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Tearful and frightened Texas parents pleaded with Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday to stopany further cuts for state-fundedspeech, physical and occupational therapy for children.

With their children at their side, one parent after anothertold lawmakers about the joys of seeing their kids progress through therapy sessions that have become harder to access in recent years because of state budget cuts. But success stories of children with special needs being able to eat, talk and move on their own turned to worry that those milestones would disappear.

Marty Drake, a Livingstonresidentwhosedaughter has Down syndrome, told lawmakers that occupational therapy has helped...

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Campaign finance reports trickle in with reforms pending
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Gov. Phil Bryant, serving his last term,spent his more than $1 million campaign kitty down to zero. He transferred nearly $761,000 to a political action committee he created, Imagine Mississippi PAC, and spent much of the rest donating to othercandidates and PACs and charities and ontravel to political meetings and events such as the Republican Governors Association or to meet with now-President Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York.

Mississippi politicians faced a 5 pm deadline Tuesday for filing campaign finance reports coveringJan. 1 through Dec. 31 of 2016. The reports were being made public online by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemanns officein dribs and drabs, as is often the case....

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The Wall Street Journal live blogged India’s budget as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his spending plans to Parliament.

Catch up on the speech and our analysis below.

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Rental crunch hits hard in Yakima County
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | Author:

Most property managers require that a tenant earn three times the cost of rent.

Then, of course, there’s first and last month’s rent, a standard security deposit, and any hookup fees for utilities.

Depending on the cost of rent, the security deposit and whether pets are involved, moving into a place can easily cost about $3,000, although there are options for less-desirable properties.

Applicants are often turned away because they don’t earn enough or have poor credit, Nelson said.

“I try to be fair and I look at the application and say, ‘You don’t make enough money,'” she said. “And if they owe rent to a previous...

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I wont keep you in suspense: The average Americans FICO credit score is an even 700 as of the latest FICO Score High Achieversstudy. No great surprise there– its a respectable, but not excellent, score. Whats surprising is that the credit behaviors of people with the highest scores are almost identical to those of average credit users. However, the highest achievers make better decisions in a few key areas.

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The average Americans credit profile

The average Americans 2016 FICO score of 700 is up slightly from an average of 695 in 2015. Its worth mentioning that an updated FICO scoring method, FICO...

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Building a strong credit score can take years of paying your bills on time, spending wisely and avoiding too much debt. If you’ve spent a lot of time and effort building a great credit score, you may be very protective of your credit.

But if you’re in a relationship with someone who has poor credit and you’re at a point that you’re moving in together or otherwise sharing expenses, your credit score could be in jeopardy. Not because your Valentine’s bad credit will directly impact yours:Credit reports don’t get merged, even afteryou’re married. But a person’s poor money habits can have an indirect effect of your financial standing and any joint...

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Texas Trust Credit Union Achieves $1 Billion in Assets
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | Author:

Trust Credit Union has surpassed $1 billion in assets, reaching
$1,021,430,369 to be exact, achieving an ambitious, multi-year goal.

.@TexasTrustCU hit $1 Billion! Growth: membership 66%; auto lending 204%, credit cards 127%, real estate lending 26%

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When joining the credit union in 2011, Jim Minge, President and CEO, was
challenged by the Board of Directors, led by Larry Skinner as Chairman,
to reignite the credit union’s growth. While the credit union was
healthy, its growth was not keeping up with the booming population...

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Goldman Sachs pulls out of Las Vegas NFL stadium deal
Monday, February 20th, 2017 | Author:

On Monday night, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson withdrew from the ongoing effort to finance a new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas for the Oakland Raiders.

Now, Yahoo Finance has learned, Goldman Sachs is out as well.

Only one week ago, prospects for the Raiders to move to Las Vegaslooked positive.Adelson had committed $650 million in personal wealth to the building of a glitzy new stadium in Vegas for the Raiders to play in; the Raiders had committed $500 million; officials in Clark County, Nev., had approved $750 million in public funding, to be raised by increasing the hotel room tax; the team had filed its relocation papers to the NFL.

Then on Monday night, the Adelson...

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How tough is it to get approved for a mortgage? How low can your FICO credit score go before your lender shows you the door? And how much monthly debt can you be shouldering — credit cards, student loans, auto payments — but still walk away with the mortgage youre seeking?

You might be surprised. New data from technology company Ellie Mae, whose loan application and management software is widely used in the mortgage field, reveals that even if youve got what seems to be a deal-killing low FICO score or youre carrying a mountain of debt, you still may have a shot at qualifying for a mortgage to buy the house you want.

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(Corrects title of Moneypenny to head of US loan capital
markets and title of Warm to head of US high yield capital
markets, paragraph 2)

By Olivia Oran

Jan 31 Credit Suisse AG has hired
Goldman Sachs Group Inc leveraged finance banker Matt
DeFusco as a managing director.

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