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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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Earthquake meeting leaves some residents frustrated

 AZLE, Texas (AP) — Many residents who attended a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss a series of minor earthquakes in North Texas left frustrated, saying officials did not address their questions and concerns.

Authorities are trying to determine what's been causing the earthquakes in an area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Officials recorded more than a dozen small quakes in November and several more in December.

Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett and others at the meeting at Azle High School told officials they believe the earthquakes are related to injection wells used in the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process.

The meeting was hosted by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, whose agency regulates oil and gas operations in the state.

Residents at the meeting grew frustrated after officials told the crowd of about 800 people that they were only going to listen to comments and not answer any questions.

State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, one of the officials at the meeting, told KDFW-TV in Dallas that they didn't answer questions at the meeting because it would have taken too long.

Geren said he's pleased the railroad commission is working with geologists to find answers to some of the questions that residents have. But many of the residents at the meeting left after about an hour, saying their questions weren't answered.

"I truly believe this was a dog and pony show," one of the residents, Kevin Wilson, said.

Porter declined to speak with reporters after the meeting.

Milton Rister, executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, told KTVT-TV of Dallas that the agency will give Azle's mayor a full investigation and that it's all part of "a process" that includes listening to residents.

No timeline was given for how long the investigation would take.
 

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