5 things to know: Including Dallas, other fast-growing Texas cities dominate Forbes list

Lance Murray for Dallas Business Journal

We all know that Dallas and other Texas cities are booming in business growth and population. Forbes obviously realized that, too, with half of the Top 10 in its Fastest Growing Cities list from Texas. The top three are Houston, Austin and Dallas.

Fort Worth ranked No. 8 and San Antonio rounded out the top 10. Others on the list included Raleigh, North Carolina, Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Dallas was cited for its 4.1 percent job growth and projected growth rate of 2.04 percent. Fort Worth has a projected growth rate of 2.1 percent in 2015. You can read the full Forbes story here.

FAA says no drones allowed at Super Bowl

If you’re headed to the Super Bowl this weekend in Arizona, you’d better leave your droneat home. The Federal Aviation Administration has declared the area around University of Phoenix Stadium a “No Drone Zone.” In fact, the FAA said drones aren’t allowed to fly over other venues during the year — including Major League Baseball games, NCAA football games at stadiums seating more than 30,000 people, many NASCAR events and regular and post-season NFL games.

To pay, or not to pay, that’s Conference USA’s question

Officials with Irving-based Conference USA and its member schools are meeting this week in Florida, and one of the hot-button items on their agenda is the controversial cost-of-attendance athlete reimbursement plan that was recently adopted by college football’s so-called Power Five conferences, which includes the Irving-based Big 12 Conference.

Conference USA has a heavy Texas presence with Denton’s University of North Texas, The University of Texas at El Paso, UT San Antonio and Rice as members. Our sister paper, the San Antonio Business Journal reported that Power Five athletes will begin receiving additional financial support and schools in conferences such as Conference USA are afraid they could further slip into second-tier status if they, too, don’t do something. You can read the full report here.

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