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Tue
03
Oct
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Your local newspaper: the real deal

By JIM ZACHARY

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities.

This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…

Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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What you should know about Equifax’s data breach

By HEATHER MASSEY

As much as technology can connect us and make our lives easier, it can also make us more vulnerable to thieves. If you have a credit report, chances are you are one of 143 million American consumers who have been affected by the recent data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. It exposed personal information for nearly half of all Americans including Social Security numbers, addresses, birth date and credit card numbers. The hackers also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

Equifax is alerting consumers whose information has been breached through email. It is also working with state and federal authorities.

Wed
27
Sep
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Celebrating centuries of Hispanic contributions

By WILL HURD

Tue
19
Sep
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Texas Strong

By WILL HURD

Hurricane Harvey left many fellow Texans with their lives in danger and homes destroyed.

However, the rapid response to this natural disaster has been exemplary. Ironically, as September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, it’s important to highlight the hard work and coordination of our first responders that saved countless lives and made Texas resilient in Harvey’s wake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has done an incredible job aligning federal, state, and local agencies while seamlessly integrating private and non-profit partners into coordinated missions. Other federal agencies have aided these response efforts as well, like the Small Business Administration which assists small businesses and homeowners as they begin to rebuild through its disaster relief loan program.

 

Tue
19
Sep
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A small business owner isn't an entrepreneur

By PAUL HOWARD

Just because you own and operate a small business doesn’t make you an entrepreneur.

A study published in an issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics revealed a key difference between being self-employed and an entrepreneur.

 

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Tue
12
Sep
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Tips for donating to charities following Harvey

BY HEATHER MASSEY

Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of Texans in desperate need for help.

BBB suggests donors watch out for red flags, such as a charity or fundraiser that:

• Refuses to provide written information about its identity, mission and how the donations will be used.

• Won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.

• Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.

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Tue
12
Sep
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Hurricane Harvey is no match for Texas grit

BY RUSSELL BOENING

A challenge brings out the best in us, but a horrific natural disaster shows everyone just how strong they truly are.

And here in the Lone Star State, we made a new category—Texas Strong.

The heart, resilience and spirit of Texas, and of our farmers and ranchers, is second to none. We showed the world what makes Texas so great—our grit and our people.

When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast last month, it was disastrous and downright devastating.

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Tue
05
Sep
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A Nervous Wreck

By LEE PITTS

My entire life has been one long stress test. I'm high strung anyway and stressful events like an IRS audit and a colonoscopy literally made me sick. Becoming a deadline writer for 40 years probably wasn't the best career choice either. But you want to know what I found to be the most stressful? My annual nervous breakdown, otherwise known as a branding.

Ever since the Egyptians had the very first branding back in 480 BC, it's been a tradition that friends and neighbors get together to brand the host's livestock, and in return they are treated to a free beef barbecue and cowboy hospitality at its finest. The problem is I'm not what you'd call "the hostess with the mostest." Fearing for the floor, furniture and framework of our home I've never even hosted a formal dinner party. We have white carpet for goodness sake! I get uncomfortable when guests use our bathroom. So having 75 uncouth guests converge on our place is more than a little intimidating.

Tue
05
Sep
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Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

While damage estimates continue to increase, at least 45,000 people have moved to public shelters, more than 100,000 homes have been destroyed and the death toll is rising.

 

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Tue
29
Aug
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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

With wind speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour before landfall at Rockport, the National Hurricane Center in Miami gave the storm a rating of Category 4. As rains and flooding worsened, Harvey was widely reportedly to be the strongest hurricane to hit Texas since Carla in 1961.

Before the storm hit, Gov. Greg Abbott requested and received a presidential disaster declaration, receiving approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The declaration cleared the way for individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation to communities in affected counties, where high winds, torrential rains, flooding, tornadoes, power outages and more weather-related troubles affected millions of Texans.

 

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