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    Arlington-based Affiliated Bank to merge with Odessa-based SouthWest Bank
    The parent company of Arlington-based Affiliated Bank will acquire Odessa-based SouthWest Bank in a stock and cash transaction, according to a news release.  Affiliated Bank Chief Executive Garry Graham will serve as CEO of the newly-merged banks, and the headquarters will remain in Arlington. Affiliated Bank and SouthWest will merge, utilizing SouthWest's state charter, Graham confirmed in an email.   Combined, the merged banks will have about $1.4 billion in assets, $1.1 billion in loans and?

    Dallas-based Alerian acquires New York-based index publisher
    Dallas-based Alerian has acquired a New York-based proprietary and custom index publishing company, according to a news release.  Alerian?s acquisition will enable the information services company to have index-linked assets under management of $20 billion across the combined suite of indexes. The transaction is expected to close before Jan. 1, 2020.  Alerian, which licenses a set of indexes tracking the oil and gas market, is now positioned to offer indexing solutions and services that cover?

    Company eyes $8M expansion at Dallas Love Field, more to come
    Business Jet Center is looking to add to its footprint at Dallas Love Field in the coming years.

    Muni Monday: Grocery stores, fraud reviews and asbestos abatement
    Welcome back to Muni Monday, the Dallas Business Journal's weekly look at what DFW municipalities are either spending or thinking of spending taxpayer money on in terms of development, infrastructure and more.

    Methodist Health System names new CEO
    Dallas-based Methodist Health System has named Jim Scoggin as its new CEO. Scoggin has served as interim CEO since April of this year after Stephen Mansfield retired after leading the company for 13 years. With 34-years of experience in the healthcare sector, the Methodist Board of Directors felt that Scoggin had to ability to lead the company now and into the future. Scoggin's career started in 1980 when he worked for Humana; during his time, he held various positions including Chief Financial?

    AT&T to raise prices on its DirecTV, U-Verse as ?programming costs continue to increase?
    AT&T (NYSE: T) is readying price increases in more of its television lineup. The Dallas telecommunications and media company is set to raise costs in 2020 for consumers on some packages for DirecTV, which is delivered over satellites, and U-Verse, its traditional competitor for cable companies that run over wires, according to its websites. Some options will get no increase while others will climb by several dollars a month. The price increases come after AT&T boosted the price of its more modern?

    Where in DFW could a car-free neighborhood fit?
    When searching from the air, a number of interesting spots appear where such a development could be located.

    10 reasons to consider a donor-advised or business-advised fund
    Looking to streamline your charitable giving strategy? Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing giving method in the nation because they provide ease and flexibility and are more affordable, tax-wise alternatives to managing a private foundation. Donor-advised funds are established for an individual or family, and business-advised funds are established for companies or businesses. People often ask our team of charitable giving experts about the benefits of donor-advised funds and business-advised?

    The week in bankruptcies: Killeen Altitude LLC, Virtuolotry LLC and more
    Dallas area bankruptcy courts recorded six business filings ? including two with total debts above $1 million ? during the week that ended Nov. 29. Year to date, the court recorded 322 Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings, a 27 percent increase from the same span the prior year. Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection typically provides for the liquidation of a business? assets to satisfy creditor claims, while Chapter 11 protection enables a business to restructure its creditor obligations?

    How this Rockwall HR company stands up to the giants
    The leader of this fast-growing North Texas company sat down with the Dallas Business Journal to discuss industry trends and where he sees the company growing next.