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All rights reserved. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/ Watchdog Archive Investigating government waste, fraud and abuse in Texas en-us Tue Oct 22 05:12:55 2019 CST 5 Texas Watchdog 435 98 http://www.texaswatchdog.org/ http://www.texaswatchdog.org/themes/twd/img/logo.gif Texas Watchdog wins investigative award for coverage of the state’s windstorm agency http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-watchdog-wins-investigative-award-for-coverage-of-twia/1329760219.column Mon Feb 20 11:50:00 2012 CST State calls for restructuring of Texas windstorm agency; see TWIA problems outlined by Texas Watchdog http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/state-calls-for-restructuring-of-texas-windstorm-agency-twia/1329528937.column Fri Feb 17 19:35:00 2012 CST Pharmacy group sues state health chief, says reforms will squeeze industry profits http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/pharmacy-group-sues-state-health-chief-says-reforms-will/1329510909.column Fri Feb 17 15:11:00 2012 CST Fort Worth ISD offers buyout program, estimates $10.5 million net savings in first year http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/fort-worth-isd-offers-buyout-program-estimates-105-million/1329428529.column Thu Feb 16 15:42:00 2012 CST View primary source docs used in story on Texas state budget cuts and teachers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/view-primary-source-docs-on-texas-state-budget-teachers-legislature/1329420361.column Thu Feb 16 13:40:00 2012 CST A Texas tale of two technologies http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/a-texas-tale-of-two-technologies-solar-natural-gas/1329345409.column Wed Feb 15 16:40:00 2012 CST Schools trim few teachers following Texas state budget cuts, sky not falling just yet http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/Texas-teachers-layoffs-are-relatively-few-after-state-budget-cuts/1329267427.story Wed Feb 15 10:44:00 2012 CST Texas Watchdog to attend journalists’ conference on computer-assisted reporting http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-watchdog-to-attend-ire-journalists-conference/1329249276.column Tue Feb 14 14:09:00 2012 CST Houston ISD parents split on whether Superintendent Terry Grier's contract should have been extended http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/grier-placeholder/1329099161.column Mon Feb 13 17:12:00 2012 CST Six-figure state workers taking pension, too; Texas law keeps identities of double-dippers secret http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/sixfigure-state-workers-taking-pension-too-texas-law-keeps/1329147702.column Mon Feb 13 09:50:00 2012 CST Houston ISD school board extends Superintendent Terry Grier's contract http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/Houston-isd-school-board-extends-superintendent-terry-grier-contract/1328906557.column Fri Feb 10 17:07:00 2012 CST Austin bag ban up for vote, could go into effect in 2013; see Texas Watchdog story on cost inflation in city estimates http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/austin-bag-ban-up-for-vote-could-go-into-effect-in-2013-see/1328894980.column Fri Feb 10 11:29:00 2012 CST More Medicare fraud allegations; Houston hospital chief latest nabbed in crackdown http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/more-medicare-fraud-allegations-houston-hospital-chief/1328836732.column Thu Feb 9 19:20:00 2012 CST Houston school board breaking the state's open meetings law? Not so fast. HISD did not violate law. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/houston-school-board-open-meetings-law/1328831563.column Thu Feb 9 17:52:00 2012 CST Bill for Houston ISD's procurement performance audit: Just under $16,000 http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/bill-for-houston-isds-procurement-performance-school-audit-just/1328803572.column Thu Feb 9 10:24:00 2012 CST All aboard Austin’s Taxpayer Express. Unlimited seating available. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/all-aboard-austins-taxpayer-express-metrorail-weekend-service-capital-metro/1328736123.column Wed Feb 8 15:22:00 2012 CST Texas health officials deny records request on foodborne illness http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-health-officials-deny-records-request-on-foodborne-illness-salmonella/1328712860.column Wed Feb 8 10:31:00 2012 CST Dallas Police Department website still down after hacking incident, officers' usernames and passwords published http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/dallas-police-department-website-hacked-anonymous/1328715941.column Wed Feb 8 09:45:00 2012 CST Authority 'not there' for city of Houston investigative arm, Inspector General Bob Doguim says as he quits job http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/authority-not-there-for-city-of-houston-investigative-arm-OIG-inspector-general/1328710053.story Wed Feb 8 08:09:00 2012 CST Rep. Kay Granger’s $52 million for Trinity River makes list of Congressional ‘earmarks’ for projects near members’ property http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/rep-kay-grangers-52-million-for-trinity-river-makes-list-of-earmarks/1328649310.column Tue Feb 7 15:31:00 2012 CST El Paso Times digs into questionable moonlighting by UTEP professor, schools corruption http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/el-paso-times-digs-into-questionable-moonlighting-by-utep-professor/1328637797.column Tue Feb 7 12:08:00 2012 CST Cornyn, Dewhurst, Reyes make charitable gifts of (some) campaign cash from convicted felon; Perry still has $80K from El Paso businessman Bob Jones http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/cornyn-dewhurst-reyes-make-charitable-gifts-of-some-bob-jones-contributions-perry/1328548380.column Mon Feb 6 11:39:00 2012 CST Major change could come out of Houston ISD procurement audit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/change-could-come-from-houston-isd-school-audits/1328312920.column Mon Feb 6 08:59:00 2012 CST Texas Watchdog's Mike Cronin interviewed on News 92 about Houston ISD paying for two audits http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/hisd-audits-mike-cronin-scott-braddock-news-92-fm/1328310367.column Fri Feb 3 18:06:00 2012 CST Fort Worth ISD trustee seeks closed meeting, says public forum to interview board applicants would 'jam up' process http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/fort-worth-isd-trustee-seeks-closed-meeting-says-public/1328302543.column Fri Feb 3 14:56:00 2012 CST Texas state officials want billions more for schools, health, roads; transportation official floats doubling of vehicle registration fees http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-state-officials-want-billions-more-for-schools-health-roads/1328292202.column Fri Feb 3 12:09:00 2012 CST Texas weathers recession well; incomes in Washington, D.C., shoot up 8.1 percent during the down years http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-weathers-recession-well-household-incomes-in-washington-dc-economy/1328287025.column Fri Feb 3 10:37:00 2012 CST South San Antonio High school coach quits following questions of missing funds and porn on school computer http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/south-san-antonio-high-school-coach-quits-following-missing-money-porn/1328225063.column Thu Feb 2 17:25:00 2012 CST Critics question cost of Houston ISD's nonprofit audit; district says review wasn't an audit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/critics-question-cost-of-houston-isds-nonprofit-audit/1328215710.column Thu Feb 2 15:31:00 2012 CST Fredericksburg councilman - accused of failing to pay taxes - targeted in recall effort http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/fredericksburg-texas-councilman-accused-of-failing-to-pay-taxes-recall/1328207785.column Thu Feb 2 12:36:00 2012 CST State health chief says $15 billion+ needed to offset Medicaid growth in Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/texas-state-health-chief-says-15-billion-needed-to-offset/1328140378.column Wed Feb 1 17:58:00 2012 CST Houston ISD awaits bill from nonprofit for procurement audit; last one cost $20K http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/houston-isd-awaits-bill-from-nonprofit-for-school-audit/1328130782.column Wed Feb 1 15:23:00 2012 CST UT administrators steamroll over students, who say tuition panel violates open meetings law http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/02/university-of-texas-administrators-steamroll-over-students-who-say-tuition/1328123634.column Wed Feb 1 13:29:00 2012 CST Six-figure government-produced jobs: Texas' tech fund at $206K per job, federal stimulus came in at $300K http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/six-figure-government-produced-jobs-texas-tech-fund-at-206k/1328038222.column Tue Jan 31 14:02:00 2012 CST Texas health insurance outreach program closes, see primary source docs on meetings funded with the money http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-health-insurance-outreach-program-closes-see-primary/1327959384.column Tue Jan 31 09:27:00 2012 CST Austin school system spends Title I funds for low-income students on PR shop http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/austin-school-system-spends-title-i-funds-for-low-income-for-pr/1327946074.column Mon Jan 30 12:00:00 2012 CST Tom Green County children's center director pleads guilty to stealing money from group http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/tom-green-county-childrens-center-director-pleads-guilty/1327943087.column Mon Jan 30 11:04:00 2012 CST On the radio: Texas Watchdog's Mike Cronin discusses Houston ISD's procurement problems http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/news-92-fm-texas-watchdogs-mike-cronin-discusses-hisd-houston-schools/1327693625.column Fri Jan 27 16:09:00 2012 CST Brownsville schools push to withhold records regarding fatal student shooting http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/brownsville-isd-schools-fight-newspapers-access-to-records-school-shooting/1327683997.column Fri Jan 27 11:22:00 2012 CST Redistricting commission reconsidered as courts review Texas' redrawn maps http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-redistricting-commission-reconsidered-as-courts-review-maps/1327682243.column Fri Jan 27 10:38:00 2012 CST Texas windstorm agency hires firm to help decide on rate increase; view TWIA docs here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-windstorm-agency-hires-firm-to-help-decide-on-rate-increase-twia/1327613041.column Thu Jan 26 15:24:00 2012 CST What does ‘states’ rights’ mean to Texans like Kelly Clarkson, Ron Paul? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/what-does-states-rights-mean-to-texans-like-kelly-clarkson-ron-paul/1327597473.column Thu Jan 26 11:04:00 2012 CST Deja vu? Houston ISD procurement audit findings echo problems in grounds-keeping contract http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/deja-vu-houston-isd-procurement-audit-findings-echo-houston-school-contract-problems/1327540525.story Thu Jan 26 07:57:00 2012 CST Texas AG probing Medicaid program for dental work; see the WFAA series on corporate jets, ‘orthodontic transportation’ that triggered the scrutiny http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-attorney-general-probing-medicaid-program-for-dental-work/1327511607.column Wed Jan 25 11:14:00 2012 CST Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign security detail bill is in, ready to be added to the pile of taxpayer-funded security tabs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/gov-rick-perrys-campaign-security-detail-bill-is-in-ready/1327430066.column Tue Jan 24 13:24:00 2012 CST Split primaries possible in Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/split-primaries-possible-in-texas/1327422180.column Tue Jan 24 10:26:00 2012 CST Texas Attorney General examines Brooks Co. forfeiture fund after audit finds hundreds of thousands of dollars for cars, dinners, wares from Cavender’s Boot City http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-attorney-general-examines-brooks-co-forfeiture-fund-after-audit-finds/1327333832.column Mon Jan 23 10:04:00 2012 CST Harris County asst. attorney - 'ethics watchdog for the county' - urged judge to exercise leniency in Jerry Eversole case http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/harris-county-asst-attorney-ethics-watchdog-for-the-county-jerry-eversole-letter/1327078322.column Mon Jan 23 09:17:00 2012 CST Girl, Wanted, by Texas Watchdog’s Steve Miller, nominated for Edgar Allan Poe award http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/girl-wanted-by-texas-watchdogs-steve-miller-nominated-for-edgar-allan-poe-award/1327079653.column Fri Jan 20 11:17:00 2012 CST Supreme Court rejects San Antonio panel’s redistricting maps, favors those drawn up by Texas state Legislature http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/supreme-court-rejects-san-antonio-panels-redistricting-maps/1327076186.column Fri Jan 20 10:16:00 2012 CST Former Texas state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Sr.’s health care business raided http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/former-texas-state-rep-sergio-muoz-sr-health-care-raid-medicare-medicaid-fraud/1327072188.column Fri Jan 20 09:14:00 2012 CST Texas City can keep complaint against police chief under wraps, attorney general says http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-city-can-keep-complaint-against-police-chief-public-records/1327009079.column Thu Jan 19 15:37:00 2012 CST Donkeys on parade at Texas state Capitol http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/donkeys-on-parade-at-texas-state-capitol/1326991646.column Thu Jan 19 10:48:00 2012 CST Lots of Einsteins or too low a bar? Houston ISD bursting at the seams with 'gifted' students, shelves plan to tighten standards http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/houston-isd-bursting-at-seams-gifted-students-shelves-plan-to-tighten-school-standards/1326930864.story Thu Jan 19 08:24:00 2012 CST Abilene ISD employees offered five-figure severance packages http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/abilene-isd-employees-offered-severance-deals-public-pensions/1326925707.column Wed Jan 18 16:43:00 2012 CST Mind-boggling redactions at TWIA: State windstorm agency's well-paid attorneys purge 'on,' 'and,' other such words from open records http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/twia-redactions-state-windstorm-agency-attorneys-open-records/1326857130.column Wed Jan 18 11:35:00 2012 CST Salaries of top Texas earners in government jobs examined http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/salries-of-top-texas-earners-in-public-government-jobs/1326906350.column Wed Jan 18 11:15:00 2012 CST Listen in on Texas Watchdog's take on the state legislature's red light camera fine money grab http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/Texas-legislatures-red-light-camera-fine-money-grab-interview/1326399110.column Tue Jan 17 17:07:00 2012 CST As city inspector general resigns, city of Houston still sitting on records of OIG -- deemed public one month ago http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/as-city-oig-resigns-city-of-houston-still-sitting-on-open-records/1326839390.column Tue Jan 17 16:29:00 2012 CST Federal panel hears arguments today in Texas redistricting case http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/federal-panel-hears-arguments-today-in-texas-redistricting/1326815525.column Tue Jan 17 10:03:00 2012 CST Fort Worth schools taxpayers getting hit up twice by double-dippers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-fort-worth-isd-schools-taxpayers-getting-hit-up-twice-by-double-dippers/1326811006.column Tue Jan 17 08:44:00 2012 CST 'Mediator' Mike Lunceford elected chairman of Houston ISD board despite initial predictions of a contested race http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/hisd-trustee-mediator-mike-lunceford-elected-chairman-of-houston-isd/1326494738.column Fri Jan 13 16:49:00 2012 CST Taxpayers worried as city of Amarillo