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Sep 02 2015

Breaking Poverty

Story and photo by Joycelyne Fadojutimi/ETR The problem of poverty is complex and more so in rural areas like east Texas. According to Center for American progress, there are more women in poverty then men in America and all over the world. Currently 37 million women are living in poverty in America, the richest country …

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Aug 27 2015

County Budget, Tax Rate Adopted

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The Smith County Commissioners Court on Monday voted unanimously to approve the Fiscal Year 2016 balanced budget and the unchanged tax rate. The budget process formally began in April. After six budget workshops and two public hearings, Commissioners approved the budget, which addressed adequate funding for law enforcement and jail operations; improvements to county roads …

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Jul 06 2015

Comptroller Hegar Endorses Hughes for Senate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has issued an endorsement to Rep. Bryan Hughes for Senate District 1. “I am honored to have Comptroller Hegar join our growing list of conservative endorsements,” said Hughes. “I have long admired Glenn for his commitment to transparency in state spending and his courage in fighting for life.” Comptroller Hegar issued …

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Dec 15 2013

Payday Lenders Pimping Again

We all know how the holiday season can stretch family budgets to the limit. Starting before Halloween, consumers are bombarded by commercials selling sparkling jewels, the latest high-tech craze or the newest must-have toy. It’s no wonder that more and more strapped-for-cash Texans may be tempted to turn to payday and auto title loans as …

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Oct 14 2013

Shut up and work:We wouldn’t be at this point if Congress had done its job over the last several months.

For the first time in 17 years, Congress failed to provide the funding to keep the entire government running. So now you have two classes of government service and two classes of employees: “essential” and “nonessential.” If you run a national park, you aren’t essential. If you work in a government lab, you might be …

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Sep 03 2013

Joining the race: Billy Hatten declares candidacy for Gregg County Commissioner Precinct 4

Billy Hatten is in the race for Gregg County Commission Precinct 4. According to Hatten, he had planned to run for commissioner 7 years ago but John Mathis, the current county commissioner approached him and asked for his help. Hatten became his campaign manager and made sure Mathis won the terms he has served. “John …

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Aug 31 2013

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Our health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Getting well Takes lots of pluck, With health guys out To make a buck. As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever. Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse. …

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Jun 17 2013

Farm bill to affect the hungry

The Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) released estimates today of the serious impact that a House-proposed farm bill could have on federal SNAP (food stamps) benefits and the struggling Texans who rely on them. A similar bill with fewer cuts passed the Senate Monday evening. The most drastic change under debate, to a state policy …

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