and pursue a course of "winning with integrity."  Del Conte had been in a similar role as director of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth since 2009. He will be officially introduced Monday at a press conference on the UT campus.  Del Conte is to replace Mike Perrin, who served for more than two years as UT?s men?s athletics director in the wake of the dismissal?


    Southwest passenger caught smoking threatens to ?kill everybody on this plane?
    A woman who threatened to kill fellow passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento was arrested and charged Saturday after a dramatic episode captured on video. ?I swear, if you don?t (expletive) land, I will (expletive) kill everybody on this (expletive) plane!? the 24-year-old woman yelled at a flight attendant, according to the video obtained by Portland CBS affiliate KOIN6. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) said in a statement that the woman, identified?


    Tech, sales roles on Gartner?s wish list as research firm plans 800 new jobs in Irving
    Technology research firm Gartner Inc. says it will hire 800 employees in Irving to hold up its end of a deal to earn $3.9 million in state incentives.


    Dallas businessman Tom Dundon to buy Carolina Hurricanes
    Dallas businessman Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement for the Carolina Hurricanes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction is pending approval by the National Hockey League. The Hurricanes are the NHL affiliate of local minor-league hockey team the Charlotte Checkers. This year, Forbes ranked the team No. 27 among in the league based on value, giving it a valuation of $370 million ? a 61 percent year-over-year change. Over the summer, Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg?


    Texas tech startup investors converging on San Antonio
    San Antonio's relatively anemic venture capital pipeline is expected to get a boost soon. Two dozen technology industry mentors and investors are expected to roll into the Alamo city on a chartered bus this week to mingle with startups seeking capital. Austin-based Capital Factory, through its investment fund called Capital Factory Partners, carved out a $100,000 convertible note that will go to the South Texas technology startup that wins a pitch competition on April 10. Similarly, Capital Factory?


    See North Texas' most luxurious ranches and estates put up for sale this year
    While North Texas is becoming tightly-packed with high-rises and towers, some residents are keeping enough space for expansive ranches and luxurious estates. For a few (or several) million dollars, homebuyers had the chance this year to get their hands on ranches boasting top-notch amenities and plenty of acreage, or opulent mansions on smaller plots. Whether it?s rural living or urban dwelling, the region?s top-selling properties came packed with plenty of lavish features. We take you inside?


    Texas oil and gas private equity managers try to ease investors? concerns over electric vehicles
    EnCap Investments and Tailwater Capital have fielded questions about whether electric vehicles will threaten their potential deals for oil and gas companies. Their answer: Not yet.


    Coppell company gives away $1M in free merchandise
    "If we win, I'm going to do it again." That's what Jason McCann ? chief executive officer and co-founder of Coppell-based standing desk manufacturer VARIDESK ? told his team just before they were to find out whether they had won EY?s National Emerging Business of the Year award. McCann was referring to the act of giving away free merchandise to audience members. He did something similar last winter when VARIDESK topped Southern Methodist University's Dallas 100 list for the fastest-growing?


    Airlines poised to win if tax cuts become law
    Airlines will be among the biggest winners if tax cuts pending in Congress become law, positioning carriers to add jobs and invest more back into the company, airline executives and industry experts say. Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), said in an interview on The Street last week that the Dallas-based carrier would be a big beneficiary. ?It will provide companies like ours the ability to invest more in the business, add jobs, and share those gains from lower taxes with shareholders,?