Texas digital-only bank offers miles instead of interest

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As digital banks strive to lock in customers, a Texas-based newcomer to the industry is betting on travel miles as an incentive. Bask Bank, a fee-free digital savings bank created and funded by Texas Capital Bank, launched earlier this week with “thousands of customers.” Carousel Customer Experience Daily Post 1 Retail Banking Bask Bank Digital Banks mobile bank N26 Texas Capital Bank

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Texas AG Leads Multi-State Consumer Protection Probe Into Apple

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a multi-state probe against Apple Inc. Apple Attorney General consumer protection legal News Texas trade practices What's Hot

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How Texas Restaurants Are Using A Safety Seal of Approval To Get Customers Back

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To that end, in an interview with Karen Webster Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Joe Monastero at industry advocate Texas Restaurant Association and Chris Gillen , CEO of A Closer Look , which focuses on customer feedback, said returning to restaurants (a sector decimated by the coronavirus) can be eased by health and hygiene training, and a bit of texting too. The Texas Restaurant Promise Certification is covered under a grant by the Texas Workforce Commission.

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Texas Lets Eateries Deliver Alcohol With Food Orders

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To help address financial challenges brought about by the coronavirus, Texas Governor Greg Abbott put into place a waiver that lets restaurants deliver alcohol with food orders, ABC 13 reported. The governor also asked the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive specific stipulations to let alcoholic beverage wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers sell back or buy back items that have not been opened. Retail Coronavirus food delivery News Restaurants Texas What's Hot

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Credit unions across Texas dig out after historic winter storm

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Crisis Management Natural disasters Credit unions Texas Branch management Disaster recoveryA severe cold snap in the state has tested financial institutions unaccustomed to such weather-related disruption.

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Texas Hotelier Nets $59M In PPP Loans

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The biggest benefactor of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a Dallas, Texas-based hotelier named Monty Bennett, who has received $59 million from the program intended to help small or medium-sized businesses with the economic crisis. Bennett is the chair of Ashford Hospitality Trust , which manages a number of hotels including Atlanta’s Ritz Carlton and the Marriott Beverly Hills.

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Texas Halts Reopening Plans As COVID Cases Spike

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As coronavirus cases spike in Texas, the state’s officials have walked back their reopening plans for the state, CNBC reported. Texas is among the hardest-hit states, with the greatest number of new cases. Coronavirus consumer behavior COVID-19 economy Editors' Picks News reopening Texas What's HotGreg Abbott said that the current rules for capacity at restaurants and stores could remain in place, but no further steps would be taken while the cases were increasing.

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Texas Hotel Group To Give Back $70M In PPP Loans

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Texas hospitality group Ashford Inc. Loans Ashford Ashford Hospitality Trust Braemar Hotels & Resorts Coronavirus COVID-19 hotels loans News Paycheck Protection Program PPP SMBs Texas What's Hotis buckling under pressure and will return $70 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan money it received due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to The New York Times.

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New Uber Hub To Create 3K New Jobs In Texas

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Texas Gov. I am proud to welcome Uber’s investment in the great state of Texas, along with the 3,000 jobs the company will bring to its new Dallas office,” Abbott said in a press release. This investment will bolster Texas’ continued economic success and reputation as the best state for business. Our unrivaled workforce and business-friendly environment makes Texas the perfect home for innovative companies like Uber.”.

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Feds Charge Texas Man With CARES Act Fraud

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Dinesh Sah, 55, of Coppell, Texas, was charged with three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering. Federal prosecutors on Thursday (Oct. 8) charged a Dallas-area man with allegedly playing a role in a scheme that sought to fraudulently obtain $24.8

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BancorpSouth to buy National United in Texas

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Texas M&A Growth strategiesThe companies took a pause from merger discussions when the pandemic hit to evaluate their individual circumstances.

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Google Asks Texas Court To Transfer Multi-State AG Lawsuit To California

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judge in Texas for a change of venue regarding an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 attorneys general, Reuters reported Wednesday (Jan. Texas and nine other states filed a lawsuit in Sherman, Texas, alleging that Google unfairly collaborated with Facebook to advance its digital ad business.

DOJ: Texas Man Allegedly Claimed Employees To Net $5M In PPP Funds

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A Texas man is facing charges of filing fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $5 million in forgivable loans from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to the U.S. Brown of the Eastern District of Texas, in a statement. “We Security & Fraud Department of Justice Editors' Picks fraud loans News Paycheck Protection Program PPP Texas What's Hot

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Drive.ai To Launch Self-Driving Car Pilot In Frisco, Texas

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Drive.ai , the California self-driving car startup, announced Monday (May 7) that it is launching an on-demand self-driving car service pilot in Frisco, Texas. It marks the first time self-driving cars will be on the public roads of Texas, noted the company. Frisco Self-Driving Cars Texas What's HotIn a press release , Drive.ai

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Merger scuttled, Texas bank charts new course

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Now that its deal with Texas Capital has been called off, Independent Bank in McKinney plans to scale back or exit some commercial lines and will seek to duplicate its retail banking successes in Colorado.

