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Coverage or Penalties: Sunday is Deadline for ACA Health Plan

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – There are just days left for those in need of health insurance to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Sunday the […]

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Merry Christmas from Grace Heritage Ranch

All of us at Grace Heritage Ranch would like to take this time to wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas!  Thank you for your support and encouragement to us this past year.  We pass along to you a written narrative of a video titled “The Paradox of Christmas”.  Reflect upon the words […]

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An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the available shopping time left before Christmas quickly slips away, the National Council on Problem Gambling is reminding Texas parents lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last-minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and family therapist Sharon Davern says it may seem like harmless fun, […]

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Texas Troopers Target Thanksgiving Drunk Drivers

by John Michaelson/TNS HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas Highway Patrol will be out in full force for the Thanksgiving weekend, promoting safety and targeting dangerous drivers as the holiday travel season gets under way. One of their main focuses will be on drunk drivers, and John McNamee, executive director with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in […]

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When the weather turns cold for long periods of time, biologists and game wardens prepare for freezing water temperatures to affect wildlife along the coast. In 2011, more than 800 green sea turtles were rescued during one of the longest cold spells in decades in South Texas. The good news is that the large number […]

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Chief Justice Hecht: Texas Must Back Promises to Veterans

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – They have put their lives on the line for the freedoms in this country, and among those pushing Texas to make sure the promises made to veterans are kept are the most powerful judges in the state. For many service members, the move back into civilian life can present […]

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Retaining Texas Justice: $500 Million in Free Legal Help

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-million […]

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Texas Residents and Businesses Pay $218-Billion in Federal Taxes

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents and businesses paid $218 billion in federal taxes in 2013, according to a new report. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the National Priorities Project, says its “State Smart” research added up the federal taxes paid by residents and businesses in Texas, which worked out […]

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TxDOT REMINDS FOOTBALL FANS TO MAKE A SOBER RIDE GAME PLAN

Alcohol-related crashes in Texas rise on game days AUSTIN — As the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners kick off their long-standing football rivalry this weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay sober and safe as they make their way to and from their game-day destinations. “The Texas/OU rivalry game dramatically increases traffic […]

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Nacho Estrada and Maclovio Visit the Valley

Special Performance at Harlingen Cultural Center photos and story by Bill Keltner/La Feria News To say that Harlingen native Nacho Estrada is a professional ventriloquist is an understatement. Estrada and his friends have been entertaining audiences from coast to coast at national teachers, principals, and educational conventions since his graduation from Harlingen High School in […]

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