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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 nears $103 on winter demand, supply concerns


The Associated Press

The price of oil extended gains to near $103 a barrel Wednesday, driven by severe winter weather in the U.S. and supply concerns.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was up 38 cents to $102.81 a barrel at 0800 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract surged $2.13 to close at $102.43 a barrel on Tuesday.

Last time the price of oil was above $103 was in October.

Severely cold weather and snowstorms in the eastern region in the U.S. have boosted energy prices. The National Weather Service said more snow is ahead for residents of northern New England, one day after a storm dumped about a foot on many communities.

One half of U.S. households use natural gas as their primary heating fuel and about a quarter of households in the Northeast U.S. rely on heating oil for space heating, according to the Energy Information Administration. The EIA is scheduled to release its weekly inventory data on Thursday.

Meanwhile, expectations for an increased oil supply were dampened after Iran rejected a key demand of six world powers in their latest round of talks. The talks that began on Tuesday in Vienna aim to finalize a deal to control Iran's nuclear program. Iran, a major oil producer, will be able to export more crude if the talks lead to reduced sanctions.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, edged down 11 cents to $110.35.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex.

— Wholesale gasoline edged up 0.3 cent to $3.003 a gallon.

— Heating oil inched down 0.2 cent to $3.044 a gallon.

— Natural gas gained 12 cents to $5.671 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

 

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