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Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches
 In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...
Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches
 In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...
Judge calls out Texas foster care chief as teen runs away for 5th time
 An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...
Judge calls out Texas foster care chief as teen runs away for 5th time
 An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...
New APD policy emphasizes defusion, alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...

9:38 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...
New Austin police policy emphasizes alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...

9:16 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...
State lawyer says Greg Kelley could prove actual innocence in sex assault case
 A lawyer appointed by the highest criminal court in Texas has lodged concerns over an effort to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Leander High School football star, telling the judges that allegations of poor policing and inadequate legal representation aren’t enough to exonerate Greg Kelley. But the Court of Criminal...

11:29 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

A lawyer appointed by the highest criminal court in Texas has lodged concerns over an effort to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Leander High School football star, telling the judges that allegations of poor policing and inadequate legal representation aren’t enough to exonerate Greg Kelley. But the Court of Criminal...
ACC staff pays off tuition debt for once homeless teen
 Austin Community College wants Lyric Wardlow back in school. Members of the ACC Cabinet, campus operations and public affairs departments pooled donations and paid off $332 in Pell grant debt that Wardlow owed when she needed to drop out of classes after a family member died. Now the once-homeless teen can restart school with a clean slate...

9:15 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Austin Community College wants Lyric Wardlow back in school. Members of the ACC Cabinet, campus operations and public affairs departments pooled donations and paid off $332 in Pell grant debt that Wardlow owed when she needed to drop out of classes after a family member died. Now the once-homeless teen can restart school with a clean slate...
As Texas special education overhaul stalls, TEA answers don’t add up
 At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...

2:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...
As Texas special education overhaul stalls, TEA answers don’t add up
 At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...

2:45 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...
Greg Kelley should be found innocent of child sex assault, judge finds
 A state district judge in Williamson County recommended Monday that the conviction of Greg Kelley — a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges — be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent. Had a jury been presented with certain evidence...

1:14 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

A state district judge in Williamson County recommended Monday that the conviction of Greg Kelley — a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges — be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent. Had a jury been presented with certain evidence...
Judge: Greg Kelley should be declared innocent in sex assault case
 State District Judge Donna King is recommending that the conviction of Greg Kelley, a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges, should be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent, Kelley’s lawyer said. Under Texas law, a defendant meets the standard...

9:08 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

State District Judge Donna King is recommending that the conviction of Greg Kelley, a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges, should be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent, Kelley’s lawyer said. Under Texas law, a defendant meets the standard...
Once homeless teen receives laptop for school, needs more help
 Lyric Wardlow didn’t have much of a childhood. The 19-year-old Austin woman spent most of her time caring for her mother, who had mental illness and hoarding problems. Wardlow didn’t have toys or friends to play with. She entertained herself by singing in the park. Life got much harder when Wardlow was 9 years old after she and...

8:58 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Lyric Wardlow didn’t have much of a childhood. The 19-year-old Austin woman spent most of her time caring for her mother, who had mental illness and hoarding problems. Wardlow didn’t have toys or friends to play with. She entertained herself by singing in the park. Life got much harder when Wardlow was 9 years old after she and...
Texas cancels no-bid contract for special education analysis
 The Texas Education Agency has canceled its contract with a technology company charged with analyzing special education programs. The TEA had contracted with SPEDx, a Georgia-based company, to look for trends and patterns in special education records. But the $4.4 million project incurred the ire of advocacy groups and parents, who said they...

1:09 AM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

The Texas Education Agency has canceled its contract with a technology company charged with analyzing special education programs. The TEA had contracted with SPEDx, a Georgia-based company, to look for trends and patterns in special education records. But the $4.4 million project incurred the ire of advocacy groups and parents, who said they...
TEA cancels controversial project

11:42 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Texas Education Agency has cancelled its contract with a technology company charged with analyzing special education records. TEA had contracted with SPEDx, a Georgia-based company that was to look for trends and patterns in special education records. But the $4.4 million project incurred the ire of advocacy groups and parents, who said...
Suspect with prior child indecency arrest was overlooked in Greg Kelley case
 Attorneys seeking to overturn Greg Kelley’s child sex assault conviction on Thursday filed court records that provide details about a third suspect in the case. That man, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the Cedar Park home where the abuse...

11:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Attorneys seeking to overturn Greg Kelley’s child sex assault conviction on Thursday filed court records that provide details about a third suspect in the case. That man, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the Cedar Park home where the abuse...
Suspect with prior child indecency arrest was overlooked in Greg Kelley case
 Attorneys seeking to overturn Greg Kelley’s child sex assault conviction on Thursday filed court records that provide details about a third suspect in the case. That man, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the Cedar Park home where the abuse...

10:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Attorneys seeking to overturn Greg Kelley’s child sex assault conviction on Thursday filed court records that provide details about a third suspect in the case. That man, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the Cedar Park home where the abuse...
Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project
 As special education advocates continue to spar with state leaders over a $4.4 million, no-bid contract to data mine student records, one school district has decided to walk away from the project — at least for now. Eanes Independent School District told the Texas Education Agency Wednesday that it wants time to re-evaluate its part...

11:49 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

As special education advocates continue to spar with state leaders over a $4.4 million, no-bid contract to data mine student records, one school district has decided to walk away from the project — at least for now. Eanes Independent School District told the Texas Education Agency Wednesday that it wants time to re-evaluate its part...
Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project
 Eanes Independent School District is hitting the pause button on its participation in a state project to data mine special education records, saying they want time to rethink the project. “Given the concerns raised by various stakeholder groups, Eanes ISD feels it is in the district’s best interest to stop and take the time to...

10:04 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Eanes Independent School District is hitting the pause button on its participation in a state project to data mine special education records, saying they want time to rethink the project. “Given the concerns raised by various stakeholder groups, Eanes ISD feels it is in the district’s best interest to stop and take the time to...
Texts raise questions about Texas special education director’s firing
 Newly released text messages are raising questions about why the Texas Education Agency fired its special education director after less than four months on the job. Laurie Kash was fired in late November, one week after she was sued for allegedly trying to cover up the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl while working at a small school district...

2:48 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Newly released text messages are raising questions about why the Texas Education Agency fired its special education director after less than four months on the job. Laurie Kash was fired in late November, one week after she was sued for allegedly trying to cover up the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl while working at a small school district...
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