Kenric Ward - Watchdog.org

Kenric Ward is the San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org. A California native and veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, 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 and has won over 30 journalism awards throughout his career. His work has been published in the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Odessa American, The Monitor, Corsicana Daily Sun, Laredo Morning Times, Palestine Herald-Press, Waxahachie Daily Light, The Orange Leader, the Katy News, Fox News, Townhall, and others. Kenric is a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors network.

In plea deal, EB-5 visa-investor program takes another hit

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Accountability, Immigration, National, News, South Dakota, State Government  /  No Comments

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A guilty plea by the head of a visa-investor operation gives another black eye to the scandal-plagued EB-5 program.

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Council candidate: Don’t ‘bond out bureaucrats’

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Boosters of San Antonio’s proposed $850 million bond call the record debt package “essential” and “transformational,” but a city council candidate who served on one of the bond committees calls it “bonding out the bureaucrats.”

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Bill would refund taxes on homes sold under appraised value

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Legislature, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Homeowners whose properties sell at prices below the values set by the local appraisal district would get a tax refund under legislation proposed in the Texas House.

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Land battle, Japanese ‘monopoly’ dog high-speed train in Texas

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A leading Republican lawmaker and mad-as-hell landowners are throwing wrenches into Texas’ high-speed rail venture, even as President Donald Trump seeks to put the Dallas-Houston train on a fast track.

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Water utility chases unpaid Google Fiber bills

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  News, Technology, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo by John Whitsett

Working with city approval, Google Fiber drillers have broken water and sewer lines across San Antonio, costing a quarter-million dollars in damages and wasted water. More than $100,000 in repair bills are outstanding.

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Little data to support contention that sanctuary-city policies help police

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Federal government, Immigration, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The oft-repeated claim that local enforcement of immigration law scares witnesses from reporting crime turns out to be an urban legend. In fact, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows fast-track visa approval for victims and witnesses of crimes.

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