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Tue
17
Apr
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Online purchase scams are the riskiest type of fraud, according to BBB Scam Tracker

By HEATHER MASSEY

Online purchase scams are now the riskiest form of consumer fraud, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau. In 2017, consumers reported more than 47,000 scams to BBB Scam Tracker. BBB analyzed this information using its unique BBB Scam Risk Index to determine the riskiest scams based on exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss. The findings, released for National Consumer Protection Week show some significant changes from 2016:

• Tax collection scams decreased 60 percent in volume of reports, likely due to the arrest in India in 2016 of the ringleader of a network of call centers primarily responsible for the IRS scam.

 

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Tue
17
Apr
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Energy Security is National Security

By WILL HURD

Folks in the 23rd District know well that West Texas energy fuels our economy. In fact, the Texas portion of the Permian Basin alone provides more than 444,000 jobs, contributes more than $60.2 billion to the Gross State Product of Texas and generates $113.6 billion in economic output for local communities.

What’s equally as important is that energy security is national security. Many folks don’t realize the hardworking Texans getting in their trucks each morning to work on nearby rigs or at refineries are doing much more than earning a paycheck – they are playing an important role protecting our nation from threats abroad. Here’s why:

Due to the discovery of significant reserves across the United States, including the Permian Basin, the nation has ramped up domestic oil production. In doing so, we have reduced our dependence on other oil producing nations while concurrently securing and improving our economy.

 

Tue
10
Apr
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Texas lawmakers asked for a study on open government. They’re still waiting

By ROSS RAMSEY

 

It makes little sense to scold someone without first reminding them that they are supposed to take care of something — and that they haven’t taken care of it yet. Hold the scolding, then, but here’s the prompt: Tie reminder ribbons around.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ index fingers. The Texas Legislature unanimously passed — and the governor signed — a Senate resolution last year to create a committee to work on patches to the state’s open information laws.

 

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Tue
10
Apr
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Building repeat business with effective selling

By BUSINESS TIPS

 

In all honesty some folks are natural born sales people who have the “gift of gab” or are naturally charismatic. Sales are one of the functions of marketing. Training the sales force is most often overlooked in terms of budget allocation yet it is heavily relied upon to increase and sustain cash flow. Here are the top three objections clients show when a sales person is attempting to close the sale:

 

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Tue
03
Apr
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Soymanella Poisoning

By LEE PITTS

I don't know about you but I became a little irritated when I read that two of the three largest meat processors have made sizable investments in upstarts that produce fake meat. So, in addition to all the other things we have to worry about, now we have to be concerned that somebody might be slipping us a seaweed burger or a tofu steak. As a public service I've made a list of ways to tell if you are about to eat, or have eaten, fake meat.

• Right after dinner there is a run on mouthwash, Pepto Bismol and Tic Tacs.

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Tue
03
Apr
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Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy. A question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census.”

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Tue
27
Mar
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That Facebook quiz might be a big data company mining your personal information

By HEATHER MASSEY

In light of the recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica allegedly mined personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, the Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers that what they share online can be used for illegal or unethical reasons.

Personality quizzes are especially popular these days on social media platforms such as Facebook, and generally seem innocent enough. However, you might be giving away more information about yourself, and even your friends than you thought.

 

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Tue
27
Mar
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The local newspaper makes a difference

By MELISSA PERNER

These past few weeks have been tough on our local community, especially on those in our county government.

The loss of long-time county worker Harold Shaw and the sudden death of County Treasurer Karen Webb has been a blow to our community.

 

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Tue
20
Mar
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Helping Women-Owned Businesses Thrive

By HURD ON THE HILL WILL HURD

 

Women entrepreneurs make up a growing portion of our economy. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times over the last decade. Their presence is all the more evident in our backyard, as Texas is home to more than 890,000 women-owned businesses, the second most in the entire nation. Our great state is also ranked first for the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, which means that women-owned companies in Texas grow more quickly in volume, in employment and in revenues than those anywhere else.

 

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Tue
20
Mar
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Poco Not So Bueno

By LEE PITTS

 

As we continue to unwind the double DNA helix, more and more genetic diseases like HYPP, GBED, HERDA and PSSM are popping up that can turn a valuable stud into horse meat for Frenchmen. For example, I used to think highly of the Quarter Horse Poco Bueno, but not after he was found to carry the recessive gene for HERDA, a genetic skin disease found in

Quarter Horses. Researchers now think that Poco Bueno's sire line, going all the way back to the legendary foundation sire King, may be responsible for the genetic disorder. In other words, Poco is not so bueno any more. Whereas he used to be referred to in hushed, reverential tones by a pedigree reader at a horse sale, even if he was five generations back in a pedigree, now a reader or auctioneer doesn't dare mention Poco Bueno's name.

 

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