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Central Texas VA reports big drop in narcotic prescription rates
 Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are prescribing significantly fewer narcotic painkillers to patients than they did five years ago, according to recently released numbers. On Thursday, the VA became the first hospital system in the country to publicly post its opioid prescription rates as it seeks to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers...

Posted: 4 days ago

Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are prescribing significantly fewer narcotic painkillers to patients than they did five years ago, according to recently released numbers. On Thursday, the VA became the first hospital system in the country to publicly post its opioid prescription rates as it seeks to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers...
Central Texas VA reports big drop in narcotic prescription rates
 Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are prescribing significantly fewer narcotic painkillers to patients than they did five years ago, according to recently released numbers. On Thursday, the VA became the first hospital system to publicly post its opioid prescription rates as it seeks to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers that have...

Posted: 5 days ago

Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are prescribing significantly fewer narcotic painkillers to patients than they did five years ago, according to recently released numbers. On Thursday, the VA became the first hospital system to publicly post its opioid prescription rates as it seeks to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers that have...
VA blasted for problems plaguing $543M technology contract
 Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs have concluded that a half billion dollar contract to bring cutting edge tracking technology to VA hospitals has been plagued by poor oversight and security lapses and has an uncertain future even after VA officials dramatically pared down its scope. The findings from the VA’s Office...

Posted: 19 days ago

Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs have concluded that a half billion dollar contract to bring cutting edge tracking technology to VA hospitals has been plagued by poor oversight and security lapses and has an uncertain future even after VA officials dramatically pared down its scope. The findings from the VA’s Office...
VA blasted for problems plaguing $543M technology contract
 Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs have concluded that a half-billion-dollar contract to bring cutting-edge tracking technology to VA hospitals has been plagued by poor oversight and security lapses and has an uncertain future even after VA officials dramatically pared down its scope. The findings from the VA’s Office...

Posted: 19 days ago

Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs have concluded that a half-billion-dollar contract to bring cutting-edge tracking technology to VA hospitals has been plagued by poor oversight and security lapses and has an uncertain future even after VA officials dramatically pared down its scope. The findings from the VA’s Office...
These 13 American-Statesman investigations had an impact in 2017
 Throughout 2017, Statesman reporters shone a light on scandals, conflicts of interest and plans that government powers tried to keep hidden from the public. Their stories have resulted in the reopening of a homicide prosecution, forced the Austin City Council to bring more sunlight into their deliberations and led to a series of legislative...

Posted: 20 days ago

Throughout 2017, Statesman reporters shone a light on scandals, conflicts of interest and plans that government powers tried to keep hidden from the public. Their stories have resulted in the reopening of a homicide prosecution, forced the Austin City Council to bring more sunlight into their deliberations and led to a series of legislative...
Fort Hood general says ISIS on the run, but challenges remain
 Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, who is leading the anti-ISIS campaign in the Middle East, said Monday that even as the Islamic State is pushed from its territories in Iraq and Afghanistan, stubborn challenges will exist in the region, perhaps for years. Funk pointed to a single neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, the former capital...

Posted: 29 days ago

Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, who is leading the anti-ISIS campaign in the Middle East, said Monday that even as the Islamic State is pushed from its territories in Iraq and Afghanistan, stubborn challenges will exist in the region, perhaps for years. Funk pointed to a single neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, the former capital...
Fort Hood general leading ISIS fight says caliphate defeated in Iraq
 Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, who is leading the anti-ISIS campaign in the Middle East, said Monday that even as the Islamic State is pushed from its territories in Iraq and Afghanistan, stubborn challenges will exist in the region, perhaps for years. Funk pointed to a single neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, the terror group&rsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, who is leading the anti-ISIS campaign in the Middle East, said Monday that even as the Islamic State is pushed from its territories in Iraq and Afghanistan, stubborn challenges will exist in the region, perhaps for years. Funk pointed to a single neighborhood in Raqqa, Syria, the terror group&rsquo...
VA won’t release final report on Temple abuse and corruption probe
 The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday refused to release documents that might explain why at least one high-ranking VA official was exonerated after agency investigators initially named him as participating in a wide-ranging scheme at its Temple campus to defraud the VA and take advantage of vulnerable veterans. Two weeks ago, an...

7:15 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday refused to release documents that might explain why at least one high-ranking VA official was exonerated after agency investigators initially named him as participating in a wide-ranging scheme at its Temple campus to defraud the VA and take advantage of vulnerable veterans. Two weeks ago, an...
‘Volatile’ Starr County is ground zero in Texas border wall debate
 Border Patrol officials call the 70-mile stretch of the Rio Grande in Starr County the most volatile segment of the entire southern border. The area has the second-most immigration arrests, trailing only the neighboring McAllen station, and the second-most narcotics seizures, just behind a station in Arizona, according to station chief Ryan...

7:32 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Border Patrol officials call the 70-mile stretch of the Rio Grande in Starr County the most volatile segment of the entire southern border. The area has the second-most immigration arrests, trailing only the neighboring McAllen station, and the second-most narcotics seizures, just behind a station in Arizona, according to station chief Ryan...
Congressman ‘shocked, outraged’ by Statesman report on Temple VA abuses
 U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and possible financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...

10:46 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and possible financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...
Carter ‘shocked, outraged’ after Statesman report on Temple VA abuses
 U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and potential financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...

6:23 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and potential financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...
Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
 Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...

6:10 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...
Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
 Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...

5:48 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...
LEGAL HELP FOR VETERANS: Texas program is model for other states
 The Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program has provided free legal help to more than 28,000 veterans since it was launched in 2010. Now, Texas bar officials are aiming to take the program nationwide and offering their expertise to counterparts in other states. For more about how veterans in Texas and other states can get free legal help...

5:59 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program has provided free legal help to more than 28,000 veterans since it was launched in 2010. Now, Texas bar officials are aiming to take the program nationwide and offering their expertise to counterparts in other states. For more about how veterans in Texas and other states can get free legal help...
Texas program to provide legal help to veterans goes national
 Austin attorney Nikki Maples remembers the first time she walked into the Austin Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of a new program to give free legal services to veterans. Maples came from a military family — her ex-husband had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — and she felt a powerful need to volunteer her time at...

5:52 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Austin attorney Nikki Maples remembers the first time she walked into the Austin Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of a new program to give free legal services to veterans. Maples came from a military family — her ex-husband had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — and she felt a powerful need to volunteer her time at...
Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent history didn’t stop him from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...
Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...

12:52 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...
What to know about Devin Patrick Kelley and gun laws
 On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...

4:24 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...

11:57 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...

8:49 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...
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