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Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to border
 In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico...

Posted: a day ago

In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico...
Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to Texas border
 In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into...

Posted: a day ago

In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into...
More than 100 call for ouster of Texas State Student Government leader
 More than 100 students rallied Monday night at Texas State University, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Student groups, including the Pan African Action Committee, said Clegg should be removed from office after several of his old Instagram posts surfaced last...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than 100 students rallied Monday night at Texas State University, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Student groups, including the Pan African Action Committee, said Clegg should be removed from office after several of his old Instagram posts surfaced last...
More than 100 call for ouster of Texas State’s student government president
 9 p.m. update: More than 100 students are addressing the Texas State student senate, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Dozens of students carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t defend racism” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Connor Clegg has...

Posted: 18 days ago

9 p.m. update: More than 100 students are addressing the Texas State student senate, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Dozens of students carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t defend racism” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Connor Clegg has...
Texas State student leader’s racist social media posts fuel outrage
 The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...
Texas State student leader’s racist social media posts fuel outrage
 The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...
Facial recognition scanners to be tested soon at Texas-Mexico border
 As early as this summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday. The agency will use the results of the South Texas effort to...

Posted: 22 days ago

As early as this summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday. The agency will use the results of the South Texas effort to...
Facial recognition scanners to be tested soon at Texas-Mexico border
 U.S. Customs and Border Protection has long sought a way to identify the millions of travelers who leave the country each year through land border crossings into Mexico and Canada. The logistical hurdles have been monumental: At the U.S.-Mexico border in particular, setting up an exit checkpoint could cause disastrous traffic backups and...

Posted: 22 days ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has long sought a way to identify the millions of travelers who leave the country each year through land border crossings into Mexico and Canada. The logistical hurdles have been monumental: At the U.S.-Mexico border in particular, setting up an exit checkpoint could cause disastrous traffic backups and...
Austin may join boycott of border wall contractors, as feds cry foul
 As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Homeland Security Department’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said “we shouldn’t be tolerating&rdquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Homeland Security Department’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said “we shouldn’t be tolerating&rdquo...
Austin may join boycott of border wall contractors, as feds cry foul
 As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Department of Homeland Security’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday morning, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said the practice of “blackball(ing)&rdquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Department of Homeland Security’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday morning, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said the practice of “blackball(ing)&rdquo...
New PTSD study shows recovery for Fort Hood soldiers in just two weeks
 A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...

Posted: 28 days ago

A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...
New PTSD study shows recovery for Fort Hood soldiers in just two weeks
 A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...

Posted: 28 days ago

A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...
The VA targets another landscaping purchasing scheme – this time in Massachusetts
 Even as
             VA investigators continue to 
            probe a wide-ranging conspiracy involving potentially illegal purchase orders and the
             theft of landscaping equipment at the agency’s Temple campus, the
             Office of Special Counsel is urging the removal of a VA employee accused...

Posted: 29 days ago

Even as  VA investigators continue to probe a wide-ranging conspiracy involving potentially illegal purchase orders and the  theft of landscaping equipment at the agency’s Temple campus, the Office of Special Counsel is urging the removal of a VA employee accused...
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...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

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...

8:58 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

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...

9:07 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

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...

9:01 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

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...

8:07 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 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...
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...

11:35 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

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...

6:01 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

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...
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