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Researchers Publish Findings on Study of How Living Conditions Affect Black Kidney Patients

Kidney Patients Team examines 10 years of data on about 6,000 patients that suggests inequalities play a role

A team of five researchers published a new study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases(AJKD) that suggests kidney health for black patients may depend on where they live.

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Investor Wants Dollar Tree to Sell Stuff for More Than $1

A dollar doesn’t buy as much as it did 30 years ago. That’s why one activist investor thinks it’s time for Dollar Tree to raise its prices. Jeffrey Smith, CEO of Starboard Value, a hedge fund, wrote to Dollar Tree CEO Gary Philbin Monday to disclose that his fund had taken a 1.7% stake in the bargain retailer. Starboard said it wants Dollar Tree to make some big changes.

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New Ride Sharing Service Debuts Between Houston and Austin

High-tech hitchhiking has arrived in Texas. Austin startup Hitch offers a ride-sharing service connecting people driving between Houston and Austin with people needing rides. Here's how it works: Someone with a 2003-or-newer vehicle who is planning to drive between Houston and Austin downloads the "Hitch - Regional Ridesharing" app and registers as a driver.

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Neiman Marcus Pays $1.5 Million to Texas, 42 Other Texas Over 2013 Data Breach

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus will pay $1.5 million to 43 states over a 2013 data breach that exposed the credit card information of 370,000 customers.

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Houston Real Estate Market Breaks Records

Houston’s housing market shattered records in 2018, despite lingering effects from Hurricane Harvey and concerns that began late in the year over rising interest rates.

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Texas Teen’s Wing Sauce Business Is Hot Stuff

Tyla-Simone Crayton isn't your typical 15-year-old. She may be in tenth grade, but when she isn't at school, she runs her own company. After her favorite chicken wing spot closed, the Ridge Point High School student tried to replicate the recipe for the wing sauce at home.

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TurboTax Launches Comprehensive Spanish Language Tax Resources Available to Hispanics

TurboTax, from Intuit Inc. – the leader in online tax prep, processing over 30 million returns last year alone in the U.S. – announced that its award-winning TurboTax Blog will now be available in both Spanish and English, making it one of the most comprehensive free tax information resources available to U.S

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The Truth About Dietary Supplements

Turn on the TV and flip channels for a while or go on social media. Eventually, you’re going to come across some “breaking news” about a new formula or supplement “clinically proven” to normalize your blood sugar and reverse diabetes. Think about this for a moment—a cure for diabetes in a bottle? If it were only that simple. Yet, that’s what the companies that market such products want you to believe. The pitch is so great, you think to yourself, “It should work. It was clinically proven, right?” Wrong! The claims are nothing more than great marketing techniques used to gain your trust.

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Houston Health Department Recommends Flu Shot as Influenza Activity Expected to Increase

As local flu activity increases, the Houston Health Department (HHD) encourages people to get a flu shot if they haven’t gotten one this flu season.

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Harris County Commissioners Court Requests Plan for Equitable Distribution of Flood Bond Funds and a Study for a Minimum Wage Increase for County Employees at First Meeting This Year

A number of issues — including flood bond equity, a proposal to consider Election Day vote centers and minimum wage increase to $15 an hour for county employees — was discussed at the first Commissioners Court meeting of 2019, which lasted until nearly 5 p.m.

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Forced Resignation Hits National Hispanic Cultural Center

The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is among the state agencies hit with forced resignations as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham begins her term. Rebecca Avitia, the center’s executive director who is credited with turning around the long-struggling center, was told to resign after Thanksgiving.

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Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency After 15 Years in Prison

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee granted clemency on Monday to Cyntoia Brown, commuting her life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex when she was a teenage trafficking victim. Ms. Brown, 30, will be released to supervised parole on Aug. 7, said Mr. Haslam, who will leave office later this month.

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Expert Says Census Citizenship Question Would Hurt Latino Count

Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at the start of a trial over the Trump administration’s decision to include the question for the first time in 70 years.

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Turner Proclaims One MLK Jr. Day Parade for Houston in 2019

Ever since Sylvester Turner has been mayor of the city of Houston he has strived to have one official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. Mayor Turner has announced that the city will officially throw its support in partnership with the Black Heritage Society to hold one parade in honor of King.

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Government Shutdown Closes National Black Museum Indefinitely

The popular National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) closed Wednesday, January 2, the latest attraction to close due to the partial government shutdown.

