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Weekend Insider: Workers Comp, Houston School Closure

Wal-Mart looks to provide a cheaper alternative to workers compensation for their employees, and a Houston school district struggles with the possibility of closure.

Unlike other states, Texas doesn't require employers to subscribe to its workers compensation program. Walmart, along with other large companies, recently decided to opt-out of workers compensation and hired a company to handle injury claims. Workers' rights advocates say the company plans can be unfair to employees, but businesses argue they serve workers well and help reduce costs.

Houston's North Forest Independent School District has a 30-year history of troubled finances and poor academic performance. Now, with the threat of closure, the community appears to have rallied around its schools. But, the support may be too late.

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