Texans’ McNair Leads NFL Owners in Political Contributions

By Nicole Cobler | Sept. 29, 2016 One million dollars is just half what the average NFL player makes in a year, but it's a hefty political donation nonetheless. So far only one NFL team owner has anted up that much during the 2016 campaign cycle according to a report by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics … Continue reading Texans’ McNair Leads NFL Owners in Political Contributions

Reveal: Bordering on Insecurity

July 9, 2016 LISTEN: Former Border Patrol agent David Cruz on the latest episode of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read my earlier reporting on Cruz and the family ties among corruption cases here. From Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting: One border official did it for sex. Another blamed depression and financial trouble. Yet … Continue reading Reveal: Bordering on Insecurity

Border Corruption Often Has Family Roots

July 8, 2016 The Texas Tribune David Cruz was not from the border. He arrived in 2002, a brand spanking new U.S. Border Patrol agent sent to Laredo. The Navy veteran who'd done a stint with an Ohio sheriff's department felt he'd joined one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies. "I wanted to be … Continue reading Border Corruption Often Has Family Roots

Agent, Smuggler Joined Together for Love and Money

July 6, 2016 The Texas Tribune It started when a lemon hit Raquel Esquivel on the head. Looking around the HEB in Del Rio, she spotted two old friends from high school – Diego Esquivel and Ramon Patuel – goofing around in the produce aisle. "I said, 'Hey, y'all just hit me with a lemon,' … Continue reading Agent, Smuggler Joined Together for Love and Money

Less Than 5 Percent of Texas Prison Inmates are Undocumented

Feb. 19, 2016 Texas Tribune  About 4.6 percent of the men and women in Texas prisons are undocumented immigrants with standing requests that they be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when their sentences are served, according to data released to The Texas Tribune by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The statistics reflect detainers … Continue reading Less Than 5 Percent of Texas Prison Inmates are Undocumented

Undocumented Student’s Arrest a Cautionary Tale

The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration, reporting on the reality and rhetoric around these topics.  Almost seven years ago, Raul Zamora, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, was driving down Robert Dedman Drive when campus police pulled him over for a broken taillight. They discovered there was … Continue reading Undocumented Student’s Arrest a Cautionary Tale

New regulations taking effect for food trucks

Austin American-Statesman Food trucks in Austin and Central Texas are expecting some changes as new state and city rules come into effect. Under new city guidelines beginning Jan. 1, central preparation facilities will be required to register with the city. These facilities supply water, dispose wastewater and act as a base where food trucks can … Continue reading New regulations taking effect for food trucks

A&M refuses to share records for animals in lab testing

    San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle Associated Press AUSTIN - Backed by a legal opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas A&M University is refusing to divulge information about dozens of animals used in lab testing.   At least 40 people have requested daily care logs and health records of cats and dogs used … Continue reading A&M refuses to share records for animals in lab testing