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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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Fort Worth Black Chamber VP among new NTTA advisory council members
 
 
The North Texas Tollway Authority's Business Diversity Advisory
Council.                                                           Photo courtesy of NTTA
 
A. Lee Graham
Reporter
 
The North Texas Tollway Authority’s Business Diversity Advisory Council has welcomed Allen Smith Jr., vice president of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, and Eddie Reyes, director of business administration for the University of North Texas in Denton, as its newest members.
 
Smith and Reyes were officially introduced at the authority’s Aug. 21 regular board meeting.
 
Similar in structure of the authority’s board of directors, the advisory council comprises two appointees from each of the four counties currently served by the authority and one at-large member.
 
“I can’t overstate the role this advisory council plays in helping us develop and mature the NTTA’s diversity outreach programs, which has helped ensure continued growth in diversity participation for the NTTA,” said NTTA chairman and former Fort Worth Mayor Kenneth Barr in a news release.
 
The advisory council, which consists of business and community leaders, guides the authority in encouraging participation of disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned and small business enterprises in NTTA contract opportunities.
 
Meanwhile, the authority at its Aug. 21 regular meeting, remembered John Kelly, a member of the diversity committee and executive director of the Black Contractors Association, who passed away recently following an extended illness.
 
“John’s wisdom, counsel and kindness will be greatly missed. He made us better, and we are all better for having known him,” Barr said.
 
The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the state of Texas, acquires, constructs, maintains and operates turnpike projects in the North Texas region. Customers can view the new rates and calculate costs on traveling on its roadways online at www.ntta.org.
 
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