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State investigators find another case of abuse at Austin’s State Supported Living Center. It’s a story the Nightbeat first reported last week. Monday the victim’s mom told KVUE it appears the abuse went unreported for 12 hours. Stephanie Powell said her son Corey Baker may be 17...
A Republican state representative from Garland who frequently rails against the evils of runaway government spending admitted Monday that he has pocketed thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for travel expenses that his campaign had already paid for. State Rep. Joe Driver,...
The University Health System board voted Monday to ask for a 3.8 percent increase in the district's property tax rate, adding about $13 in taxes to the average home next year if its value stays the same. The recommended rate of 27.62 cents per $100 value of property, an increase...
When Lawrence Ahearne was arrested on his eighth charge of driving while intoxicated, attorney Charlie Humphreys was blunt: "Are you ready for another trip to prison?" In April, Ahearne, 58, went to court in Dallas County to hear his punishment for hitting a car driven by a...
From East Texas, every baby looks like a future terrorist. At least, that's what U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has described lately, warning Congress and CNN viewers that foreign terrorists are sending pregnant women to this country so their babies can be "raised and coddled...
Steven Erb had only two weeks left in his six-month deployment to Afghanistan when a fuel truck reportedly rigged with explosives was discovered on a military base in Kandahar in July 2007. Erb had to walk to the truck alone, sweating in a claustrophobic 90-pound bomb suit, to...
Trustees for the Alamo Colleges face tough decisions Thursday about whether to raise taxes and tuition in a sluggish economy and brutal budget season. Facing cuts in state funding and a drop in property tax revenue, the five-college district is trying to patch a $21 million...
When lawmakers return to Austin in January, they can count on a fight over whether to give TxDOT authority to partner with private toll firms to build roads and paid HOV lanes. The authority, which became controversial, has expired in the wake of a decision by the Legislature...
Virtual strip searches. Extra fees. Smelly passengers. Scowling attendants. The handful of peanuts that winds up as dinner. The attentive service and effortless transport that once made air travel an anticipated pleasure have deteriorated into a necessary and nerve-racking haul...