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Cactus blooms

What a wonderful surprise I saw the other morning on one of the hottest, dustiest and driest corners in town: The cactuses were in bloom. Even on this inhospitable corner, these courageous beauties showed off blooms that were as pretty as a rose.

In fact, plants from the huge cactus group are pretty perfect for you to consider in some high and dry area of your yard. There are also striking varieties of cacti for a windowsill or sunny spot inside your home. Some like a little shade, while some want sun all day.

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Dove hunters will have more opportunity earlier in the season with dates and bag

For many hunters here in Southeast Texas, September can’t get here fast enough. It marks the beginning of dove and teal seasons, and just recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set season dates and bag limits that you are going to like.

The USFWS approved a 70-day dove season and a 15-bird daily bag limit. And thanks to record numbers of teal, we will have a 16-day early teal season.

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Trainwreck poster

In a Judd Apatow comedy, you can always count on the lead character following the same story arc. Usually he’s a hard-partying, pot smoking schlep who meets a girl and messes it up due to commitment phobia. In the end, he gets his act together and gets the girl back. Happy ending.

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Q. A credit card company sued me and has a judgment against me. Now it has garnished my bank account, and all the money in the account has been taken. I thought there was no garnishment in Texas?

A. With the exception of obligations for child support and student loans, Texas law prohibits wage garnishment. In other words, a creditor who sues for a credit card debt cannot garnish your wages through your employer. Creditors, however, can garnish a bank checking or savings account.

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“Unfettered,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, means “free from fetters or other physical bonds.”

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