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Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a Lufkin native with many years of experience in commercial and public radio news broadcasting.  Winner of many awards for news writing, reporting and news production from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Houston Press Club, Dallas Press Club, Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association.   He's been married to the same woman for 35 years,  with four children and six grandchildren.
via Facebook/Office of the Governor of Texas
via Facebook/Office of the Governor of Texas
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Rick Perry Says NO Medicaid Expansion in Texas

If there were any doubts that Governor Rick Perry wants Texas to have nothing to do with President Obama's Health Care overhaul, the Austin American-Statesman reports Perry has cleared the air on that once and for all.

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via Facebook/Angelina County
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Rising Property Values Raise Property Taxes

We have good news and -- maybe some bad news -- for some Angelina County home and land owners.  The good news is that the Angelina County Appraisal District says property values are finally going up - instead of down.  The bad news is that rising property values also mean higher property taxes.

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Pharma Gets Incentives to Make Kids Cancer Drugs

Thanks to a Texas Congressman, pharmaceutical companies will get a big incentive to start producing drugs for treating cancer in children.  These are "orphan drugs" which the drug makers stopped making because they couldn't make money from them, but that should change soon.

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Report: Texas is Dead Last in Health Care

It's reported that despite the presence of some of the finest and most famous medical centers, hospitals and specialized medical facilities in the world, a report from the US Department of Health and Human Services says Texas ranks at the bottom in the overall quality of the health care it provides.  The report says Texas is falling short in areas ranging from acute hospital care to home treatment of the chronically ill.

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Lon Morris College Files For Bankruptcy

Lon Morris College in Jacksonville is on life support financially, because it is so deep in debt it can't pay its bills or meet payrolls.  The situation is so critical that creditors were preparing to foreclose several buildings on the campus this week.

The Jacksonville Progress reports LMC officials have headed off the foreclosure by filing for federal Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

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source: Texas Lottery Commission
source: Texas Lottery Commission
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Dallas NAACP Wants Texas Lottery Shut Down

The Dallas chapter of the NAACP is calling on the state to abolish the Texas Lottery. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the nation's oldest civil rights group wants low income Texans to stop pumping money into the state lottery.

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Today is Townsquare Media Blood Drive Day

Today's the day -- The day for the annual blood drive co-sponsored by the Blood Center of East Texas, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and the five radio stations of Townsquare Media in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.

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