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Blog Posts in July, 2015

  • Teen Killed in Fiery Crash

    || 30-Jul-2015

    Just before 2:00 a.m. on July 26, a traffic accident in Plano left one teenager dead. The accident occurred at the intersection of northbound Preston Road and Tennyson Parkway. A. Baker III, 18, was driving a 2002 silver Chevy Tahoe in the left lane, but before reaching the intersection, the SUV suddenly veered to the far right, ran over a curb and crashed into a large light pole before bursting ...
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  • USCIS Issues Notice to DACA Recipients Regarding Work Authorizations

    || 29-Jul-2015

    Due to a federal court order in Texas, which blocked the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, approximately 2,100 applicants received the wrong work permits in the mail and they must take action before July 31st. Applicants who were mailed a three-year Employment Authorization Document issued after February 16, 2015, the date of the federal court injunction, are required to ...
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  • Social Security Disability Basics

    || 28-Jul-2015

    For many of us, the concept of being disabled one day never enters our mind, especially when we’re in our 20s and 30s. But the chances of a person becoming disabled are higher than most people realize. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before he or she reaches full retirement age. While ...
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  • 2 Arrested for DWI in Deadly Irving Crashes

    || 27-Jul-2015

    On Sunday morning, a string of crashes minutes apart left three firefighters injured, two drivers arrested on suspicion of DWI, and one driver of a semi-truck dead. After the three back-to-back crashes occurred, eastbound Texas Highway 183 was closed between Belt Line Road and Story Road for hours as authorities investigated. The chaos began when a firetruck stopped on Highway 183 was blocking ...
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  • Former Plano Neurosurgeon Arrested After Botched Surgeries

    || 23-Jul-2015

    A former Plano neurosurgeon accused of maiming several patients and killing at least two others between July 2012 and June 2013 has been arrested. C. Duntsch, 44, of Centennial, Colo., was arrested and booked into the Dallas County Jail on Tuesday afternoon and is being held in lieu of $600,000 bail. Duntsch is charged with one count of injury to a child, elderly or disabled person, and five ...
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  • Immigration Help for Abused Women & Children

    || 22-Jul-2015

    Are you a victim of family violence, or is your spouse abusing your children? If your abusive spouse is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, help may be just around the corner. Battered spouses, children and parents have the right to file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Under the VAWA ...
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  • Obama's Goal: No Guns for Some SSD Beneficiaries

    || 21-Jul-2015

    The Obama administration is pushing to ban certain Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns. The target group of beneficiaries is those who lack the mental capacity to manage their affairs. If Obama’s plan goes into action, it could affect millions of Americans on Social Security Disability whose finances are handled by others. Obama’s push intends to have the Social Security ...
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  • Workers at DFW Airport Arrested for Drug Smuggling

    || 20-Jul-2015

    For individuals who worked at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport were arrested on federal drug charges. They have been accused of bypassing airport security and smuggling drugs across the United States. Thus far, 46 individuals, mostly from North Texas, were arrested and scheduled to appear in court last Wednesday on a 17-count indictment, which accused the coconspirators of distributing cocaine, heroin ...
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  • 77-Year-Old Woman Dies in U.S. 75 Crash

    || 16-Jul-2015

    On Monday evening, the northbound U.S. Highway 75 was shut down for several hours while the Plano Police Department investigated a multi-vehicle collision involving a stalled vehicle, a Good Samaritan who tried to help, and a third vehicle that didn’t stop in time. At 9:53 p.m. the Plano PD responded to a multi-vehicle collision that left a 77-year-old woman dead. The crash occurred on the ...
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  • ICE No Longer Detaining Mothers & Children With 'Credible Fear'

    || 15-Jul-2015

    This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made an announcement that the agency will cease detaining migrant mothers and children who are able to show a credible fear of returning to their home countries. The Obama administration has been the target of criticism, as many have disagreed with its controversial family detention policy. Amid pressure from immigrants’ rights ...
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  • Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Social Security Disability Benefits?

    || 14-Jul-2015

    If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may be wondering if you will have to pay taxes on them. Social Security Disability benefits are taxable, however, Social Security Income (SSI) payments are not. Not everyone has to pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. About one-third of the beneficiaries pay taxes on their benefits. You will only be affected if ...
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  • Plano Man Charged With Human Trafficking

    || 13-Jul-2015

    A Plano man was arrested and indicted on felony charges alleging that he was operating a brothel out of his Plano residence and lured a teenage girl away from her home in El Paso and forced her to work as a prostitute. J. Deshun Silverburg, 29, was arrested in April for promoting or possession of child pornography and assault – family violence. In May, Silverburg was arrested for trafficking ...
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  • It's Time to Do Something About Kids Found Dead in Apartment Pools

    || 9-Jul-2015

    Last month, a mother lost her three children at an Irving apartment pool that was so murky that the emergency crews didn’t know how many kids were in the pool. Imagine P. Allen’s heartbreak and the panic that set in as she anxiously searched the pool for her missing children. We’re not talking about toddlers here. Allen’s sons were 9 and 11, and her daughter was 10. The ...
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  • Update: Social Security for Gay Couples

    || 8-Jul-2015

    With the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, it has now opened the door for many things: same-sex divorce, Medicare benefits, and spousal, survivor and disability benefits. The landmark ruling on June 26, 2015 has enabled all same-sex married couples to apply for Social Security spousal, disability, and survivor benefits, and they can also apply for Medicare ...
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  • Plano Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

    || 7-Jul-2015

    In the early hours of July 1, a Plano police officer was arrested on charges of evading arrest and DWI, according to the police. At approximately 2:30 a.m., Plano police officers were dispatched to Robinson and Hedgcoxe Roads where a single vehicle crash had just occurred, said police spokesman David Tilley. When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they discovered that the driver was one ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage & Immigration

    || 6-Jul-2015

    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could marry in all 50 states, making the U.S. the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage on a nationwide level. The ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will have a life-changing effect for many immigrants: Now same-sex partners are able to petition for adjustment of status to their partner’s immigration status in all 50 ...
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  • U.S. Grants Nepalis Temporary Protected Status Post-Nepal Earthquake

    || 2-Jul-2015

    Due to the devastating 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015, which killed more than 8,800 people, injured over 23,000, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless among the wreckage, the Department of Homeland Security has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status under Section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). On June 24, the Department of Homeland ...
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  • Conservative Judges to Weigh Immigration Issues

    || 1-Jul-2015

    Though the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding same-sex marriage and the Affordable Car Act were good news to President Obama, on Monday, he received bad news regarding his immigration initiatives that have been delayed in federal court. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals made an announcement, revealing the identities of the three-judge panel that will be hearing the case next week. Two of ...
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