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Scammers Impersonate the Social Security Administration

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by Ari Lazarus – Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief. Scammers want it, and they think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it away. Here at the Federal Trade Commission, we’re getting reports about calls from scammers claiming to be from […]

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Historic low temperatures result in new winter peak demand record for ERCOT region

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Austin – ERCOT set multiple new winter peak demand records last night and this morning. The record is now 65,731* MW, set between 7 and 8 a.m. this morning. This is significantly higher than the record set during the cold snap earlier this month, which was 62,855* MW. During this week’s winter weather event, ERCOT had sufficient […]

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DPS: Give the Gift of Safe Travel This Holiday Season

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers that by staying sober and following basic traffic laws, they can give their fellow motorists the gift of safe travels this season. In an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways, DPS Troopers will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. […]

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Binky Patrol Comforting Kids with Blankets

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Duncanville, TX – Over the past few months, volunteers throughout the North Texas region have met biweekly to make blankets and covers for needy children. Binky Patrol is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to making blankets and giving them away to children who are ill, abused, in shelters, hospitals, and experiencing any type of […]

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DPS Urges Drivers to Fill Up on Safety for Thanksgiving

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AUSTIN – As Texans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding motorists to make safety a priority and to enjoy the holiday weekend responsibly. “Thanksgiving should be a time of celebration with family and friends, and we are encouraging everyone to take some simple but potentially life-saving steps […]

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Lions Diabetes Awareness Seminar at Ben Franklin Apothecary

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Duncanville Lions Club – The Duncanville Lions Club would like to invite citizens in the Best Southwest region of Dallas to attend a Diabetes Awareness Event on Tuesday, Nov. 14th (World Diabetes Day). Partnering with Ben Franklin Apothecary & Methodist Charlton Medical Clinic, the event will help residents identify health warning signs & risks associated […]

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“Heart of Duncanville 5K” raises $25,000 in support of the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation

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Duncanville – Ben Franklin Apothecary hosted the 4th Annual Heart of Duncanville 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 14th encouraging folks to develop a healthy/active lifestyle and to support the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. Participants took part in a wonderful event that included a scenic route through Downtown Duncanville & Lakeside Park, concert by the Shane […]

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Ground Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thursday and Friday

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Duncanville – The City of Duncanville, at the recommendation and in cooperation with the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), will be conducting ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, September 14, and Friday, September 15, between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am, weather permitting. If the weather prohibits spraying on Thursday night, […]

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Equifax Isn’t Calling

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by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle | Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education Ring, ring. “This is Equifax calling to verify your account information.” Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue. That’s just one scam you might see after Equifax’s recent […]

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The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

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by  Seena Gressin | Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Here are the […]

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