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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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North Texans dealing with ice storm aftermath

 

Snow covers the Texas Rangers stadium.

In Lewisville, about 25 miles north of Dallas, the driver of a pickup lost control on an icy road, spun out of control before dawn on Saturday on a road over Lake Lewisville, went over a guardrail and landed in the water. Firefighters dove into the frigid water and towed the truck to the bridge. The unidentified driver died. - CNN

Credit: Arlington Texas Police Dept.

JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press


DALLAS (AP) — North Texas was starting to thaw out slightly Sunday as residents cautiously began to venture out after two days of largely staying indoors because of icy roads.

With her Christmas shopping already finished, Patricia Paz headed into the frigid air to pick up some items for herself.

"I'm tired of being home. I'm bored actually," said Paz, 23, a college student who said the roads from the suburb where she lives to the mall were fairly clear following the ice storm that hit late Friday and early Saturday.

The storm had put the Dallas area at a standstill for the better part of two days as the roads glossed over and temperatures dipped. On Sunday, temperatures rose slightly above freezing and there was even a bit of sunshine.

But it will likely be a couple of days before the ice that's coated the region melts completely. The National Weather Service says Monday's temperatures will reach into the high 30s, with 40s coming Wednesday.

"It's just a matter of us warming up eventually to help melt this ice," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain.

Cain said Sunday that there was a range of conditions on the area's highways. "The residential roads are ice skating rinks right now, the secondary roads are improving," he said.

Since Friday morning, a stretch of I-35 north of Dallas had a thick coating of ice, making driving conditions troublesome. Motorists inched along over the weekend and sometimes were at standstill for hours at a time, forcing them to either sleep in their vehicles or take refuge in shelters set up in the town of Sanger, located about 50 miles north of Dallas.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said Sunday that the graders with special blades will break up thick ice — anywhere from 4- to 6-inches thick — along that stretch of I-35.

On Interstate 20 west of Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, crews worked to clear both ice and tractor-trailers that parked on the interstate as conditions deteriorated, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Peters.

"TxDOT crews will be working hard over the next 24 hours to clear roadways. This is Day 4 of a 24/7 operation to keep roads passable," Peters said Sunday.

He added that they were also getting reports that gas stations in that area were running out of fuel, and that TxDOT was sending fuel trucks to the area to help motorists who have run out of gas.

At least four people have died on icy roads in Texas, including one in Saturday's 10 car-pileup on Interstate 10 in West Texas, about 160 miles east of El Paso.

At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 400 departures were cancelled as of late Sunday morning.

At the Galleria Dallas, shoppers roamed through stores, patrons filled restaurants and dozens of ice skaters circled the mall's towering, glittering Christmas tree.

Maria Gonalzez, 46, said her 8-year-old daughter was eager to get out of the house for her skating lesson.

She added the drive wasn't too bad, with only some ice on the smaller streets, though she would have preferred snow: "With ice you feel nervous," she said.
 

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