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Texas' truancy law impacts poor the most

Texas' truancy law impacts poor the mostA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered Texas leads the nation in the number of criminal truancy cases, disproportionately impacting the poor and minorities.
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Sanctions against Texas nurses increasing

Sanctions against Texas nurses increasingA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a substantial increase in Texas nurses disciplined by the state and losing their licenses.
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  • 1 month ago
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Kyle police union president placed on leave

Kyle police union president placed on leaveSgt. Jesse Espinoza has been placed on paid leave amid an internal investigation stemming from a lawsuit against the City of Kyle and Kyle's police chief.
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  • 1 month ago
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Appraiser mistakes contributing to soaring house prices

Appraiser mistakes contributing to soaring house pricesA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered mistakes made by appraisers could be adding to Austin's soaring home prices.
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  • 1 month ago
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Lost on the line: When 911 can't find you

Lost on the line: When 911 can't find youA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered 911 call centers often can't locate people using cell phones, even though their carriers know customers' exact locations.
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  • 1 month ago
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New details in controversial police shooting from witness account

New details in controversial police shooting from witness accountOn the afternoon of July 26, 2013, Austin police detective Charles Trey Kleinert shot Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. after a brief struggle under a Central Austin bridge. The struggle began after a confrontation at a bank.
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  • 1 month ago
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Volunteers want dog-walking changes at Austin Animal Center

Volunteers want dog-walking changes at Austin Animal CenterVolunteers at the Austin Animal Center say dogs are kept in their kennels for more than a day between walks, and are calling on the city to make a change.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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Deadbeat car dealerships in Texas

Deadbeat car dealerships in TexasThe KVUE Defenders uncovered an increasing number of car dealerships losing licenses to sell after the dealerships failed to give customers everything for which they paid.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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Dangerous dams in Texas

Dangerous dams in TexasA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered an increase of Texas dams in poor condition. For one Bastrop County neighborhood, it's just a matter of time before disaster strikes.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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Texas lemon car complaints rising

Texas lemon car complaints risingA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered the number of lemon car complaints is soaring in the state, and one manufacturer leads the pack.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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Security flaw uncovered at Bastrop courthouse

Security flaw uncovered at Bastrop courthouseA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a security flaw at the Bastrop County courthouse, putting staff and the public at risk. The county has known about the issue for years, but had done little to address it.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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Apartments from Hell 2

Apartments from Hell 2A KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers Austin renters increasing living in apartments riddled with code violations, yet still receiving millions of dollars from taxpayers.
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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Central Texas' luckiest lottery spots

Central Texas' luckiest lottery spotsWe spent months shifting through Texas Lottery Commission data to find the luckiest stores in Central Texas.
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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Nursing home sexual assault claims

Nursing home sexual assault claimsRecords show few are ever substantiated by the state, raising questions into whether the investigators do enough to protect victims.
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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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KVUE Defenders help get veteran benefits

KVUE Defenders help get veteran benefitsA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered the nation's most vulnerable veterans are experiencing an increase in delays getting their benefits.
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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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TxDOT, Xerox meet with legislator over billing problems

TxDOT, Xerox meet with legislator over billing problemsAfter countless complaints from viewers, TxDOT and Xerox sat down with a state lawmaker Thursday, looking for ways to fix the troubled toll-billing system.
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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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TxDOT director responds to toll complaints

TxDOT director responds to toll complaintsThe state's top transportation chief responded to complaints on Wednesday involving problems with toll billing mistakes.
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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Bouncers cause critical injuries due to lack of training

Bouncers cause critical injuries due to lack of trainingBar bouncers are generally hired to help keep the peace, to break up fights and to eject rowdy or drunk customers.
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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Austin's Drinking Problem

Austin's Drinking ProblemPeople in Austin drink more than other city in Texas, and not just by a little bit.
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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Daycare dangers

Daycare dangersWhether by choice or necessity, the National Center for Education Statistics found 57 percent of preschool children in the U.S. receive some type of care outside their home.
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  • 2 months ago
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Defenders Special: State of Neglect

Defenders Special: State of NeglectA KVUE Defenders investigation reveals a dramatic rise in elderly abuse inside Texas nursing homes.
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  • 2 months ago
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Governor's mansion fire remains unsolved

Governor's mansion fire remains unsolvedMore than six years after someone burned the governor's mansion to the ground, the crime remains unsolved even though the arsonist was caught on camera.
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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The Cost of Troubled Minds

The Cost of Troubled MindsA seven-month KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a crisis in Texas involving the treatment of the mentally ill. Lack of resources, outdated facilities and a shortage of healthcare professionals cost state taxpayers millions of dollars and put a vulnerable...
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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Defenders Investigation: Dangerous gas pipes

Defenders Investigation: Dangerous gas pipesAn Austin father died in 2012 when his home exploded following a gas leak. Two years later, those same gas pipes remain across the country.
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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Doctor claims illegal arrest over police chief's affair with his wife

Doctor claims illegal arrest over police chief's affair with his wifeA doctor is suing the city of Kyle and police chief Jeff Barnett, claiming the chief illegally had him arrested in 2012 because he was having an affair with his wife.
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  • 3 months, 1 week ago
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Legislation filed to fix mental health worker shortage

Legislation filed to fix mental health worker shortageMental health advocates are praising new legislation filed by Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown.
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  • 3 months, 1 week ago
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Commission recommends eliminating state nursing home regulator

Commission recommends eliminating state nursing home regulatorBig changes may be coming to the state agency responsible for regulating nursing homes. A special commission recently recommended dissolving the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
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  • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Defenders: Distracted Driving

Defenders: Distracted DrivingTX DOT studies show traffic fatalities linked to some form of cell phone use increased almost 50 percent from 2006 to 2010. Two men shared their stories to make you think differently about what you do when you're behind the wheel.
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  • 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Court to implement changes following KVUE investigation

