Author: East Texas Review

AG Paxton Reaches $74K Agreement with San Antonio-Based Business

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today reached an agreement with Joseph Brandon Shirley and Randy Lee Gardner over allegations that their travel service operations violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other Texas statutes.   The State alleged that Respondents offered travel promotions that were unavailable in order to get consumers to purchase memberships, misrepresented the savings promised to consumers for services, and refused requests to cancel memberships, among several other complaints. Businesses named in the agreement are Exciting Travel Destinations LLC, Alamo Guest Services, and Vacation Inspirations, LLC. All three entities operated from offices in San Antonio....

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Don’t Get Burned from Scam Claiming to Benefit Tyler Fire Department

BBB Serving Central East Texas is alerting the community about a scam which claims to benefit Tyler Fire Department and reminds consumers to do their homework before sending money to any organization. The scam was reported via BBB Scam Tracker, an online tool used to provide consumers with a place to report scams and fraud and to warn others about malicious or suspicious activities. A local business owner reported that Firehouse Promotions contacted them for the third year in row claiming to be selling advertisement space on magnetic boards for $500 to help benefit Tyler Fire Department. BBB contacted...

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LONGVIEW: Muslims seek peaceful co-existence

Islamic Center packs House, displays first-rate hospitality  By Joycelyne Fadojutimi and Kelly Bell Longview business leader Tariq Bashir also serves as president of the Longview Islamic Center. He is quiet and reserved, and runs a thriving business in the Longview Mall. When his place of worship held an open house, his daughter was one of the volunteers assisting guests in any way needed, answering questions and making sure they felt welcome. The mosque on Amy Road was not built without resistance. “The people in the neighborhood gave us a hard time,” Bashir said. “But God himself did it, and...

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Region 7 Announced 2017 Superintendent of the Year

Region 7 Education Service Center is honored to announce that Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD Superintendent of Schools, has been selected as the 2017 Regional Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Goffney will now go on to represent the entire region in the pursuit of being named 2017 Texas Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Goffney was named Lufkin ISD Superintendent in 2013. A native of Coldspring, Dr. Goffney began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District. Additionally, she served as assistant principal and principal before serving as superintendent at Coldspring-Oakhurst for five years. Dr....

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AG Paxton Urges FCC to Reject Petition by Broadband Industry

In an effort to protect Texas consumers, Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a petition by the broadband industry to strip states of their authority to investigate and settle claims over false and misleading advertising about broadband Internet speed.   The broadband industry’s petition asks the FCC to block state and local authorities from routine enforcement of state consumer protection laws and declare that the FCC regulate all advertising about broadband performance. But the petition “represents nothing more than the industry’s effort to shield itself from state law enforcement,” Attorney General Paxton...

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