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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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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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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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D/FW Airport among sites to get customs program

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Six locations in California, Florida and Texas are going to be taking part in a pilot program designed to reduce the time people have to wait while entering the country by having the sponsoring organization help pay the costs of additional border officers.

The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; El Paso, Texas; the South Texas Assets Consortium; Houston Airport System; and Miami-Dade County, in Florida, would join a project already underway between Tijuana, Mexico, and Otay Mesa, Calif.

The areas will make payments that will be used to cover salaries of additional staff, overtime and services such as inspections.

More than a dozen locations around the country applied for the program.

One of the groups to be rejected was Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort, which gets 55 percent of its business from Canada. The border is just a few miles from the resort.

Border Protection said the proposals from each applicant were reviewed and ranked based on criteria including the impact on current border operations, health and safety issues, and community and economic benefits. The agency will complete the negotiations with the five applicants by the end of the year.

The agency is also finalizing the terms of the Tijuana Cross Border Terminal, which will allow ticketed travelers to cross between the Tijuana airport and Otay Mesa. Construction on that project could begin at any time.
 

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