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Blog Posts in August, 2015

  • Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

    || 31-Aug-2015

    On Aug. 25, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for Haiti for an additional 18 months. The extension is effective Jan. 23, 2015 through July 22, 2017. If you are a current TPS Haiti beneficiary who wishes to extend your TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day period that runs from Aug., 25, 2015 through Oct. ...
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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits

    || 27-Aug-2015

    When we are strong, healthy and physically able to work, the thought of being disabled rarely enters our minds. But the chances of becoming disabled are probably higher than most of us think. According to the Social Security Administration, a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before he or she reaches full retirement age. To give you some quick facts, here are the 5 things ...
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  • Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Families

    || 26-Aug-2015

    In California, a federal judge ordered the government to release immigrant children being held in family detention centers with their mothers when possible, and without unnecessary delays. In a filing on Aug. 21, California U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee refused to reconsider the government’s request, which asked her to reconsider the ruling that she made in late July. In July’s ruling, ...
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  • Lake Dallas Coach Arrested Over Improper Relationship With a Student

    || 25-Aug-2015

    A former softball coach and teacher who recently resigned from Lake Dallas High School was arrested and accused of having an improper relationship with a student. On Monday afternoon, Corinth police arrested D. Walker, 59, and charged him with improper relationship between an educator and a student, a felony of the second degree. The arrest was made after a student at Lake Dallas High School, ...
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  • 5-Year-Old Dies After Located in Hot Car

    || 24-Aug-2015

    On Sunday (Aug. 23), the residents of Burleson were devastated after learning about the death of one of their own, a 5-year-old autistic boy who died after being found in a hot car. The family was at home when the boy slipped outside and left on his own, according to Burleson police. After being missing for about 30 minutes, he was found passed out inside a hot car that was parked on his street. ...
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  • 'Wicked Tuna' Fisherman Accused of Defrauding Social Security

    || 20-Aug-2015

    A fisherman featured on the popular reality show Wicked Tuna is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding the Social Security program. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to collecting government disability benefits while “claiming” to be disabled. Last month’s indictment claimed that Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Barre, Vermont, received over ...
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  • Explosions Rock Chemical Supplier North of Houston

    || 19-Aug-2015

    On Friday (Aug. 14), a series of explosions at an oil field chemical supply company north of Houston, set a blaze that sent a dense column of thick, black smoke across the blue skies. According to DrillChem, fortunately no one was in the plant located about 40 miles north of Houston. The blaze erupted at about 4:30 p.m. and authorities said that as far as they knew, no one was injured in the ...
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  • In the past, many immigrant parents who crossed the border illegally and lived in the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of Texas, and whose children were born in the U.S., easily obtained birth certificates for their U.S.-born children. But recently the rules have changed. Some immigrant parents are finding that if they can’t produce a U.S. driver’s license, visa, or Mexican electoral ...
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  • Man Steals Car from Plano Toyota Dealership

    || 17-Aug-2015

    On Monday, Aug. 10, security footage at Toyota of Plano on Preston Road captured a fair haired man in a blue shirt and jeans stealing a customer’s vehicle as the owner was inside the dealership. Plano Police Officer David Tilley said that the owner of the Corolla brought her vehicle to the dealership for servicing. She left her car door open with her keys inside as she went inside the office ...
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  • Social Security Disability: A Lifeline for Millions of Americans

    || 13-Aug-2015

    Each year, millions of American workers and their families rely on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program to help pay for the basic necessities of life. Since it was established nearly 60 years ago, millions of workers have benefited from the SSDI program, which provides benefits to workers in the event of a serious illness or long-term disability. According to The White House, ...
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  • Safety Tips for Portable Generators

    || 12-Aug-2015

    When there’s a big storm and your power goes out, having a portable generator can be a saving grace. But we can’t forget that generators also pose serious hazards, which can put our lives at stake. Portable generators are internal combustion engines that are used to generate electricity. They are great for providing temporary or remote power during a power outage, or during cleanup and ...
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  • Will Dallas ISD Parents Face an Immigration Showdown?

    || 11-Aug-2015

    In the coming days, some Dallas ISD parents may find it impossible to enroll their children in school. Parents who cannot present a valid birth certificate upon enrollment may have their children turned away after the 30-day deadline expires due to tighter policies imposed by Dallas County and the state. These children could even land on a watch list for possibly being kidnapped or missing. Birth ...
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  • Iconic Horse Statue Stolen from Kelly's Eastside

    || 10-Aug-2015

    The life-size, fiberglass horse statue that has become a permanent fixture outside of Kelly’s Eastside on K Avenue in downtown Plano was snatched from the curb on Thursday evening. According to the police report, filed at 12:13 a.m. on Aug. 7, just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, a customer asked one of the restaurant’s staff members where the horse was. The night shift manager said that ...
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  • SSDI for Amputations

    || 6-Aug-2015

    An “amputation” refers to the removal of an injured or diseased body part, however, it can also be related to an accident and result from a traumatic injury; for example, a body part can be severed due to a machine accident, an auto accident, or injuries sustained during military combat. Other causes of amputation, include: Diabetes (can lead to nerve damage) Gangrene (loss of blood ...
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  • Following 9-Year-Old's Death, National Baseball Congress Suspends Batboys

    || 5-Aug-2015

    On Monday, the National Baseball congress suspended its batboy and batgirl program after a young boy died the previous evening. K. Carlile, 9, was the batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays. Carlile died on Sunday night after he was accidentally struck in the head with a bat during a warm-up swing. The accident occurred in Wichita, Kans., during the NBC World Series game on Saturday. The league mandates ...
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  • Bush on Immigration Reform

    || 4-Aug-2015

    On Monday, Jeb Bush discussed security along our nation’s borders and how he would enforce our existing immigration laws, contending that both must be resolved before any president can begin addressing the status of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Bush said that finding a practical solution to the status of the people who are here illegally is a nonstarter ...
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  • Attorney General Ken Paxton Faces Felony Charges

    || 3-Aug-2015

    Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to turn himself in today at the Colling County Courthouse, and he likely won’t have the support of other leaders in office. Paxton is facing felony charges for failure to register as a financial agent and securities fraud, the first of which he has admitted to in a civil proceeding. His lack of a public defiance indicates that Paxton is preparing for ...
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