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The Watchdog: We're on our own for property tax relief

The Watchdog: We're on our own for property tax relief

I never paid attention to those boring quarter-page newspaper ads that appear every August and are bought by cities, counties and school districts. The ads announce the proposed tax rate for the coming year and accompanying public hearings. The ads display lots of numbers and confusing terms. Unless you're a government geek, they're hard to understand. But these notices are probably the most important public document local governments share with their tax-paying supporters.

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The Watchdog: Another weapon against robocalls

The Watchdog: Another weapon against robocalls

Many people tell The Watchdog that the most helpful recommendation I've made to block annoying robocalls is to check out nomorobo.com. The call blocker works on iPhones and VoIP phone lines connected to a cable bundle package. But the award-winning blocker has weaknesses. The app doesn't stop scam calls to old-style analog landline phones. Its Android version isn't ready either.

The Watchdog: Mike Huckabee's on the phone ... quite a lot

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Usually, you think of annoying robo-callers working out of a crummy call center in a foreign country. Who could imagine that a former U.S. presidential candidate would be credited with 4 million calls? But that's the situation faced by a company that hired Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Fox News TV show host. The company now must defend a class-action lawsuit charging that the calls violated federal law.

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The Watchdog: Roofer's claims on deductible are all wet

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The roofer control bill is dead in Austin. That means at least two more years of confusion, cut corners and criminality in the roofing industry. With near-zero regulation, anything — roof or robbery — can happen in the crime spree that makes up today's world of tar and shingles. Pray you don't need a new roof sometime soon. If you do, you might already be one of the 49,855 viewers who've seen a viral Facebook video from Allen roofer James Delagarza.