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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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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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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Oil boom pumping cash into UT and Texas A&M

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' oil boom is pumping cash into the state's largest universities, giving them a financial windfall they're using for new construction while also trying to keep tuition affordable.

The Dallas Morning News reports the endowment for the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems has grown by about 70 percent over the past five years. Gushing oil revenue has put about $1 billion a year into the Permanent University Fund.

That kind of growth been noticed in Austin. Gov. Rick Perry cited the dramatic boost last month when he urged University of Texas System regents not to raise tuition rates.

The board responded by not raising tuition next year for in-state students. The board promised to look for other sources of money that the schools say they need.
 

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