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Xzilon Leads the Way in Creating Greener Products for the Automotive Industry

The team behind Xzilon Green knows that people are looking for more environmentally friendly ways to care for their cars and that the impact a car has on the environment is a huge factor when deciding which vehicle to purchase. Despite this, the producers and manufacturers of automotive products don’t seem to put much thought into the impact their product has on the environment.

Many products designed to clean or protect vehicles contain dangerous compounds, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have a negative effect on the planet and on human health. A few companies, such as Xzilon, have created “green” versions of their products, which are formulated without VOCs and designed to perform as well as the original. Finding and using green products is a step in the right direction for the health of the environment.

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Jerry Vazquez Named KTMD News Director


Jerry Vazquez has joined KTMD, the Telemundo station in Houston, as news director, media blogger Mike McGuff reports. Vazquez had been executive producer at KTRK, the ABC affiliate in Houstin, for the past 13 years. Prior to KTRK, Vazquez worked at KMID Midland, Texas, where he was news director.

“I want to thank KTRK for the last 13 years of my career,” Vazquez told McGuff. “I will miss my friends who I worked along side, and not only worked with, but also learned from.”

According to McGuff, this is not Vazquez’s first time at a Telemundo station. Back in 1989 he helped launch Telemundo San Antonio’s “Noticiero 60″, where he served as its first assignments editor/assistant news director.

Vazquez’s new position is effective immediately.

Harrisburg Reporter, Photographer ‘Touched’, Scratched in ‘Ghost Attack’

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 1.26.06 PMWe all know television news reporting can sometimes be dangerous, and it’s very often quite weird. But few of us can claim to have experienced a “ghost attack.” But Harrisburg Fox station WPMT reporter Katie Kyros and photographer Nick Petrillo just got lucky.

Assigned to investigate a homeowner’s claim of a “violent haunting”, Kyros says she was “touched and pinched” while inside the house, and Petrillo was “scratched” and “burned” on the arm while shooting an interview with the homeowner–wounds she helpfully treated with her personal supply of holy water. “Because you’re telling the story,” DeAnna Simpson said in the Fox 43 story. “Because you’re putting it out there, because they don’t want– that is there, I’m just telling you, right now that is their way of a warning.”

The “ghost attack” story includes Kyros’ personal description of being “touched”, and video of doors that appear to close on command, as well as photos of a few of the “five plus” ghosts that inhabit the Pennsylvania house:

Simpson says one of the entities in the house is a demon. It appears in a photo as a 7-foot-tall shadow figure. While we were there, Simpson recorded orbs on her cell phone camera and it caught a clip of a shadowy hand reaching out.

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Zach Pagano Joins KRDO From KCWY

zach pagano_304Zach Pagano is joining KRDO, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs. Pagano joins the station from KCWY, the NBC affiliate in Casper, Wy., where he was the morning and noon anchor. He announced news of the move on Facebook:

I can’t thank all of you enough for your ongoing support. Wyoming is a great state, and I’m lucky to have been a part of its top-rated morning and noon newscasts for the past two years. Thank you all for your loyal viewership, and I hope you’ll keep in touch in the future.

I’m happy to be back in my home state and to be working for the same station where I had my first journalism internship.

Watch Pagano sign off from KCWY after the jump. Read more

City Loan Offers Tips for Expanding Your Business

The team at City Loan knows that starting a business is just one part of the journey. Once your business is up and running, the next step is expansion. City Loan, which offers car title loans with no credit check, recently underwent an expansion itself. While the company initially offered its services to residents of California only, it now offers loans to people in Texas and New Mexico, and will soon expand to South Carolina, Missouri and Utah as well.

“We are excited to bring The City Loan Difference to new markets,” says Bryan Gillooly, VP of Sales and Operations. “We have built excellent relationships with many customers in California and look forward to providing the same level of service and financial help that many people need in these new states.” The company also offers some sage pieces of advice to other businesses that looking to expand.

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Amy Hudak Moves to Weeknights at WHAG

Amy-Hudak-Web-Photo_April-2014Amy Hudak has been named co-anchor for the WHAG evening news.

Hudak had been anchoring mornings for the Hagerstown, MD, NBC affiliate since July 2013.

“It’s a bittersweet day for me as I anchor my last morning show at WHAG,” she wrote on her facebook page. “The good news is that I am not going anywhere! I am staying with WHAG, just transitioning to the evenings.”

How To Fight Tax Levies: Wall and Associates, Inc. Explains

The tax relief professionals at Wall and Associates, Inc. know that facing a tax levy can be a frightening and stressful experience. You may feel like you’ve been forced into a desperate financial situation and that you have no way out. But the reality is that tax resolution experts can help you get your head above water and resolve your situation with the IRS through skillful, experienced negotiation.
Tax levies are a way for the IRS to address your back tax debt when you have failed to pay what you owe. A tax levy is an asset or income seizure placed upon you by the IRS as the result of delinquent or outstanding tax debt.
When the IRS begins to initiate the tax levy, they will analyze your assets, income and personal property and gauge the best route to take to recover what you owe. Unfortunately, going after your cash is likely the first option they will try.
You will not receive notice from the IRS when they take money from your account. In fact, you may not find out until you go to withdraw money and find that your account has been depleted. Read more

Smart Payment Plan on Boosting Your Credit Score: Make Smaller Payments on Payday

Your credit score can mean the difference between a great rate on a car loan and lousy one, notes the team at Smart Payment Plan, a bill paying service that lets you pair smaller payments to your paychecks. While plenty of people know that a three-digit number guides their financial lives, few understand what goes into it and how they can make it better.

Credit score companies do use a bit of a magic formula to determine each person’s score. But, once you understand the basics of what makes up your score, you can take action to improve it and to improve your overall financial wellbeing. Read more

With TAVI, the Future of Heart Surgery is Here: Dr. Cesar Yepes Explains

For cardiologist Dr. Cesar Yepes, the future of heart surgery is now. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation, otherwise known as TAVI, is a revolutionary new procedure that is offered to individuals who are not good candidates for open heart surgery or are considered to be high-risk patients. With specialties in interventional and non-invasive cardiology, including transthoracic and trans esophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, Dr. Yepes has shared his expert perspective on why this new procedure should be embraced.

Though still fairly new to the medical field, TAVI is a great option for candidates with aortic estenosis, according to Dr. Yepes. These patients tend to be older, between the ages of 70 and 80, when traditional open heart procedures are deemed to be too risky. The American Heart Association notes that while the procedure can be expensive, obtaining financial assistance is possible, as the procedure is available for those who are on Medicare and Medicaid. Read more

Rick Vanzura Shares the Traits of Effective Leaders

For business veterans such as Rick Vanzura, leadership is not as simple as many people perceive it to be. Success in business today requires effective leadership. Without this fundamental component, any business is going to end up dead in the water. But the truth is that there is no one right way to successfully manage a company and its employees. Enduring managerial proficiency can only come through an adaptable approach at every stage.

“Style matters much less than substance. If a leader can articulate a clear vision and consistent set of principles, then follow-through on those principles and commitments, he or she is a long way down the road toward being effective,” Vanzura explains.

A recent post by staffing firm Medix sheds light on the importance of flexibility within leadership style. The company has worked with multiple businesses of various sizes and industries since its founding. What their team has learned is that stylistic variance within leadership is not necessarily a negative. In fact, making a productive change within leadership could drastically improve the potential for business success. Read more