HOUSTON -- The largest rollout of electronic benefits transfer is under way here with a pilot program that will be expanded statewide next year. About 550 retailers, including supermarkets, began accepting EBT cards in place of paper stamps Oct. 1 in parts of Harris County and all of neighboring Chambers County. The pilot, which started this month, is now in a "shakedown" period, when the system can be evaluated for problems before further expansion, state officials said. The remainder of ...

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