Statesman Interactives

Quiz: 'Belting it Out' art project tests music knowledge

The Butler Hike and Bike Trail art project "Belting It Out" was created as a public art installation by San Antonio sculptor Ken Little. Take this quiz of the 36 different lyrics you'll find along the boardwalk.

Quiz: Which high school playoff game should you watch?

When it comes to high school football, do you put more stock in your pre-game meal, following your favorite team, or the quality of the clash? Take this quiz and we’ll point you toward playoff games to match your mood.

$90M in bids for AISD properties

This map shows which party gained the most ground in presidential races between 2016 and 2012, when Mitt Romney picked up 57 percent of the Texas vote to Obama's 41 percent.

Interactive: AISD teacher turnover

Explore the teacher turnover rate for each Austin district school over the past decade and compare how each campus did compared with the district attrition rate for each year.

Interactive: Lt. governor campaign finance

The Austin American-Statesman analyzed campaign finance reports from July 1, 2013 to Sept. 25, 2014 for Lt. governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte. Patrick has raised more than twice as much money as Van de Putte, with about half the total contributions.

2014 Holiday Movie Preview

It’s December, which means holiday movie season, wherein studios big and small mix up Oscar bait and crowd-pleasers until you, the tryptophan-happy consumer, cannot tell the difference.

Austin's top 10 news stories of 2014

We're counting down the 10 biggest local stories of the year, as chosen by the American-Statesman's editors and reporters. We'll unveil one story each day through Dec. 31.

Church is most recognizable reminder of Hurricane Katrina’s legacy in Central Texas

The pastor had finished preaching. A few people lingered in the sanctuary, preparing to shut off the lights. And outside, far from any big city lights, the countryside was swallowed up in a darkness that gave the stars a backdrop against which to shine. “I would say it’s the darkness,” said Julie Tumblin, musing on the biggest difference between her former life in New Orleans and...

Fort Hood shooting timeline

An Army report released Friday revealed new details about the April 2014 shooting at Fort Hood in which Spc. Ivan López killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 before killing himself.

Interactive: Timeline of Spc. Ivan Lopez's life

A history of the troubled soldier who killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 others before killing himself at Fort Hood in April 2014, as reported in the Army's investigation report released 1/23/2015.

Exploring biggest spendors, vendors in state technology

A Statesman analysis of those 3.2 million transactions highlights the vendors and agencies that have made the greatest use of the Texas Department of Information Resources. Our interactive charts the relationships between the 20 agencies and vendors who spent and received the most through the DIR. Combined, they account for about 180,000 transactions worth more than $1.35 billion in sales.

Interactive: Texas vaccination exemptions triple

"Conscientious" vaccination exemptions, those allowed for religious and philosophical reasons, more than tripled between 2007-08 and 2013-14. Two Central Texas schools top the state by percentage exemptions.

Interactive: Contract failures at HHSC

Over the last decade, the state's sprawling health and human services agency has been publicly criticized for its handling of major contracts.

Search Texas government IT contractor spending

An American-Statesman investigation has found that the state’s use of information technology contractors faces little to no oversight. Tens of millions have been paid to at least 3,000 contract workers working for 210 companies, all while avoiding competitive bidding and public scrutiny. Our database uses sales reports made by vendors to the Department of Information Resources to show how much...

Spending on some IT contractors tops agency executives' pay

Texas state agencies spent $93 million last year on IT contractors through a program operated by the state's Department of Information Resources. An American-Statesman investigation has found the state’s use of those IT contractors faces little to no oversight, even as companies have reeled in $580 million since the start of fiscal year 2010. Tens of millions have been paid to at least 3,000...

Documents: Texas settlement agreement search

The American-Statesman obtained records of all the settlements and judgments paid by the State of Texas that were greater than $5,000, including those deemed confidential, from the Legislative Budget Board.

Interactive: Population changes in Texas counties since 2010

A new release of U.S. Census Bureau data published Thursday shows that among large metro areas with more than 1 million people, the Austin area is still growing faster than any other major city, as it has been every year since 2010. Also, the influx of people moving into the five-county area centered around Austin is accelerating. The chart below shows percentage change in population in Texas counties...

Interactive: Neighborhood partnering program

A city program created in 2009 provides matching city funds to neighborhoods who put up their own money or labor for public improvement projects, such as new sidewalks or park upgrades.

Karen Robinson's conversations with IT vendors

A review of former Texas DIR executive director Karen Robinson's emails indicates that she intermingled her fundraising efforts with Rodeo Austin with her powerful role as the state's chief information officer.
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