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Finding a trouble-free used car has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with applying good research and investigative skills.

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DEAR BRUCE: My husband has a 401(k) and 403(b) with Fidelity Investments. When he started drawing at 70 1/2 he requested 15 percent to be withheld toward his taxes. Fidelity did this until 2016, when they said they would no longer honor his written request. He would have to call every year a…

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While volunteering at a Rotary Club youth camp in East Texas earlier this year, I overheard some students talk excitedly about a new development in their town — a Dairy Queen was moving in. Hearing that made me stop and think about how fortunate I am to live in a town with so much to experience.

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  • By GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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More than 100 Galveston area employers will participate in the 12th annual Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

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DEAR BRUCE: My friend, who is 71, is considering a long-term care policy that sounds like life insurance along with LTC. I’ve had a stand-alone LTC policy for a number of years, the premium being $3,000 a year. Her premium would be about $8,000 a year, but would include a death benefit. Is t…

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Tony Mendoza cut the hair of a lawyer eight years ago who advised the barber not to retire but to just cut back on his hours.

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Home to roost? Fast-casual restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is hatching plans for a Friendswood eatery. But a zoning change request for a parcel on which the chicken sandwich purveyor might roost has ruffled some feathers and has even become election fodder for the city council race.

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Too many drivers don't think about their tires until they have to swerve or brake suddenly, or they have a flat — often with serious consequences. 

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DEAR BRUCE: I am 75 years old, owe nothing and have some money available to invest. But I’m leery because the market is so high. What is your suggestion? — J.E.

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Buzz buzz: First things first. Those rumors about Biz Buzz moving to Sundays are true. Beginning Sunday, readers will find a much-expanded Biz Buzz column and a business section filled with relevant local news, along with state and national news of interest. It’s a return to tradition. Biz B…

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True or false? Did a local credit union and a school district this week engage in a bidding war over a highly coveted building in Webster? It’s true. While “war” might be a strong word, the Clear Creek Independent School District prevailed in a competitive bid Tuesday against AMOCO Federal C…

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As print publications continue to find their place in fast-changing industry, The Galveston County Daily News received honorable mention by Editor & Publisher in its annual “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.”

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded accreditation to the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for what it called sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

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CNBC’s prime time series “Billion Dollar Buyer” and island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta are casting for area entrepreneurs to be featured on the TV show that has the potential to transform small businesses.

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Connie Watt, vice president of the Justin J. Watt Foundation and mother of Houston Texan J.J. Watt will appear and 10 outstanding Texas women will be honored at the 10th annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit on April 6 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., i…

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Building suspense: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the building previously occupied by grocer H-E-B, 918 21st St. in Texas City. People have been sighted in and around the building that was left empty in 2015 when H-E-B built a larger store at the corner of state Hi…

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Stork flies north: Doctors since 1952 have delivered thousands of babies at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. But that tradition soon will end as the hospital consolidates and moves its obstetrics program and infant deliveries to its main campus at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Th…

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With only 52 percent of the city developed, most of it to the east of Interstate 45, a lot of undeveloped land on the west side is ready to explode with projects, city officials said.

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Representatives for maritime groups and the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports asked Judge Michelle Slaughter on Wednesday to cancel a planned hearing on three motions in a lawsuit over tariff rate increases.

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Business and gravy: Santa Fe residents are buzzing about a new eatery with a very Texas feel. Co-owners Joyce Fenter and Pamela Chenoweth have opened Red Dirt & Blue Jeans, 13021 state Highway 6. They call it a down-home Texas tea room.

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From the rooftops: A development firm is reporting brisk sales in Lago Mar, where crews have completed the first model house in a Texas City community expected to eventually be home to more than 4,000 families.

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will award the first H. Rudy Teichman Maritime Wheel of Excellence Award at its 171st annual meeting Friday at Moody Gardens Convention Center.

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Victor Pierson, president and CEO of Moody National Bank in Galveston, has joined the board of directors of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas for 2016-2017. Pierson was elected during the association’s 42nd annual convention held late September in San Antonio.

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Actress and author, Marilu Henner, will be the keynote speaker at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce's 10th annual women's conference "Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit" April 6 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

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Galveston native and beef producer Kelley Sullivan recently was named to the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas.

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Major business news broke across the county during 2016 in every sector from supermarkets to sporting goods to restaurants to residential real estate to major industrial developments, including one that could add billions of dollars to the tax base.