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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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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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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Chesapeake Energy board approves spinoff

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. said its board has approved a previously announced plan to spin off its oilfield services business into a separate, publicly traded company.

The Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer said Monday that the new company will be called Seventy Seven Energy Inc.

To separate the companies, Chesapeake shareholders will receive one share of Seventy Seven Energy for every 14 shares of Chesapeake stock they own as of June 19. No fractional shares of Seventy Seven Energy will be issued. Instead shareholders entitled to one will receive cash instead. The distribution is expected to happen June 30, after the market closes.

Seventy Seven Energy has applied to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSE." Trading is expected to begin on July 1.

Seventy Seven Energy, based in Oklahoma City, provides drilling, hydraulic fracturing, oilfield rentals and other services to oil and gas producers.

Chesapeake first announced in February that it was planning to spin off the business to streamline its operations. In May, the company said the move would cut about $1.1 billion of debt from its balance sheets.

Shares of Chesapeake closed at $29.87 Friday. Its shares are up nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

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