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'Birds of Opulence' author wins Gaines literary award

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When African-American writer Crystal Wilkinson of Kentucky learned she won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, she said she reverted to her 12-year-old self, shrieking and squealing with glee.

"I am over the moon," Wilkinson told The Associated Press about winning the nationally acclaimed prize for "Birds of Opulence," her exploration of generations of troubled women in the fictional Southern black township of Opulence.

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'Birds of Opulence' author wins Gaines literary award

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When African-American writer Crystal Wilkinson of Kentucky learned she won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Exc…

Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms

Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of the charge of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbuc…

Adams' 'Girls of the Golden West' to premiere on Nov 21.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Composer John Adams' "Girls of the Golden West" will be given its world premiere by the San Francisco Opera on Nov. 21.

Health

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republica…

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal m…

Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance

Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill t…

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Tourists being evacuated from Gambia as crisis deepens

Tourists being evacuated from Gambia as crisis deepens

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BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Special flights are being organized to evacuate British tourists from Gambia where the threat of a military intervention looms.

GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump

GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of…

Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigat…

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Attorney Harker Heights 254-680-3922 Norman Taylor Attorneys at Law

Attorney Harker Heights 254-680-3922 Norman Tay…

tel. 254-680-3922

1801 Trimmier Road, Suite A2, Killeen, TX 76541

About Our Firm At Norman Taylor PLLC, our law practice is rooted in the same home town principles you value. Our firm is  proud to represent families, individuals and businesses throughout our local area. We value the trust that our clients have placed in us over the years and we appreciate the referrals they give to their family and friends. Legal concerns can be confusing and stressful.  Whether you have suffered an injury, are facing eviction, your disability claims have been denied  or you need help drafting a will, you need reliable advice from someone you can trust.  Our attorneys, Chris Norman and Leatrice Taylor, are ready to assist and guide you through your legal situation. We have a reputation for  Providing individual attention and personal service to our clients Being available when our clients need us Working hard for our clients rights Establishing relationships that last for years Serving our community as well as our clients. We understand our clients Our attorneys get to know you on a personal level to better understand your legal needs.  No matter how difficult you believe your case may be, you can feel confident knowing that our attorneys at Norman Taylor PLLC can help you. Our clients come from all walks of life and many communities around Bell County, including: Killeen, Fort Hood, Belton, Copperas Cove, Temple, Harker Heights, Moody, Nolanville, Rogers, Salado, Troy, Holland, Bartlett, Morgans Point, Kempner and more.     Norman Taylor PLLC – Attorneys At Law We want to be your law firm of choice for professional legal service and advice. Serving Killeen, Fort Hood and Bell County Texas  area   Personal Injury  | Social Security Disability  | Landlord and Tenant Issues  | Texas Wills  

KDH Digital Services

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1809 Florence Road, Killeen, TX 76541

Tax Preparer Harker Heights, TX 254-432-5724 Derland Bahr CPA

Tax Preparer Harker Heights, TX 254-432-5724 De…

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581 Pan American Dr., Site 7, Harker Heights, TX 76548

Derland G. Bahr, CPA is a full fledged CPA firm that offers Tax, Accounting, and Payroll Services.  Derland has worked for CPA firms since March 2007, where he specialized in tax services for individuals and businesses, as well as bookkeeping and payroll for small businesses.  He decided to launch his own business in 2014 in order to provide cost efficient and professional service to individuals and businesses.  The firm is built around three central tenets: professional service, reasonable prices, and quick turnaround. Derland received an MBA (with an emphasis in Accounting) from Midwestern State University in December 2006, where he maintained a 4.0 GPA.  He received CPA certification with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in the Summer of 2009. He also has undergraduate and graduate degrees in ministry from Abilene Christian University.  Before going to work in accounting, he was a minister for nine years in Archer City, TX from 1998 to 2007.  He graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1990. He, his wife, and his four children live in Harker Heights. We would love to have an opportunity to meet with you and see what we can do for you.  Please call to set up a free initial consultation at 254-432-5724.

Family Law Attorney Killeen 254-526-4523 Corbin and Associates Lawyers

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603 N. 8th Street, Killeen, TX 76541

