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Stephen McCormick saves life of eight year old boy

East Texas Baptist University graduate Stephen McCormick is shown here with Sean Suppan, the recipient of the transplant.

Bone marrow transplant worked By Mike Midkiff There is an old saying that “The first impression is the last impression.” When Stephen McCormick met eight year-old Sean Suppan for the first time he said, “Sean was stronger than I had imagined.”  The meeting might not have even occurred if it were not for the bone […]

Low-cost drugs, ill-gotten gains

By Peter Pitts  Some major American healthcare providers are padding their bottom lines by exploiting a federal program meant to help low-income patients. This behavior is netting them billions in ill-gotten gains. And it could be preventing many vulnerable Americans from accessing the low-cost drugs they need to treat and prevent illness. This abuse needs […]

Have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace

By Bob Moos Southwest public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Beginning Oct. 1, hundreds of thousands of Texans will be able to buy health care coverage from private insurance companies through an online marketplace set up by the federal government. Because it’s new, the Health Insurance Marketplace has prompted some […]

Welcome to the 2013-14 school year

It is an exciting time in Fort Bend ISD as we begin what is sure to be a landmark year in this district’s history of excellence. Personally, I am thrilled to be “back home” among so many outstanding, hard-working team members and a community that demonstrates exemplary support of public education. Despite the district’s continued […]

Lucky thirteen

Our lives are bombarded daily with stories of terrorism, death and many negative tales. This story is true, heartwarming and positive. On August 5, 2013 13 tiny, fuzzy, yellow ducklings fell into a sewer pipe through a storm grate. If that wasn’t enough the grate was located directly in the center of a fast food […]

Karbowski-Hernandez Engagement

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Mr and Mrs. John Karbowski III of Brenham Texas would like to announce the engagement of thier daughter Brittney Marie Karbowski of Richmond Texas to Matthew Daniel Hernandez of Richmond Texas son of Sylvia Escamilla and Eduardo Hernandez. The wedding will be held at Ashelynn Manor in Magnolia Texas on October 11,2013 at 6:00 in […]

Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

By Dr. Janey Thornton USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services As the Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I am on a mission to make sure all of our nation’s children have the best possible chance at a healthy life and a bright future. So, […]

Proven potential, demonstrated leadership: Army Aviator on the rise 

Lt. Col. Hoby F. Cupp is congratulated by his family following his promotion to Lt. Col. in the Pentagon's Patriot Room, July 16, 2013. The ceremony was hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and attended by numerous friends and colleagues. Pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Hoby F. Cupp, Jennifer Cupp (wife), Brycen F. Cupp (being held; son), Nolan R. Cupp (standing, son), Karen L. Cupp (mother) and Bobby R. Cupp (father).

By Lt. Col. Rob Manning Under Secretary of the Army Public Affairs Hoby F. Cupp says his promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army is the result of the enduring support from his family, friends, mentors and the extraordinary Soldiers he’s been fortunate enough to serve with in both garrison and combat. Under Secretary […]

Ruling defines ‘supervisor,’ puts limits on employer liability in harassment cases

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered the definition of “supervisor” to determine when an employer is liable for workplace harassment. In this case, Vance v. Ball State University, the main question was whether supervisor liability applies to harassment by any employee with authority to direct […]

Employers may need to make religious accommodations for vegans

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. Often, such scenarios arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Common examples of religious accommodations […]

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