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    What does Arizona immigration law really say?

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    Arizona's controversial immigration law allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency. Pundits and national media outlets have debated the topic all week. Oftentimes, debate gets skewed and facts get lost. So, I've pasted below the law's ...

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    Grandparents: Don't fall for this popular scam

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    I interviewed a Moulton grandmother who, at the last minute, avoided a popular scam police refer to as the Grandson Scam. For this scam, a young man calls an unsuspecting grandparent and pretends to be a grandson. "I'm in a ...

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    Should we publish photos, video of pet euthanasia?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    I finished a story today that examines the Victoria City-County Animal Shelter's use of compressed carbon monoxide to euthanize stray and unwanted pets. The story publishes Sunday. As with most stories, we considered photo and video opportunities. A debate then ...

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    PHOTOS: See new, unveiled pet advocacy billboards

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    I wrote a story that published today about the local problem with pet euthanasia. More than 4,000 dogs and cats die needlessly each year at the local animal shelter. Despite that somber statistic, local efforts helped to decrease the euthanasia ...

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    Do political signs clutter your yard?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    I received a call today from a local businesswoman who owns land off U.S. Highway 59 South as it heads to Goliad. She called upset that incumbents and would-be politicians place signs on her 40 acres and near the highway ...

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    Want to review each Crossroads stimulus award?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    Below, you can read an extensive list that details each federal stimulus award granted the Crossroads as of Oct. 30. This list shows each agency that received money, and what that agency says it will do with the money. I've ...

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    The way appraisers value your home might change

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    I attended a Webinar this week that detailed proposed state constitutional amendments that could change the way appraisers value your home. Here's a handout from two state legislators who propose the changes. I will follow with a story next week. ...

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    Ticketed for having your bumper over the curb?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    A concerned reader e-mailed me to say: My husband and I walked out to find a parking violation notice on my husband's vehicle. The violation was for parking on the sidewalk. The fine is $118. The bumper of the suburban ...

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    Care to read the proposed health care bill?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    With U.S. health care reform looming, much is said for and against the Obama plan. When talking heads debate, it's difficult to decipher the rhetoric from meaningful points. Here's a link to the lengthy health care bill so you can ...

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    Did city fade out its brush, limb pickup service?

    By watchdog in Watchdog

    I received this e-mail from a concerned reader: “This morning I called for brush pickup and limb collection. I was trying to make an appointment so that when our trees are trimmed on Saturday the mess would not sit there ...

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