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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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Film official: Incentives keep Texas in picture

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The director of the Texas Film Commission says incentives used to reimburse production companies are helping lure them to the Lone Star State.

Director Heather Page told a House panel Wednesday that legislation last year allowed the commission to raise its refund rate for production costs by 5 percent.

The reimbursements go toward entertainment companies that hire Texans and spend money in the state. While the rate isn't as high as other states, Page says it's enough to keep Texas competitive.

She says Texas has provided $128 million in incentives over the past seven years.

But Warner Bros. Entertainment executive Michael Walbrecht testified that Texas will have to boost its incentives to be more competitive. He says Texas is doing "just enough" to get filmmakers to come to the state.

 

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