Author: Toni McDowra

Local organization launches campaign to save PEDC tax – We speak to both sides

To understand where the newly formed organization Keep Paris Working is coming from, readers may want to review how the Paris Economic Development Corp. got on the local elections ballot for November. The PEDC has been funded by a quarter cent sales tax since 1993 when voters at that time decided economic development for the community was something they wanted. So what exactly can an Economic Development Corp Type A do with the sales tax funds they receive? The Type A sales tax is primarily intended for manufacturing and industrial development. EDCs may use Type A revenue to fund...

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Texas Issues First Medical Marijuana License

Cansortium Texas, which is a part of Florida-based Cansortium Holdings, received the first medical marijuana license on Friday according to the Austin American-Statesman.   Cansortium is the first of possibly two additional companies expected to set up shop in Texas. The company will be allowed to grow, process and sell medical marijuana to patients with rare forms of epilepsy. Cansortium has licenses in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico. The Department of Public Safety is also reviewing applications from Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra Texas. The companies were selected from more than 40 applicants in May and have undergone a series of...

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High School Head Games – The Concussion Crisis

Most young boys and even some young girls’ dream of the day they can put on the pads and football helmet and run onto their beloved school field to compete. My son was no exception. However, when that day arrives, some parents feel slightly different. We worry our child may get hurt and with good reason. While light has been shed on concussions in professional athletes where the hits are the hardest, researchers are now focusing their efforts on the next generation of football players and young athletics. In the past three years alone, 47 kids have died in...

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Gas Prices Continue to Rise after Hurricane Harvey and Irma

  Hurricane Harvey may not be raining down on the great state of Texas, but gas prices continue to be impacted. At $2.65, the national gas price average is 27 cents more expensive in the week. Motorists in 26 states are paying 25 to 44 cents more for a gallon of unleaded compared to two weeks ago. In fact, every state in the country has seen gas prices increase except four (Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, and Utah), where prices remain stable. Overall, prices are pennies away from topping the highest price ($2.67, August 15-18, 2015). The Department of Energy (DOE)...

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Equifax security breach exposes personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers

A recent cybersecurity breach of international credit reporting agency Equifax has exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. A statement was released by on Thursday by Equifax: Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately...

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