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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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Former Chesapeake CEO McClendon launches new company, report says
A. Lee Graham

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Former Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon is back — and apparently pinning his hopes on a different shale play than North Texas’ Barnett Shale.

According to CNBC.com, the outspoken executive is set to close on $1.8 billion in equity and debt financing for a new exploration and production company called American Energy Utica, news that CNBC said it received from investors in the company.

The new company is expected to purchase and develop acreage in the southern Utica Shale area, located in the northeastern United States and known for abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids.

According to the CNBC story, the new company is expected to close on the purchase of 80,000 acres in the Utica Shale in three transactions. With $1.35 billion in equity, along with $450 million in debt that CNBC said has been raised, about 12 rigs are expected to reach operation within two to three years.

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