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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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BNSF plans $240 M capital program in Texas

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced Sept. 3 it plans to invest an estimated $240 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Texas this year, including spending on additional rail capacity in Fort Worth.


BNSF’s 2013 capacity improvement projects in Texas include expansion of rail capacity at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, completing replacement of the Galveston Causeway Bridge, installation of a siding extension near Somerville, expansion of the Houston Intermodal Facility, construction of a loop track facility in San Antonio and signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).
BNSF will also continue its track maintenance program in Texas, which will include nearly 4,400 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, and the replacement of about 115 miles of rail and 690,000 ties.


“BNSF’s capital investments in Texas will help ensure our network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail,” said Matthew K. Rose, chairman and CEO in a statement. “We are focused on investing to meet our customers’ expectations and on expanding capacity where growth is occurring. Given the importance of a low cost supply chain to the U.S. economy, our privately funded rail infrastructure is well positioned to help Texas compete in global markets.”


The planned capital investments in Texas are part of BNSF’s record 2013 capital commitment of $4.3 billion. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.3 billion on BNSF's core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to spend approximately $1 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions, many of which will serve Texas. The program also includes about $200 million for positive train control and $800 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.
 

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