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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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Reid, Whitley appointed to UNT board

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Fort Worth businessman James R. “Rusty” Reid and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley to the University of North Texas System Board of Regents.
Perry also reappointed Regent Gwyn Shea to a new six-year term on the board. The appointments are effective immediately.


“The appointment of Rusty Reid and Judge Whitley and the reappointment of Regent Shea provide the UNT System with an extremely strong leadership team,” UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson said in a news release. “We are excited at the prospect of moving forward in building the UNT System to support our campuses in providing additional educational opportunities for the people in the North Texas region and the state.”


Reid is president, CEO and chairman of the board of Higginbotham & Associates. He is a certified insurance counselor, a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, and a member and past president of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Fort Worth chapter. He also is a board member and executive committee member of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and All Saints’ Episcopal School, a board member of the Community Foundation of North Texas, board member and past chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth, and a board member of Casa Mañana. He is past chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Fort Worth Sister Cities International. Reid received a bachelor’s degree from UNT.


Whitley, of Hurst, has been the Tarrant County Judge since 2006 and a member of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court since 1996. He is co-founder of Whitley Penn CPAs and Professional Consultants. He is a board member and past president of the National Association of Counties and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and a member and past chair of the NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council. He also is a member of the Texas Association of Counties, Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. He is past chair of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties. Whitley served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Shea, of Irving, is a former Texas Secretary of State, former State Representative for District 98 and former Dallas County constable
 

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