Sean Collins Walsh

State Capitol reporter

Sean Collins Walsh reports on state government and politics, including the Texas House of Representatives, the state budget, border and immigration issues, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Agriculture and the Texas Facilities Commission. 

Latest from Sean Collins Walsh

How the felony corruption case against Rep. Dawnna Dukes unraveled
 On Sept. 6, as they were preparing for their corruption trial against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, a group of Travis County prosecutors went to the Capitol to meet with witnesses they believed were on their side, an official with knowledge of the case recounted. The first meeting was with Steve Adrian, the director of the House Business Office...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Sept. 6, as they were preparing for their corruption trial against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, a group of Travis County prosecutors went to the Capitol to meet with witnesses they believed were on their side, an official with knowledge of the case recounted. The first meeting was with Steve Adrian, the director of the House Business Office...
ICE plans new 1,000-bed facility in South Texas ‘detention alley’
 As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...

Posted: 5 days ago

As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, the federal government is making plans for a new privately run detention center along Interstate 35 in South Texas, adding 1,000 beds to what is already the world’s largest immigrant detention system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this month asked private companies...
Correos: ICE buscaba casos ‘atroces’ durante redadas de febrero
 Mientras que se llevaban a cabo las primeras redadas de inmigración a nivel nacional de la Administración del presidente Donald Trump en febrero, los funcionarios del Servicio Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE), lucharon por justificar sus afirmaciones de que habían atrapado a criminales con...

Posted: 12 days ago

Mientras que se llevaban a cabo las primeras redadas de inmigración a nivel nacional de la Administración del presidente Donald Trump en febrero, los funcionarios del Servicio Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE), lucharon por justificar sus afirmaciones de que habían atrapado a criminales con...
Emails: ICE whiffed in hunt for Austin’s ‘egregious’ criminal immigrants
 As the first nationwide immigration raids of the Trump administration were unfolding in February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials struggled to justify their claims that they had netted serious criminals in the Austin area, according to internal emails published this week. During the enforcement effort called Operation Cross...

Posted: 14 days ago

As the first nationwide immigration raids of the Trump administration were unfolding in February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials struggled to justify their claims that they had netted serious criminals in the Austin area, according to internal emails published this week. During the enforcement effort called Operation Cross...
Man arrested at strip club: ‘It’s definitely cocaine. I just bought it.’
 Around 3:45 a.m. Saturday at Foxy’s Cabaret in North Austin, a Travis County sheriff’s deputy asked a man found with three plastic bags containing white powder what was in them, an arrest affidavit said. He didn’t beat around the bush. “It’s definitely cocaine,” Jorge Cazares said, according to the affidavit...

Posted: 19 days ago

Around 3:45 a.m. Saturday at Foxy’s Cabaret in North Austin, a Travis County sheriff’s deputy asked a man found with three plastic bags containing white powder what was in them, an arrest affidavit said. He didn’t beat around the bush. “It’s definitely cocaine,” Jorge Cazares said, according to the affidavit...
Austin weather: No rain, highs in the mid-80s this weekend
 With highs in the mid-80s and no chance of rain, Austin is forecasted to have a pleasant Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It will be mostly sunny by mid-afternoon, with a light northeast wind and some humidity, said Aaron Treadway, a meteorologist at the service’s office for Austin and San Antonio. The...

Posted: 19 days ago

With highs in the mid-80s and no chance of rain, Austin is forecasted to have a pleasant Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It will be mostly sunny by mid-afternoon, with a light northeast wind and some humidity, said Aaron Treadway, a meteorologist at the service’s office for Austin and San Antonio. The...
In small-town Texas, Harvey’s overlooked victims face unique challenges
 For many Americans, the lasting images of Hurricane Harvey will come from Houston: towering highway interchanges flooded to impossible heights and rows of roofs poking out of the water in city neighborhoods turned into swamps — all with the Bayou City skyline in the background. But as the nation turned its attention to the damage Hurricane...

Posted: 27 days ago

For many Americans, the lasting images of Hurricane Harvey will come from Houston: towering highway interchanges flooded to impossible heights and rows of roofs poking out of the water in city neighborhoods turned into swamps — all with the Bayou City skyline in the background. But as the nation turned its attention to the damage Hurricane...
House official blamed for swamping felony charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes
 A House official gave conflicting statements regarding travel reimbursement, potentially damaging the state’s corruption case against Rep.Dawnna Dukes, according to a court document Travis County prosecutors filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they discovered this month that Steven Adrian, executive director of the House business office...

Posted: 29 days ago

A House official gave conflicting statements regarding travel reimbursement, potentially damaging the state’s corruption case against Rep.Dawnna Dukes, according to a court document Travis County prosecutors filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they discovered this month that Steven Adrian, executive director of the House business office...
Some question decision to keep Texas nuclear plant open during Harvey
 Nuclear safety watchdogs called for the reactors at the South Texas Project nuclear power plant to be shut down before Hurricane Harvey arrived. They say the plant, which is part-owned by Austin Energy, should have prioritized safety over production. Officials say that there was never a threat to public safety and that they would have shut...

7:19 PM Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Nuclear safety watchdogs called for the reactors at the South Texas Project nuclear power plant to be shut down before Hurricane Harvey arrived. They say the plant, which is part-owned by Austin Energy, should have prioritized safety over production. Officials say that there was never a threat to public safety and that they would have shut...
Some question decision to keep Texas nuclear plant open during Harvey
 Days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, workers at the South Texas Project nuclear power plant ensured the backup generators had fuel in case the power went out. They obtained enough food and supplies to board the 250-person storm crew for three days. They cleared the site of any potential “missiles,” equipment that might...

7:17 PM Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, workers at the South Texas Project nuclear power plant ensured the backup generators had fuel in case the power went out. They obtained enough food and supplies to board the 250-person storm crew for three days. They cleared the site of any potential “missiles,” equipment that might...
DA to hold off on felony charges in Rep. Dawnna Dukes case for now
 The Travis County district attorney will not pursue, at least for now, the most serious charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, saying prosecutors have renewed their investigation into the travel vouchers at the heart of the 13 felony counts the Austin Democrat is facing. District Attorney Margaret Moore confirmed to the American-Statesman...

10:38 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

The Travis County district attorney will not pursue, at least for now, the most serious charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, saying prosecutors have renewed their investigation into the travel vouchers at the heart of the 13 felony counts the Austin Democrat is facing. District Attorney Margaret Moore confirmed to the American-Statesman...