Lehmberg’s rape case screw-up to stay secret

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

A still from a 2004 Gary, Ind. police video captures Darren Vann holding a jerry can and threatening to set his girlfriend on fire. (Chicago Sun-Times)

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The state attorney general’s office is allowing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to keep secret the details of a botched prosecution of a rapist who has admitted killing seven women in Indiana since his release from prison in Texas.
In October, police in Gary, Ind., arrested Darren Deon Vann on suspicion of […]

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Abbott’s UT picks are pro-affirmative action

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

AP file photo

The two people nominated by Gov. Greg Abbott to join the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System support affirmative action.

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As gas prices drop for 16th week, state budget directors scramble

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Wyoming  /  No Comments

Photo from Flickr Commons

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it’s a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Texas welfare agency lets crack pipe vendor take food stamps

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Crack pipes and 'water dogs' are among the utensils you could pick up at this Dallas market, which accepts the Lone Star card.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
DALLAS – Anybody want to buy a crack pipe with food stamps?
I know a place in South Dallas we could try. It’s a little market off Bonnie View Road with a case full of glass pipes for various vices up front, and it’s been authorized by the state to accept payment […]

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Ex-UT Law dean’s credit card bill: $400k in four years

By   /  January 17, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the University of Texas

Part 34 of 34 in the series Trouble in Texas

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
For years before a forgivable loan scandal forced him to resign as dean of the University of Texas Law School in 2011, Lawrence Sager was running up annual six-figure bills on a credit card paid for by the UT Law School Foundation.
From […]

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Controversy builds at U.S. consumer protection bureau

By   /  January 14, 2015  /  Congress, News, Texas, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Richard Cordray

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costly building renovations at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are raising more congressional concerns that the agency is out of control.
A government report pegs the price of the work at $210 million — $120 million more than initial estimates, with off-site leasing costs included.
“That’s more per square foot than the […]

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