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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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Fort Worth, USMD team up on Near South Side clinic for employees

By Scott Nishimura
snishimura@bizpress.net

The city of Fort Worth and USMD Holdings are teaming up at a healthcare clinic on the Near South Side that will provide same-day sick appointments to city employees and retirees.

The aim is to help contain the city’s healthcare costs, which have risen 50 percent since 2008, the city said.

“We’ve made health and wellness a priority in Fort Worth, and that goes for city employees, too,” Mayor Betsy Price said in a release. “If city employees are sick, that means citizens aren’t being served as well as they could be.”

Nearly 75 percent of the city’s active and retired employees and dependents don’t have a primary care physician, leading to uncoordinated healthcare costs, the city said.

The Fort Worth Care Today program, operated through the USMD-affiliated Medical Clinic of North Texas clinic at 909 Ninth Ave., will give employees access to more than 130 primary care physicians at USMD, the city said. The program will launch May 1.

City employees will pay a reduced co-payment for using the clinic. USMD will have a dedicated phone line for city employees, and USMD will hold a minimum of five appointments per day for city workers to fill.

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