Court to implement changes following KVUE investigationTravis County Pretrial Services plans to change the way judges receive defendants' criminal histories before setting personal recognizance bonds.
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  • 4 months ago
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Dangerous chemicals stored near Texas schools

Dangerous chemicals stored near Texas schoolsA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers dangerous chemicals stored near hundreds of Central Texas schools.
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  • 4 months ago
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Data shows increase in runway incidents in Texas

Data shows increase in runway incidents in TexasNewly uncovered data from a USA Today investigation shows an 80 percent increase in runway incidents throughout the country from 2003 to 2013.
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  • 4 months ago
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City to take action on 'House from Hell'

City to take action on 'House from Hell'A KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a south Austin home riddled with code violations and city staff taking months to address the problem.
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  • 4 months ago
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Court software problems could cost taxpayers more

Court software problems could cost taxpayers moreA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a software system Travis County purchased to manage its court cases is not only on hold, but it could cost taxpayers more money than anticipated.
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  • 4 months ago
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Defenders Investigation: Pet Medicine Safety

Defenders Investigation: Pet Medicine SafetyPet owners question the safety of a popular pet medicine. The FDA and drug company want to hear from people concerned.
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  • 4 months ago
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Texas' kidney transplant problem

Texas' kidney transplant problemA new report published in a prominent medical journal confirms two years worth of investigations by the KVUE Defenders involving a disparity in kidney allocation in Central Texas.
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  • 4 months ago
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Recall Roulette: Dangerous products sold online

Recall Roulette: Dangerous products sold onlineA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers recalled baby products sold on Craigslist in Central Texas.
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  • 4 months, 1 week ago
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Despite cameras, more injured at Round Rock intersections

Despite cameras, more injured at Round Rock intersectionsDespite cameras, more injured at Round Rock intersections
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  • 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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Tax break loopholes costing county big money

Tax break loopholes costing county big money A joint KVUE Defenders – Austin Bulldog investigation uncovers more than $1 million in uncollected property taxes in Travis County due to improper homestead exemptions.
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  • 10 months ago
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Regulator under scrutiny after nursing home neglect

Regulator under scrutiny after nursing home neglectA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered an increasing number of nursing homes cited by state regulators for putting residents in danger and limited consequences for repeat offenders
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  • 10 months ago
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Rides wanted, taxis refuse to pick up

Rides wanted, taxis refuse to pick upA KVUE Defenders investigation caught Austin cab drivers breaking the law by refusing to give customers rides.
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  • 10 months ago
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Cell phone citations in school zones

Cell phone citations in school zonesDespite the laws to keep people from using cell phones in school zones, thousands of people do it every year. The KUVE Defenders uncovered the school zones where it’s happening the most.
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  • 10 months ago
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APD firings, suspensions reduced or overturned

APD firings, suspensions reduced or overturnedAustin Police Chief Art Acevedo has reinstated or reduced the suspensions of several police officers in high-profile disciplinary cases -- reversals that sometimes were the result of private negotiations between the officers and Acevedo.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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TxDOT reimburses toll road users for mistakes

TxDOT reimburses toll road users for mistakesA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered the Texas Department of Transportation wrongly billing motorists nearly $100,000 over a two year period. The charges involved billing mistakes and KVUE found there’s evidence the cost could be even greater.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Texas high schools remove helmets after investigation

Texas high schools remove helmets after investigationA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered Central Texas high schools using football helmets considered unsafe by a university study. After KVUE alerted those schools, athletic directors took immediate action to remove the equipment.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Presidents' security to cost city big money

Presidents' security to cost city big moneyThis week's Civil Rights Summit and four presidential visits created one of the biggest security initiatives for the Austin Police Department.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Broken promises for stolen bikes

Broken promises for stolen bikesA KVUE Defenders investigation that started a year ago uncovered the Austin Police Department broke a promise to a local business owner trying to help the city catch bike thieves.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Austin Energy mistake costs customers big money

Austin Energy mistake costs customers big moneyA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered Austin Energy incorrectly billed hundreds of small business owners for several months and now they're required to pay for that mistake. In many cases, their bills will also double.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Videos show behavior of Jonestown police officer

Videos show behavior of Jonestown police officerNewly obtained dash cam video shows behavior by a recently fired officer that the town’s police chief deems unacceptable.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Commissioners approve "drunk tank" discussions

Commissioners approve "drunk tank" discussionsOver the weekend, Austin police arrested 20 people for public intoxication. The KVUE Defenders have learned that officials are taking new steps that would decriminalize public intoxication.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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5K race: How much goes to charity?

5K race: How much goes to charity?Whether you do it in costume, covered in paint, or nearly nothing at all, Austin runners love a good race for a good cause.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Austin police Taser use to get more review

Austin police Taser use to get more review Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will raise the level of scrutiny officers receive after using Taser stun guns.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Texting and driving tickets triple since Austin ban

Texting and driving tickets triple since Austin banTX DOT studies show traffic fatalities linked to some form of cell phone use increased almost 50 percent from 2006 to 2010. Two men share their stories in hopes that what happened to them will make you think differently when get behind the wheel.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
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Bastrop County sheriff responds to investigations

Bastrop County sheriff responds to investigationsSheriff Terry Pickering said in an exclusive KVUE News/Austin American-Statesman interview Wednesday that he is concerned about two recent uses of force by his deputies, but is withholding judgment until investigations are complete.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago
Consumer

Facebook may expose personal information despite settings

Facebook may expose personal information despite settingsMost smartphones can tell you the exact location where its camera takes a picture, but a KVUE Defenders Investigation reveals the camera may be the least of your worries.
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  • 10 months, 1 week ago