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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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Federal money awarded for Dallas-Fort Worth solar energy growth
 
A. Lee Graham
Reporter
 
The North Central Texas Council of Governments has received $90,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to help encourage solar energy development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
 
Awarded as part of the Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II program, the money comes as officials ask up to 30 local governments to suggest ways for making solar energy expansion easier in their respective communities.
 
Though solar hardware costs nationwide dropped from $3.28 per watt to $1.90 per watt between 2010 and 2012, permitting, inspection and other expenses known as “soft costs” remained the same at $3.32 per watt. The solar project aims to reduce solar soft costs, allowing clean energy to become more cost-effective and widespread nationwide.
 
As part of its grant work, the North Texas agency will conduct workshops and training seminars as it seeks to establish a working group of solar industry stakeholders, utility representatives and local government planners.
 
The agency plans to pursue implementation strategies for solar, relying on local government officials and industry representatives to help find the best approach for the region.
 
Officials hope the efforts achieve standardized solar practices, yielding measurable improvement in solar market conditions in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments, a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas. It has 240 member governments, including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts.
 
More information is available at www.nctcog.org./trans.
 
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