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Houston Rapper Travis Scott Donates $100,000 to Workshop Houston

Following the biggest year in his career, Travis Scott just donated $100,000 to Workshop Houston, a nonprofit and after-school program in the Third Ward.

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Fight Intensifies Over Future Of Struggling Houston Schools, District

As lawmakers head into the Texas legislative session this week, tensions have intensified over the future of Houston schools and the threat of a state takeover of the Houston Independent School District due to chronically low-performing schools.

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NFL's Final Eight Take Center Stage in Divisional Playoffs

​And then there were eight. On Saturday, January 12, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4), who won the AFC West and secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host the Indianapolis Colts (11-6) at Arrowhead Stadium to kick off the Divisional Playoffs (NBC, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (FOX, 8:15 PM ET), the Los Angeles Rams (13-3), who won the NFC West and own the No. 2 seed in the NFC, will host the Dallas Cowboys (11-6) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Ten to Texas Industrialized Building Code Council

Governor Greg Abbott yesterday appointed Stephen Shang and Roberto Lay-Su and reappointed Roland Brown, Scott McDonald, and Douglas Robinson to the Industrialized Building Code Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, he appointed Marcela Rhoads, Suzanne Arnold, and Brian Bailey and reappointed Randall Childers and W.F. “Dubb” Smith for terms set to expire on February 1, 2020. The council oversees the state program regulating industrialized housing and buildings.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Death of Dr. John Mendelsohn of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jackson Lee—“From Harvard to Fulbright and into the world of research and medicine, Dr. Mendelsohn made a lasting impact on this world, helping lead and inspire many under his command. A born leader, his impact on the medical field is profound and he will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.”

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Portion of Edible Arbor Trail Closed Due to High Water; Flood Warning for Brazos River at Richmond Continues

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Brazos River in Richmond until Thursday, Jan. 10 with water level at 45.45 feet at 11:15 a.m. today (Jan. 8). This has caused minor flooding in some areas including portions of the Edible Arbor Trail on Oyster Creek in Missouri City.

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Houston Musician Gives Third Ward After-School Program A Significant Donation

Jaime Herrero, Executive Director of Workshop Houston, announced this week that the non-profit organization has been awarded a $100,000 donation from rapper and native Houstonian Travis Scott. Workshop Houston was one of several non-profit organizations that participated in Scott’s Astroworld festival last November through its on-going relationship with Live Nation.

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Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Mourns Passing of Executive Director Larry Temple

With deep sadness, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announces the passing of its Executive Director Larry Temple, who died Saturday morning at the age of 66. Mr. Temple faithfully served the state of Texas for over two decades, from 1997 until 2019.

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Executive Producer Dream Hampton Talks “Surviving R. Kelly”

For Dream Hampton, who served as executive producer of the much-talked about “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, the explosive revelations in the film were just the tip of the iceberg.

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Hattie's Big Night to Make World Premiere In Houston

Vincent Victoria Presents will be producing the World Premiere of the musical play Hattie's Big Night February 1-10 2019, at Midtown Art Center 3414 La Branch.

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Hidden Figure: African-American Mathematician Inducted Into Air Force Hall of Fame

"Hidden Figure" and mathematician Dr. Gladys West has accepted the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers award. West joined the elite list of professionals recognized by the Air Force Space Command just before 2018 came to an end.

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Oldest American World War II Veteran Dies At 112

The United States has lost its oldest World War II veteran. Richard Overton, who fought overseas in a segregated unit, died Thursday at age 112. He was hospitalized recently after a bout with pneumonia and took his last antibiotic on Dec. 21 — "a true soldier in fighting this infection battle with all that he has," his cousin, Volma Overton, said on Facebook. Richard Overton was born in 1906, near Austin, Texas.

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Search Continues For Suspect in 7-Year-Old Houston Girl's Shooting

Police and family members have asked for the public's help as a search continues for a man suspected of shooting a 7-year-old girl to death in Houston.

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Dallas County's First Black Sheriff Takes Reins for Good After a Year in Interim Role

New Year’s Day was déjà vu for Marian Brown, who was sworn in as interim Dallas County sheriff a year ago after Lupe Valdez stepped down to run for Texas governor. County commissioners picked Brown to replace Valdez, and voters made the job official in November. Longtime County Commissioner John Wiley Price swore in Brown, the county's first black sheriff, in a ceremony Tuesday at the Frank Crowley Courts Building.

