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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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American Airlines workers vote on tail paint jobs


DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says more than 60,000 employees voted and a majority want to paint red, white and blue horizontal stripes on the tails of all AA planes.

The company plans to repaint more than 1,100 American, US Airways and US Airways Express planes. New jets ordered by American already bear the election-winning look.

It's unlikely that any passengers pick an airline based on the paint job, but airline employees and aviation geeks can spend hours debating the subject.

American introduced a new logo and began a fleet-wide repainting of its planes a year ago. The carbon-composite bodies on many new jets made it impractical to keep the polished-metal look that American had sported since the 1960s.

The new livery, as a plane's appearance is called, drew mixed reviews, with some of the snarkiest comments aimed at the new tail.

Doug Parker, who became CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. last month after American merged with US Airways, said that it would be too costly to start painting over the bodies of freshly painted planes, but he let employees pick the look of the tail.

They were given two choices. American said 52 percent picked the new design, which looks like a nod to the United States flag. The other option was a return to the old logo — the letters "AA" below an eagle silhouette.

Voting over the tail is one of several symbolic moves Parker has made to reach out to employees, who often clashed with American's previous management. Among other things, he removed the parking spots that had been reserved for executives at the airline's Fort Worth headquarters.

"We of course can't vote on every decision at the airline, but we do want input from all of you on issues that are important to your work lives," Parker said in a message to employees on Thursday.

Much harder work looms ahead for Parker, including combining the computer systems and workforces of American and US Airways.

 

 

 

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