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Keystone First honored

The City of Chester presented Keystone First with its Community Investment Award in recognition of the health plan’s longstanding support of the city, and its help in providing residents with access to quality health care and other services. Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Councilman William “Al” Jacobs, director of Public Safety, honored Meg Grant, director of Public Affairs and Marketing for Keystone First, Armenda McWilliams-Pettey, public affairs and marketing specialist for Keystone First, and Glenn Ellis, consultant for Keystone First, for their individual efforts and commitment to bettering the lives of Chester residents. In addition, Malcolm Yates, chief of...

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Panting may seem cute, but could be signs of trouble

It is well-known that it’s normal for dogs to pant, especially when they’re hot, excited, or energetic. But sometimes panting can be a sign that something is very wrong. Heavy panting can be a sign your dog is dangerously overheated, coping with a chronic health problem, or has experienced a life-threatening trauma. Everyone knows that panting helps dogs cool off when they’re hot or engaged in vigorous exercise. Dogs take between 10 and 30 breaths a minute, depending on their size. Get to know what your dog’s everyday breathing and panting looks like so you’ll more quickly notice suspicious...

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Local group honored for helping women with cancer

Currently in the United States there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors, with that number growing to more than 20 million survivors by 2026 due to improved treatments and early detection. At its recent meeting, County Council presented a resolution to recognize cancer awareness and to commend the efforts of Girls’ Night Out, an organization that donates proceeds to women who are not able to afford treatment. During the meeting Councilman Dave White commended the Girls’ Night Out committee and noted that he personally has been impacted by cancer, with three of his relatives being breast cancer survivors....

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Lawsuit could impact poor defendants in jail before trial

A lawsuit making its way through the federal courts could radically change the way the legal system across the country handles bail for defendants awaiting trial. A group of inmates filed suit against Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, maintaining bail regulations that keep poor defendants in jail pending trial because they cannot pay are unconstitutional. The inmates won their case in the lower court, but it is now working its way through the appeals process. Sandra Guerra Thompson, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, says a money-based bail system wrongly forces indigent defendants...

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Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?

Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery. The experts at Freddie Mac offer the following tips for getting organized and prepared for the unexpected. • Compile information.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Financial First Aid Kit includes fillable checklists, and is a handy and free way to compile important information, such as driver’s license numbers, birth certificates and Social Security numbers, bank accounts, insurance policies, mortgage statements, credit cards, taxes, health...

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