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A background screening company finds that more than a third of records on criminal convictions and deferred adjudications were missing from the state's central criminal database. Fort Worth-based Imperative Information Group studied 562 cases known to have concluded with a...
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will deploy monitors around the site of an industrial facility in east Austin to check for any potential violations of clean-air regulations. Neighbors of Pure Castings on East 4th Street took their complaints about the facility to...
Austin's transit provider says ridership has increased 6.9% in October, over the same time in 2007. That puts the number of riders at 176,506, the agency says. "We closed out our fiscal year with a significant increase in riders. Two million more rides over the course of the...
One state lawmaker wants the legislature to be able to over-ride the Governor’s veto power – even if that veto happens after the session is over. Texas Lawmakers meet for a short time every other year– and thousands of bills are filed and weeded through before making to the...
The Texas Prison system is still finding that cell phones are being smuggled into inmates. But the answer to the problem may come from outside the Lone Star State.Officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections say they have the same problem, but now they have a...
The 23rd annual Texas Public Interest Research Group's safety report comes out today. The group plans to explain how a new toy safety bill is going to help consumers, when it takes effect next year. The bill imposes the toughest lead standards in the world. Since TexPIRG started...
The 72-year-old presiding elder of a polygamist Mormon sect in West Texas and two other church members surrendered Monday. They're free on bond over felony charges relating to the underage marriage of girls to older men. Fredrick ``Merril'' Jessop is a leader of the...
Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says, given the state of the U.S. economy, it's not surprising that the unemployment rate in Texas is going up. "Our state figures jumped from 5.1 percent to 5.6 percent in the change from September to October." He says it's due in...
Austin police are searching for the man who robbed the Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills Trail this morning. "Two employees were opening up the theatre and were in the office when a white male wearing a mask and dark clothing came into the office, tied them up, took some money...