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2019
September
12,
2019
| 10:23 PM America/Chicago
Local Lafayette, Louisiana, news anchor Al Hebert had to do a double-take when he checked his rearview mirror at a red light—only to see Whataburger manager Dexter Ledet get out of the car behind him and run toward Hebert’s window. Hebert: I could...
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August
20,
2019
| 08:14 PM America/Chicago
Bath? Check. Brushed teeth? Check. Pajamas on? Check. On Tuesday nights, bedtime is a cinch for Homer Drive Elementary School students in Beaumont, Texas. They know that at 7:30 p.m. sharp, they can tune in via Facebook Live to watch their prin...
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August
16,
2019
| 04:41 PM America/Chicago
When little things pile up into one big ball of stress for college students, Tiffannie Jones wants them to have an arsenal of little things to help them relax. Jones, a Houstonian who founded the Just College Students Project, sends care packages ...
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July
29,
2019
| 07:22 PM America/Chicago
Shannon Wrights, who is legally blind, had a passion for dance from an early age. Now, she shares that passion at her studio, Aspiring Attitudes, where the thrum of upbeat music and the rhythmic clack of tap shoes sets the mood. It’s the sound ...
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July
25,
2019
| 06:24 PM America/Chicago
For New Braunfels, Texas, resident Dottie Laster, flowers, horses and good food represent freedom. She makes a point of appreciating them. Laster is a longtime advocate for victims of human trafficking, and through her work she’s seen horrendo...
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July
23,
2019
| 10:50 PM America/Chicago
When Jimmy Dorrell sees a need in his neighborhood, he gets busy. Dorrell is president of Mission Waco, a nonprofit that operates everything from an economic center and health clinics to a children’s theater program and a grocery store in his Nort...
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July
08,
2019
| 04:36 PM America/Chicago
What began out of desperation in the days after Hurricane Michael has become a mission for a Panama City, Florida, woman. Every Thursday and Friday – and often other days during the week – Gainer is at the food bank she established at 2nd Mount Mo...
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June
28,
2019
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
U.S. Army Veteran Bill Blair was watching football one Saturday when he saw something that changed his life. It was a short video about Team Rubicon, which puts veterans to work delivering humanitarian aid in the wake of disasters. “The hair st...
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June
26,
2019
| 09:20 AM America/Chicago
Kristin Finan believes hope trumps fear, and she wants to plant seeds of hope with children entering the foster care system in Central Texas. ...
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June
21,
2019
| 03:25 PM America/Chicago
As parents of terminally ill children struggle through their darkest days, Jeanne Busby works to shine light and show hope. Busby helps to coordinate fundraising efforts at Just Keep Smiling, a Birmingham, Alabama, nonprofit that provides financia...
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June
17,
2019
| 04:55 PM America/Chicago
Mr. Finley is a gentleman, a refined soul who loves his routines and the companionship of others. He also loves his stuffed toys, which he gathers around him when he naps. Mr. Finley is a miniature poodle. This isn’t any ordinary dog. The seven...
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May
28,
2019
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
Empathy runs deep for Emari Hunn “I had a less-than great childhood, often left to fend for myself from abuse, neglect and hunger,” Hunn says. “I even experienced a brief homelessness when our apartment caught fire in Japan.” The difficult past...
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May
28,
2019
| 04:11 PM America/Chicago
A lot of men laugh when Jim Keegan tells them he had breast cancer. He tells them it’s no joke. Breast cancer affects one in 833 men, according to the American Cancer Society. And while the odds are far greater for women to have the disease, men s...
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May
28,
2019
| 04:10 PM America/Chicago
Volunteering started early for Brookie Brown. While other 6-year-olds focused on scooters and soccer practice, Brown spent her free time volunteering with her mother to help raise awareness about breast cancer. In the 12 years since, Brown has...
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May
23,
2019
| 04:05 PM America/Chicago
For eight decades and counting, Bill Brantley has had a thing for bicycles. The passion began on his sixth birthday, when his father gave him a big, new bike. Now 87, Brantley has pedaled many a mile on two wheels. Along the way, he learned to mak...
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May
16,
2019
| 04:59 PM America/Chicago
‘I ask myself every morning how I can be a light’ ...
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May
13,
2019
| 09:45 PM America/Chicago
From her first breath, Sydney Darling had a medical team. “I was born with two kidneys, but one had cysts,” she says. The team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital diagnosed and treated her “when no one else knew what was wrong with me,” she says. ...
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April
23,
2019
| 03:19 PM America/Chicago
Her real job title is community schools administrator, but Sylvia Chávez is kind of like the mayor of a village that’s raising children in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ...
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April
01,
2019
| 03:21 PM America/Chicago
Airman Ryan Charrier is on a special mission to give the gift of family time to fellow combat veterans. The spark for the idea came during his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 when a fellow serviceman remarked that in 28 years of military s...
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April
01,
2019
| 03:18 PM America/Chicago
For as long as he can remember, Tim Zagorski has had a passion for service — and a need for adrenaline. ...
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March
01,
2019
| 01:35 AM America/Chicago
Like every mom, Sam wanted to stand up and applaud as she watched her child’s dreams come true. So she made it happen. ...
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2018
November
19,
2018
| 03:52 PM America/Chicago
Sarah Carnes battled through heartache and hardship to help her students go to college. Now, Whataburger is helping them say 'thank you' in the most awesome way ...
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