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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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Davis wins, uh, Bum Steer award

Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis won…well, O.K., she lost the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election to Republican Greg Abbott, but she did win Texas Monthly magazine’s annual “Bum Steer of the Year” award for her campaign.

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Report: More Texas high schoolers passing AP exams

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of Texas high school graduates passing advanced placement exams has improved to just below the national average.

Some 18.5 percent of the class of 2013 earned a 3 or above, considered passing, on at least one AP exam.

A report released Tuesday by The College Board, which administers AP tests, shows that's 19th best nationwide. The national average is 20.1 percent.

In all, 35.9 percent of high school graduates took an AP exam — up from 34.4 percent the previous year and above 2013's national average of 33.2 percent.

About half of all Texas AP exam-takers were from low-income families, and 43.9 percent scored a 3 or better.

Back in 2003, just 20.4 percent of Texas high school graduates took AP exams, and 11.9 percent scored a 3-plus.

 

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