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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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Oil rises to $88; natural gas up 4 percent

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil rose from a four-month low Thursday, while natural gas soared to the highest level in 21 months on signs of robust demand for the fuel.

By early afternoon in New York, U.S. benchmark oil for May delivery was up $1.26, or 1.6 percent, to $87.94 a barrel. Oil dropped $2.04, or 2.3 percent, on Wednesday — the fourth daily drop of at least 2 percent in April.

Concerns over global economic growth have caused the price of oil and other commodities to drop sharply. This week China reported slower-than-expected economic growth while the International Monetary Fund lowered its outlook for world economic growth for this year.

Natural gas futures rose 19 cents, or 4.5 percent, to $4.41 per 1,000 cubic feet. The last time natural gas hit that level was July 2011.

The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas in storage grew by 31 billion cubic feet to 1.704 trillion cubic feet for the week ended April 12.

Supplies typically rise in the spring, but last week's increase was less than analysts expected. Homeowners in some parts of the country still needed to turn the heat on as temperatures dropped below normal.

In London, Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refiners, was up $1.49, or 1.5 percent, to $99.18 on the ICE Futures exchange.

In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:

— Gasoline was flat at $2.73 per gallon.

— Heating oil rose 3 cents to $2.76 a gallon.

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Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi contributed to this report
 

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