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4/18/2014
Austin City Council says landlords can’t discriminate against housing voucher-holders
Landlords should not discriminate against potential tenants who plan to use federally funded housing vouchers to pay part of their rent, the Austin City Council decided Thursday. On a 6-0 vote, the council agreed to add “source of income” to the list of things — including race, religion and gender — for which landlords can’t turn away applicants. Council Member Sheryl Cole was absent. Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/austin-city-council-says-landlords-cant-discrimina/nfcYX/  
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4/18/2014
Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) —Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning."In reviewing the case, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has determined a warning in lieu of a citation is sufficient in this case," a statement released by the VA stated on Thursday.Christopher Lewis, an on-site construction worker, said he didn't know refills at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston came at a price, and Wednesday, during his lunch hour, he was originally slapped with federal charges Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/sc-man-hit-with-525-federal-fine-after-not-paying-for-drink-refill/25528986#ixzz2zF6LXBfE
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4/18/2014
Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors
Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care. The shift, little noticed outside the medical establishment but already controversial inside it, suggests that doctors are starting to redefine their roles, from being concerned exclusively about individual patients to exerting influence on how health care dollars are spent. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/business/treatment-cost-could-influence-doctors-advice.html?_r=0
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4/18/2014
Obama spikes the football
Finally, President Barack Obama can say his health care law is beating the expectations. Well, one of them, anyway. It’s safe to say that no one — not even him — predicted that the Obamacare sign-ups would soar as high as 8 million, the figure he announced in an appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday. That number, at least on its face, truly does go beyond the enrollment goals the administration set for itself — and makes the recovery from the website debacle even bigger. That doesn’t mean the number tells everything the public needs to know about who’s really covered, of course. And not all of Thursday’s numbers beat the expectations — the share of young adults still isn’t ideal, according to some health care experts. Read more: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=4D7132F2-763E-4A47-A891-9CBF16D0B3ED
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4/18/2014
Kroger manager loses job after confronting shoplifter
A Kroger store manager lost his job after he confronted a shoplifting suspect who was holding a knife. Cell phone video shot by a shopper shows the manager taking on the suspect in the parking lot of a Kroger store in Arlington. The manager eventually takes the knife from the man and throws the suspect to the ground. Kroger said in a statement to FOX4 the manager's actions were "not a reflection of our company's fraud prevention protocol, procedures or training." Arlington police said the shoplifter, Claude Medlock, 51, had a lengthy criminal history that includes theft and robbery convictions. Police told FOX4 they didn't consider the manger's actions criminal. Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/25278506/kroger-manager-loses-job-after-confronting-shoplifter#ixzz2zF5GOOg4
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4/17/2014
Distressed parents: Prom dresses too short, too sexy
For Holly Manson, a mom of three teens in Oakland, Maine, one simple saying has made the difference between absolute dread during prom season and actually welcoming the rite of passage. "'I always told my girls to 'dress classy not trashy' and so when they make their clothing choices, they tend to go towards the classy stuff," said Manson, who responded to a request for comment on CNN's Facebook page. It's a saying, she says, that just popped into her head around the time her girls, now 14 and 18, and her son, 16, started middle school. Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/living/prom-dress-shopping-too-sexy-skimpy-parents/
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4/17/2014
Cadillac Test Drivers Warned of Ignition Switches Turning Off in 2006
A U.S. safety regulator released new documents on Wednesday showing General Motors Co.ordered a more robust ignition switch before the release of a new Cadillac, stemming from complaints the engine could turn off while driving when the ignition was bumped. Delphi Automotive, which made the defective switches used in 2.6 million small cars that are now being recalled, disclosed in a letter to U.S. regulators that GM engineers in February 2006 sought the change after test drivers reported the 2007 Cadillac SRX would stall when their knees bumped the ignition switch while driving. A GM spokesman declined immediate comment. Read more: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304311204579505812221720276?mg=reno64-wsj
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4/17/2014
New policy aims to stop discrimination against tenants with housing vouchers
Daniel Apodaca has spent nearly a year in a frustrating search for an apartment. The 60-year-old has a federal housing voucher, a much-coveted subsidy that will cover the cost of some of his rent. The problem? Many apartment complexes have told him point-blank that they won’t accept or even consider voucher-holders, who are all low-income. Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/austin-might-block-landlords-from-refusing-housing/nfbtW/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch
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4/17/2014
TxDOT removes some ghost bikes for safety
You may have seen a bicycle painted all white sitting silently next to a busy road or highway. The white bikes are called ghost bikes. Ghost bikes are real bicycles that serve as a memorial, marking the spot where a cyclist was killed. There are at least 11 ghost bikes in the Austin area, most of which have gone up over the past eight years. Read more: http://www.kvue.com/news/TxDOT-orders-removal-of-some-area-Ghost-Bikes-for-safety-255584941.html
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4/17/2014
IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor
The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints. Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command chose Livermore, California-based Vigilant Solutions to provide access to license plate databases or tools used to collect plate information, according to government procurement records compiled by Bloomberg. Vigilant, a closely held company, has received such work since 2009. In February, Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, ordered the cancelation of an immigration agency plan to buy access to national license plate data. While the technology can help solve crimes, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have said the mass collection of data infringes the privacy of innocent people. Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-17/irs-among-agencies-using-license-plate-tracking-vendor.html
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