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Travis County D.A. pursuing charges in 2013 officer-involved shooting



Andrea Ball

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Andrea Ball has worked for the Statesman since 1999, focusing on issues including mental health, poverty and nonprofits. Before that, she worked at newspapers in New York and North Carolina.

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Few Central Texas campus sexual assaults reach police

Posted: 5 days ago

When University of Texas police officers escorted two football players to jail 10 days ago on sexual assault charges, the case served as a public example of how seriously officials took a woman’s claim and the speed with which detectives conducted a full-scale investigation. Yet on the campus of more than 50,000 students, and within...
UT group’s ‘Enemy of the American People’ T-shirts raise $20k
 When President Donald Trump tweeted on Feb. 17 that the fake news media is “the enemy of the American People,” he gave one journalist a bright idea. A $20,000-and-counting idea. Inspired by those 32 characters, UT journalism lecturer Robert Quigley went to one of those custom tee websites and designed a T-shirt tweaking...

Posted: 13 days ago

When President Donald Trump tweeted on Feb. 17 that the fake news media is “the enemy of the American People,” he gave one journalist a bright idea. A $20,000-and-counting idea. Inspired by those 32 characters, UT journalism lecturer Robert Quigley went to one of those custom tee websites and designed a T-shirt tweaking...
Girl’s death points to dangers of housing Texas foster kids in offices
 A 15-year-old foster girl was hit by a van and died Sunday after running away from the Houston Child Protective Services office in which she was staying. The incident is the first such death since the agency began temporarily housing foster children in state buildings and hotels, a last resort that CPS is increasingly being forced to use...

Posted: 22 days ago

A 15-year-old foster girl was hit by a van and died Sunday after running away from the Houston Child Protective Services office in which she was staying. The incident is the first such death since the agency began temporarily housing foster children in state buildings and hotels, a last resort that CPS is increasingly being forced to use...
Foster child runs away from CPS, dies after being hit by car
 A 15-year-old foster girl who ran away from Texas Child Protective Services was killed in Houston on Sunday after she was hit by a car, the Dallas Morning News has reported. The girl was staying at a CPS office when she and another 17-year-old foster child ran away, the newspaper reported. According to the report, the other girl suffered...

Posted: 22 days ago

A 15-year-old foster girl who ran away from Texas Child Protective Services was killed in Houston on Sunday after she was hit by a car, the Dallas Morning News has reported. The girl was staying at a CPS office when she and another 17-year-old foster child ran away, the newspaper reported. According to the report, the other girl suffered...
NEW NOW: Texas foster child runs away from CPS, dies after being hit by car
 A 15-year-old foster girl who ran away from Child Protective Services was killed in Houston on Sunday after she was hit by a car, the Dallas Morning News has reported. The girl was staying at a CPS office when she and another 17-year-old foster child ran away, the newspaper reported. According to the report, the other girl suffered minor...

Posted: 23 days ago

A 15-year-old foster girl who ran away from Child Protective Services was killed in Houston on Sunday after she was hit by a car, the Dallas Morning News has reported. The girl was staying at a CPS office when she and another 17-year-old foster child ran away, the newspaper reported. According to the report, the other girl suffered minor...
State freezes bid to privatize foster care in northwestern Texas
 A much-heralded effort to privatize foster care in 30 northwestern Texas counties is on hold while the state investigates whether the bidding process was compromised by a purchasing director who is the wife of a high-ranking state official forced to resign in 2014. The Health and Human Services Commission has put its request for proposals...

8:55 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

A much-heralded effort to privatize foster care in 30 northwestern Texas counties is on hold while the state investigates whether the bidding process was compromised by a purchasing director who is the wife of a high-ranking state official forced to resign in 2014. The Health and Human Services Commission has put its request for proposals...
State freezes bid to privatize foster care in northwest Texas
 A much-heralded effort to privatize foster care in 30 northwest Texas counties is on hold while the state investigates whether the bidding process was compromised by the wife of the former inspector general. The Health and Human Services Commission has put its request for proposals for “foster care redesign” on pause, saying in...

1:16 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

A much-heralded effort to privatize foster care in 30 northwest Texas counties is on hold while the state investigates whether the bidding process was compromised by the wife of the former inspector general. The Health and Human Services Commission has put its request for proposals for “foster care redesign” on pause, saying in...
State purchasing director on leave — again — amid contract questions
 A purchasing director of Child Protective Services has been placed on administrative leave as officials launch an investigation into a pending contract involving a nonprofit where the director’s husband works, the American-Statesman has learned. It’s the second time Frianita Wilson has been placed on leave amid contract questions...

4:43 PM Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

A purchasing director of Child Protective Services has been placed on administrative leave as officials launch an investigation into a pending contract involving a nonprofit where the director’s husband works, the American-Statesman has learned. It’s the second time Frianita Wilson has been placed on leave amid contract questions...
Austin360Cooks: What happens when you go cold turkey on Diet Coke?
 Readers, I come to you in a state of dietary chaos. When I first shared my journey with you last month, I was full of optimism. I had embarked on a new life of plant-based eating and had retooled my diet to mainly include fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes. I eschewed meat, dairy products and highly refined foods like bleached...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

Readers, I come to you in a state of dietary chaos. When I first shared my journey with you last month, I was full of optimism. I had embarked on a new life of plant-based eating and had retooled my diet to mainly include fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes. I eschewed meat, dairy products and highly refined foods like bleached...
Legislator seeks to keep guns out of state psychiatric hospitals
 One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on their campuses, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed by state Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, outlaws firearms at the state’s 10 mental health hospitals, which provide care for people with severe illnesses such...

9:25 PM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on their campuses, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed by state Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, outlaws firearms at the state’s 10 mental health hospitals, which provide care for people with severe illnesses such...
Legislator seeks to keep guns out of state psychiatric hospitals
 One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on campus, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed by Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, outlaws firearms at Texas’ 10 state-run mental health hospitals, which care for people with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder...

11:54 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on campus, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed by Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, outlaws firearms at Texas’ 10 state-run mental health hospitals, which care for people with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder...