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New database will help agencies crack down on drivers without insurance

To reduce the number of drivers without auto insurance, the state of Texas has launched a database that allows law enforcement officials to tell which drivers have insurance and which don’t. The program, known as TexasSure, began in the Austin area on June 2, and is being tested for about 60 days before it is…

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How Farm Subsidies Harm Us All

This is off topic, but a friend just sent me this info which shows our government at work: Among farmers eligible for subsidies, just 10 percent of recipients collect 73 percent of the subsidies—an average of $91,000 per farm. (See Chart 3.) By contrast, the average subsidy granted to the bottom 80 percent of recipients…

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Traffic casualties a growing global plague

A vast majority of the world’s countries — 85 percent — lack adequate laws to address the growing problem of traffic deaths and injuries, according to the World Health Organization’s first report on road safety. Traffic injuries are the ninth-leading cause of death worldwide, and public health experts say that without intervention, they will rise…

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Oversight of Dentists Lacks Bite

Becky Murphy’s boss Dr. Russell Boone was found stealing her health insurance number to buy painkillers for a year.  She reported him and was pretty upset that he was put on a probation and continued to practice even after he plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance by fraud.  His attorney is negotiating a settlement with…

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Utah treats texting by driver same as DWI

In most states, if somebody is texting behind the wheel and causes a crash that injures or kills someone, the penalty can be as light as a fine. Utah is much tougher. After a crash here that killed two scientists, Utah passed the nation’s toughest law to crack down on texting behind the wheel. Offenders…

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White House seeks texting ban for truckers and bus drivers

The Obama administration said Thursday it will seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and push states to pass laws against driving cars while distracted. Transportation Secretary Ray La-Hood said the administration also would move to put restrictions on cell phone use by rail operators, truck drivers and interstate bus drivers….

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Drivers’ phone numbers to be cut off crash reports

In a blow to businesses that contact drivers after car wrecks, Texas’ law enforcement and transportation agencies have agreed to drop telephone numbers from crash reports. The Texas Transportation Commission is scheduled to consider the new reporting form at a meeting today in Fort Worth. The inclusion of phone numbers on the reports has prompted…

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Austin city council says officers not blood collectors

Austin City Council members  approved a resolution last week saying it is their “clear will” that police officers not personally collect blood from people suspected of driving while intoxicated. During the meeting, police leaders told the council that they have abandoned plans to train a group of officers to act as phlebotomists. Police Chief Art…

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Police Brutality in Williamson County

Police brutality is an alarming concern, particularly when those we entrust with our safety betray that very trust. A recent incident in Williamson County sheds light on the broader issue at hand, emphasizing the need for legal recourse and transparency in police operations. The Williamson County Incident Williamson County recently came under the spotlight when…

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