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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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Foundation, JPS plan homeless resource center
By Betty Dillard
The Fort Worth Foundation announced Friday that it will build a 25,000-square-foot adult medical clinic and central resource center for the homeless on 1.5 acres purchased from JPS Health Network  on the city’s near east side.
JPS will run the health clinic at 1513 Presidio St., near the existing East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters.
The foundation, which provides funds to organizations that feed the hungry and help the homeless, will create and fund a nonprofit entity to govern the center’s overall operations.
About half the center will provide health services to the East Lancaster area community. Included in those services will be primary and preventive care; chronic disease management; behavioral health services; and podiatric, orthopedic and dental care.
The remainder of the facility will assist the homeless in their “pursuit of stability, self-sufficiency and expanded opportunities,” according to the foundation.
A 2011 JPS study identified more than 230 homeless patients who were frequent users of the health network’s emergency and inpatient services, incurring charges of more than $10 million.
Those findings, along with the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Homelessness’ Directions Home report in 2008 and A Plan for the Delivery of Health Care for the Homeless prepared by Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, formed the basis for building a community clinic.
“This is just another great example of using private dollars for public good,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
The facility is expected to become reality in late 2014 or early 2015.
 
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