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State of Texas: TWC contractor reveals call center problems; Senate candidates prepare for debate

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Imagine showing up to a job where you know that almost 75% of what you do will fail someone. What if a fireman failed to help someone in three out of four fire calls? What if a police officer failed to help clear three out of four 911 calls?

Day, after day.

That’s what a contractor helping field calls for the Texas Workforce Commission told us was going on inside some of the agency’s call centers. The contractor, who asked to not be identified in this report, told KXAN the problem facing nearly every caller is that their call may be answered by people who have no way to help Texans calling for help with their unemployment problems.

This worker said they’re unable to help about three-quarters of the people who call with unemployment problems.

Since the pandemic hit in mid-March, hundreds of unemployed Texans wrote to

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Waite Park mayoral candidates talk road improvements, crime and spending

WAITE PARK — Political newcomer Brian Sluss is taking on longtime Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller on Election Day. 

a man smiling for the camera: Rick Miller, left, and Brian Sluss are candidates for mayor in Waite Park.

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Rick Miller, left, and Brian Sluss are candidates for mayor in Waite Park.

Miller, who has spent nearly three decades in city government, is campaigning on experience with goals to improve roadways, invest in the city’s capital expenses without raising taxes, and get the long-awaited amphitheater up and running. 


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Sluss, if elected, said he would also prioritize road improvement projects, as well as work to attract businesses and reduce crime in the city. 

Both candidates have lived in Waite Park most of their lives. 

Miller, 72, graduated from Technical High School and worked as a network technician for the telecommunications company now known as Lumen Technologies. He retired in 2001 and is married with two children and four grandchildren. 

Sluss, 52, graduated from McKinley Area

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