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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 declines after China trade data


The Associated Press

The price of oil declined Thursday after China's monthly trade data showed subdued imports by the world's largest crude consumer.

Benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was down 39 cents at $100.38 a barrel at 0920 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.27 to close at $100.77 on Wednesday.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil, was down 48 cents to $107.65 on the ICE exchange in London.

China's customs data showed that imports rose 0.8 percent in April, improving from the previous month's 11.3 percent decline but still subdued. Exports rose 0.9 percent, a recovery from March's 6.6 percent fall. Weak imports reflect slowing Chinese economic growth, which declined to 7.4 percent in the first quarter of year.

The decline in the oil price comes after a big jump Wednesday, which stemmed from a surprise decline in U.S. crude stockpiles.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline added 0.1 cent to $2.92 a gallon.

— Heating oil was down 1.4 cents to $2.914 a gallon

— Natural gas slipped 0.1 cent to $4.734 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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