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Blog Posts in September, 2015

  • What is E-Verify?

    || 30-Sep-2015

    Are you an immigrant who desires to work in the United States? If so, you are required to obtain the necessary authorization. Under U.S. law, companies who hire workers may only employ people who can legally work in the United States – whether they are U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have obtained the appropriate authorization. While America’s workforces is vast, diverse and ...
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  • New Records Show 2,500+ Sports Concussions at DFW Schools

    || 29-Sep-2015

    An NBC 5 investigation took a close look at just how many student athletes have suffered concussions in North Texas, and the numbers were staggering. Though the NFL tracks concussions in an effort to prevent them from occurring in the future, The University Interscholastic League (UIL), the organization that oversees extracurricular athletic activities in the Texas public schools, does not closely ...
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  • Plano Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Domestic Assault

    || 28-Sep-2015

    A 40-year-old Plano man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for assault family violence, with a prior conviction for family violence, said Colin County District Attorney Greg Willis on Sep. 23. On March 29, 2014, L. Rocha, of Plano, was driving a vehicle with his girlfriend as passenger when he got into a car accident. Rocha was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. Once the ...
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  • Can Banks Take Social Security Benefits to Pay Debts?

    || 24-Sep-2015

    If you owe money for an old debt, such as child support, federal taxes, a judgement, or even a credit card and you receive Social Security payments, you may be wondering if your banking institution can take that money to pay your outstanding debt. This is a good question. As a general rule, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is protected by federal law, so if your SSI income is deposited directly ...
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  • 37 Immigrants Left Baking in South Texas Semi-Truck

    || 23-Sep-2015

    On Friday (Sep. 18), authorities received a call about suspicious activity involving an 18-wheeler at a truck stop in South Texas. When Frio County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene, what they found were 37 illegal immigrants crammed into the back of a semi-truck, baking in the scorching Texas sun. The truck was parked at the Road Ranger truck stop on Friday afternoon in Moore, ...
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  • Woman Arrested at Dallas Love Field With Runaway Boy, 14

    || 22-Sep-2015

    A Wisconsin woman was arrested at Dallas Love Field; the police are accusing her of having sex with a Garland boy, 14, whom she met through online gaming. A federal complaint accuses J. Lynn Dougherty of transporting the boy to Wisconsin and engaging in sexual activity with him, according to a news release by U.S. Attorney John Parker. Officials said that on Sept. 12, the boy’s parents ...
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  • House Explosion Rocks Waxahachie, Injures 5

    || 21-Sep-2015

    At around 8:00 a.m. this morning, five people were injured when a house exploded on the outskirts of Waxahachie. The explosion leveled the home in the 100 block of Arabian Road, and damaged at least nine nearby houses. Of the five reported injuries, two of the individuals were seriously injured and airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. A third victim was transported to Baylor Scott ...
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  • Social Security Disability is Often Misunderstood

    || 17-Sep-2015

    Those with disabilities are in a tough predicament: they are challenged by their physical limitations but they want others to know that they are not defined by them. There are many misconceptions about the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, or SSDI. Some people think that SSDI recipients are taking advantage of the system, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. First, people ...
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  • Latina Immigrant Arrested at Texas Doctor's Office

    || 16-Sep-2015

    B. Borrego has been in the U.S. illegally for over ten years, so when she went to her gynecologist’s office earlier this month, the last thing she expected was to get arrested in front of two of her children. The mother of three was caught by surprise when sheriff’s deputies handcuffed her in front of her 8-year-old, U.S.-born daughter and taken to jail. Held in lieu of $35,000 bond, ...
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  • Juvenile Arrested in Clark HS Bomb Hoax

    || 15-Sep-2015

    On Sunday morning (Sept. 13), Plano police officers arrested a juvenile and charged the suspect with “False Alarm/Report Emergency Involving Public School,” the Plano Star Courier reported. There is no other information on the suspect available and the investigation is ongoing. On Friday (Sept. 11) at around 11:30 a.m., 911 received a call indicating that a person was at Clark High ...
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  • Former Hunt Elementary Teacher Faces New Charges

    || 14-Sep-2015

    In July 2014, former Hunt Elementary teacher T. Allen Reich, 41, of Plano, was sentenced to 12 years for inappropriately touching one of his young students; he is now facing new charges. Reich is being charged with three counts of indecency with a child and two counts of aggravated sexual assault with a child – all felonies. Reich allegedly committed the offenses in March 2012, however, the ...
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  • What SSDI Means for Social Security

    || 10-Sep-2015

    When it comes to Social Security, there are a variety of claiming strategies and for the average person, it can be complicated. If you’re on Social Security Disability, have a public pension, or are a state employee, it’s even more complicated. For savvy Americans, the debate comes down to whether it would be more advantageous to claim early or wait until they turn 70. If you’re ...
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  • Yemen is Designated for Temporary Protected Status

    || 9-Sep-2015

    According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Yemen is experiencing its biggest crisis in decades with its government being overthrown by the Houthis, which is a Zaydi Shia movement that is backed by Iran. After the Houthis captured the capital of Sana’a and travelled south toward the Gulf of Aden earlier this year, an air campaign was launched by a Saudi-led coalition to reinstate ...
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  • Parents Sue AA After Daughter Inappropriately Touched by Passenger

    || 8-Sep-2015

    A girl flew alone from New York to Chicago on July 15, 2015 and while on that flight, she reported being touched inappropriately by a man who was a passenger on the flight. After learning of their daughter’s experience, the girl’s parents decided to file a lawsuit against the man and American Airlines. The parents argue that the airline failed to protect their daughter. After the ...
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  • Plano Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Disney Scheme

    || 7-Sep-2015

    T. Lucas Jr., 35, has been sentenced to federal prison after he defrauded investors in the Eastern District of Texas, said U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Sep. 1. On Feb. 13, Lucas was convicted of on one count of making a false statement to the FBI and seven counts of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant sentenced him to 2010 months in federal prison. Between 2006 and 2010, Lucas ...
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  • Social Security Disability Myths Busted!

    || 3-Sep-2015

    If you have been injured in an accident, or if you are in such bad health that you cannot work, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, a federal program that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities. If you’ve been reluctant to apply for SSDI benefits because you’re afraid that there will be mountains of paperwork, and you’ll probably ...
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  • New Texas Law Targets Synthetic Marijuana

    || 2-Sep-2015

    On Tuesday, nearly 700 new laws took effect in Texas, one of which was the state’s first step towards easing the limits on medical marijuana. That measure is allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil. In contrast, the state is increasing its restrictions on synthetic forms of the drug, widely known as “K2” or “Spice.” The newest law in the fight ...
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  • One of the Worst Driver Distractions is Your Kids

    || 1-Sep-2015

    People have done all kinds of dangerous things that distract them while driving – from spilling their coffee to texting on a cell phone to driving drunk – but one of the worst distractions that are affecting most parents every day is driving with their kids in the backseat of the car. In 2013, ABC News reported on a first-of-its-kind study, where Australian researchers found that ...
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