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Jimi Hendrix Honored in Hometown of Seattle with Post Office Renamed in his Honor

According to the Seattle Times, musical artist, counterculture figure and guitar legend Jimi Hendrix will have a post office renamed for him in his Washington state hometown.

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Lina Hidalgo, Others Get Sworn in as Harris County Officials

Lina Hidalgo was sworn as the county's judge at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management as required by law becoming the first woman and first Latina to lead the county.

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The Talk: Carrie Ann Inaba Officially Joins as Julie Chen's Replacement

It’s official: Carrie Ann Inaba will permanently fill Julie Chen’s vacant seat on The Talk, CBS confirmed Wednesday.

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LeBron James Named Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year

Although he’s been sidelined for the next several games with a groin injury, it hasn’t overshadowed the moves LeBron James has made on and off the court.

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Live Like a Pro In The All New 2019 GMC Sierra Denali

Check out the new technology and exclusive features of the all new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali.

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Mayor Turner congratulates Harris County's newly sworn-in leadership.

Mayor Sylvester Turner today attended the swearing in ceremony and celebration for Harris County's new leadership and issued the following statement:

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The Original Frenchy’s Prepares for Big Move for Church Expansion

For 49 years, chicken lovers have known that the best chicken in town was on the corner of Scott and Wheeler at Frenchy’s. The Creole spices filled the air drawing customers in for miles just to get a 5-wing special, fries, and a strawberry soda.

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PVAMU Team Participates in Houston Mayor’s Trade Delegation to Bahamas

Due to the events surrounding the passing of President George H.W. Bush, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had to cancel his plans to lead the delegation.

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year

If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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Texas' Unemployment Rate Remains at Historic Low 3.7 Percent

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same historic 42-year low it was in October.

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What Happens to Your Body When You Hold Your Pee

We get it. You’re busy. We’re busy, everybody’s busy. You have things to do, people to take care of and places to go. So sometimes we put ourselves last, including our bladders. But how healthy is it to hold your pee and not go to the bathroom when your bladder tells you to?

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African American Senators Push First Federal Lynching Bill Through U.S. Senate

On December 19th, the U.S. Senate finally passed the first anti-lynching bill in history.

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Houston’s Emancipation Avenue Becomes First ‘Texas Main Street’ In A Major City

Emancipation Avenue in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood has been designated a Texas Main Street, the first time the state historical commission has selected a street in a major city for the program.

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Fabolous Spends 100K+ On Gifts for Brooklyn Youth in Annual Toy Drive

Fabolous made Christmas come early for kids in the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of Brooklyn this year with his annual Christmas Toy Drive

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Taft Alumnus, ‘Black Panther’ Actor Dies

Ronald Glenn "Abongo" Humphrey, an alumnus of Taft High School and actor in the 2018 blockbuster film "Black Panther," has died. A death notice from Dignity Memorial in Georgia shows Humphrey, a married father of three, died Dec. 11 at 41 years old. The notice did not specify the cause of death.

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Tips for Taking Control Over Your Financial Destiny

Whether you’re a novice or experienced investor, there are steps you can take in order to take control of your financial destiny, and you don’t necessarily need a professional financial planner to do so, say some experts.

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METRO Delivers Holiday Cheer to Local Students & Seniors

There was no shortage of smiles or cheers as several Houston area school children got a surprise visit from Santa and bags full of toys this week. It is part of METRO's annual Adopt-a-School program.

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Bus driver erratically speeds through the city at night

Unbelievable video surfaces of a MARTA bus weaving between lanes in the city and now that driver is under investigation.

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Black Marriott Exec Was Compared to 'Buckwheat,' Told to Dance for Colleagues, Lawsuit Alleges

A former sales executive for Marriott Vacations Worldwide alleges in a lawsuit that he was asked to dance during meetings as entertainment for other employees and that a photo of the character Buckwheat was used to represent him during a team building exercise.

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Shea Moisture Founder Richelieu Dennis to Transform Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate into Training Center for Black Women Entrepreneurs

In this 100th year anniversary of its completion, the historic Villa Lewaro estate of the nation’s first self-made female millionaire and beauty pioneer, Madam C.J. Walker, has been purchased.

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Fabolous Spends 100K+ on Gifts for Brooklyn Youth in Annual Toy Drive

Fabolous made Christmas come early for kids in the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of Brooklyn this year with his annual Christmas Toy Drive. The event was made possible by the Brooklyn rapper’s foundation A Fabolous Way (which is designed to merge communities and the arts), Def Jam and D’usse.

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