weighs multimillion-dollar convention center deal http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/taxpayers-worried-as-city-of-amarillo-weighs-convention-center-deal/1326481740.column Fri Jan 13 14:09:00 2012 CST Austin bag ban worth it ‘no matter what it costs,’ activist says; costs inflated by three-and-a-half times in city of Austin report http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/austin-texas-bag-ban-worth-it-no-matter-what-it-costs-activist-says/1326404449.column Thu Jan 12 15:46:00 2012 CST Austin crime lab worker's complaints reminiscent of troubles in Dallas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/austin-crime-lab-workers-complaints-reminiscent-of-troubles/1326395124.column Thu Jan 12 13:09:00 2012 CST Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott meets with Houston ISD about Apollo 20 program http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-attorney-general-greg-abbott-meets-with-houston-isd-to-discuss-hisd-apollo-20/1326390214.column Thu Jan 12 11:55:00 2012 CST Houston ISD considers delaying summer school start http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/houston-isd-considers-delaying-hisd-summer-school-start/1326380736.column Thu Jan 12 09:05:00 2012 CST Austin bag ban pushed with faulty numbers; author of cited report says it did not address plastic bags, ‘a minute portion of the waste stream’ http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/austin-texas-bag-ban-pushed-with-faulty-numbers-cited/1326323586.story Wed Jan 11 17:26:00 2012 CST Texas windstorm agency must release billing records, correspondence, says Attorney General http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-windstorm-agency-twia-must-release-billing-records-attorney-general-says/1326316091.column Wed Jan 11 15:21:00 2012 CST El Paso County leaders, facing jaundiced public, seek panel for multimillion-dollar bond issue http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/el-paso-texas-county-leaders-facing-jaundiced-public-seek-panel/1326229838.column Tue Jan 10 15:32:00 2012 CST Texas City police block release of complaint related to officer's suspension http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-city-police-block-release-of-complaint-related-to/1326226428.column Tue Jan 10 14:29:00 2012 CST Texas state worker hiring slows, but still growing http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-state-worker-hiring-slows-but-still-growing/1326218133.column Tue Jan 10 11:57:00 2012 CST Red light camera cash promised for trauma centers but pilfered by Texas lawmakers to balance books http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/red-light-camera-cash-promised-for-texas-trauma-centers/1326145379.column Mon Jan 9 15:43:00 2012 CST Breweries win leverage on advertising in federal court ruling http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/breweries-win-leverage-on-advertising-in-federal-court/1326133430.column Mon Jan 9 13:03:00 2012 CST Why the judicial back-and-forth over Texas redistricting matters http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/why-the-judicial-backandforth-over-texas-redistricting/1325872044.column Fri Jan 6 11:48:00 2012 CST Texas lawmakers plow ahead in 2012 http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-lawmakers-plow-ahead-in-2012-off-year-state-legislature/1325863821.column Fri Jan 6 09:41:00 2012 CST As Texas studies north-south rail line, independent Calif. panel rejects $98.5 billion bullet train system http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/as-texas-studies-north-south-rail-line-independent-california/1325787603.column Thu Jan 5 13:31:00 2012 CST More on the city manager who walked away with $750,000 severance from taxpayers of Killeen http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/more-on-the-killeen-texas-city-manager-who-walked-away-with-750000-severance/1325788073.column Thu Jan 5 12:52:00 2012 CST Texas Workforce Commission implements new rules governing for-profit colleges http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/texas-workforce-commission-implements-new-rules-governing/1325709691.column Wed Jan 4 14:40:00 2012 CST Public records find helped fire state hospital psychiatrist who was working despite agreement that he never work for a state health facility again http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/public-records-find-helped-oust-texas-state-hospital-psychiatrist/1325698784.column Wed Jan 4 11:42:00 2012 CST Ousted Arlington city manager’s scathing review, perks detailed in public records http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/01/ousted-arlington-city-managers-scathing-review-perks/1325610753.column Tue Jan 3 11:17:00 2012 CST Did changes to Houston ISD’s draft ethics policy take place behind the scenes? Some HISD trustees puzzled. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/did-changes-to-houston-isd-draft-ethics-policy-take-place-behind-scenes-hisd-trustees/1325271779.column Fri Dec 30 13:17:00 2011 CST The New Year’s Nine: The top nine places in Texas where state troopers are issuing tickets http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/the-top-places-in-texas-where-state-troopers-issue-tickets/1325267962.story Fri Dec 30 13:09:00 2011 CST Most Congressional incumbents unchallenged, though parties see opportunity in new districts http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/most-congressional-incumbents-unchallenged-though-parties/1324386937.column Tue Dec 20 12:09:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog examines how politics and cronyism seep into big-dollar Houston schools contracts http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-watchdog-examines-how-politics-and-cronyism-seep-into-hisd/1324384997.story Tue Dec 20 07:43:00 2011 CST Rash of improper influence over high-dollar contracts at Houston ISD -- while teachers are cut and schools are closed http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/rash-of-improper-influence-at-hisd-houston-isd-trustees-accused-of-involvement-in-school-contracts/1324261274.column Tue Dec 20 07:37:00 2011 CST Former Houston ISD procurement chief reveals problems in the agency, talks about his dismissal http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/former-houston-isd-procurement-chief-reveals-hisd-problems/1324263866.column Tue Dec 20 07:24:00 2011 CST Houston school district launches two audits, but questions abound on whether either will solve HISD's problems http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/houston-school-district-launches-two-audits-but-questions-abound/1324264623.column Tue Dec 20 06:53:00 2011 CST Weekend Watchdog: Houston schools ethics reform, Austin’s proposed crack-down on the shopping bags, and more http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/weekend-watchdog-houston-schools-ethics-reform-austins-shopping-bag-ban/1324140279.column Sat Dec 17 10:44:00 2011 CST North Forest ISD's merger with Houston ISD will be tougher than it looks: HISD Trustee Carol Mims Galloway http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/north-forest-isds-merger-with-hisd-will-be-tougher/1324047644.column Fri Dec 16 11:39:00 2011 CST Party leaders seek approval for April 3 Texas primary http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/party-leaders-seek-approval-for-april-3-texas-primary-election/1324055118.column Fri Dec 16 11:05:00 2011 CST The Texas waiting game: Deadline to file to run for office pushed back to Monday. Get links to some of the best stories on the issue here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/the-texas-waiting-game-deadline-to-file-to-run-for-office-extended/1323965481.column Thu Dec 15 10:14:00 2011 CST $14 million to double-dippers in NJ pension scheme -- but what about Texas? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/14-million-to-doubledippers-in-nj-pension-schemes-but-what-about-texas/1323887468.column Wed Dec 14 13:52:00 2011 CST Will Anna Eastman, Greg Meyers duke it out for Houston ISD school board presidency next year? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/will-anna-eastman-greg-meyers-duke-it-out-for-houston-isd-school-board-trustee-race/1323793381.column Tue Dec 13 10:27:00 2011 CST Grocery bag ban -- one of the toughest in nation -- considered in Austin http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/austin-texas-grocery-bag-ban-one-of-the-toughest-in-nation-considered/1323711411.column Mon Dec 12 11:48:00 2011 CST Young newcomers lead charge for Houston ISD ethics reform, but veterans -- like Larry Marshall -- say it's not needed http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/newcomers-lead-charge-for-Houston-ISD-ethics/1323461713.column Fri Dec 9 14:24:00 2011 CST Weekend Watchdog: Primary battles, wind power, whooping cranes and more http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/weekend-watchdog-primary-battles-wind-power-whooping-cranes/1323451289.column Fri Dec 9 11:21:00 2011 CST US House enjoys incumbency rate the “Chinese National Peoples Representative Congress would envy,” group aims to get more voters to the primary polls http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/us-house-enjoys-incumbency-rate-the-chinese-national-congress-would-envy-primary-voting/1323447984.column Fri Dec 9 10:27:00 2011 CST Medicare claims data on doctors to be opened a bit following fraud investigation http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/doctor-data-on-medicare-claims-to-be-opened-a-bit-following-fraud1323385538.column Thu Dec 8 17:06:00 2011 CST Houston ISD further weakens revised ethics policy http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/houston-isd-again-weakens-revised-ethics-policy-revision-for-school-trustees/1323375341.column Thu Dec 8 14:34:00 2011 CST Missing whooping cranes vex court weighing water suit against state of Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/missing-whooping-cranes-vex-court-weighing-corpus-christi-texas-water-suit/1323362871.column Thu Dec 8 12:39:00 2011 CST Poof! Harris County Sheriff's Office backlog disappears http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/poof-harris-county-sheriffs-office-backlog/1323360780.column Thu Dec 8 10:17:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog's Jennifer Peebles joins head of Google News, editor-in-chief of Yahoo, others to discuss journalism ethics in the digital age http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-watchdog-joins-head-of-google-yahoo-news-editor/1323349405.column Thu Dec 8 07:11:00 2011 CST Pension reformers warn of looming breaking point, cite governments' 'actuarial bullshit' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-public-pension-reformers-warn-of-looming-breaking-point/1323277373.story Thu Dec 8 06:03:00 2011 CST Using public information, Daily Toreador follows the money on a Texas Tech parking garage, arrangement with well-connected alum http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/using-public-information-daily-toreador-follows-the-money-texas-tech/13tt23018t2.column Wed Dec 7 15:32:00 2011 CST Texas Public Utility Commission pushes for $7 billion transmission lines for wind power http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-public-utility-commission-pushes-for-7-billion/1323284341.column Wed Dec 7 13:41:00 2011 CST Texas Attorney General cuts off e-mail for public records filings http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-attorney-general-cuts-off-email-for-public-records/1323231581.column Wed Dec 7 06:43:00 2011 CST Houston school district says food services company reneges on contract, HISD seeks fix with Aramark http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/hisd-says-food-services-company-aramark-reneges-on-contract/1323205294.column Tue Dec 6 15:21:00 2011 CST Thanks for meeting up with Texas Watchdog Saturday (with photos) http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/thanks-to-all-who-came-out-to-the-texas-watchdog-meetup/1323125793.column Mon Dec 5 17:39:00 2011 CST Texas Workforce Commission official who coached businesses on avoiding workers' benefits gets promotion http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/texas-workforce-commission-official-who-coached-businesses/1323115158.column Mon Dec 5 14:46:00 2011 CST Prison beds increase, just months after Texas state Legislature cheers prisons spending cuts http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/prison-beds-increase-just-months-after-texas-legislature-cheers/1323104682.column Mon Dec 5 12:43:00 2011 CST Dallas ISD acknowledges inappropriate contact from vendor on $40 million tech contract http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/dallas-isd-acknowledges-inappropriate-contact-from-disd-vendor/1323099048.column Mon Dec 5 09:39:00 2011 CST In wake of cronyism and contract steering scandals, HISD looks to pass new ethics policy -- but it's toothless http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/houston-isd-trustees-debate-toothless-ethics-policy-for-school-district/1322843034.column Fri Dec 2 18:07:00 2011 CST Weekend Watchdog: Catch up this weekend on the best of Texas Watchdog’s reports filed this week http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/weekend-watchdog-catch-up-this-weekend-on-the-best-of-texas-watchdog/1322844348.column Fri Dec 2 11:05:00 2011 CST Houston ISD weeding out more poor teachers, keeping more good ones: HR chief http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/hisd-houston-school-weeding-out-more-poor-teachers/1322771619.column Fri Dec 2 08:50:00 2011 CST Mark the date. Join Texas Watchdog on Saturday! http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/mark-the-date-on-join-texas-watchdog/1322780588.column Thu Dec 1 17:09:00 2011 CST Univ. of Texas professor wants creationist group off charities list http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/ut-professor-wants-institute-for-creation-research-off-charities-list/1322762269.column Thu Dec 1 11:57:00 2011 CST Public pension liabilities at $28,000 per household in Dallas: Study http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/public-pension-liabilities-at-28000-per-household-in-dallas/1322753716.column Thu Dec 1 10:09:00 2011 CST Special taxing districts - like the Montrose Management District in Houston - proliferate http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/12/special-taxing-districts--like-the-montrose-management-district-houston-texas/1322752070.column Thu Dec 1 09:14:00 2011 CST Presidential hopefuls - Texas Gov. Rick Perry included - offer little to choose from on transparency http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/presidential-contenders-texas-gov-rick-perry-included-government-transparency/1322684201.column Wed Nov 30 14:20:00 2011 CST Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger floats proposal for more state senators http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/texas-state-sen-kel-seliger-floats-proposal-for-more-state-senators-legislature/1322674221.column Wed Nov 30 11:30:00 2011 CST Texas windstorm agency plans for raises totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/texas-windstorm-agency-twia-plans-for-raises/1322585691.column Tue Nov 29 11:09:00 2011 CST Two-thirds of controversial Montrose Management District board have ties to Houston Mayor Annise Parker http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/montrose-management-district-board-have-ties-to-mayor-annise-parker/1322506348.story Tue Nov 29 07:13:00 2011 CST Taxpayers foot $970K bill for celebrity chef's smokehouse on Trinity River http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/taxpayers-foot-970k-bill-for-tim-love-woodshed-smokehouse-trinity-river/1322498756.column Mon Nov 28 11:02:00 2011 CST Too much influence over principal hires? Or too little? Houston schools officials struggle to find consistency in trustee involvement http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/too-much-influence-over-hisd-principal-hires-or-too-little-houston-trustees/1322095918.story Mon Nov 28 09:43:00 2011 CST Houston school district officials to company accusing them of bribery, racketeering and money laundering: Let’s take it to trial http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-school-district-officials-to-company-accusing-them-bribery/1322092686.column Wed Nov 23 18:01:00 2011 CST Taxpayers shell out for Gov. Rick Perry’s temporary housing bill, mansion restoration; Iowa, Connecticut also fixing up living quarters for govs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/taxpayers-shell-out-for-gov-rick-perrys-temporary-housing/1322068916.column Wed Nov 23 11:41:00 2011 CST Texas state Rep. Joe Driver pleads guilty to double billing travel expenses, could finish out term http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/texas-state-rep-joe-driver-pleads-guilty-to-double-billing/1322061769.column Wed Nov 23 09:30:00 2011 CST Come celebrate with Texas Watchdog http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/come-celebrate-with-texas-watchdog/1322053979.column Wed Nov 23 07:12:00 2011 CST Motorists group issues $10,000 challenge to show engineering solutions superior to red light cameras http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/motorists-group-issues-10000-challenge-to-show-engineering-red-light-cameras/1321987826.column Tue Nov 22 13:33:00 2011 CST Some Houston ISD schools not permitting students to take textbooks home, others letting books sit unused http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/some-houston-hisd-schools-not-permitting-students-to-take-textbooks-home/1321904593.column Mon Nov 21 16:07:00 2011 CST Texas to cut reimbursement rates to doctors http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/texas-to-cut-reimbursement-rates-to-doctors-health-care/1321899207.column Mon Nov 21 13:50:00 2011 CST Publication of public worker salaries sparks debate in Amarillo http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/publication-of-public-worker-salaries-sparks-debate-in-amarillo/1321898609.column Mon Nov 21 12:36:00 2011 CST Alamo trademark agreement reached http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/alamo-trademark-agreement/1321652923.column Fri Nov 18 16:11:00 2011 CST La Marque ISD board looking at do-over after legally dubious vote on suspension of superintendent, police chief http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/la-marque-isd-board-looking-at-doover-after-legally-dubious/1321639390.column Fri Nov 18 15:36:00 2011 CST More digging into constable’s offices by ABC 13 turns up evidence of political raffles - illegal in TX. Want to do some digging yourself into campaign finance records? