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Sale of $1B in Houston pension bonds can proceed, judge rules

The City of Houston can move forward with its plan to sell $1 billion in bonds on Friday as part of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s landmark pension reform passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year, a judge ruled. State District Judge Mark Morefield on Thursday denied a request by former city housing department director James Noteware for a temporary restraining …

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Houston completes $1 billion pension bond sale, despite lawsuit

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivers his annual State of the City address at Marriott Marquis Hotel Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Houston. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) The city of Houston completed the sale of $1 billion in voter-approved pension bonds Friday in New York and began delivering the proceeds to its police and municipal pension funds, cementing …

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North Texas Braces For Possible Winter Weather

With potential icy weather in North Texas, TxDOT and NTTA crews spent much of the week crisscrossing interstates and highways getting ready. They have now switched into high gear. “Right now, they’ve been focusing a lot on the bridges and overpasses because those will freeze the first and then they will continue with the highways,” TxDOT representative Natalie Gilando said. …

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Woman Accused of Killing Boyfriend’s 7-Year-Old Son

Police in McKinney arrested a woman early Friday in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend’s 7-year-old son in Greenville, Texas, authorities said. Greenville police answered a disturbance call at 4:48 p.m. Thursday in the 4200 block of Pickett Street, but when they arrived, police didn’t find anything going on, according to a release. About the same time, police were told …

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I-45 Partially Reopened in Ellis County Following Crash

Interstate 45 has been partially reopened following a fiery crash in the early hours of Saturday morning. Department of Public Safety Sergeant Sara Warren said at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday troopers were called to a crash on the interstate southbound near Alma. Warren said the commercial truck was in the right lane moving off the road for a malfunctioning tire …

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Can US stocks in 2018 repeat the huge gains of 2017?

NEW YORK (AFP) – After a banner year for US stocks, that saw the Dow hitting repeated records, Wall Street strategists predicted 2018 would see more moderate gains and increased volatility as markets retreated in the final session of 2017 on Friday. A late sell-off pushed the market into the red amid declines in Apple, Amazon and some other high-flyers, …

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Epilepsy drugs work for most patients, but there’s room for improvement

Most people with a new diagnosis of epilepsy will remain seizure free with their first or second antiepileptic drug, but there’s still a need for better treatments, according to a new report. Researchers studied nearly 1,800 patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland, tracking them from 1982 to 2014. At their most recent check-up, 80 …

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Can you get a headache from sugar?

(ONLINE) – Rapid swings in blood sugar levels caused by eating too much sugar or too little sugar can sometimes cause headaches. Headaches can range from annoying to debilitating, so understanding what triggers a headache can significantly improve a person’s quality of life. For some people who experience migraines, sugary foods may be a trigger. How does it affect us? …

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Tomatoes may restore lung damage caused by smoking

(Online) – From cutting skin cancer risk in half to supporting the immune system, a diet rich in tomatoes and fruits imparts many health benefits. Now, researchers have found that these foods may restore lung function in ex-smokers and slow lung function decline in all adults. A tomato-rich diet may slow smoking- and age-related lung function decline. The Johns Hopkins …

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