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Stand Up For Repair

Microsoft pressed criminal charges against Eric Lundgren for printing restore disks that allow people to fix old computers—even though though the software on those disks is available online for free.


State Highway 249 Extension, Texas

Citing outdated traffic projections, the Texas Department of Transportation claims it needs to spend between $337 million and $389 million building a 30-mile six-lane highway from Pinehurst in Montgomery County through Todd Mission in Grimes County to College Station.


State Highway 45 Southwest, Texas

Building a controversial brand new, four-mile, four-lane toll road would increase traffic on one of the most congested roads in Austin, and increase water pollution in an environmentally sensitive area critical for recharging an aquifer providing drinking water to 2 million Texans.

Stop Highway Boondoggles

Expensive, wasteful highway projects shouldn't take precedent over public transportation needs. 


Stop the Debt Trap

Predatory lenders promise quick cash, but trap consumers in a cycle of debt. It's time to stop the debt trap.


T-Mobile data breach: Tips to protect yourself

Hack involving tens of millions of customers is a wake-up call for all of us to protect our information.


Tampa Bay Express Lanes, Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation acknowledges that a decades-old plan to construct toll lanes allowing paying drivers to bypass congested traffic on I-275, I-75 and I-4 in Tampa would not solve the region’s problems with congestion, but is pushing the project forward anyway in the face of community opposition.


Tesoro Extension, California

In 2016, the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) , the California Attorney General and a coalition of national and local environmental groups reached an agreement settling multiple lawsuits to protect the San Onofre State Beach and cancel prior approval of the Tesoro Extension project. The lawsuits claimed the environmental impact statement was inaccurate and that the project would damage the surrounding environment – specifically, a highly popular park that is home to 11 endangered and threatened species. Now, however, the TCA is looking at new routes for the highway that would cut through the city of San Clemente – and the city of San Clemente is suing to overturn the previous agreement keeping the highway out of San Onofre State Beach.


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The Fix Is In

We rely on our phones. When they break, we need our phones fixed — fast. Unfortunately, there are numerous barriers to fixing our smartphones. Manufacturers don’t offer certain repairs or push consumers into purchasing upgrades instead. Our survey of 302 independent repair technicians show that independent shops offer more options for repair, but are struggling to access parts, service information and repair software which is necessary to fix phones — which manufacturers won’t let these independent shops have.


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