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/more-digging-into-harris-county-constables-offices-by-abc-13/1321637241.column Fri Nov 18 11:30:00 2011 CST Houston ISD faces $44M deficit as budget planning begins for next fiscal year http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-faces-44-million-deficit-as-school-budget-planning-begins/1321570286.column Fri Nov 18 09:42:00 2011 CST Law changing payment rules on heart disease tests adds to Texas health insurance mandates http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/law-changing-payment-rules-on-heart-disease-tests-adds-to/1321564317.column Thu Nov 17 15:23:00 2011 CST A minor mystery from the bowels of Texas’ windstorm insurance agency, and this time story checks out for TWIA http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/a-minor-mystery-from-the-bowels-of-texas-windstorm-TWIA/1321556365.column Thu Nov 17 13:42:00 2011 CST Big-gun lawyers handle Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's transparency questions; two firms raked in $545K in the past year http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/big-gun-lawyers-handle-texas-windstorm-insurance-association-TWIA/1321485486.story Thu Nov 17 07:13:00 2011 CST Last gasp: Killeen council members recalled by voters to consider repealing rule on developers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/killeen-texas-council-members-recalled-by-voters-to/1321478637.column Wed Nov 16 16:56:00 2011 CST Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier's evaluation to stay private -- public to wait and see if he gets bonus http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-superintendent-terry-grier-evaluation-to-stay-private/1321417983.column Wed Nov 16 07:01:00 2011 CST Capital Metro transit agency’s idea for an economic stimulus: $254,000 to roll out smoking ban it admits it can’t enforce http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/capital-metro-transit-agencys-idea-for-an-austin-texas-economic-stimulus/1321391732.column Tue Nov 15 15:14:00 2011 CST Surprise move to suspend La Marque ISD officials raises transparency questions http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/surprise-move-to-suspend-la-marque-isd-officials-raises-questions/1321385870.column Tue Nov 15 13:37:00 2011 CST Penn State case highlights Clery Act, aimed at transparency in reporting of campus crime http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/penn-state-case-highlights-clery-act-aimed-at-transparency-campus-crime/1321380386.column Tue Nov 15 12:06:00 2011 CST Austin ISD's secrecy troubling for public http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/austin-isd-secrecy-troubling-meria-carstarphen/1321309822.column Mon Nov 14 16:30:00 2011 CST Supreme Court to hear challenge to health care act brought by Texas, 25 other states; AG Greg Abbott says federal government has exceeded authority http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-health-care-act-obamacare/1321290713.column Mon Nov 14 11:12:00 2011 CST Cameron Co. to merge constables' districts, hopes to cut costs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/cameron-county-texas-to-merge-constables-districts-hopes-to-cut/1321289873.column Mon Nov 14 10:58:00 2011 CST Handful of state’s 1,700 special districts make comptroller’s ‘Leadership Circle’ for financial transparency http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/just-handful-of-texas-1700-special-districts-make-comptroller-leadership-circle/1321287479.column Mon Nov 14 10:19:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustees approve communications program at Yates High; Trustee Manuel Rodriguez takes drubbing from protesters http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-trustees-approve-communications-program-at-yates-high-school/1321023495.column Fri Nov 11 09:05:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustees raise questions about $1.2 million in bond money for Yates High communications program http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/hisd-trustees-raise-questions-about-12-million-yates-high/1320963880.column Thu Nov 10 16:40:00 2011 CST Killeen voters give city council members the boot; council had given $750K severance to city manager http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/killeen-texas-voters-give-city-council-members-the-boot/1320948508.column Thu Nov 10 12:09:00 2011 CST No word on Mercedes-Benz complaints against Rep. Linda Harper-Brown -- and don’t hold your breath on her promised fix to ethics law, either http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/no-word-on-mercedes-benz-complaints-against-rep-linda-harper-brown/1320774562.column Thu Nov 10 09:38:00 2011 CST Houston ISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez apologizes for campaign flier called homophobic http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-trustee-manuel-rodriguez-apologizes-for/1320885257.column Wed Nov 9 18:41:00 2011 CST Rep. Joe Driver pleads guilty to abuse of office, had admitted to double billing travel expenses for years http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/rep-joe-driver-pleads-guilty-to-abuse-of-office-had-doublebilled-travel/1320854611.column Wed Nov 9 10:09:00 2011 CST Houston ISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez re-elected by 24-vote margin over challenger Ramiro Fonseca: Unofficial results http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-trustee-manuel-rodriguez-re-elected/1320810083.column Tue Nov 8 22:21:00 2011 CST Nail-biter: Incumbent Trustee Manuel Rodriguez retakes 3-vote lead over challenger in Houston ISD District III race http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/nailbiter-incumbent-hisd-trustee-manuel-rodriguez-retakes-3-vote/1320809352.column Tue Nov 8 21:36:00 2011 CST It's gonna be a close one: Fonseca takes one-vote lead over Rodriguez in Houston ISD District III race http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/its-gonna-be-a-close-one-fonseca-takes-one-vote-lead-over-manuel-rodriguez-hisd-houston-school/1320808534.column Tue Nov 8 21:22:00 2011 CST Rodriguez-Fonseca race remains tight in bid for Houston ISD school board seat: 14 percent of precincts reporting http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/rodriguez-fonseca-race-remains-tight-in-bid-for-houston-isd-school-race/1320806751.column Tue Nov 8 20:49:00 2011 CST Houston ISD's Manuel Rodriguez holds tight lead over challenger Ramiro Fonseca in early returns http://www.texaswatchdog.org/Houston-ISD-election-early-returns-post Tue Nov 8 19:49:00 2011 CST County attorney sues city manager in Floresville, says city budget 'riddled with significant misstatements' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/county-attorney-sues-city-manager-in-floresville-says-city/1320765310.column Tue Nov 8 09:18:00 2011 CST Watchdog agency finds fraud, mismanagement, few ‘shovel ready’ projects in federal stimulus program to weatherize homes; see problems in Texas’ program documented here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/watchdog-agency-finds-fraud-mismanagement-few-shovel-ready-stimulus-jobs/1320694281.column Mon Nov 7 14:42:00 2011 CST El Paso ISD withheld public records of company's no-bid contract, failed to seek AG ruling http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/el-paso-isd-withheld-public-records-of-companys-no-bid-contract/1320685208.column Mon Nov 7 12:09:00 2011 CST Glorified HR department? City of Houston's new OIG lacks power to conduct criminal investigations, reviews allegations of racial slurs, hostile work environment http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/glorified-hr-department-city-of-houstons-new-oig-lacks-power/1320452755.story Mon Nov 7 07:27:00 2011 CST Chron retracts endorsement for Houston ISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez over flier called homophobic http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/chron-retracts-endorsement-for-houston-isd-trustee-manuel/1320624359.column Sun Nov 6 18:24:00 2011 CST Houston ISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez under fire for campaign flyer called 'homophobic' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isd-trustee-manuel-rodriguez-under-fire-for-homophobic-campaign-flyer/1320527124.column Sat Nov 5 16:25:00 2011 CST Houston ISD incoming District II trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones talks about her goals http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/hisd-incoming-district-ii-trustee-rhonda-skillern-jones/1320431439.column Fri Nov 4 14:29:00 2011 CST San Marcos Mercury uses public records law to get $ details of bond deal for Hindu guru/convicted child molester http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/san-marcos-mercury-uses-public-records-to-get-bond-details-hindu-guru-child-molester-Saraswati/1320430570.column Fri Nov 4 13:21:00 2011 CST Mexican American Legislative Caucus -- the group that took free rent from lobbying giant during session -- may have violated campaign finance law with gala tickets http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/mexican-american-legislative-caucus-the-group-that-took-free-rent-from-lobby-giant/1320336856.column Thu Nov 3 11:18:00 2011 CST Houston ISD's Terry Grier shows improvements, but missed two-thirds of 'student achievement' goals: Evaluation http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/houston-isds-terry-grier-missed-two-thirds-of-houston-schools-goals/1320261028.column Wed Nov 2 14:25:00 2011 CST Revolving door for public school administrators raises pension questions http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/revolving-door-for-public-school-administrators-raises/1320251073.column Wed Nov 2 11:43:00 2011 CST A state senator's pricey suits subject of complaint to DA -- while parallel complaint to Texas Ethics Commission likely in the trash; Read Texas Watchdog's piece on the 'toothless' Ethics Commission http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/state-senators-pricey-suits-subject-of-complaint-to-DA-texas-ethics-commission/1320249350.column Wed Nov 2 10:56:00 2011 CST Texas gets B minus grade on website transparency ranking http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/texas-gets-b-minus-grade-on-website-transparency-sunshine-review/1320183373.column Tue Nov 1 16:45:00 2011 CST Just how deep were those budget cuts again? Texas has more government workers today than before the recession. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/11/deep-budget-cuts-again-texas-has-more-government-jobs-than-before-recesssion/1320181540.column Tue Nov 1 16:15:00 2011 CST Interactive presentation: Vendors fund nearly half of incumbent Houston ISD trustees' campaigns http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/HISD-campaign-finance-interactive-graphic-houston-school-trustee-race/1319985683.story Mon Oct 31 06:04:00 2011 CST Trustees must balance ethics, need to win elections in accepting campaign donations http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/HISD-campaign-finance-trustees-balance-ethics-houston-schools-election/1320015467.column Mon Oct 31 06:00:00 2011 CST Social media sites foundation of ABC 13 report on ‘deputy diva;’ Texas Watchdog interviewed http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/social-media-sites-foundation-of-abc-13-report-on-deputy-diva-texas-watchdog/1319835664.column Fri Oct 28 16:02:00 2011 CST Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press says Texas government officials should not be able to meet in secret: court brief http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/committee-for-freedom-of-the-press-says-texas-officials-should-not-meet-in-secret/1319822142.column Fri Oct 28 12:20:00 2011 CST Arlington ISD principal resigns following investigation into absences, travel logs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/arlington-isd-high-school-principal-resigns-following-investigation/1319743290.column Thu Oct 27 14:45:00 2011 CST High poverty, low welfare use in Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/high-poverty-low-welfare-use-in-texas-census-data/1319731997.column Thu Oct 27 11:33:00 2011 CST Supreme Court could decide in Nov. whether to hear Obamacare challenge from states http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/supreme-court-could-decide-in-nov-whether-to-hear-obamacare/1319730854.column Thu Oct 27 11:32:00 2011 CST 'Toothless,' secretive Texas Ethics Commission fails the public http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/toothless-texas-ethics-commission-fails-the-public/1319667922.story Thu Oct 27 09:00:00 2011 CST Fort Bend Mechanical lawyer says firm, owner did not bribe Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/hisd-vendor-fort-bend-mechanical-lawyer-says-firm-owner-did-not-bribe-houston-school/1319665060.column Thu Oct 27 08:21:00 2011 CST Shelby County DA Lynda K. Russell traded suspected drug dealers' cash for light prosecution, AP reports http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/shelby-county-district-attorney-da-lynda-k-russell-traded-suspected-drug-dealers/1319664353.column Wed Oct 26 16:54:00 2011 CST Austin Energy customers chip in $65K for solar garden - named 4th most bizarre public art display in country http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/austin-energy-customers-chip-in-65k-for-solar-garden-named-4th-most-bizarre-public-art/1319658444.column Wed Oct 26 14:48:00 2011 CST Early voting for the November 8 election underway; see lots of Houston links to get information about Houston ISD, mayoral races and more http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/Houston-early-election-information-mayors-hisd-race/1319572312.column Tue Oct 25 15:10:00 2011 CST West Texas utility subject to public