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FORT WORTH — American Airlines is marking a merger milestone and US Airways is one step closer toward extinction. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday granted the two airlines the authority to operate as a single carrier.

The FAA decision means that American Airlines Group Inc. can combine work forces, websites and reservations systems starting this fall, but passengers won’t notice much difference right away.

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HOUSTON — Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton plans to sell several businesses in order to complete its $34.6 billion acquisition of competitor Baker Hughes.

Houston-based Halliburton said Tuesday that it will sell its directional drilling and logging- and measurement-while-drilling businesses and part of its drill bits division. Halliburton will market the businesses separately.

The sales will not close until regulators approve Halliburton’s planned purchase of Baker Hughes.

Eileen Pace

The construction industry took a hit in March, posting a decrease of 1,000 jobs nationwide. The decline followed a steady increase in construction jobs over the last 14 months.  

But the national news is not true for Texas, where construction jobs are increasing and 48 percent of firms are still having a hard time filling positions.

Doug McMurry of the Associated General Contractors, San Antonio chapter, said now that oil companies were reducing operations, he was hoping that workers who had left to work in the Eagle Ford Shale would come back to construction.

The U.S. Labor Department reports that the latest national unemployment rate is 5-point-5 percent. That’s good news for the economy overall and the sluggish recovery. But if you are still one of those without a job then the unemployment rate is 100%. But for minority communities the recovery has yet to arrive.  A coalition of community and labor groups in Texas is calling for the Federal Reserve to focus on full employment and higher wages for blacks, Latinos, native peoples and others in poor neighborhoods who have been left out of the recovery.

Refinery Strike Continues Into Fourth Week

Feb 25, 2015

A nationwide oil refinery strike continued this week and expanded to 15 plants. The United Steelworkers union organized the walkout, after the union’s contract with oil companies expired.

One of the latest refineries to be impacted is the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest of its kind in the country. CNN’s Maggie Lake joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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