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Blog Posts in December, 2015

  • Bill Cosby Charged in 2004 Sexual Assault

    || 31-Dec-2015

    On Wednesday (Dec. 30), prosecutors in a Philadelphia suburb charged Bill Cosby with sexual assault – the first time criminal charges have been brought against the actor and comedian, whose been accused by roughly 60 women. Cosby has been charged with second-degree aggravated indecent assault. According to Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, the charge is defined ...
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  • Do Pensions Affect SSDI Payments?

    || 30-Dec-2015

    Social Security pays disability benefits to people who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition that will last at least one year or result in death. The Social Security Administration calculates how much an applicant receives based on their age and their work history. Sometimes the SSA will reduce a benefit amount if you are receiving other types of income, resulting in a smaller ...
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  • Helping Family Become U.S. Permanent Residents

    || 29-Dec-2015

    Being surrounded by family is important, especially because families help each other in more ways than one. They help with raising and caring for children, they offer guidance, and they provide a support network that can be vital to one’s survival and well-being. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you may want to help one of your family members become a lawful permanent ...
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  • Intruder Shot and Killed in College Station

    || 28-Dec-2015

    COLLEGE STATION, TX – According to College Station police, the case of the burglary suspect who was shot by a man living in an apartment appears to be a case of self-defense. On Sunday night (Dec. 27), the authorities were called to an apartment complex where they found the 28-year-old Bryan man unconscious with a gunshot wound to the stomach. According to the police, Z. Jarell Ransom was ...
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  • Inappropriate Relationships With Students & Teachers

    || 24-Dec-2015

    On Thursday, Dec. 17, a former Texas high school math teacher was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with two of her students. H. Noelle Wey, 28, was reportedly removed from the classroom in late October. She is now facing two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, both second-degree felonies. Westlake High School hired Wey on Aug. 15, 2013. According to ...
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  • Does Owning a Home Disqualify Me From SSDI?

    || 23-Dec-2015

    If I own a home, will that disqualify me from receiving Social Security Disability? No, that won’t affect your eligibility. That’s because SSDI benefits are not based on your income, assets, or your family’s overall financial status. If you meet the work and medical requirements, you can receive SSDI. If you are approved for SSDI, you will need to report certain changes to the ...
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  • Immigrant Children in North Texas Over Christmas

    || 22-Dec-2015

    Last week we mentioned how up to 1,000 immigrant children were brought to North Texas for approximately 21 days. Given the fact that it’s the month of December, they will be staying in Ellis and Rockwall counties over Christmas. Since hundreds of unaccompanied Central American children will be housed in North Texas over the holiday, volunteers are working hard to collect gifts for them. ...
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  • 'Affluenza' Teen MIA

    || 21-Dec-2015

    According to the U.S. Marshals, authorities are searching for a black Ford pickup, Harley Davidson edition, which they believe is being driven by wanted teen E. Couch and his mom, T. Couch. At a news conference on Monday on the nationwide manhunt, Tarrant County authorities said that Couch and his mother may be on the run in her pickup truck. At the moment, investigators are eagerly pouring over ...
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  • Congress Moves to Restrict Travel on the Visa Waiver Program

    || 18-Dec-2015

    Tied in to the recent bill to continue funding the federal government and with the terrorist attacks in Paris fresh in their minds, Congress moved forward in November with adding further measures to restrict those with dual-citizenship from benefiting from the visa waiver program. The new regulations prevent those who are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria from using the visa waiver ...
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  • Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    || 17-Dec-2015

    Let’s say that you are under the age of 60 and you recently suffered a severe injury that prevents you from working for several years. How do you know if you qualify for Social Security benefits? Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy answer to that question. The Social Security Administration has a lot of rules and regulations regarding who can receive disability benefits and for ...
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  • Up to 1000 Immigrant Children Head to North Texas

    || 15-Dec-2015

    The people of two North Texas counties have been preparing for the arrival of as many as 1,000 undocumented children who crossed the border without their parents. Last Thursday (Dec. 10), adult workers were brought in to Ellis County to help take care of the kids, who began arriving on Friday. The children were headed to Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center near Waxahachie. They are expected to stay ...
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  • Woman Shoots Fiancé to Death in Cedar Hill

    || 14-Dec-2015

    CEDAR HILL, TX – On Sunday (Dec. 13) a woman was arrested after she called 911, notifying the authorities that she shot and killed her fiancé. C. Rhodes, 48, is in custody at the Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail on murder charges. According to the Dallas Morning News, Rhodes is an alias for the woman’s real name, which is C. Moore. Around 6 a.m. Sunday, Cedar Hill ...
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  • Michigan Man Gets Prison for Social Security Fraud

    || 10-Dec-2015

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – P. Razo Fierro, 66, the former owner of Pablo’s Tacos, a popular Mexican restaurant in Muskegon, Michigan was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for Social Security fraud. On Dec. 09, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell sentenced Fierro to 15 months in prison, followed by 12 months of supervised release. On Wednesday, Bell ordered Fierro to pay $232,531.25 in ...
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  • Immigration Through Adoption

    || 8-Dec-2015

    When an individual or couple wishes to adopt a child from another country, the process is called “immigration through adoption,” or an “intercountry adoption.” This refers to the adopting of a child who is born in another country than their adoptive parent or parents. If you are interested in adopting a child from another country, then U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...
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  • Home Invasion Suspect Fatally Shot by Irving Police

    || 7-Dec-2015

    IRVING, TX – Early Saturday morning, a man suspected of being involved in a home invasion was fatally shot by Irving police after he opened fire on the officers. According to department spokesman James McLellan, around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Irving police were dispatched to a home invasion in the 700 block of Jeff Court. That’s where three men forced their way into the occupants’ ...
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  • Can I Get Medicare if I'm on Disability?

    || 3-Dec-2015

    Are you living with a disabling medical condition that makes it impossible for you to engage in meaningful work? If the answer is yes and the condition is expected to last at least a full year, if not longer, then you’re likely concerned about how you’re going to pay your bills and receive the necessary medical care. If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability ...
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  • Visiting the United States

    || 1-Dec-2015

    Are you interested in visiting the United States? Generally, if someone wishes to visit (not move to) the U.S., first they must obtain a visitor visa. However, travelers who come from certain countries may not have to obtain a visitor visa under the “Visa Waiver Program.” Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens from participating countries are able to travel to the United States ...
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