records law: AG http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/west-texas-utility-subject-to-public-records-law/1319567543.column Tue Oct 25 14:03:00 2011 CST Port Lavaca shrugs off resident's request for red light camera records; AG has found such information to be public http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/port-lavaca-shrugs-off-residents-request-for-red-light/1319478183.column Mon Oct 24 16:47:00 2011 CST More bribe checks to Larry Marshall may be hidden in HISD contractor's warehouse: Court filings http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/more-bribe-checks-to-houston-school-trustee-larry-marshall-may-be-hidden-in-hisd/1319481590.column Mon Oct 24 13:48:00 2011 CST Texas has racked up one of the biggest debts in the nation, report says http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-has-racked-up-one-of-the-biggest-debts-in-the-nation/1319476127.column Mon Oct 24 12:17:00 2011 CST Texas’ $41.5 million federal stimulus program for homeless costs $219K per job http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-415-million-federal-stimulus-program-for-homeless/1319469207.column Mon Oct 24 11:01:00 2011 CST Houston ISD board President Paula Harris involved in Yates principal choices, e-mails show http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-board-president-paula-harris-involved-in-yates-high-school-principal-choices/1319462738.column Mon Oct 24 08:39:00 2011 CST Texas state crackdown on online wine sales squelches shipments to Lone Star State, down 30 percent in one quarter http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-state-crackdown-on-online-wine-sales-squelches/1319211521.column Fri Oct 21 10:43:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustees begin formal evaluation process for Superintendent Terry Grier http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-school-trustees-begin-terry-grier-evaluation/1319204896.column Fri Oct 21 09:38:00 2011 CST Problems with transparency, perception of conflicts of interest at North Texas Tollway Authority: Report http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/problems-with-transparency-perception-of-conflicts-of/1319144265.column Thu Oct 20 17:30:00 2011 CST Texas state government executive salaries roundup: CourTex http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-state-government-executive-salaries-roundup/1319131834.column Thu Oct 20 13:08:00 2011 CST $74 million spent on Texas community college students who dropped out; view the study and see state-by-state spreadsheet of taxpayer spending here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/74-million-spent-on-texas-community-college-students-who/1319127634.column Thu Oct 20 11:45:00 2011 CST Student at Houston ISD's Ryan Middle brings loaded gun to school http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/student-at-hisd-ryan-middle-brings-loaded-gun-to-school/1319055380.column Wed Oct 19 15:25:00 2011 CST ‘Light Rail Country Club’ criticized by free-market nonprofit, as San Antonio moves toward $180 million, two-mile streetcar line http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/light-rail-country-club-criticized-by-heartland-institute-san-antonio-public-transit/1319047536.column Wed Oct 19 13:05:00 2011 CST See affidavits in stimulus fraud case; accused had inside track to obtain millions for nonexistent wind turbine technology http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/see-affidavits-in-stimulus-fraud-case-accused-had-inside/1318972602.column Tue Oct 18 17:01:00 2011 CST Texas last among states on return-per-dollar from federal gas tax http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-last-among-states-on-returnperdollar-from-federal-gas/1318955001.column Tue Oct 18 14:11:00 2011 CST Montrose Management District levies an under-the-radar tax, something all too common in Texas when it comes to special government districts http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/montrose-management-district-levies-little-known-tax-common-with-special-districts/1318956554.column Tue Oct 18 12:30:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog's Jennifer Peebles speaking at Texas State University today about holding government accountable http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-watchdogs-jennifer-peebles-speaking-at-texas-state-university/1318947146.column Tue Oct 18 09:18:00 2011 CST Plaintiff in Houston ISD kickback lawsuit wants HISD contractor Fort Bend Mechanical held in contempt of court http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/plantiff-in-houston-isd-schools-kickback-lawsuit-wants-fort-bend-mechanical/1318888182.column Mon Oct 17 16:58:00 2011 CST Fallout from scrapping long-term insurance program, and health care labor lags on efficiency: Health care news roundup http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/fallout-from-scrapping-longterm-insurance-program-and/1318878580.column Mon Oct 17 16:48:00 2011 CST Potential conflicts of interest at North Texas Tollway Authority examined http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/potential-conflicts-of-interest-at-north-texas-tollway/1318861428.column Mon Oct 17 10:42:00 2011 CST Incumbent Manuel Rodriguez, challenger Ramiro Fonseca square off in Houston ISD school board race http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/manuel-rodriguez-ramiro-fonseca-square-off-houston-school-hisd-trustee-race/1318860722.column Mon Oct 17 10:04:00 2011 CST Worker in Dallas Co. District Clerk's office accused of stealing $130K; audit from 2002 pointed to weaknesses in cash handling http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/worker-in-dallas-co-district-clerks-office-accused-of/1318633383.column Fri Oct 14 18:03:00 2011 CST Houston ISD approves tougher school board ethics policy on first reading http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-approves-tougher-Houston-school-board-ethics-policy-on/1318602643.column Fri Oct 14 09:50:00 2011 CST Houston mayoral candidates debate city’s finances; check out their campaign finance forms here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-mayoral-candidates-debate-citys-finances-check-out/1318595944.column Fri Oct 14 08:28:00 2011 CST How tight is Houston's drainage tax 'lock box'? Bike trails funded by Rebuild Houston money for streets and drainage http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/bike-trails-funded-by-houstons-rebuild-houston-fund-for-drainage-tax-lock-box/1318527777.story Thu Oct 13 13:28:00 2011 CST More million-dollar and six-figure jobs in the federal stimulus in Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/more-million-dollar-and-sixfigure-jobs-in-the-federal-stimulus-in-texas/1318526408.column Thu Oct 13 12:27:00 2011 CST Houston ISD's Larry Marshall received $25,000 unreported campaign contribution from HISD vendor: Lawsuit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/hisd-larry-marshall-received-25000-unreported/1318516652.column Thu Oct 13 11:11:00 2011 CST Houston assistant city attorney 'counseled' over e-mail in support of Houston ISD's Paula Harris http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-assistant-city-attorney-counseled-over-email-in-support-of-hisd-paula-harris/1318453963.column Wed Oct 12 17:12:00 2011 CST Political watchers from all sides criticize Austin City Council decision to keep elections in May http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/political-watchers-from-all-sides-criticize-austin-city-council-election/1318445679.column Wed Oct 12 14:56:00 2011 CST Galveston Co. punts on $3 million TWIA settlement reached by Rep. Craig Eiland's firm; see Texas Watchdog story on Eiland's fees here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/galveston-co-punts-on-3-million-twia-settlement-reached-by-craig-eiland/1318446244.column Wed Oct 12 14:04:00 2011 CST Texas commission drops climate change article after content disagreement with scientist; see Texas Watchdog videos on public records and the environment here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-commission-TCEQ-drops-climate-change-article-after-content/1318442807.column Wed Oct 12 13:28:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog editor responds to 'unethical' accusations by Paula Harris, Houston ISD http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-watchdog-editor-responds-to-unethical-accusations-by-hisd/1318363196.column Tue Oct 11 15:27:00 2011 CST San Antonio jobs program Project Quest (with that pesky six-figure debt problem) gets $5 million federal grant http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/san-antonio-jobs-program-project-quest-with-that-pesky-debt/1318352187.column Tue Oct 11 13:50:00 2011 CST Houston ISD's Paula Harris blocks Texas Watchdog reporter from her Twitter, Facebook feeds, calls reporter 'unethical' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isds-paula-harris-blocks-texas-watchdog-hisd-reporter-facebook-twitter/1318353049.column Tue Oct 11 12:40:00 2011 CST Invasive plants, insects cross into U.S. unchecked: AP analysis of public records http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/invasive-plants-insects-cross-into-us-unchecked-ap-analysis/1318351178.column Tue Oct 11 11:43:00 2011 CST Lawsuits still pouring in to beleaguered Texas windstorm agency as TWIA reform bill kicks in http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/lawsuits-still-pouring-in-to-beleaguered-texas-windstorm-agency-TWIA/1318340181.column Tue Oct 11 09:19:00 2011 CST Tea Party activists aim to ‘clean our own house’ in 2012 Congressional primaries http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/tea-party-activists-aim-to-clean-our-own-house-in-2012-Congressional-primary-election/1317738363.story Tue Oct 11 06:27:00 2011 CST El Paso superintendent collects $1,000-a-month cellphone allowance while under indictment for fraud, embezzlement http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/el-paso-isd-superintendent-collects-1000-dollar-a-month-cell-phone-EPISD/1318273557.column Mon Oct 10 15:54:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog's Trent Seibert, Mother Jones' Steve Katz talk future of journalism at Presbyterian College http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-watchdog-trent-seibert-mother-jones-steve-katz-talk-journalism/1318268762.column Mon Oct 10 13:13:00 2011 CST Paula Harris racks up endorsements in bid for re-election to Houston ISD school board http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/hisd-president-paula-harris-racks-up-endorsements-in-bid-for-reelection-to-houston-school/1318260229.column Mon Oct 10 10:23:00 2011 CST Millions spent to transport orthodontic patients in Texas' Medicaid program http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/millions-spent-to-transport-medicaid-orthodontic-patients-in-texas/1318018516.column Fri Oct 7 15:15:00 2011 CST Trustee Carol Galloway: Houston ISD school board does not hire or set salaries http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/trustee-carol-galloway-houston-isd-school-board-salaries/1318000114.column Fri Oct 7 11:56:00 2011 CST Texas state workers take five-figure buyouts as agencies implement budget reductions http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-state-workers-take-fivefigure-buyouts-as-agencies-budget-reductions/1317997825.column Fri Oct 7 11:19:00 2011 CST Top Chef producers sue Texas AG to keep details of $400K marketing payment secret http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/top-chef-producers-sue-texas-ag-to-keep-details-of-400k/1317933127.column Thu Oct 6 15:32:00 2011 CST DFW officials push for withholding vehicle registrations to force payment of red light fines http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/dfw-officials-push-for-withholding-vehicle-registrations-red-light-camera-fines/1317914973.column Thu Oct 6 10:30:00 2011 CST Congress wants answers in ATF's 'Fast and Furious' gun-buying fiasco http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/congress-wants-answers-in-atfs-fast-and-furious-gunbuying/1317827803.column Wed Oct 5 11:03:00 2011 CST Houston ISD may put teeth in ethics policy, considers ban on trustee-arranged meetings with vendors http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-aims-to-put-teeth-in-hisd-ethics-policy-may-ban/1317825290.column Wed Oct 5 10:01:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustee alleges 'corruption,' 'contract steering' in initial hire for Grady Middle School contractor http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-trustee-alleges-corruption-contract-steering-hisd-grady-middle-school/1317863070.story Wed Oct 5 07:06:00 2011 CST Fort Worth ISD tech policy raises trustee’s hackles http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/fort-worth-isd-tech-policy-raises-trustees/1317754031.column Tue Oct 4 13:47:00 2011 CST Texas Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson get ‘super hero’ award from conservative Citizens Against Government Waste http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/texas-reps-jeb-hensarling-sam-johnson-get-super-hero-award-congress/1317670409.column Mon Oct 3 14:35:00 2011 CST Odessa chamber’s taxpayer funding reduced following poor business recruitment, imprecise financial records http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/odessa-chambers-taxpayer-funding-reduced-following-poor/1317660221.column Mon Oct 3 11:42:00 2011 CST Trustees question Houston ISD board leaders' TV shows, district's $10M communications budget http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/trustees-question-houston-isd-board-leaders-tv-shows-hisd-communication-budget/1317609194.story Mon Oct 3 07:55:00 2011 CST Mining public records key to investigations of government - but it probably won’t get us a date http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/mining-public-records-key-to-investigations-of-government-/1317414243.column Fri Sep 30 15:24:00 2011 CST $10.4 million stimulus grant subsidizes “green” cars for Austin residents http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/10-million-federal-stimulus-grant-subsidizes-green-cars-for-austin/1317401719.column Fri Sep 30 11:48:00 2011 CST Texas criminal history database incomplete; 1 in 4 chance of missing a past conviction: Audit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-criminal-history-database-incomplete-1-in-4-chance-of/1317398618.column Fri Sep 30 11:02:00 2011 CST Plaintiffs pan can ban in New Braunfels http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/plaintiffs-pan-can-ban-in-new-braunfels/1317312161.column Thu Sep 29 11:52:00 2011 CST Enough, already, with the porn on the public dime http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/enough-already-with-the-porn-on-the-public/1317242696.column Wed Sep 28 16:38:00 2011 CST Interactive graphic tracks KTRK 13 Undercover investigation into Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino’s office http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/interactive-graphic-ktrk-abc-13-undercover-investigation-constable-victor-trevino/1317242510.column Wed Sep 28 15:45:00 2011 CST Corpus Christi police officer accused of making unlawful arrest, using excessive force named ‘officer of the month’ http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/corpus-christi-police-officer-accused-of-making-unlawful-arrest/1317229866.column Wed Sep 28 12:56:00 2011 CST Houston ISD school board candidates sound off on testing, choice and teacher evaluations http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-school-board-candidates-sound-off-on-testing/1317220877.column Wed Sep 28 09:46:00 2011 CST City of Houston may spend $4.5 million to remove trees that succumbed to record-breaking drought http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/drought-city-of-houston-may-spend-45-million-to-remove-trees-that/1317155982.column Tue Sep 27 15:49:00 2011 CST Texas state government payroll shrinks -- a bit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-state-government-payroll-shrinks--a/1317135884.column Tue Sep 27 10:07:00 2011 CST Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz talks about 'corruption' in Houston ISD