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BBB Alerts of Voter Scams
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 06:50 AM

Early voting is in full swing and Election Day is only one week away. But unfortunately, with elections often comes the possibility scams. While politicians are seeking your support, scam artists are busy trying to steal money and identities by pretending to contact you about an election-related issue. 

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers of four common election scams to look out for before casting their vote for the Nov. 4 elections.

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Turning Pro
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Monday, October 27, 2014 04:48 PM

Graduating with a professional degree does not automatically convey professionalism to the recipient of the degree. A graduate degree is only part of the journey to becoming a professional. In fact, most people with graduate degrees never reach the level of being a professional. Becoming a pro is a life-changing transformation that is costly, and most of us cannot bear the cost.

A professional degree does not make a person a professional any more than a self-defense class makes the student a champion fighter. In both cases, the training is the first step in a lifelong journey that requires self-sacrifice, focus, hard training and relentlessness.

Ironically, the ability to turn pro requires nothing external. It is an internal decision to become more: more committed to your life’s work, more consumed with learning and more dedicated to create. When you decide to turn pro, you begin to do the hard things in life, to live life without excuse or alibi. You understand your life’s mission, and your decisions and schedule will change to reflect this.

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Purdue Says Kentucky Lawsuit Over OxyContin Could Be Devastating
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:58 PM

Purdue, which makes the best-selling painkiller OxyContin, has never gone to trial on a case of OxyContin abuse. It has won dismissals in more than 400 personal-injury lawsuits related to the drug. And while it has settled some product-liability cases related to OxyContin under secret terms, Purdue has defeated more than 10 efforts to wage class-actions against it.

In this remote county courthouse in southeast Kentucky, the company faces a potential legal reckoning that its own chief financial officer called “crippling.” Purdue has already lost initial procedural decisions that may force it to go to trial with its “arms tied behind its back,” the company said in pretrial arguments.

Purdue is accused in a civil suit filed by the state of Kentucky of actions that helped create addiction on a sweeping scale. Many of the abusers went on crime sprees to feed their OxyContin habits and ended up in jail, in public treatment facilities, or dead from overdoses, the state alleges. The company denies all claims.

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Medications mistakes common among young children
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:44 PM

Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines.  The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.

Medication errors can cause injury, increased healthcare spending and even death, the researchers write.

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Leadership Mistakes Made During Crisis
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:05 PM

A recent article highlighted the biggest mistakes made by leadership in any company or corporation.  Below are the common mistakes made and the opportunities that actually exist.

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