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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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BP claims administrator names interim CEO

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former FBI supervisor has been named interim CEO of the multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced Monday that David Welker will replace David Odom, who resigned last week.

Welker was the special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans office before becoming Juneau's security head in June 2012.

Odom and the program's chief operating officer, Kirk Fisher, resigned last week amid conflict-of-interest allegations. Former FBI director Louis Freeh, who is leading an independent probe of the settlement program's operations, said in a September report that Odom and Fisher formed a company to work on unrelated litigation under the supervision of a firm that is a contractor for the BP settlement program.

In a statement Sunday, Juneau said Odom and Fisher were leaving to pursue "other business opportunities." Juneau refused to comment on BP's allegation that the resignations follow reports that the men entertained subordinates at a strip club that was paid $550,000 for its settlement claim. BP made that allegation in an advertisement that ran Monday in three major newspapers.

Juneau said Welker "brings a wealth of program experience" to his new job.

"His integrity, work ethic and credentials are simply beyond reproach," Juneau said in a statement.

The search for a permanent CEO will start immediately, the statement said.

 

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