http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-monthlys-mimi-swartz-talks-about-corruption-in-hisd-houston-school/1317074889.column Mon Sep 26 17:28:00 2011 CST State lawmakers find clever ways to boost their pensions -- like the Texas trick of tying legislator pensions to judges’ salaries http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/state-lawmakers-find-clever-ways-to-boost-their-pensions-texas-legislators/1317054408.column Mon Sep 26 11:31:00 2011 CST NASA satellite debris believed to fall in Pacific Ocean, but those 50,000-pound concrete panels on Texas state building still a threat http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/nasa-satellite-debris-believed-to-fall-in-pacific-ocean-but-texas-building-still-threat/1317051224.column Mon Sep 26 10:41:00 2011 CST Back Story with Texas Watchdog: Investigating Unions http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-watchdogs-back-story-investigating-unions/1316789825.column Fri Sep 23 17:48:00 2011 CST Former Houston police officer gets 20-year sentence for stealing $656K from police union http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/former-houston-police-officer-gets-20year-sentence-for-stealing-union-HPD/1316809488.column Fri Sep 23 16:24:00 2011 CST Convicted killer’s feast tops $66 by our (unscientific) estimate; state of Texas ends last meal tradition for death-row inmates http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/convicted-jasper-killers-feast-tops-66-state-texas-prison-system/1316799117.column Fri Sep 23 13:00:00 2011 CST Houston ISD board President Paula Harris suggests board member Juliet Stipeche used influence in contracting http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/hisd-trustee-paula-harris-houston-isd-juliet-stipeche-used-influence/1316696717.column Thu Sep 22 12:37:00 2011 CST Incumbent Juliet Stipeche faces challenger Dorothy Olmos in Houston ISD District VIII race http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-school-trustee-incumbent-juliet-stipeche-faces-challenger-dorothy-olmos-in-hisd-race/1316632057.column Wed Sep 21 14:27:00 2011 CST Justice Department’s $16 muffins, $76 lunches pegged by auditors; DOJ conference spending jumps from $47.8 million to $73.3 million annually http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/justice-departments-16-muffins-76-lunches-pegged-by-auditors/1316622843.column Wed Sep 21 13:40:00 2011 CST Where do you live in Houston Independent School District? It's apparently easier to find out here than by looking at a map on the HISD office wall. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/where-do-you-live-in-houston-independent-school-district-hisd-election-map/1316548083.column Tue Sep 20 14:48:00 2011 CST Texas Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Joe Barton dishonorable mentions on CREW’s 'most corrupt' list http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-reps-eddie-bernice-johnson-joe-barton-dishonorable-CREW-most-corrupt/1316527920.column Tue Sep 20 10:12:00 2011 CST Job creation or jobs shell game? Health care industry, robust even in recession, predicts losses in Obama Jobs Act, Congressional supercommittee plan http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/job-creation-or-jobs-shell-game-health-care-industry-robust-federal-jobs-act/1316478214.story Tue Sep 20 06:55:00 2011 CST Do you watch the Houston school district's TV channel? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/do-you-watch-the-houston-school-districts-tv-hisd-station/1316467426.column Mon Sep 19 16:31:00 2011 CST Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s six-figure security bill includes trip to Bahamas, book promotion events http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-gov-rick-perrys-sixfigure-security-bill-includes-trip/1316456379.column Mon Sep 19 13:29:00 2011 CST Rep for Houston ISD vendors denies threatening HISD school official http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/rep-for-houston-isd-vendors-denies-threatening-hisd-school/1316217629.column Fri Sep 16 19:47:00 2011 CST Terry Grier's future as superintendent hot topic for Houston ISD school board challengers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/terry-griers-future-as-hisd-school-superintendent-hot-topic-for-houston/1316210722.column Fri Sep 16 17:25:00 2011 CST Bandera City Council may have violated sunshine laws with emergency meeting, council member accuses police of bugging City Hall http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/bandera-city-council-may-have-violated-sunshine-laws-with/1316192880.column Fri Sep 16 13:08:00 2011 CST Feds agree to Texas health care reform plan “in principle,” and Medicare Advantage premiums fall: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/feds-agree-to-texas-health-care-reform-plan-in-principle/1316187499.column Fri Sep 16 10:42:00 2011 CST Paula Harris' challenger Davetta Daniels decries Houston ISD board 'arrogance and greed' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/davetta-daniels-running-for-houston-independent-school/1316180670.column Fri Sep 16 09:44:00 2011 CST Early warnings on new long-term care plan not heeded, and California slashes health care programs: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/early-warnings-on-new-longterm-care-plan-not-heeded-and/1316108801.column Thu Sep 15 18:16:00 2011 CST Houston's largest teachers union paid nearly $500K in legal fees to union chief's son http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houstons-largest-teachers-union-pays-nearly-500k-in-legal-fees-to-union-chiefs-son/1316092823.story Thu Sep 15 08:45:00 2011 CST Jury duty stipends cut from $40 to $28 per day, $1.7 million in savings for state of Texas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/jury-duty-stipends-cut-from-40-to-28-per-day-texas-state-budget/1316021750.column Wed Sep 14 13:53:00 2011 CST Health industry drafts Medicare cost-cutting plan, and Enroll America coalition markets Obamacare to the uninsured: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/health-industry-drafts-medicare-costcutting-plan-and-enroll/1316017372.column Wed Sep 14 11:23:00 2011 CST Interactive map spotlights disaster preparedness at nuclear plants http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/interactive-map-spotlights-disaster-preparedness-at-nuclear-plants/1316014361.column Wed Sep 14 11:14:00 2011 CST New federally-mandated medical billing system tracks injuries while water-skiing, crocheting; number of codes balloons from 18,000 to 140,000: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/new-federally-mandated-medical-billing-system-tracks/1315932346.column Tue Sep 13 11:51:00 2011 CST Houston ISD school board president may have met with contractors to discuss HISD business http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-school-board-president-may-have-met-with-hisd-contractors/1315884961.story Tue Sep 13 09:41:00 2011 CST Houston ISD audit report on alleged threat raises more questions about 'how things operate around here' http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-alleged-earl-jimmison-hisd-job-threat/1315790771.column Tue Sep 13 07:46:00 2011 CST Watson computer technology to help doctors develop treatment plans, and VA effort fails to deter hospital readmissions: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/watson-computer-technology-to-help-doctors-develop/1315839645.column Mon Sep 12 11:13:00 2011 CST White House sees 140,000+ jobs in Texas from jobs plan; see Texas Watchdog stories tracking jobs, taxpayer costs from earlier federal stimulus http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/white-house-sees-140000-jobs-in-texas-from-jobs-plan-federal-stimulus/1315603398.column Fri Sep 9 16:23:00 2011 CST Medicare and Medicaid would be cut under Obama’s jobs plan, and both parties show interest in reforming entitlements: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/medicare-and-medicaid-would-be-cut-under-obamas-jobs-plan/1315584448.column Fri Sep 9 13:08:00 2011 CST Houston ISD postpones strengthening ethics policies http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-postpones-strengthening-hisd-ethics/1315526406.column Fri Sep 9 09:49:00 2011 CST Gov. Rick Perry says state control would boost health care access, and primary-care physicians criticize Medicare payment system: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/gov-rick-perry-says-state-control-would-boost-health-care/1315499396.column Thu Sep 8 11:40:00 2011 CST Six-figure jobs in federal stimulus program to fix up low-income homes; millions of dollars in questionable spending in Texas’ weatherization assistance program http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/six-figure-jobs-in-federal-stimulus-program-to-fix-up-low-income-homes/1315490993.story Thu Sep 8 09:23:00 2011 CST Paula Harris' challenger Art Huerta disqualified in Houston ISD race; Carol Mims Galloway not seeking re-election http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/paula-harris-challenger-art-huerta-disqualified/1315436605.column Wed Sep 7 18:14:00 2011 CST Texas and Massachusetts polar opposites on health coverage rates, and experts weigh in on alternatives to Obamacare's individual mandate: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-and-massachusetts-polar-opposites-on-health-coverage/1315409764.column Wed Sep 7 10:59:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog's Jennifer Peebles elected president of the Society of Professional Journalists' Houston chapter http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/texas-watchdogs-jennifer-peebles-named-Houston-spj-president/1315409495.column Wed Sep 7 10:58:00 2011 CST Houston ISD flip-flops on status of investigation into former Yates High principal; records to stay closed http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-flipflops-on-status-of-investigation-into-yates-high-school-mumphrey/1315334633.column Wed Sep 7 09:10:00 2011 CST TWIA archive: Read more about Texas' windstorm insurance agency at Texas Watchdog http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/twia-archive-read-more-about-texas-windstorm-insurance/1315323141.column Tue Sep 6 11:48:00 2011 CST Defense contractors get in on health care action, and doctors add business degrees: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/defense-contractors-get-in-on-health-care-action-and/1315327494.column Tue Sep 6 11:46:00 2011 CST Houston ISD gears up for the new STAAR standardized test http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/houston-isd-gears-up-for-the-new-staar-standardized-hisd-test/1314914440.column Fri Sep 2 08:20:00 2011 CST Former TWIA head Jim Oliver sues windstorm agency for severance pay, damages http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/former-twia-head-jim-oliver-sues-texas-windstorm-agency/1314893542.column Thu Sep 1 11:17:00 2011 CST Youths load up on sugary soft drinks, and researchers study ancient bacteria’s resistance to antibodies: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/youths-load-up-on-sugary-soft-drinks-and-researchers-study/1314889893.column Thu Sep 1 10:14:00 2011 CST Houston Community College may have illegally withheld campaign finance information: Experts http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-community-college-may-have-illegally-withheld-campaign-finance/1314816812.column Thu Sep 1 09:15:00 2011 CST Expansion of managed care for Medicaid patients coming to Rio Grande Valley. Will Texas see the expected $300 million savings? http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/expansion-of-managed-care-for-medicaid-patients-coming-to-rio-grande-texas/1314829109.story Thu Sep 1 07:09:00 2011 CST Parents, taxpayers can't see if Houston school contracts are awarded fairly because of Texas' ethics rules loopholes http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/09/Texas-ethics-rules-loopholes-houston-school-district-hisd-school-contracts/1314877540.story Thu Sep 1 07:00:00 2011 CST Harvard economists question accountable care organizations’ ability to deter wasteful spending on hyped-up technology: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/harvard-economists-question-accountable-care-organizations/1314800761.column Wed Aug 31 11:45:00 2011 CST Know about subcontractors with ties to Houston ISD officials? We want your tips http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/know-about-subcontractors-with-ties-to-houston-isd/1314753869.column Wed Aug 31 08:22:00 2011 CST Lewisville, Texas foster care provider failed to track more than $300,000 in state funding for foster care, contract not renewed http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/lewisville-texas-foster-care-provider-failed-to-track-300k/1314725404.column Tue Aug 30 13:23:00 2011 CST Central Texas hospital chain aims to reduce costly hospital stays, and government to review double-digit insurance hikes: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/central-texas-hospital-chain-aims-to-reduce-costly-hospital/1314714285.column Tue Aug 30 11:06:00 2011 CST Houston ISD to pay groundskeeping contractor twice the low bid http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-isd-to-pay-hisd-groundskeeping-contractor-twice-the-low-bid/1314657582.column Tue Aug 30 10:04:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog celebrates three years of journalism. Thank you! http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/texas-watchdog-celebrates-three-years-of-journalism-thank-you/1314710701.column Tue Aug 30 09:27:00 2011 CST Houston ISD considers centralized magnet school applications http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-isd-considers-centralized-hisd-magnet-school/1314642063.column Mon Aug 29 15:00:00 2011 CST Salary information for Texas utilities’ workers made public http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/salary-information-for-texas-utilities-workers-made-public/1314639942.column Mon Aug 29 12:50:00 2011 CST Rural medical care squeezed by Texas budget cuts, and managed care poses risks: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/rural-medical-care-squeezed-by-texas-budget-cuts/1314630477.column Mon Aug 29 11:11:00 2011 CST Another study debunks link between vaccines and autism, and Kaiser compiles health care views of GOP presidential candidates: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/another-study-debunks-link-between-vaccines-and-autism/1314373069.column Fri Aug 26 11:29:00 2011 CST Feds investigate Texas' generous Medicaid braces program: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/feds-investigate-texas-generous-medicaid-braces-program/1314369901.column Fri Aug 26 09:59:00 2011 CST Perry camp says he would work to repeal Obamacare, and advocates want another look at radiation pill law following East Coast earthquake: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/perry-camp-says-he-would-work-to-repeal-obamacare-and/1314282735.column Thu Aug 25 11:30:00 2011 CST An interactive graphic: Common threads http://www.texaswatchdog.org/interactive-graphic-harris-county-houston-government-agencies/ Thu Aug 25 10:19:00 2011 CST Interwoven ethics problems at Houston ISD, Houston Community College, port authority, Harris County -- all one big ball of string http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-isd-community-college-port-authority-harris-county-hisd-ethics/1314236484.story Thu Aug 25 10:16:00 2011 CST Texas' housing agency -- which failed to rebuild houses post-Hurricane Ike -- criticized in 2010 audit for mishandling some of $503 million for relief from hurricanes Katrina, Rita http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/texas-housing-agency-mishandled-hurricane-ike-katrina-money-audit/1314279534.column Thu Aug 25 08:53:00 2011 CST Houston ISD begins hiring independent auditor to probe procurement issues http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/hisd-begins-hiring-independent-auditor-to-probe/1314224421.column Wed Aug 24 17:20:00 2011 CST Harris County's old courthouse reopens after $65M redo: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/harris-countys-old-courthouse-reopens-after-65m-redo/1314201633.column Wed Aug 24 13:10:00 2011 CST Taxpayer-funded researchers bristle at criticism; see