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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 slips further as supply fears recede


The Associated Press

The price of oil slipped to near $103 a barrel Tuesday as concerns about possible supply disruptions continued to fade.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 12 cents to $103.41 a barrel at 0450 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 53 cents to $103.53 on Monday.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, fell 26 cents to $109.98 in London.

The benchmark oil price has gradually eased since it hit a 10-month closing high of $107.26 on June 20, reflecting worries that insurgents in Iraq might push into important oil-producing regions and choke off supplies from OPEC's second-biggest exporter. The Iraqi government's progress in regaining some control since then has assuaged those fears, and oil prices have dropped.

U.S. crude production, meanwhile, is at its highest in about two decades.

An agreement in Libya between the central government and a regional militia is expected to allow the reopening of two oil terminals, boosting the country's crude exports by about 500,000 barrels a day from 350,000 barrels now.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline edged down 0.8 cents to $2.981 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 0.9 cent to $4.216 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil fell 1 cent to $2.905 a gallon.

 

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