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Austin council members fuming about city-led training session on women
Rodolfo Gonzalez

Austin council members fuming about city-led training session on women

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The seven women of the Austin City Council stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the City Hall atrium on Wednesday, fuming about a training session the city quietly held in March on how to deal with the city’s first female-majority council.

Facing a bank of TV cameras and reporters, the council members said they were shocked and dismayed to read an American-Statesman report about a training session for staffers that included broad generalizations of female leaders.

Watchdog Coverage: Medicaid Cases

State’s decisive legal loss could cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands

Texas regulators entered a courtroom late last year claiming they should be able to keep more than $300,000 confiscated from a Corpus Christi dentist they claimed defrauded the state through a Medicaid billing scheme. But a panel of judges has ruled that prosecutors not only can’t keep the money — they blew the case so badly it could end up costing taxpayers an additional $400,000.

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jade helm 15

Jade Helm needed for well-rounded training, Stratfor analyst says
Jay Janner

Army gets lesson on hostile ‘human terrain’

The official slogan of Operation Jade Helm 15, “Master the Human Domain,” is just one of many oddities surrounding the eight-week Pentagon training that’s fomented anger and suspicion in Bastrop County and other rural parts of Texas.

In bile-green text, the phrase is placed beneath the operation’s logo of a dagger, two crossed arrows and a translucent wooden clog — yes, a clog — all of which have become fodder for widespread, baseless conspiracy theories that the Army Special Operations Command is planning a martial law takeover of Texas come July.

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Statesman Investigates: Travis County

Commissioner Gerald Daugherty pushes no-bid contracts
Jay Janner

Commissioner Gerald Daugherty pushes no-bid contracts

Grocers, gas stations and infomercials trick customers into thinking a product is cheaper by shaving off a penny, a strategy called psychological pricing.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty employed a similar strategy to push two recent projects by the county’s purchasing rules, which requires contracts above $50,000 to be competitively bid.

STATESMAN Analysis: Appraisals

Rising up in protest: Why most appraisal challenges in Austin succeed
Ben Sklar / For American-Statesman

Rising up in protest: Why most appraisal challenges in Austin succeed

Amy Wyatt bought her Northwest Austin home in 2000, and every year since then but one she has protested the increase in the appraised value.

And in nearly every protest, she’s won a reduction in value. Wyatt, who’s never hired a tax agent, succeeded on her own in getting the value of her home knocked down to $220,000 last year — but her appraisal notice this year shot up to $242,000, so she’ll be protesting yet again.

» Interactive: How to protest your property tax appraisal

Statesman In-Depth

Lawyers for former officer in shooting on an unusual legal pursuit
Deborah Cannon

Lawyers for former officer in shooting on an unusual legal pursuit

In May 2002, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officer in Brooklyn, New York, shot and killed a suspect in what prosecutors said was an avoidable shooting, and a few months later they secured an indictment on a manslaughter charge against him.

But the case against Jude Tanella soon came to abrupt end when a judge granted him a rarely used legal protection that gave the agent immunity because of his status as a federal officer.


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