Texas Watchdog’s story on federal stimulus-funded research of weather on planet Venus http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/taxpayerfunded-researchers-bristle-at-criticism-see-texas/1314200340.column Wed Aug 24 11:52:00 2011 CST Obama administration suggests second chance for states on health care exchanges, and Medicare offers ‘bundling’ payment program: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/obama-administration-suggests-second-chance-for-states-on-exchanges/1314196232.column Wed Aug 24 09:34:00 2011 CST Houston mayor, police chief testify to keep Chad Holley beating trial in Harris County: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-mayor-police-chief-testify-to-keep-chad-holley/1314115848.column Tue Aug 23 12:34:00 2011 CST Links for Tracking Political Influence http://www.texaswatchdog.org/links Tue Aug 23 11:39:00 2011 CST Challenger for Manuel Rodriguez makes two contested races for Houston ISD school board http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/challenger-for-manuel-rodriguez-makes-two-contested-HISD-races/1314113352.column Tue Aug 23 11:10:00 2011 CST Hospitals market pricey ER services, and Medicaid patients take them up on the offer: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/hospitals-market-pricey-er-services-and-medicaid-patients/1314111720.column Tue Aug 23 11:02:00 2011 CST Houston ISD officials' defense of contracts for friends 'idiotic,' 'questionable': Critics http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-independent-school-district-officials-defense-of-hisd-contracts-for-friends/1314104939.story Tue Aug 23 08:14:00 2011 CST AP examines Gov. Rick Perry’s views on health care, and Medicare predicts $28 billion in savings from expansion of competitive bidding: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/ap-examines-gov-rick-perrys-views-on-health-care-and/1314027275.column Mon Aug 22 11:00:00 2011 CST Contract questions 'didn't sit too well' with Paula Harris' challenger for Houston ISD school board http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/contract-questions-dont-well-with-paula-harris-hisd-houston-school-trustee-seat-challenger/1313978423.column Mon Aug 22 10:02:00 2011 CST Baytown woman struggles getting home rebuilt post-Ike; see Texas Watchdog story on state housing chief’s resignation http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/baytown-woman-struggles-getting-home-rebuilt-post-hurricane-ike/1313775236.column Fri Aug 19 14:53:00 2011 CST Houston Community College trustee sues for libel over censure; see the lawsuit here at Texas Watchdog http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-community-college-trustee-sues-for-libel-see-lawsuit/1313766756.column Fri Aug 19 12:02:00 2011 CST The President wants Medicare, Social Security to cut their budgets, and bosses are passing costs on to you: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/the-president-wants-medicare-social-security-to-cut-their-budgets/1313769560.column Fri Aug 19 11:59:00 2011 CST Corpus Christi school trustees’ trip highlights ethics loophole allowing wining and dining from vendors http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/corpus-christi-school-trustees-trip-highlights-ethics-loophole/1313767562.column Fri Aug 19 10:35:00 2011 CST Another sad chapter in the history of the hospital -- Parkland Memorial -- where JFK was rushed after he was shot in Dallas http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/another-chapter-in-parkland-hospital-where-jfk-was-treated/1313705131.column Thu Aug 18 17:31:00 2011 CST Houston Chronicle examines health care under Gov. Rick Perry, and study finds patients rarely win medical malpractice cases: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-chronicle-examines-health-care-under-gov-rick-perry/1313679836.column Thu Aug 18 12:00:00 2011 CST Lawsuit accuses Houston schools trustee Larry Marshall of taking kickbacks from company that won HISD contract: Chron http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/lawsuit-accuses-houston-schools-trustee-larry-marshall-of-getting-kickbaks-hisd-contractor/1313674604.column Thu Aug 18 08:46:00 2011 CST Texas state housing chief resigns; agency failed to use Hurricane Ike rebuilding funds, oversaw faulty stimulus program to fix up low-income homes http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/gov-rick-perry-accepts-texas-state-housing-chief-resignation-agency-Hurricane-Ike-stimulus/1313628234.story Thu Aug 18 08:18:00 2011 CST Challenger files to run against Houston ISD trustees president Paula Harris http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/challenger-files-to-run-against-houston-isd-trustees-hisd-president-paula-harris/1313597257.column Wed Aug 17 14:08:00 2011 CST Health care act provided no funding for federal health insurance exchange: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/health-care-act-provided-no-funding-for-federal-health/1313591845.column Wed Aug 17 09:37:00 2011 CST On the trail of campaign financial disclosures for Houston Community College trustee candidates http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/campaign-financial-disclosures-for-houston-community-college/1313522096.column Tue Aug 16 15:13:00 2011 CST Houston Metro CEO George Greanias in a class all his own when it comes to surfing porn and escort sites http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-metro-ceo-george-greanias-in-a-class-all-his-own-with-porn-escort-service-sites/1313522412.column Tue Aug 16 14:33:00 2011 CST Study finds drugs cost less under Medicaid than Medicare: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/study-finds-drugs-cost-less-under-medicaid-than-medicare/1313505589.column Tue Aug 16 09:39:00 2011 CST GOP support for Gov. Rick Perry surges -- as does scrutiny http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/gop-support-for-gov-rick-perry-surges-as-does/1313441029.column Mon Aug 15 15:43:00 2011 CST Public utility used ratepayers’ money for donation to Texas GOP: News 4 WOAI in San Antonio http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/public-utility-uses-ratepayers-money-for-donation-to-texas/1313424060.column Mon Aug 15 12:01:00 2011 CST Gov. Rick Perry likens Medicare to ‘Ponzi scheme,’ and more analysis of 11th Circuit opinion on health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/gov-rick-perry-likens-medicare-to-ponzi-scheme-and-more/1313418120.column Mon Aug 15 10:22:00 2011 CST Survey finds growing dissatisfaction with direction of HISD http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/survey-finds-growing-dissatisfaction-with-direction-of/1313182440.column Fri Aug 12 16:54:00 2011 CST Appeals court sides with Texas, 25 other states, says mandatory insurance requirement in Obamacare is unconstitutional http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/appeals-court-sides-with-texas-25-other-states-says/1313173393.column Fri Aug 12 13:23:00 2011 CST HISD trustees vote to return $18.5 million surplus to schools http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/hisd-trustees-vote-to-return-185-million-surplus-to/1313163180.column Fri Aug 12 11:33:00 2011 CST Special interests with stake in deficit reduction committee’s work gave $3 million to its members: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/special-interests-with-stake-in-deficit-reduction/1313157600.column Fri Aug 12 10:00:00 2011 CST Houston school trustees OK HISD principal training program with St. Thomas University http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-school-trustees-ok-hisd-principal-training-program/1313120650.column Thu Aug 11 22:44:00 2011 CST Houston City Council members Wanda Adams, Jolanda Jones avoided furloughs: Chron http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-city-council-members-wanda-adams-jolanda-jones/1313087568.column Thu Aug 11 13:39:00 2011 CST Deficit reduction panel takes shape, and states cut payment rates for children’s health care: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/deficit-reduction-panel-takes-shape-and-states-cut-payment/1313072278.column Thu Aug 11 09:21:00 2011 CST Despite boom in health savings accounts, political opposition keeps HSAs off the table for state workers: Texas Health Care Report http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/despite-boom-in-health-savings-accounts-political-opposition-texas-health-care-report/1312999480.column Thu Aug 11 08:50:00 2011 CST North Forest ISD going kaput despite $1 million plus repair effort -- but that's one rockin' fish tank in the central office http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/north-forest-isd-going-kaput-despite-1m-repair-effort-nisd/1312998692.column Wed Aug 10 16:34:00 2011 CST Kansas gives back $31.5 million federal grant for health care exchange technology: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/kansas-gives-back-315-million-federal-grant-for-health-care/1312990524.column Wed Aug 10 10:40:00 2011 CST Residents in Amarillo, Laredo, McAllen among lowest health care spenders: Thomson Reuters study http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/residents-in-amarillo-laredo-mcallen-among-lowest-health-care-spending/1312987765.column Wed Aug 10 09:58:00 2011 CST Despite boom in health savings accounts, political opposition keeps HSAs off the table for state workers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/despite-private-sector-boom-in-health-savings-accounts-hca-state-workers/1312844745.story Wed Aug 10 08:33:00 2011 CST Houston schools may benefit from millions in surplus; HISD trustees to decide Thursday whether to give surplus back to the schools http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-schools-seeing-surplus-will-hisd-trustees-voting-on-money-going-back-to-schools/1312921258.column Tue Aug 9 16:12:00 2011 CST Obama sees ‘modest adjustments’ to Medicare, and lawmakers’ group questions long-term insurance program: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/obama-sees-modest-adjustments-to-medicare-and-lawmakers/1312900504.column Tue Aug 9 09:44:00 2011 CST Houston school board Trustee Greg Meyers: No conflict in HISD contract with university; will abstain from vote http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-school-board-trustee-greg-meyers-no-conflict-in-st-thomas-university-deal/1312848850.column Mon Aug 8 19:23:00 2011 CST Outside audits will review bidding, awarding contracts at HISD: Houston Schools Superintendent Terry Grier http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/outside-auditor-to-review-houston-schools-bidding-awarding-contracts-at-hisd/1312840781.column Mon Aug 8 17:07:00 2011 CST Prominent Houston schools parent group calls for an external investigation into HISD's contracting, bidding and ethics policies http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-schools-parent-group-calls-for-investigation-into-hisd-ethics-bidding/1312818717.column Mon Aug 8 11:02:00 2011 CST Drug shortages complicate care, and Medicare spending on hospice care up 70% over 4 years: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/drug-shortages-complicate-care-and-medicare-spending/1312812593.column Mon Aug 8 09:19:00 2011 CST Former Houston ISD procurement chief says he's '99.9 percent sure' Paula Harris contacted him about friend's firm http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/former-houston-isd-procurement-chief-says-hes-999-percent-hisd-president-paula-harris/1312584626.column Fri Aug 5 18:14:00 2011 CST Austin City Council punts - for now - on question of grocery bags http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/austin-city-council-punts-on-question-of-grocery-plastic-bags/1312557483.column Fri Aug 5 10:18:00 2011 CST Obama administration touts $460 million in prescription drug savings for seniors because of health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/obama-administration-touts-460-million-in-prescription-drug/1312554710.column Fri Aug 5 09:33:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustees president Paula Harris says she never discussed pal's firm with procurement chief http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-isd-trustees-president-paula-harris-says-she-never-talked-to-procurement/1312485163.column Thu Aug 4 14:40:00 2011 CST The debt ceiling deal, its implications for Medicare and the health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/the-debt-ceiling-deal-its-implications-for-medicare-and-the-health-care-act/1312469308.column Thu Aug 4 10:07:00 2011 CST Paper or plastic? That could soon cost you in the city of Austin. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/paper-or-plastic-that-could-soon-cost-you-in-the-city-of-austin/1312467390.column Thu Aug 4 10:00:00 2011 CST HISD procurement chief discussed trustees president Paula Harris' pal's firm in business: E-mail http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/houston-isd-trustees-president-paula-harris-talked-about-firm-with-hisd-procurement/1312404220.story Thu Aug 4 09:55:00 2011 CST Medicare, Medicaid costs to hit $1 trillion for first time, government economists say: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/medicare-medicaid-costs-to-hit-1-trillion-for-first-time/1312379833.column Wed Aug 3 09:01:00 2011 CST Houston schools trustee Larry Marshall set stage for doc's $600,000 no-bid contract with HISD http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/did-houston-schools-trustee-larry-marshall-play-role-in-no-bid-hisd-contract/1312322303.story Tue Aug 2 16:58:00 2011 CST Project Quest nonprofit runs up $700K in debts; city of San Antonio granted $2 million to workforce group this year http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/project-quest-nonprofit-runs-up-700k-in-debts-city-of-san-antonio-texas/1312320979.column Tue Aug 2 16:46:00 2011 CST More on debt ceiling deal’s implications for Medicaid and Medicare, and health care act requires coverage for preventive care for women http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/more-on-debt-ceiling-deals-implications-for-medicaid/1312294048.column Tue Aug 2 09:21:00 2011 CST Medicare and the debt ceiling deal, and Florida’s refusal of money tied to Affordable Care Act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/08/medicare-and-the-debt-ceiling-deal-and-floridas-refusal/1312211585.column Mon Aug 1 10:17:00 2011 CST Improper Medicare payments totaled $48 billion last year (a problem the GAO was calling “challenging” 15 years ago): Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/improper-medicare-payments-totaled-48-billion-last-year-a/1311947940.column Fri Jul 29 09:59:00 2011 CST Aid group to pay more in city of Houston drainage fees than Chase Tower http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/aid-group-to-pay-more-in-city-of-houston-drainage-fees-rain-tax/1311945480.column Fri Jul 29 09:18:00 2011 CST Marshall City Commissioners changing rules on their own travel, follows Marshall News Messenger investigation into spending http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/marshall-city-commissioners-changing-rules-on-their-own/1311884522.column Thu Jul 28 15:44:00 2011 CST Federal actuaries project half of nation’s health care to be paid for by tax dollars in 2020: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/federal-actuaries-project-half-of-nations-health-care-to-be-paid-for-in-taxes/1311863469.column Thu Jul 28 11:04:00 2011 CST Feeling soaked by the Houston drainage fee? Look at the city's database and the Texas Watchdog/ABC 13 investigation http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/city-of-houston-drainage-fee-rain-tax-proposition-1/1311777275.story Wed Jul 27 22:19:00 2011 CST Health care experts see little momentum to fix Medicare and Medicaid, and federal research grants politicized: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/health-care-experts-see-little-momentum-to-fix-medicare-and-medicaid/1311778562.column Wed Jul 27 10:00:00 2011 CST Interactive map of 200+ Texas post offices being considered for closure http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/interactive-map-of-200-texas-post-offices-being-considered/1311709383.column Tue Jul 26 15:02:00 2011 CST UT Brownsville reins in employee talk about