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Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

San Antonio invites citizens to balance budget with flawed tool

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Some $10.5 billion in debt and spending more than ever, San Antonio City Hall is asking citizens to balance the 2017 municipal budget. Local activist George Rodriguez dismissed the budget-balancing tool as “the latest example of smoke and mirrors” — with a lot of missing pieces.

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Medical reform cuts Texas workers-comp costs

By   /  April 27, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Workers compensation reforms are paying off in Texas, where costs per claim are falling, even as wages are rising at the fastest rate in the nation.

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Police hiring lags as violent crime rises in San Antonio

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Short more than 200 officers, the San Antonio Police Department is ramping up recruiting. But barely one in 10 applicants makes the cut. The police union says the thin blue line is fraying amid rising violent crime in America’s seventh largest city.

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Cornyn in the middle of EB-5 visa reform fight

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  California, National, New York, News, Texas, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn embracing New York values? His failure to challenge a controversial visa-investor program and refusal to respond to reform proposals from 31 rural Texas officials aligns him with Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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Lawmakers question EPA’s latest swerve on racing

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is backing off a controversial plan to regulate amateur car racing, but congressional critics aren’t taking the EPA’s word for it.

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HUD knocks landlords over criminal checks

By   /  April 18, 2016  /  Illinois, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on landlords who refuse housing to applicants with criminal records. Have felons become a protected class?

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