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Sick of robocalls about car warranties and business loans? Here are some tips

Fraud from unwanted calls totals about $10 billion a year. In addition, illegal robocalls cost $3 billion a year in wasted time. Here's how to do your part to stop them.

Six questions to ask before allowing a contractor into your home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whether you're hiring a repair person or getting internet installed, having a stranger in your home is more worrisome than ever

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Southeast Connector, Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is moving ahead with a $2 billion expansion of three highways in Fort Worth that would induce sprawl and damage communities, even as the local transit system scrambles for funding to provide adequate service. Referred to as the Southeast Connector, the project involves expansion of 16 miles of I-820, I-20 and I-287 on the east side of Fort Worth, adding up to six lanes in each direction in some places, as well as interchange renovations.

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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.

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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Citing outdated traffic projections, the Texas Department of Transportation claims it needs to spend between $337 million and $389 million building a 30-mile six-lane highway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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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