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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Chesapeake appoints acting CEO, executive search continues

Aubrey McClendon
 
By A. Lee Graham
Fort Worth Business Press
 
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has named Steven Dixon acting CEO as the Oklahoma-based energy company seeks a permanent successor to Aubrey McClendon.
Dixon, who has served as Chesapeake’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2006, is one of three company executives constituting a newly formed Office of the Chairman, which will be active until a permanent CEO is chosen.
Rounding out the interim office is Archie W. Dunham, non-executive board chairman; and Domenic J. Dell’Osso Jr., chief financial officer.
“Steve and Nick are both playing key leadership roles as the company accelerates the realization of the substantial intrinsic value of our world-class oil and gas assets for the benefits of all Chesapeake stakeholders,” Dunham said in a news release.
As previously reported, McClendon agreed with the board that he would retire from the company on April 1, 2013. Aiding the search for his successor is Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., an executive search firm.
A Chesapeake audit committee found no “intentional misconduct” by McClendon as part of a review released in February. The finding came as Chesapeake’s board received results of the previously announced review of financing arrangements between McClendon and third parties identified as having a financial relationship with the company.
Chesapeake Energy Corp., whose interests include the Barnett Shale in North Texas, develops unconventional natural gas and oil fields nationwide. More information is available at www.chk.com.

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