by Dave Boucher The criminology professor was on the trail of a possible fraud. Even more troubling, it was happening inside his own school. The first clue: A student told him he had permission to skip classes yet still get credit. Then, when the professor tried to verify the story with his bosses, they bristled.

by Ashley Lopez Julieta Garibay is one of almost 100,000 people on Texas’ voter rolls who state officials recently said might not be citizens. Like many people on the list, though, the Austin resident recently became a U.S. citizen and has the right to vote. “I know my rights, but it was like – wait, is this

How one Texas family allegedly made millions off the construction of a border fence funded by the Department of Homeland Security by T. Christian Miller & Kiah Collier The kickback scheme was allegedly hashed out over weeknight drinks at a steakhouse in a border county in south Texas. Amid surf and turf and expensive scotch,

Voter suppression is wrong

Gov. Greg Abbott owes Texans an apology by Erica Grieder Secretary of State David Whitley made a terrible mistake last week that might have potentially serious consequences. Whitley should probably resign after issuing an advisory on Jan. 25 flagging 95,000 of the state’s registered voters as potential noncitizens. At least 58,000 of those people have

Dealing once again with privacy rights in the digital age, the state’s highest criminal court has upheld the murder conviction of a Lamar County man who argued that police violated his rights when they “pinged” his cellphone to find his real-time location without a search warrant. It was the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ first

by Ashley Lopez People lined up to vote early at a Houston polling place in October 2018.Loren Elliott/Getty Images Texas officials are taking a step back on their claim they found 95,000 possible non citizens in the state’s voter rolls. They say it is possible many of the people on their list should not be

Pretrial detainees — legally innocent people who have been charged but not convicted of a crime — now occupy more beds in jails than any other group. by Michael Barajas Three years after a Texas state trooper ripped her out of her car and slammed her to the ground over a traffic violation, Sandra Bland’s name still

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by Molly B. & David Brennan A sign reading “Fake News” was planted with an arrow pointing at the marquee of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio last month, December 2018. It was discovered early morning by the campus groundskeepers. “It’s clearly a statement of Holocaust denial,” Ronit Sherwin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of San

TDCJ Crisis

by Keri Blakinger Almost a third of Texas prison guards quit their jobs last year, as officer turnover rose yet again despite starting salary hikes and hiring bonuses. Correctional officer turnover soared to over 29 percent, and agency-wide turnover checked in at 24.8 percent. Only two large state agencies — the Texas Health and Human

Agency Of Destruction

“Texas’ environmental commission serves its customers well. Too bad they’re not the public.” by Forrest Wilder TO JUDGE BY SIZE ALONE, TEXAS‘ environmental agency should be the mortal terror of polluters. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) boasts a $600 million budget, some 3,000 employees, a sprawling Austin headquarters, and 16 regional offices. In