More people plan on traveling in Texas during the holidays

AAA Texas is projecting 7.9 million people in the state will travel 50 miles or more from home to celebrate the holiday season.

That number is an increase in travelers of 1.3 percent compared to last year. It is the fifth year in a row for an increase.

The holiday travel period is defined as a 12-day period that started Saturday and will end Jan. 1.

With a wider window for travel, Texans are willing to go longer distances and spend more to share time with friends and family.

Nine out of 10 holiday travelers are expected to drive to their destinations. The next most popular mode of travel is projected to be planes.

Trimmier Starbucks offers coffee for blood

Starbucks is hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 2600 Trimmier Road on the Carter BloodCare bus.

Each donor will receive a free tall coffee. Everyone who donates blood in December also receives a buy-one-get-one-free ticket voucher for a Dallas Mavericks game, plus a Mavericks tote bag.

Potential blood donors can volunteer at age 16 with a parent’s consent. People who are 17 years old can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present photo identification each time they give.

Donors are urged to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood.

To schedule an appointment, call Kathleen Bennett at 254-200-1462.

H-E-B donates $225,000 to typhoon victims

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B announced Wednesday a $225,000 donation to the American Red Cross as a result of in-store campaign to support the families and communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

In addition to launching the statewide checkstand donation campaign, H-E-B donated $100,000 to the nonprofit for disaster response.

All of the donations supported the Red Cross efforts, which included logistics, disaster assessments, health, clean drinking water and sanitation for typhoon victims.

The checkstand donation campaign raised $125,000.

BBB offers tips to Target customers after data breach

AUSTIN — The Better Business Bureau gave suggestions for Target customers concerned that their credit or debit cards may have been compromised by a data breach on Thursday.

“First of all, if you used a credit card at Target in the past few weeks, don’t panic,” said Carrie Hurt, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “You are not liable for any fraudulent charges on your account, and there are some simple things you can do to make sure your card was not used fraudulently.”

Banks of the card holders should do the same if the card is identified as have been compromised, Hurt said.

Those who shopped at Target with a credit card should monitor their card statements carefully online and report any fraudulent charges. Keep receipts in case you need to prove what charges are authorized.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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