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FEC Suspends Decision on Foreign-Born Presidential Candidate

Today, the Federal Election Commission took up the last remaining question that foreign-born Presidential hopeful Abdul Hassan asked them. Can he receive taxpayer money to run his presidential campaign? Mr. Hassan is a Guatamala-born naturalized U.S. citizen. The Constitution says that only natural-born citizens (or those in the U.S. at the time of the signing of the Constitution) can be ...

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AT&T Statement on Department of Justice Action

  DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The following may be attributed to Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel: We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated. We plan to ask for an expedited hearing ...

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Pilot Relieved of Duty for Refusing to Endanger Lives in Severe Weather

ExpressJet Airlines labels pilot “unstable,” violating rights protected by law, according to filing HOUSTON, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — An ExpressJet Airlines pilot has filed a lawsuit against parent company Continental Express claiming retaliation and ruin of his professional reputation. The suit claims he was targeted because he took precautionary action during severe weather conditions, costing the company money. In the filing ...

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Key Texas Historical Records Face Uncertain Future

HOUSTON, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Key documents that shed light on historic periods in the birth and growth of Texas face an uncertain future due to poor preservation practices and limited resources in court record archives across the state, according to a report released today Wednesday, August 31, 2011by a task force charged with reviewing the situation by the Supreme Court of Texas. The records ...

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LGBT Groups to Counter Houston ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Conference on September 10

HOUSTON, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On September 10, the infamous “ex-gay” organization Exodus International will host Love Won Out in Houston, which is a quarterly road show promoting the false and dangerous idea that one can “pray away the gay.” In response, a coalition of local and national LGBT organizations will host a weeklong series of educational and entertainment events, as well as ...

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Entrust CEO and Congressman Burgess Outline Cyber Defense Needs

Without clear protection and guidelines, small- to mid-sized enterprises need to defend assets against online attacks, cybersecurity expert says DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing online identities and information, today participated in a cybersecurity forum in Highland Village, Texas. Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner joined U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess (TX-26), M.D., as well as University of North Texas senior technology director Charlotte Russell, ...

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ACA of Texas Offers Financial Literacy Tips for Parents

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With Texas students from kindergarten to college heading back to school, adding financial literacy to your child’s curriculum this fall can teach invaluable skills for today and in the future. “It’s never too early or too late to talk with your kids about personal finances,” said ACA of TexasPresident Jack Fischer. As outlined in USA Today’s special supplement on youth ...

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Six Years After Hurricane Katrina, Grassroots Organizations Lead Gulf Recovery

Community Leaders Across the Gulf Coast Call for National Support NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Six years after Hurricane Katrina, poor and low-income residents, African-Americans, immigrants, indigenous populations, and other at-risk communities living along the Gulf Coast report that the storm’s devastating effects continue to be felt. The need for environmental restoration, affordable housing, employment opportunities, the right to return ...

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Looming Utility Rate Hikes Could Devastate Some Idaho Residents

Over 40% of Idaho’s 50+ Struggling to Pay Current Utility Bills as Idaho Power and United Water Press for Rate Hikes BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As if Treasure Valley residents didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to household budgets – Idaho Power and United Water want to add one more to the mix: higher utility bills. AARP says the ...

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Strip Club Considers Appealing Recent Texas “Pole Tax” Ruling

HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Rick’s Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RICK), the nation’s leading group of upscale gentlemen’s clubs, said today it is considering an appeal of a Texas Supreme Court decision upholding a state law requiring strip clubs to pay a $5 fee for every club visitor.  On Friday August 26th the Texas Supreme Court reversed the judgment of a Texas Court of Appeals, ruling that the SOB Fee ...

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Hurricane Irene Came Ashore .. We Think

Living in North Carolina, I have been following Hurricane Irene closely. She came onshore at Cape Lookout, NC at about 7:30am eastern .. I think. First, let me say that I am thrilled that the storm has had a much more minimal impact on North Carolina, but being a curious person, I am stumped why the difference in NOAA’s numbers ...

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Charity Claiming Association With White House Party Crashers Under Investigation

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — “It has come to our attention that a group claiming to be associated with Tareq and Michaele Salahi have announced that Mr. Williams will be attending an event at their Oasis Winery in Virginia and that Montel Williams’ MS Foundation is also a supporter – neither is true. We discovered that Mr. Williams’ name and the name of his charitable ...

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Texas Supreme Court Decision Strengthens State’s Workers’ Comp Law

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision today in Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Timothy J. Ruttiger that strengthens a law affecting millions of Texans—the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Court reversed the Houston Court of Appeals and rendered judgment that Mr. Ruttiger take nothing on his Insurance Code and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims. Justice Phil Johnson wrote in strong terms ...

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Survival Tips After a Hurricane Strikes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are warning residents in hurricane-impacted areas about the deadly dangers that can remain even after Hurricane Irene strikes. Consumers need to be especially careful during a loss of electrical power, as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire increases at that time. In ...

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Hillary Clinton Secures $1.5 Billion for Libyan Rebels

The Secretary of State’s office released a statement on Libya Friday morning. In Clinton’s statement she announces that $1.5 Billion in funds previously frozen by the United States would be made available to the transitional government – the TNC or Transitional National Council. Today, the Libya Contact Group held a meeting in Istanbul to demonstrate our continued commitment to Libya ...

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