separation with Texas Southmost College http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/ut-brownsville-reins-in-employee-talk-about-separation-with/1311707810.column Tue Jul 26 14:59:00 2011 CST Health care law called for diabetes prevention program, but didn’t fund it: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/health-care-law-called-for-diabetes-prevention-program-but/1311693992.column Tue Jul 26 10:34:00 2011 CST City of Denton pays out $200,000 to departing employees: Denton Record-Chronicle http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/city-of-denton-pays-out-200000-severance-to-departing-employees/1311620856.column Mon Jul 25 14:46:00 2011 CST Economist says cuts have been made to Medicare, not that patients would know it: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/economist-says-cuts-have-been-made-to-medicare-not-that/1311604407.column Mon Jul 25 09:41:00 2011 CST New felony charges against District Judge Suzanne Wooten, campaign manager, contributors http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/new-felony-charges-against-district-judge-suzanne-wooten/1311374400.column Fri Jul 22 18:40:00 2011 CST Express-News uncovers the bill on San Antonio officials’ trip to Israel to study clean energy http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/expressnews-uncovers-the-bill-on-san-antonio-officials-trip/1311354587.column Fri Jul 22 13:29:00 2011 CST In between another oops moment for Obamacare and debt ceiling drama, we bring you a story about health care and ... Disney World: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/in-between-another-oops-moment-for-obamacare-and-debt/1311347913.column Fri Jul 22 10:20:00 2011 CST Corporate money from American Legislative Exchange Council members lifts Texas campaigns http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/corporate-money-from-american-legislative-exchange-council/1311281958.column Thu Jul 21 16:00:00 2011 CST Galveston Housing Authority’s handling of public records requests a disappointment: Galveston Daily News http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/galveston-housing-authoritys-handling-of-public-records/1311273403.column Thu Jul 21 13:40:00 2011 CST Lawmakers debate long-term insurance program, and Florida thumbs nose at feds: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/lawmakers-debate-longterm-insurance-program-and-florida/1311254220.column Thu Jul 21 09:31:00 2011 CST Houston superintendent calls for $1 million to upgrade all-girls school where trustees president Paula Harris’ daughter is enrolled http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/houston-superintendent-calls-for-1-million-to-upgrade/1311188880.column Wed Jul 20 15:08:00 2011 CST Debt ceiling talks, reducing health care costs and California Gov. Jerry Brown's runaway Medicaid: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/debt-ceiling-talks-reducing-health-care-costs-and-california-jerry-brown-medicaid/1311171914.column Wed Jul 20 10:25:00 2011 CST Judge rules Lubbock health care audit a public record http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/judge-rules-lubbock-health-care-audit-a-public/1311097800.column Tue Jul 19 13:50:00 2011 CST Cost-control board called unworkable, and self-described Russian drug smugglers get help applying for Medicaid: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/costcontrol-board-called-unworkable-and-selfdescribed/1311083340.column Tue Jul 19 09:49:00 2011 CST Gov. Rick Perry signs health care reform bill into law; Texas fourth state to pass health care compacts bill http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/gov-rick-perry-signs-health-care-reform-compacts-bill-into-law-texas/1311030688.column Mon Jul 18 18:46:00 2011 CST Attorney seeks records of gas drilling site in Ponder, says town failed to produce them http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/attorney-seeks-records-of-gas-drilling-site-in-ponder-says/1311010500.column Mon Jul 18 13:35:00 2011 CST Debt talks, health care waivers and Medigap policies for seniors: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/debt-talks-health-care-waivers-and-medigap-policies-for/1310999340.column Mon Jul 18 10:29:00 2011 CST No more mail-order brides from Russia: Houston ISD says it will fire manager accused of pranks http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/russia/1310747078.column Fri Jul 15 12:24:00 2011 CST Veteran journalist Mike Cronin joins the Texas Watchdog news team http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/veteran-journalist-mike-cronin-joins-the-texas-watchdog-news-team/1310747031.column Fri Jul 15 12:04:00 2011 CST More Formula One information sought from state Comptroller Susan Combs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/more-formula-one-information-sought-from-state-comptroller/1310668432.column Thu Jul 14 14:33:00 2011 CST You've got mail: Port Authority sends its love to Wayne Dolcefino in today's featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/youve-got-mail-port-authority-sends-its-love-to-wayne/1310666514.column Thu Jul 14 14:01:00 2011 CST Friend of Rep. Borris Miles runs Costa Rican 'medical tourism' firm; HISD approves $600K contract with doc linked to same firm http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/hisd-friend-of-houston-rep-borris-miles-runs-costa-rican-medical-tourism/1310524597.story Wed Jul 13 07:55:00 2011 CST Charities, nonprofits court federal officials; former Rep. Chet Edward 11th on list of honorees http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/charities-nonprofits-court-federal-officials-former-rep-chet-edwards/1310491149.column Tue Jul 12 12:19:00 2011 CST Houston ISD's Teach for America teachers stronger in some test areas, weaker in reading, than counterparts: Study http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/houston-isd-teach-for-america-teachers-stronger-in-some-hisd-test-results/1310405158.column Mon Jul 11 15:50:00 2011 CST Tarrant Appraisal District regularly violates state’s open meetings law: Star-Telegram http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/tarrant-appraisal-district-regularly-violates-states-open-meetings/1310412236.column Mon Jul 11 14:36:00 2011 CST Experts go head-to-head on university tenure: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/experts-go-headtohead-on-university-tenure-featured/1310399999.column Mon Jul 11 11:14:00 2011 CST State investigating alleged misspending of $186,000 in taxpayer money by Community Council of Reeves County http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/state-investigating-alleged-misspending-of-186000-in/1310156100.column Fri Jul 8 16:15:00 2011 CST From Russia, with love? HISD procurement chief tries to find Russian bride online for subordinate http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/from-russia-with-love-hisd-procurement-chief/1310095555.column Fri Jul 8 08:32:00 2011 CST Galveston Housing Authority thwarts transparency with rule for formal public information requests: Galveston Daily News http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/galveston-housing-authority-thwarts-transparency-with-rule/1309985707.column Wed Jul 6 16:58:00 2011 CST Learn to use open government laws to probe school systems: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/learn-to-use-open-government-laws-to-probe-school-systems/1309971622.column Wed Jul 6 13:07:00 2011 CST Fewer Texas workers enrolling in employer-sponsored health plans, and states slow to set up health care exchanges: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/fewer-texas-workers-enrolling-in-employer-sponsored-health-care/1309964399.column Wed Jul 6 10:08:00 2011 CST Texas to federal government: Back off our health care programs http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/texas-to-federal-government-back-off-our-health-care/1309563328.story Wed Jul 6 08:02:00 2011 CST Rep. Craig Eiland fined $2,000 by state Ethics Commission http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/rep-craig-eiland-fined-2000-by-texas-state-ethics-commission/1309905786.column Tue Jul 5 17:43:00 2011 CST Health care providers try to make Medicare more efficient, and high-risk insurance plans get boost from feds: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/health-care-providers-try-to-make-medicare-more-efficient/1309876769.column Tue Jul 5 09:47:00 2011 CST Corpus Christi officials knew about fake windstorm certificates in 2009, failed to notify homeowners, memo shows: KZTV-TV http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/corpus-christi-officials-knew-about-fake-windstorm/1309548249.column Fri Jul 1 14:27:00 2011 CST Analysis of Appeals Court decision on Obamacare, and food protection PSA stars pig in a sauna: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/07/analysis-of-appeals-court-decision-on-obamacare-and-food/1309531906.column Fri Jul 1 09:55:00 2011 CST Travis County attorneys say Lower Colorado River Authority violated public information act http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/travis-county-attorneys-say-lower-colorado-river-authority/1309457554.column Thu Jun 30 14:57:00 2011 CST Lawmakers close travel records for gov’s security detail for 18 months post-travel http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/lawmakers-close-travel-records-for-texas-governor-rick-perry-security-detail-for/1309380491.column Thu Jun 30 14:56:00 2011 CST Houston police hang on to burglary victims' stolen stuff: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-police-hangs-on-to-burglary-victims-stolen-stuff/1309453165.column Thu Jun 30 13:52:00 2011 CST Oops. AP finds ‘fuzzy math’ in health care act -- found to be constitutional by first Appeals Court to consider it: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/oops-ap-finds-fuzzy-math-in-health-care-act--found-to-be/1309445569.column Thu Jun 30 10:30:00 2011 CST Port of Houston official's son works for company that got port security contract: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/port-of-houston-officials-son-works-for-company/1309366514.column Wed Jun 29 14:10:00 2011 CST Option to nursing home care on chopping block in Texas, and Kaiser explains high-risk insurance pools: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/option-to-nursing-home-care-on-chopping-block-in-texas/1309362970.column Wed Jun 29 14:07:00 2011 CST Audit of city of Lubbock’s insurance provider out of public view for now http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/audit-of-city-of-lubbocks-insurance-provider-out-of-public-view/1309297292.column Wed Jun 29 07:53:00 2011 CST Windstorm reform bill sent to governor, but not without complaints from all sides; TWIA bill aims to contain costs, stem tide of policyholder lawsuits http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/twia-windstorm-reform-bill-sent-to-governor-but-not-without/1309312148.column Tue Jun 28 20:49:00 2011 CST Texas leading way on compacts, Medicaid reform movement: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-leading-way-on-health-care-compacts-medicaid-reform-movement/1309273269.column Tue Jun 28 10:48:00 2011 CST TrentTV Webinar on open government focuses on municipal bonds today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/trenttv-webinar-on-open-government-focuses-on-municipal-bonds/1309268118.column Tue Jun 28 10:10:00 2011 CST Wife of Houston ISD trustees president Paula Harris' campaign manager does $75K in no-bid consulting for HISD http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/wife-of-houston-isd-trustees-president-paula-harris-campaign-manager-hisd-no-bid-contracts/1309310393.story Tue Jun 28 08:55:00 2011 CST Compromise TWIA bill aims to eliminate as much litigation as possible, sponsor says http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/compromise-twia-bill-aims-to-cut-back-on-litigation/1309212937.column Mon Jun 27 17:25:00 2011 CST Legislature sends broad health care reform bill to governor, Texas third state to approve health care compacts provision http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-legislature-sends-broad-health-care-reform-bill-to-governor-health-care-compacts-included/1309212317.story Mon Jun 27 17:05:00 2011 CST Paula Harris defends friendships with HISD contractors; Larry Marshall says he'll go on more Latin American trips: Featured videos http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/paula-harris-defends-friendships-with-hisd-contractors/1309191442.column Mon Jun 27 15:40:00 2011 CST Teachers’ pension fund suit wrongheaded, not in public interest: Star-Telegram editorial http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-teachers-pension-fund-suit-wrongheaded-not-in-public/1309195262.column Mon Jun 27 13:06:00 2011 CST Texas Medical Association critiques health law, and costs balloon for patients on Medicare and Medicaid: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-medical-association-critiques-health-law-and-costs/1309185922.column Mon Jun 27 09:52:00 2011 CST Former state Rep. Terri Hodge finishes prison sentence for tax fraud http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/former-state-rep-terri-hodge-finishes-prison-sentence-for/1308950050.column Fri Jun 24 16:19:00 2011 CST Health care compacts nears passage, expected to be considered in Senate Monday http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-health-care-compacts-nears-passage-expected/1308946409.column Fri Jun 24 15:34:00 2011 CST Robstown ISD misspent $1.2 million on trip to theme park and other questionable expenses, must return a mere $74,000 http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/robstown-isd-misspent-12-million-on-trip-to-theme-park-risd-federal-funds/1308935154.column Fri Jun 24 12:23:00 2011 CST Health bill back in Texas House, and some provisions of health care act not funded yet: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/health-bill-back-in-texas-house-and-some-provisions-of-health-reform/1308926839.column Fri Jun 24 10:03:00 2011 CST Houston teachers' union rep went on all-expenses-paid Costa Rica trip with trustee Larry Marshall, Rep. Borris Miles http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-teachers-union-rep-went-on-allexpensespaid-costa-rica-trip/1308852848.column Fri Jun 24 08:03:00 2011 CST Teacher Retirement System of Texas files suit to keep top 10 pension amounts secret http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/teacher-retirement-system-of-texas-files-suit-to-keep-top/1308850985.column Thu Jun 23 13:43:00 2011 CST House Republicans warn of health rationing, and USA Today compares Obama and Romney health plans: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/house-republicans-warn-of-health-rationing-and-usa-today/1308840313.column Thu Jun 23 10:05:00 2011 CST Austin tries major shakeup at two middle schools headed for 'unacceptable' rating: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/austin-tries-major-shakeup-at-two-middle-schools-headed/1308838237.column Thu Jun 23 10:03:00 2011 CST Houston ISD tech vendors spent 'significant funds' to entertain trustees Larry Marshall, Manuel Rodriguez, court filing alleges http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-isd-tech-vendors-spent-significant-funds-to-entertain-hisd-trustees/1308836002.story Thu Jun 23 09:08:00 2011 CST Pressure builds from Gov. Rick Perry to pass TWIA reform, Senate sends Texas windstorm bill to conference committee http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/pressure-builds-from-rick-perry-to-pass-twia-reform-senate-sends/1308787933.column Wed Jun 22 19:13:00 2011 CST Texas Rangers scrutinize state agreement with North Texas Council of Governments http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-rangers-scrutinize-state-agreement-with-north-texas/1308774919.column Wed Jun 22 16:35:00 2011 CST El Paso city rep takes city-funded trip in last days of term http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/el-paso-city-rep-takes-cityfunded-trip-in-last-days-of/1308765141.column Wed Jun 22 13:04:00 2011 CST State Rep. Borris Miles: I've offered free Costa Rica trips to school trustees across Texas, and there's nothing wrong with it