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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 prices start year with rise on demand hopes


The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Oil prices started the new year Thursday with a gain amid hopes for stronger demand following a 7 percent surge in 2013.

Benchmark oil added 28 cents to $98.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Hopes for the solid demand in coming months are pegged to the signs of a recovery in the U.S., which is expected to help revive other major global economies.

Brent crude, a benchmark used to price international crudes used by many U.S. refiners, added 28 cents to $111.08.

In other energy futures trading:

— Natural gas futures were little changed at $4.24 per thousand cubic feet.

— Heating oil was also little changed at $3.07 a gallon.

— Wholesale gasoline was unchanged at $2.79 a gallon.

 

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