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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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Texas lags in venture capital

CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is not getting its share of venture capital investment, but experts disagree on how to remedy the problem.

Experts in venture capital told the Texas House Economic and Small Business Development Committee on Thursday that many factors attract early investment in new companies. But they recommended different ways for lawmakers to encourage more venture capitalists in Texas.

The experts said success depends on thriving industries, academic research and a friendly business environment. Recommendations included investing taxpayer money in new firms, better funding for universities and improved roads and other critical infrastructure.

House Speaker Joe Straus asked the committee to study venture capital investment in the state and compare it to what is happening elsewhere. The committee will draft legislation to be considered when the Legislature meets again in January.
 

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