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Ripple Gives $2M To Texas University For Blockchain Research

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As part of Ripple ’s $50 million pledge for blockchain research, the crypto firm has said it will give $2 million over five years to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. Blockchain Cryptocrrency distributed ledger News Ripple school funding University of Texas at Austin What's Hot

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Texas AG Paxton: More States Could File Antitrust Lawsuits Against Google 

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Additional states could bring more antitrust lawsuits against Google , Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said during a Tuesday (Dec. 8) panel discussion with global competition officials, Bloomberg reported.

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Texas Big: First Road Trip Since the Pandemic

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The challenge: We are based in Pennsylvania and our governor still has a 14-day quarantine order for those traveling from Texas. Special thanks to the eminently polite people of Texas, and our friends at FirstCapital Bank of Texas, N.A. It was bound to happen.

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Texas Startup Alkami Raises $70M For Mobile Banking Software

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Plano, Texas-based startup Alkami Technology has raised $70 million for its mobile banking platform, it was reported yesterday. Alkami, which provides white-labeled solutions for banks and credit unions to implement across their digital and mobile platforms, was started in 2009 because there “wasn’t a lot of innovation that was happening in the digital banking space,” […]. Capital Exclusive Mobile Online Alkami Technology capital Mobile banking SaaS startups

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Texas Capital, Independent terminate $3 billion merger

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Texas Capital also said that Keith Cargill has stepped down as president and CEO. Texas M&A Coronavirus Growth strategies Succession planning Energy industry

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Happy State expanding share of West Texas market with acquisition

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Agriculture industry Ag lending Texas M&A Community banksThe Amarillo bank is buying First National Bank of Tahoka, continuing the industry’s consolidation in the state.

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Lower taxes, more M&A: Behind a California bank’s move to Texas

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Multifamily Community banking Texas M&A Growth strategiesFirst Foundation is relocating its corporate headquarters to Dallas, where the tax burden is lighter and it sees more opportunity to beef up lending, add wealth management clients and pursue acquisitions of community banks.

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Bitcoin Daily: China’s Cosco Shipping Will Test Blockchain Tool; Tech Mahindra Rolls Out Blockchain System; Texas Orders S. African Co To Stop Selling Crypto Securities

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On another note, The Texas State Securities Board announced an “emergency action” in the form of a cease and desist order to halt South African company Mirror Trading International PTY LTD, which was referred to as an “international, multilevel marketing” effort in a press release. The Texas State Securities Board said in the release that the company seeks multilevel marketers to allegedly sell “fraudulent investments in a bitcoin and forex pool.”

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Texas Bank Financial Offers Kasasa Cash Checking Statewide

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Texas Bank Financial offers its Kasasa Cash Checking and Kasasa Saver to all Texas residents. The competitive rates apply to relatively large balances

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Uber And Lyft Returning To Texas?

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Uber and Lyft, the two ride-hailing firms that left several Texas markets over controversy tied to fingerprint background checks, may be coming back. News Ridesharing greg abbott Legislation Lyft ride-hailing Texas Uber What's HotReuters reports that the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, will sign a bill over the next few days that comes in the wake of House Bill 100’s approval last week.

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Three Texas banks planning to merge

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Community banking Texas M&A Growth strategiesSouthwest Bancshares in San Antonio will have assets of $1.5 billion when it absorbs two affiliated banking companies in nearby cities.

Rumblings of Texas M&A wave after high-profile deal

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The Independent Bank-Texas Capital merger could prompt other banks in the state to consider selling or buying. M&A Community banking Digital banking Revenue and expenses Texas

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Former banker pleads guilty for role in Texas bank's failure

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Failures Fraud Texas DoJAnita Gail Moody, who was president of Enloe State Bank, admitted to creating phony loan documents — and setting a fire to destroy them — before the bank was shuttered in May 2019.

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Small Texas bank doubles down on hotel lending

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At a time when many lenders are shying away from an industry hit hard by the pandemic, State Bank of Texas is going all in. C-suite Coronavirus Growth strategies Community banks Hospitality and lodging Commercial real estate lending

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Texas bank's leader takes leave after contracting coronavirus

American Banker

Spirit of Texas Bancshares named an interim CEO for Dean Bass, though the company said he is recovering. Community banking Texas Coronavirus Succession planning

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Texas community bank lines up first acquisition

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Community banking M&A Growth strategies TexasWichita Falls Bancshares will gain four branches when it buys Chico Bancorp.

Blackouts, deep freeze force Texas banks to shutter branches

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Comerica, Regions and Frost Bank closed hundreds of branches statewide while others ran them at reduced capacity or on power generators to help ease the strain on the state’s overwhelmed power grid. Crisis Management Disaster planning Branch network

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Three Texas Banks to Merge into $1.5B Group

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Parent companies of The Bank of Austin, Texas Hill Country Bank and The Bank of San Antonio to combine Management Feature M&A Feature3. 1Management

R Bank (Texas) R Best Checking Available Statewide

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R Bank (Texas) is currently offering its high-yield reward checking account, called R Best Checking, on a statewide basis through an online application

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BBVA names new CEO of Texas Border, Gulf Coast markets

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BBVA USA said Monday that Susana Valencia will retain her job as Laredo City president while also overseeing commercial banking operations in its Texas border and Gulf Coast markets. Women in Banking Commercial banking WIB scan BBVA Texas

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