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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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Oil down as factory data, sanctions risk weighed
 


The Associated Press

Oil prices edged slightly lower on Tuesday as soft factory data from China and the U.S. balanced the threat of sanctions against Russia following its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 6 cents to $99.54 at 0610 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 14 cents to close at $99.60 on Monday.

A dismal preliminary report on factory activity in China continued to weigh on sentiment. The HSBC-Markit purchasing managers' index fell to an eight-month low in March, further evidence of the prolonged slowdown that could lead to lower demand for energy in the world's No. 2 economy. A similar index for the U.S. fell from a four-year high.

Offsetting those concerns was the possibility of sanctions against oil and gas producer Russia. The U.S. and other Group of Seven countries vowed to launch coordinated sanctions on key parts of the economy, which could include the energy industry, if Russian President Vladimir Putin presses further into Ukraine.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, slipped 15 cents to $106.66.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline was steady at $2.886 a gallon.

— Heating oil fell 0.2 cent to $2.912 a gallon

— Natural gas rose 0.4 cent to $4.28 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

 

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