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Blog Posts in November, 2015

  • Dallas Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

    || 30-Nov-2015

    On Nov. 28, an on-duty Dallas police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the Dallas Morning News reported. The officer, J. Covey, 33, was arrested at around 5 p.m. on Saturday. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Covey drove into high water in the 4500 block of Elsie Faye Heggins Street in South Dallas. That’s when two officer responded to the scene. The ...
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  • How Does Social Security Disability Work?

    || 26-Nov-2015

    Can you imagine living someplace where you were 100% responsible for your economic security, no matter your age or health, with no government to bail you out if you become seriously injured or ill? Fortunately, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you don’t have to worry about this happening. Thanks to a program called Social Security, the U.S. government is determined to ensure that its citizens ...
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  • Plano Family Safe After House Fire

    || 25-Nov-2015

    Shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Plano Fire-Rescue was called to a home in the 1500 block of La Paz Drive. When the firefighters arrived at the scene, there was an active fire blazing in the family’s converted garage. According to Capt. Peggy Harrell, Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman, the firefighters were able to extinguish the fire relatively quickly. Harrell said that the ...
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  • USCIS Offering Civics Practice Test in Spanish

    || 24-Nov-2015

    If Spanish is your first language and you are studying for the naturalization test, we have good news for you: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an online Spanish-language civics practice test, brought to you by the Task Force on New American initiatives. On Nov. 19, 2015, the USCIS announced that it is offering an online Spanish-language civics practice test, ...
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  • 52 White Supremacists Arrested for Trafficking Meth

    || 23-Nov-2015

    On Friday, Nov. 20, the U.S. attorney announced that North Texas law enforcement arrested 52 white supremacist gang members, while taking down a massive methamphetamine trafficking ring. The arrests stemmed from the second phase of an operation that was launched in 2014, federal officials said. All of the gang members who were arrested lived in Texas, with many of them living in and around Dallas. ...
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  • How the Disability Determination Process Works

    || 19-Nov-2015

    If you recently became disabled and your condition is expected to last at least a year, or result in death, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. So, how does the disability determination process work? Most Social Security Disability claims are processed at local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and through state agencies, which are usually called Disability ...
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  • USCIS Accepting Credit Cards for Naturalization Fees

    || 17-Nov-2015

    Are you interested in applying for U.S. citizenship? Well, recently the process got a little easier. On Nov. 16, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a reminder stating that people can use credit cards to pay their naturalization application fees. So, if you or someone you love is interested in applying for U.S. citizenship, the USCIS is accepting credit cards to pay the Form ...
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  • Plano Man Gets 35 Years for Raping Woman

    || 16-Nov-2015

    When we think about “rape,” the first thoughts that come to mind may be stranger rape, or date rape, but rape doesn’t only happen between strangers or people who have just begun dating. In Texas, if someone says “no,” but they’re forced to have sex, they can be charged with sexual assault, even if they are in a relationship with the victim, and a recent rape ...
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  • What is the Disability Insurance Trust Fund?

    || 12-Nov-2015

    Have you ever wondered about the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, what it is and how it works? In this post, we’re going to give you a brief explanation of this special account and what its funds are used for. The Disability Insurance Trust Fund is a “separate account” in the United States Treasury, which is used specifically for funding Social Security Disability benefit ...
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  • Maintaining Permanent Resident Status

    || 10-Nov-2015

    Once you become a permanent resident, you consider the United States your home; you must also respect and obey all of the country’s laws. The U.S. government says that being a permanent resident is a privilege, not a right, therefore, you must maintain your permanent resident status in order to live and work in the U.S. lawfully. Permanent residents receive what is called a valid Permanent ...
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  • Ex-Parole Officer Gets 6 Months for Accepting Bribes

    || 9-Nov-2015

    An ex-parole officer who worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was recently sentenced to six months in federal prison for taking bribes from a parolee, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. B. Polk, 32, of Dallas, is out on bail, but has to turn herself in on Jan. 6 to serve out her sentence. Polk accepted thousands of dollars from a parolee and his wife, identified as ...
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  • Was Your SSDI Claim Denied?

    || 5-Nov-2015

    Did you file a claim for Social Security Disability only to have it denied? If so, you’re probably feeling frustrated about now, and we completely understand! Unfortunately, a large percentage of SSDI claims are denied initially, especially when people file them without the help of an attorney. The good news is that there is hope. The Social Security Administration does want to ensure that ...
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  • Oil Change Totals Texan's SUV

    || 4-Nov-2015

    Most of us don’t give our oil changes too much thought. We take our vehicles in when we’re supposed to and we trust that our mechanic knows what he’s doing. The last thing we expect is our mechanic to put in too much oil, only to find out days later that it’s ruined our engine. But, that’s exactly what happened to one North Texan who ran into engine trouble while ...
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  • Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

    || 3-Nov-2015

    Are you looking to live in the United States as a permanent resident? If you become a permanent resident, the U.S. government expects you to consider our great country your home. As any resident of the U.S., you’re expected to live by the laws of the United States. Beyond being able to live and work in the U.S. legally, having permanent resident status means that you have certain rights and ...
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  • Carrollton Man, 30, Sentenced to 7 Years in Child Porn Case

    || 2-Nov-2015

    A recent case demonstrates how dangerous it is for adults to have sexual relationships with minors, even if they are completely “consensual.” Last week, a Carrollton man was sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting to having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl. J. Michael Porter, 30, was having a sexual relationship with a girl half his age. Porter admitted to ...
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