http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-state-rep-borris-offered-free-costa-rica-trips-to-school-trustees-across-Texas/1308750636.column Wed Jun 22 09:42:00 2011 CST Health care act gives middle class access to Medicaid, and abortion amendments hold up Texas health care bill: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/health-care-act-gives-middle-class-access-to-medicaid/1308752351.column Wed Jun 22 09:36:00 2011 CST E-mail documents show public in the dark while developers shaped massive El Paso-area TxDOT road project http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/txdot-road-project-el-paso-highway-development/1308689437.column Tue Jun 21 15:57:00 2011 CST Transparency talk in Colleyville, Texas closed to public http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/transparency-talk-in-colleyville-texas-closed-to/1308676842.column Tue Jun 21 13:55:00 2011 CST City inspector general probing petition controversy involving Houston Councilman Al Hoang: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/inspector-general-probing-petition-controversy-Houston-Councilman-Al-Hoang/1308677281.column Tue Jun 21 13:26:00 2011 CST The politics of health care studies - like this one on Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care plan: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/the-politics-of-health-care-studies--like-this-one-on-mitt-romney/1308666546.column Tue Jun 21 09:30:00 2011 CST Government’s poor record of data breaches highlighted http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/governments-poor-record-of-data-breaches/1308595296.column Mon Jun 20 14:08:00 2011 CST Windstorm reform bill stalls in Senate committee; TWIA bill product of too many competing interests, Sen. John Carona says http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-windstorm-reform-bill-stalls-in-senate-committee-twia-bill/1308589400.column Mon Jun 20 12:04:00 2011 CST Obama administration to stop doling out health care waivers, and Medicare adopting new screening for fraud: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/obama-administration-to-stop-doling-out-health-care-waivers/1308580740.column Mon Jun 20 09:40:00 2011 CST 'Blatant racism,' Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall says of Texas Watchdog, Houston Chronicle ethics coverage http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/blatant-racism-houston-isd-trustee-larry-marshall-says-of-hisd-ethics-stories-by-texas-watchdog-and-chronicle/1308345690.column Fri Jun 17 17:35:00 2011 CST San Antonio city inspector accused of soliciting bribes http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/san-antonio-city-inspector-accused-of-soliciting-bribes/1308343853.column Fri Jun 17 15:51:00 2011 CST Inmate health care, GOP presidential candidates, and public workers’ benefits: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/inmate-health-care-gop-presidential-candidates-and-public/1308328260.column Fri Jun 17 12:31:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall held fundraiser on Rep. Borris Miles-arranged Costa Rica trip; see photo and source documents http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-isd-trustee-larry-marshall-held-fundraiser-on-rep-borris-miles-costa-rica-trip/1308320949.column Fri Jun 17 10:50:00 2011 CST Will the Texas legislature abolish TWIA? Rep. John Smithee, who wants to reform the windstorm insurance agency, says no, but the TWIA kill bill will spark debate. http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/will-the-texas-legislature-abolish-twia-rep-john-smithee/1308315841.column Fri Jun 17 08:09:00 2011 CST Houston Mayor Annise Parker lowers drainage fee http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-mayor-annise-parker-lowers-drainage-fee/1308310771.column Fri Jun 17 07:55:00 2011 CST HISD vendor state Rep. Borris Miles offered trustees all-expenses-paid Costa Rican trip, email shows http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/costa/hisd-rep-borris-miles-vendor-houston-independent-school-district-trustees-costa-rica-offer.story Thu Jun 16 18:27:00 2011 CST Spring man - founder of "Alpha One" investment scheme - convicted of securities fraud http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/foreign-currency-investor-and-former-texas-am-professor/1308259551.column Thu Jun 16 16:25:00 2011 CST Fun, games and nepotism with the Travis Central Appraisal District: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/fun-games-and-nepotism-with-the-travis-central-appraisal/1308242817.column Thu Jun 16 16:15:00 2011 CST The health care compacts bill gains traction in Texas and Sen. Orrin Hatch on Medicaid: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/the-health-care-compacts-bill-gains-traction-in-texas-and-orrin-hatch-medicaid/1308254460.column Thu Jun 16 15:01:00 2011 CST Houston ISD leaders won't criticize trustees president Paula Harris for voting on contracts that included work for close friend's firm http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-isd-leaders-wont-criticize-hisd-trustees-president-paula-harris/1308150583.column Thu Jun 16 09:30:00 2011 CST West Texas sheriff convicted of retaliation against whistleblowers http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/west-texas-sheriff-convicted-of-retaliation-against/1308170460.column Wed Jun 15 16:41:00 2011 CST Health care compacts bill passes Texas House, Kolkhorst considers Senate strategy http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/health-care-compacts-bill-passes-texas-house-kolkhorst/1308169560.column Wed Jun 15 16:26:00 2011 CST States’ attorneys opine on Obamacare challenge, and more consumers using health savings accounts: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/states-attorneys-opine-on-obamacare-challenge-and-more/1308151090.column Wed Jun 15 10:51:00 2011 CST As TWIA reform bill is considered by lawmakers, check out Texas Watchdog's deep archive of stories on the windstorm insurance association http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/as-twia-reform-bill-considered-by-lawmakers-check-out-texas-watchdogs-reports/1308087966.column Wed Jun 15 09:11:00 2011 CST Senators weigh Texas windstorm reform bill, limits on policyholders’ ability to sue TWIA http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/senators-weigh-texas-windstorm-reform-bill-limits-twia/1308087234.column Tue Jun 14 16:36:00 2011 CST Southern Methodist University administrators stymie student newspaper criticism http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/southern-methodist-university-administrators-smu-student-newspaper-/1308077061.column Tue Jun 14 15:06:00 2011 CST Houston Councilwoman Jolanda Jones defends role in flyer flap: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-councilwoman-jolanda-jones-defends-role-in-flyer/1308065387.column Tue Jun 14 11:02:00 2011 CST Federal health officials look for burdensome regulations, but not in health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/federal-health-officials-look-for-burdensome-regulations/1308060981.column Tue Jun 14 09:23:00 2011 CST Texas efforts highlighted in NY article on online financial transparency http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-financial-transparency-efforts-highlighted-in-ny-article/1307989417.column Mon Jun 13 13:46:00 2011 CST Two 'unpaid' Port of Houston commissioners on port's health insurance plan: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/two-unpaid-port-of-houston-commissioners-on-ports-health-insurance/1307974106.column Mon Jun 13 09:37:00 2011 CST New Jersey gov proposes Medicaid cuts, and Brits shun ‘American-style’ healthcare: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/new-jersey-gov-proposes-medicaid-cuts-and-brits-shun-american-style-health-care/1307972829.column Mon Jun 13 08:49:00 2011 CST Bill requires state to collect more data on for-profit schools http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/bill-would-require-state-to-collect-more-data-on-forprofit/1307730840.column Fri Jun 10 14:34:00 2011 CST Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Jane Nelson back compacts bill as part of state health care reform package http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/lt-gov-david-dewhurst-sen-jane-nelson-back-compacts-bill-as/1307725140.column Fri Jun 10 12:59:00 2011 CST Texas Watchdog probes Houston ISD's business ties to friend of trustees' president http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-watchdog-probes-hisd-houston-isds-business-ties-to-friend/1307592518.column Fri Jun 10 10:25:00 2011 CST State of Texas makes plans for insurance exchange, and programs in health care act lacking funding: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/state-of-texas-makes-plans-for-insurance-exchange-and/1307716311.column Fri Jun 10 09:55:00 2011 CST Inspector general finds Houston City Council member Jolanda Jones violated ethics rules; Jones out of town and not commenting, her staff says http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/inspector-general-finds-houston-city-council-member-jolanda/1307644614.column Thu Jun 9 14:24:00 2011 CST State auditor questions $420K in contracts that lacked required bidding; read the auditor’s report here http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/state-auditor-questions-420k-in-contracts-that-lacked-bidding/1307633608.column Thu Jun 9 10:33:00 2011 CST Health care reform bill passes Texas House, and appeals court reviews health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/health-care-reform-bill-passes-texas-house-and-appeals/1307628840.column Thu Jun 9 10:14:00 2011 CST Houston ISD trustees president Paula Harris voted on millions of dollars in contracts involving close friend's firms http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-school-hisd-trustees-president-paula-harris-voted-on-millions-of-dollars-in-contracts-for-friends-firm/1307584698.story Thu Jun 9 06:07:00 2011 CST Texas Rep. Lois Kolkhorst plans strategy to advance health care compacts bill http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-rep-lois-kolkhorst-plans-strategy-to-advance-health/1307570136.column Wed Jun 8 17:00:00 2011 CST See the profile of Texas’ health chief Tom Suehs at Texas Health Care Report http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-health-care-report-profile-of-texas-health-chief-tom-suehs/1307569371.column Wed Jun 8 16:48:00 2011 CST City of Dallas pays $2.5 million to settle lawsuit over ambulance claims, and prisoners’ health care bill advances in Texas House: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/city-of-dallas-pays-25-million-to-settle-lawsuit-over/1307545396.column Wed Jun 8 12:12:00 2011 CST Houston Mayor Annise Parker: City should bring drainage fees down to average of $5 a month, actual bills higher than expected http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-mayor-annise-parker-city-should-bring-drainage-fees/1307549556.column Wed Jun 8 12:06:00 2011 CST Windstorm reform bill back before Texas House http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/twia-windstorm-reform-bill-back-before-texas/1307545029.column Wed Jun 8 09:59:00 2011 CST The man who would remake Medicaid in Texas: Health chief Thomas Suehs has a reform plan, wants state waiver from Obamacare to implement it http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/the-man-who-would-remake-medicaid-in-texas-health-chief-tom-suehs/1307541108.story Wed Jun 8 09:01:00 2011 CST North Texas Tollway Authority head under fire http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/north-texas-tollway-authority-head-under-fire/1307476740.column Tue Jun 7 15:59:00 2011 CST Rep. Jessica Farrar fined $2,500 for campaign finance reporting violations http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/rep-jessica-farrar-fined-2500-for-campaign-finance/1307462700.column Tue Jun 7 12:05:00 2011 CST Pressure builds in the Texas health care compact debate, and states cut back on Medicaid programs: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/pressure-builds-in-the-texas-health-care-compact-debate-and/1307458367.column Tue Jun 7 09:58:00 2011 CST Dallas schools chief bound for Georgia, plans to supplement new salary with $200,000 Texas pension http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/dallas-schools-chief-bound-for-georgia-plans-to-supplement/1307380429.column Mon Jun 6 12:28:00 2011 CST States slow to implement health care act, seek charitable donations to implement reform: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/states-slow-to-implement-health-care-act-seek-charitable/1307371681.column Mon Jun 6 09:48:00 2011 CST State system for reporting fired cops too lax, former HPD chief says; lawmakers pledge review http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/state-system-for-reporting-fired-cops-too-lax-former-hpd/1307136187.story Mon Jun 6 09:11:00 2011 CST Citizen’s work with transit data boosts transparency in Tyler http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/citizens-work-with-transit-data-boosts-transparency-in-tyler-texas/1307138914.column Fri Jun 3 17:39:00 2011 CST Dallas ISD trustee Carla Ranger says board's closed-door discussion of superintendent candidates violated Open Meetings Act http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/dallas-isd-trustee-carla-ranger-says-boards-closeddoor/1307122570.column Fri Jun 3 12:46:00 2011 CST Misspending in $1.27 million grant for migrant children in Robstown ISD: State audit http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/robstown-isd-misspending-in-127-million-grant-for-migrant-children/1307117611.column Fri Jun 3 11:24:00 2011 CST State-driven health care reform proposals debated, and doctors complain about red tape in health care act: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/state-driven-health-care-reform-proposals-debated-and/1307113988.column Fri Jun 3 10:18:00 2011 CST Houston police officers pose with Patti LaBelle after her entourage assaults West Pointer: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/houston-police-officers-pose-with-patti-labelle-after-her/1307112488.column Fri Jun 3 10:14:00 2011 CST Medicare payment formulas deeply flawed, and cost-saving pilot program in health care act fails to save much money: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/medicare-payment-formulas-deeply-flawed-and-costsaving/1307028233.column Thu Jun 2 10:23:00 2011 CST Galveston releases list of candidates to be top cop (way more info than public gets from TWIA, school districts) http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/galveston-releases-list-of-candidates-to-be-top-cop-way/1306965909.column Wed Jun 1 17:06:00 2011 CST HOA threatens to sue survivor of Possum Kingdom wildfire: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/hoa-threatens-to-sue-survivor-of-possum-kingdom-wildfire/1306946384.column Wed Jun 1 11:59:00 2011 CST Conviction in Houston Medicare fraud case, and Obama administration cuts insurance costs for people with pre-existing conditions: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/conviction-in-houston-medicare-fraud-case-and-obama/1306938818.column Wed Jun 1 09:45:00 2011 CST Texas health care reform bills resuscitated in special session http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/06/texas-health-care-reform-bills-resuscitated-in-special-session-legislature/1306934424.column Wed Jun 1 08:36:00 2011 CST After stalemate on windstorm insurer reform, Austin buzz on special legislative session to take up TWIA bill http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/05/after-stalemate-on-windstorm-insurer-reform-austin-buzz-on-twia-special-session/1306861707.column Tue May 31 13:55:00 2011 CST The influence of 'outside groups' on the 82nd Legislature: Featured video http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/05/the-influence-of-outside-groups-on-the-82nd-legislature/1306860704.column Tue May 31 12:33:00 2011 CST The prospects for Texas health care reform plan, and the politics of delaying on Medicare: Health care news today http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/05/the-prospects-for-texas-health-care-reform-plan-and-the/1306859710.column Tue May 31 11:39:00 2011 CST More http://www.texaswatchdog.org/rss/archive?limit=1000