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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 extends losses on China slowdown signs


The Associated Press

The price of oil fell further on Friday as recent signs of sputtering economic growth in China suggested demand for crude could weaken.

Other factors influencing crude supplies included a report that U.S. crude reserves rose to a 38-year high and the delayed reopening of export terminals in Libya.

Benchmark crude for May delivery was down 20 cents to $103.20 a barrel at 0740 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 20 cents to settle at $103.40 a barrel on Thursday.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil prices, slipped 23 cents to $107.29 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Oil prices retreated from a five-week high this week after China report shrinking exports and imports for March, raising concerns about slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy. Investors are nervously awaiting the release of first-quarter economic data next week that will shed further light on the situation.

The U.S. Energy Department said the country's crude oil reserves rose for a fourth straight year to their highest level since 1976 as hydraulic fracturing methods have helped drillers unlock oil trapped in rock formations.

Traders were watching for the reopening of four Libyan export terminals in Libya, which have been delayed as the central government and militias who had occupied the facilities have failed to reach a definite agreement.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline was little changed at $3.006 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 1.2 cents to $4.643 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil fell 0.4 cent to $2.935 a gallon.

 

 

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