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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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Arlington approves Chesapeake gas royalty settlement
A. Lee Graham

Reporter

Chesapeake Exploration LLC will pay the city of Arlington “a substantial lump sum” to resolve its claims for prior royalty underpayments and improper cost deductions, according to a newly approved settlement agreement.

Agreeing to the arrangement was the Arlington City Council. By 8-0 vote at its Aug. 19 regular meeting, the council settled the ongoing dispute alleging that Chesapeake Exploration, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.,  underpaid royalties for natural gas collected from beneath outdoor parks and other public property.

Included in the settlement is Total E&P USA Inc., the Houston-based arm of French energy firm Total S.A. that owns about 25 percent of Chesapeake’s Barnett Shale property.

“This settlement compensates the city for past underpayments, but also ensures that no post-production costs will be charged against the city’s royalties in the future,” reads a portion of the settlement. The document also said the agreement ensures certainty regarding how Chesapeake and Total E&P will calculate royalties in the future.

“The result protects the public interest by assuring that the original intent of the leases will be honored,” according to the settlement.

Representing the city in the lawsuit was Shayne Moses, David Palmer and Tim Howell of Moses Palmer & Howell LLP, a Fort Worth law firm.

lgraham@bizpress.net

 

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