Personal injury – Family Law – Criminal Law – Probate and Civil Litigation We represent clients in Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Lampasas and the greater Fort Hood, Texas area. Our offices serve all of  Bell County, TX, Coryell County, TX, Lampasas County, TX and surrounding counties.   WE ARE A FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM We have a team of attorneys and paralegals standing by ready to help you with all of your legal needs.  Our firm consists of four attorneys, eight paralegals and all the support staff necessary to help you throughout the legal process. Corbin & Associates was established in 1983, and has assisted clients in various legal situations.  We have the experience and professionalism you need standing next to you in the court room.  At Corbin & Associates, we care, and we can help.  Call today for a free initial consultation.  Saturday appointments are also available. Practicing Law Ethically and Effectively Being an effective lawyer has nothing to do with bending the rules or abusing the system. Our clients want to be represented in defending their rights under the law without compromising their principles, and we have shared their honorable goals for more than 32 years. From personal injury representation to family law, probate & civil litigation and criminal defense our goal is to help Texas state’s injured people secure their home, family and future. Contact us today to put our three decades of experience to work for your injury case. A Socially Responsible Law Firm Many of our clients never expected to be in a position to have to make a injury-related claim. But, when you have to make decisions on protecting yourself, your home, your family and your future, meeting with our staff of local personal injury law experts to explore your rights and options is well advised, even if you may not need legal representation at this moment. At Corbin & Associates we strive to exceed your expectations. We return your calls We take the time to understand your case We are active in the community We offer free initial consultations We understand military law Our goal is to help the injured, disabled or victimized across central Texas protect their future, whether it is collecting the compensation they need to function successfully or obtaining long term disability benefits. Our practice is focused on: Family Law Criminal Law Probate and Civil Litigation Personal Injury Claims For more information regarding our areas of personal injury law practice, our approach to litigation or to discuss your legal matter, contact us today by phone at 254-526-4523  Corbin & Associate’s legal team is dedicated in assisting the injured worker.  Killeen Personal Injury Lawyer Residents across the state of Texas and throughout the greater Fort Hood area have successfully recovered compensation owed to them with our law firm. If you believe you are entitled to receive damages under the law from another person, a business or an insurance company and are met with resistance, Corbin & Associates will help you.   LAMPASAS, TX OFFICE We maintain our office in Lampasas  by appointment only. 1412 Live Oak St. Lampasas, TX 76550 Phone: (254) 526-4523 Fax: (254) 526-6711 Email: legal@corbinlegalteam.com

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Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's …

Trump's Commerce nominee has business ties around globe

Trump's Commerce nominee has business ties around globe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Unlike his soon-to-be boss, the choice for commerce secretary has agreed to divorce himself from a vast financial empire.

VW will appeal court order to buy back customer's diesel car

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BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it will appeal against a court's decision that it should buy back a German customer's diesel car.

Taste

Finding the right New Year’s diet: Our first look, Weight Watchers

Finding the right New Year’s diet: Our first look, Weight Watchers

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The turkeys have been obliterated, the cookie tray ravaged and the pies? Don’t even ask about the pies.

Post-holiday blahs? Make this easy, soulful super-detox lentil soup

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Post-holiday food should never be about repentance. It should be about deliciousness and healthy renewal — clean eating at its best.

Homemade salsa verde swirls up quickly for black bean tostadas

Homemade salsa verde swirls up quickly for black bean tostadas

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Our house has long been toasty on the bottom and cold on top for reasons we’ve never probed.

Faith

Local church pushes fasting as a way to start new year

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New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. As people make plans to quit a bad habit, lose weight or stabilize their budget, Crossroads churches…

No, we’re not OK; we are justified!

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I am sure you’ve heard the old saying, “I’m OK, you’re OK.”

At the churches

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Church offers breakfast at Moss Rose center

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Building a wall

Building a wall

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Before winter break I noticed my boys were becoming too distracted by each other while doing their school work. I wanted an area they could bo…

California home transformed into a temple of Tiki

California home transformed into a temple of Tiki

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ELK GROVE, Calif. — Like vines wrapped around the edges of a bamboo bar, theirs is a love intertwined with Tiki.

Heuchera: Fabulous foliage, flowers attract hummingbirds

Heuchera: Fabulous foliage, flowers attract hummingbirds

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It wasn’t long ago I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Ga., and came across a few terrific looking heuchera or coral bells, which I had only seen …

Taste

Finding the right New Year’s diet: Our first look, Weight Watchers

Finding the right New Year’s diet: Our first look, Weight Watchers

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The turkeys have been obliterated, the cookie tray ravaged and the pies? Don’t even ask about the pies.

Post-holiday blahs? Make this easy, soulful super-detox lentil soup

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Post-holiday food should never be about repentance. It should be about deliciousness and healthy renewal — clean eating at its best.

Homemade salsa verde swirls up quickly for black bean tostadas

Homemade salsa verde swirls up quickly for black bean tostadas

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Our house has long been toasty on the bottom and cold on top for reasons we’ve never probed.

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Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Belton's Kiron Griffin Jr. secures a loose ball from Copperas Cove's Dahmir Pearson on Tuesday at Bulldawg Gymnasium in Copperas Cove. The Tigers fell to Copperas Cove 55-48.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Belton's Kiron Griffin Jr. drives the lane against Copperas Cove's Jyhlil Rice on Tuesday night at Bulldawg Gymnasium in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Belton's Jarian Kerley shoots in the lane over Copperas Cove's Quinton Ford on Tuesday night in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Copperas Cove’s Tyrese Cooley saves a ball headed out of bounds from Belton’s Mario Lockett Jr. on Tuesday night in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Belton's Carson Hammond shoots in the lane against Copperas Cove's Neyland Block on Tuesday night in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Copperas Cove's Justus Honea shoots a jump shot against Belton on Tuesday night in a 55-48 win at Bulldawg Gymnasium in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Copperas Cove's Jordan Govan goes airborne to deliver a pass through a Belton double-team Tuesday night in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove V Belton

Copperas Cove V Belton

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Copperas Cove's Dahmir Pearson, left, and Jyhlil Rice, right, battle for a loose ball with Belton's Kiron Griffin Jr. on Tuesday at Bulldawg Gymnasium in Copperas Cove.