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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 rises to near $105 on demand prospects

The Associated Press

Oil rose to near $105 a barrel Tuesday on expectations for rising demand as the global economy strengthens.

Benchmark U.S. oil for July delivery was up 37 cents to $104.78 a barrel at 0750 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It soared $1.75 to close at $104.41 on Monday and is now at its highest since early April.

Recent economic indicators that suggest stronger global growth include Japan raising its January-March GDP number, a fourth month of solid hiring in the U.S. and China's export growth accelerating in May.

Adding to upward pressure on oil prices are talks on the Ukraine crisis, which started Sunday in Kiev between Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The talks were expected to continue daily, but there is no sign so far of an immediate resolution.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, inched up 1 cent to $109.16 a barrel in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.4 cent to $2.988 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 0.2 cent to $2.893 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil added 0.2 cent to $2.893 a gallon.

 

 

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