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BBB Advice For Safe Shopping Online

Online shopping has become an easy way for consumers to purchase products from the convenience of your computer or portable device. While online shopping allows you to avoid crowds and lines, there are certain risks involved when spending at online retailers. Last year, BBB received over 2,000 complaints against online retailers nationally. Complaints cover a wide range of issues. Some allege the product did not match its description, others state delivery issues, and problems receiving a refund.

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World’s Largest Backyard Pool Is Right Here In Texas

Who would have thought that the world's largest backyard pool would be right here in Texas? I guess not everyone is in a Stage 5 drought.

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Houston Mom Kicked Out of Pizza Parlor Over Diaper Change

Stay classy, Houston!

A mom and her kids were kicked out of a Houston-area pizza restaurant because one of the kidlings needed a diaper change. As the restaurant's rest room didn't feature a diaper changing table, this resourceful matriarch used what she felt was the only option available to her: change out the kid's nasty Pampers right there in the dining room!

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BBB: Students Give Financial Aid Scams a Failing Grade

The college fall semester will kick off soon, so now is the time to beware of scams targeting students. Scholarships and financial aid are a great way to help with the high cost of education. Even though finances have already been planned out for the school year, scammers still use this time as an opportunity to take advantage of students and parents. Before you think about last-minute financial assistance, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be wary of financial aid fraud.

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Teen Lives In Corsicana Walmart For Four Days Undetected [VIDEO]

Officials say a teenage boy lived inside a Texas Walmart for four days undetected.

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Tax Free Weekend Begins Tomorrow

As of Friday, it's time to stock up on those pencils, pens, notebooks, paper, et cetera. The statewide tax-free weekend runs through Sunday.

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Summerfest 2014 In Austin Aug. 1-2

Amateur radio enthusiasts from all over Texas (and beyond) will gather this weekend in Austin for the 31st annual Austin Summerfest at the Crowne Plaza. Amateur (aka "ham") radio is both a hobby and a service. Ham operators enjoy contacting other hams across town or on the other side of the globe, using everything from vintage radio equipment to the latest digital modes of communication! Amateur radio has also been proven time and time again to be a reliable means of emergency communications, "when all else fails."

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University of Texas Misspells ‘Texas’ On Every Page of New Media Guide

An unfortunate spelling mistake caused the Longhorns to be from "Texsa"

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Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI. 

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Specialty Plates Drive $25M to Texas General Revenue

The state’s specialty license plate vendor, License Plates of Texas, LLC, operating as MyPlates.com has met its current contract $25,000,000 revenue obligation to the State of Texas, four months ahead of schedule.

In November 2009, My Plates was awarded a contract by TxDMV to market and sell specialty plates. The contract was authorized by the Texas legislature as a way to raise money for state services at no cost to taxpayers and guaranteed the state a return of $25M over five years.

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TX Water Development Board Seeks Public Input

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will be holding Board work sessions around the state over the next two months to solicit comments on draft rules for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). The draft rules establish prioritization criteria for projects seeking financial assistance from the TWDB.

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Elderly Houston Woman Douses Robber with Boiling Water

"What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?"

Those were the words spoken by 83 year old Lillie McClendon when she was confronted by an intruder in her central Houston home. 

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