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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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Sparks fly as Senate panel debates school vouchers

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth 

WILL WEISSERT,Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State senators are trading barbs as the chamber's Education Committee debates a high-profile school voucher bill.

Dan Patrick chairs the committee. His Senate Bill 23 offers tax credits to businesses that establish scholarships to help low-income students leave poor-performing public schools for private or religious ones.

It would let firms write-off all of their business margin taxes, but caps the total value of scholarships at $100 million.

Patrick said Tuesday that could help 10,000 students change schools.

But the Houston Republican spared frequently with Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat who said Texas shouldn't divert funds from cash-strapped public schools.

The bill has yet to reach the House. But lawmakers there have already voted overwhelmingly to keep public funding in public schools — potentially threatening any major charter plan.


 

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