Jan 16, 2021

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An Oak Cliff woman says she didn’t believe in COVID-19 — until her father lost his battle with the virus

By Destine Gibson
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Santos Fuentes died last week after a month-long battle with COVID-19. His daughter is now urging people to treat the virus seriously and to take precautions during the pandemic.(Courtesy of the Fuentes family via KXAS-TV (NBC5)) An Oak Cliff woman is urging Dallas residents, especially those in the city’s Latino community, to learn from her family’s story and take COVID-19 seriously. Gloria Fuentes and her father, Santos Fuentes, were self-proclaimed COVID-19 deniers. But after suffering a month-long battle with the virus, Santos died last week, on Jan 6. He was 56 years old. “We’re devastated at this point,” […]Read more >
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Nation’s jobless claims soar to highest level since mid-August as resurgent virus infects economy

By The Associated Press
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Many analysts worry that with millions of Americans still unemployed and as many as one in six small companies going out of business, people who have been hurt most by the downturn won’t likely benefit from a recovery anytime soon. (Robyn Beck / Agence France-Presse) The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. Before the pandemic, weekly applications typically numbered around […]Read more >
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Toyota to pay $180 million fine for failing to report and fix pollution control defects

By The Associated Press
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Toyota was accused in a government lawsuit of delays in filing 78 emissions defect reports as required by the Clean Air Act. Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report and fix pollution control defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner. Toyota’s North American headquarters is in Plano. “Toyota’s actions undermined the EPA’s self-disclosure system and likely led to delayed or avoided emissions-related […]Read more >
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California logistics firm grows with Irving office space

By Steve Brown
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Pasha Group is moving to the Urban Towers off Carpenter Freeway in Irving. (Cushman & Wakefield ) A California-based shipping and logistics firm is making a major expansion in North Texas with a Las Colinas office lease. Pasha Group has leased 45,228 square feet of offices in the Urban Towers on Carpenter Freeway in Irving. The San Rafael-based global company is quadrupling the size of its Las Colinas office with the new lease. Founded in the late 1940s, Pasha Group has operations in North America, Europe and Asia serving clients in the automotive industry, maritime services and other logistics. The firm specializes in vehicle shipping. […]Read more >
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New business park on the way in south Fort Worth

By Steve Brown
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IDI Logistics plans two buildings in its South Fort Worth Commerce Center. (IDI Logistics ) An Atlanta-based industrial developer is working on a new business park in south Fort Worth. IDI Logistics is planning a two-building warehouse and distribution complex near Everman Parkway and Interstate 35W, south of Interstate 20. The South Fort Worth Commerce Center is planned with almost 375,000 square feet of space, according to planning documents filed with the state. The more than $14 million project is set to start early this year. Macgregor Associates Architects of Atlanta designed the project. IDI Logistics is already marketing the […]Read more >