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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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Oil hangs above $94 ahead of US jobs report

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil was little changed near $94 a barrel Friday despite a pickup in China's trade as investors awaited a U.S. jobs report.

Benchmark crude for December delivery was up 20 cents at $94.40 a barrel at early afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 60 cents to $94.20 on Thursday after the dollar rose on an unexpected European Central Bank rate cut and OPEC forecast rising oil supplies in coming years.

A possible sign that demand for oil could increase came from China where October trade data showed growth in overall imports accelerating.

But the broader backdrop of ample supplies and muted demand, which has driven a monthlong slide in the oil price, continues to prevail.

A report on U.S. hiring for October due later Friday is expected to show employment growing a modest pace.

Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil, was down 35 cents at $103.11 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline was little changed at $2.504 a gallon.

— Heating oil was steady at $2.839 a gallon.

— Natural gas was unchanged at $3.519 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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