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Blog Posts in October, 2014

  • Prescription Pill Smuggling Ring Discovered in Texas

    || 30-Oct-2014

    Just because a drug is considered legal in the United States does not mean its sale or use is legal. The distribution of prescription drugs is controlled, and misusing these substances can carry legal consequences. For three Athens, Texas residents, the intent to sell prescription drugs brought in China has led their arrest. The group will be facing severe federal penalties. Illicit Prescription ...
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  • What Is the Plan to Achieve Self-Support?

    || 29-Oct-2014

    One of the reasons why the definition of disability is so strict when it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits is because the Administration seeks to incentivize returning to work. Unfortunately for many Americans, returning to work may mean losing medical benefits that a person requires to cover their condition. The Social Security Administration realizes that going to work ...
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  • How to Appeal a Crime in Texas

    || 29-Oct-2014

    It is generally said that a person is innocent until proven guilty, but that is not always the case. Even when a court finds a person to be guilty of a crime, their fate is not necessarily sealed. When a person has been convicted of a crime, they have the options to appeal the court decision if it was made unfairly. A Court's Verdict May Not Be Legal An appeal can be filed if it can be argued ...
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  • The Role of Grandparents When a Couple Splits

    || 28-Oct-2014

    Grandparents can be in a difficult position if their grandchild's parents decide to no longer stay involved with one another. They can often be caught in the cross-fire when they try and see their grandchild following a separation, as there may still be tension between both sides. Even if it is difficult, grandparents are able to provide invaluable assistance during this time. Grandparents Are ...
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  • Social Security Misconceptions

    || 23-Oct-2014

    There are some aspects of retirement that can be planned for, and some that cannot. Most Americans plan to use Social Security income when they retire, and is usually the largest source of income for those in their retirement years. However, Social Security is one of the most neglected forms of financial planning, and as such, is shrouded in myths. Common Social Security Myths Social Security ...
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  • Surviving the First Holidays Post-Divorce

    || 23-Oct-2014

    The holiday season both marks the end of the year and a completely new beginning for the year ahead. If a person has separated from a spouse in the prior year, this time can be intimidating. From deciding which parties a person can attend, to spending the holidays apart from children, the first holiday season following a divorce can be one the hardest ones. Start the Holiday Season Off Right This ...
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  • Grandmother of Heroin Arrested on Federal Charges

    || 22-Oct-2014

    A 79-year-old woman that has been named the "Grandmother of Heroin" and her 54-year-old son have been arrested with around $150,000 worth of heroin. It is estimated that the 21 ounces of heroin is equal to 8,400 dosage units. With some heroin addicts using four or five doses per day, this amount of heroin can reach significant numbers of people. The woman is said to be the main supplier ...
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  • Plano Landscaper Gets 16 Years Under Ashley's Laws

    || 21-Oct-2014

    A Plano landscaper was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexual assault of a child. During the trial, another person stepped forward to say that the man solicited them for sexual favors when they were between the ages of 12 and 15. The landscaper is said to have hired a 15-year-old boy to work at his landscaping company, and would offer the teenager alcohol and money to spend time alone with ...
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  • What to Know About Social Security Disability

    || 16-Oct-2014

    Social Security provides many benefits to those that are retired and their families. Nearly 59 million Americans receive Social Security benefits each year, with 11 million of those Americans requiring Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits. Around $11 billion is paid to these claimants each month. SSDI benefits are especially valuable because they kick in when an unplanned illness or ...
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  • 10 Years in Prison for Gymnastics Coach

    || 15-Oct-2014

    Former Coach Contacts Young Teenager A 27-year-old Plano man has been sentenced to 120 months in prison on charges of child exploitation. The man was known as a gymnastics coach to young students in the area. He was accused of contacting a former 14-year-old student with the intent of meeting the boy for sex. The boy's mother had become suspicious after she had seen a message from the coach on ...
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  • Gang Members Arrested for Meth Distribution

    || 14-Oct-2014

    Twenty five members of the Aryan Brotherhood (AB) were arrested in Texas on suspicion of participating in a methamphetamine distribution operation. Twenty four of those arrested were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth. Only one of those arrested was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Operation La Flama Blanca Targets Meth Distribution It is said that ...
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  • Child Kidnapped By Mother Twelve Years Ago Returns

    || 14-Oct-2014

    The case of the Texas child kidnapped by her mother has brought up the issue of custodial interference. The child was recently found living in Mexico with her mother. The young girl was kidnapped in 2002 at the age of four-years-old following an unsupervised weekend visit with her mother. Instead of returning the child to her father, who had sole custody, the woman fled to Mexico. There, they dyed ...
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  • Texas Same Sex Divorce Request Denied

    || 9-Oct-2014

    A same sex couple in Texas seeking to end their marriage is facing the same issue that many married couples across America are grappling with. Their request was denied. The courts all use the same argument: how can a marriage that was not recognized to begin with be legally ended? Same Sex Couple Seeks to End Marriage The Texas couple was married in New Hampshire in 2010 and is now seeking to end ...
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  • Women Access Social Security Benefits Earlier

    || 8-Oct-2014

    Social Security planning and financial assistance can make up a large portion of a person's retirement plan. The longer a person waits to start collecting on Social Security benefits, the more they will receive monthly. Oftentimes, it is in a person's best financial interest to wait until the age of 70 to begin collecting. Women Live Longer, Take Benefits Earlier Women, however, make up ...
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  • Plano Crime Safety Meeting

    || 8-Oct-2014

    With many of the recent events that have been happening in Plano, and especially the case of the missing Plano woman, the city is hosting the biggest crime safety meeting in its history. Plano Crime Safety Meeting Nearly 200 people are expected to appear at the meeting. Spurned by the alleged abduction in Plano over Labor Day weekend, many woman have expressed concern over their safety in the ...
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  • Cocaine Used as Election Bribe

    || 7-Oct-2014

    More than just reputation is at stake for certain school board position in South Texas. A man is currently facing accusations that he gave out cocaine in order to secure votes for a 2012 school board election. In order to secure votes, the man allegedly offered a small amount of cocaine or a $10 bribe if a voter agreed to vote for the candidate he represented. He is said to have been working with ...
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  • Collecting a Former Spouse's Social Security Benefits

    || 2-Oct-2014

    A financial component that many overlook in a divorce settlement is Social Security. Based on your ex-spouses work history and the extent and length of your marriage, you may be able to collect from their benefits. It is important to keep in mind that there are stipulations on qualifications and timing. Eligibility for a Former Spouse's SS Benefits You will need to make sure that all ...
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  • New York Seniors Lose Medicare

    || 1-Oct-2014

    Over 19,000 senior citizens in New York that relied on Medicare Advantage through MVP Healthcare will be required to look for new coverage as two of the five Medicare plans are slated to be dropped. The three remaining plans carry higher co-pays and premiums. What is Medicare Advantage? Medicare Advantage is a program that offers subscribers a more comprehensive coverage than traditional Medicare. ...
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  • Plano Woman Missing Since Labor Day Weekend

    || 1-Oct-2014

    A missing Plano woman ignited a massive search and rescue response in the area after disappearing Labor Day weekend. The woman was last seen at 3:55 a.m. after walking through the parking lot at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. She was with a male friend who had been with her at a friend's apartment earlier that evening. The woman has not been heard from since the two separated. The missing ...
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