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    Southwest Airlines sues startup over airfare drop alerts
    Southwest Airlines is suing a website that alerted customers when the Dallas-based carrier?s fares dropped so travelers could collect the difference from the airline. The lawsuit against SWMonkey.com was filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The website launched in November and shut down a few weeks later, according to a report by CNBC. SWMonkey used an algorithm to track changes to Southwest?s (NYSE: LUV) fares and, for a $3 fee, alerted passengers when prices fell. Southwest?

    Dallas-based tanning company more than doubles footprint in this city
    The nation?s largest indoor tanning company has made an acquisition that more than doubles its footprint in the Atlanta market.  Dallas-based Palm Beach Tan announced Tuesday its purchase of Solar Dimensions, tacking on 11 shops to Palm Beach?s more than 460-location footprint. The Solar Dimensions stores will be rebranded to Palm Beach Tan, and all previously purchased memberships, packages and sessions have been transferred to Palm Beach?s system. Another seven Solar Dimensions will be?

    As Bell Helicopter looks to the future, check out its 80-year history of building aircraft
    Bell Helicopter has a long history of aviation manufacturing and innovation in North Texas. As the Fort Worth-based subsidiary of Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) looks into the future, its project with Uber Technologies Inc. will prove to be a big event.  The companies want air taxis to buzz around the city transporting people, taking drivers off the road. Bell Helicopter and Uber want to start testing their concept in Dallas-Fort Worth, among other cities, in 2020. To unveil its concept aircraft,?

    Photos: Minority Business Leader Awards honorees meet 10 years of alumni
    On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the 2018 Minority Business Leader Awards class had the opportunity to network with 10 years worth of program alums, event sponsors and Dallas Business Journal staff. Axxess, a home health technology company, hosted the meet-and-greet event at its offices. Click through the attached photo gallery for a look at some of the highlights from the evening. The 2018 class will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Westin Galleria. You can click here to learn more?

    Texas Rangers' $1.1B ballpark helping push national spending on sports venue construction
    Construction spending on sports venues will sink slightly in 2018, but it won?t stay there for long. Sports facilities scheduled to open this year in the United States and Canada are expected to tally $4.1 billion in construction costs, capping off an unprecedented three-year stretch that saw nearly $17 billion spent to build or renovate sports venues. This year?s total represents a 40 percent drop from the record-high $6.9 billion that was spent on projects that opened last year. However,?

    Lawmakers tell AT&T to ditch Huawei, report says
    Lawmakers want Dallas-based telecom giant AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) to cut all ties with Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies over national security concerns, Reuters reported early Tuesday. The news follows AT&T?s last-minute announcement that it would pull out of a deal to become the first major telecom to carry Huawei smartphones. That announcement was set to be made at last week?s Las Vegas-based CES conference for consumer technology. Reuters reported that AT&T ?was forced? to back out?

    Site selector offers 30,000-foot look at Dallas' chances of landing Amazon's HQ2
    Seattle-based Amazon plans to spend $5 billion on its second headquarters ? the so-called HQ2 project ? which the online retailer projects will ultimately employ 50,000 people in well-paying, high-tech jobs. Amazon says in its September 2017 request for proposals that it is seeking a metropolitan area with more than one million people, a "stable and business-friendly environment," a market that can attract and retain strong technical talent, and a community that thinks "big and creatively."?

    Texas port records its busiest month for cruises ever
    The Port of Galveston broke a record in December, embarking 113,488 cruise passengers. That?s the busiest month the port has seen since its cruise business began in September 2000, according to a Jan. 12 press release. The port also welcomed its 9 millionth cruise passenger in December. Galveston?s 33 cruise ship calls in December also broke the port?s previous record, up from 29 in December 2005. In helping the port achieve those milestones, interim Port Director Peter Simons credited efforts?

    Dallas oil and gas firm files for bankruptcy
    ?Like many other companies in our industry, EXCO?s financial position has been negatively impacted by the sustained downturn in commodity prices and uncertainty in the energy market,? Exco CEO Harold Hickey said in a statement.

    Dallas developer begins construction on new West Dallas townhouse project
    Oaxaca Interests, a real estate investment and development firm with a history of building in West Dallas, has begun construction this week on a new 16-unit townhouse project in the neighborhood. The Dallas-based developer plans to build 16 townhouses at 707 W. Commerce St., which is about two blocks from the firm's Sylvan | Thirty mixed-use development. The one-bedroom homes ranging from 1,380 square feet to 1,510 square feet of living space will start at $324,000 and include large windows,?