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Austin's Drinking Problem

Read StoryAndy Pierrotti and photojournalists Derek Rasor and Matt OlsenKVUE
Part 1: Austin's Drinking Problem
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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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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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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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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 Lack of resources, outdated facilities and a shortage of healthcare professionals cost state taxpayers millions of dollars and put a vulnerable...
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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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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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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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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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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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  • 2 months 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Settlement in Jackson case possibly in jeopardy amid new DNA evidence

Settlement in Jackson case possibly in jeopardy amid new DNA evidenceThe KVUE Defenders and Austin American-Statesman obtained newly filed court documents showing only two of three children are the biological children of Larry Jackson.
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Apartments from Hell in Austin

Apartments from Hell in AustinAustin housing advocates call problems with rental properties the worst they've ever seen, yet the KVUE Defenders uncovered resources to help tenants are dwindling.
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Travis County's worst DWI offender in jail

Travis County's worst DWI offender in jailFrancisco Perez-Altamirano was arrested Nov. 3 by immigration services on a DWI charge.
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Travis County's worst DWI offender bonds out, now missing

Travis County's worst DWI offender bonds out, now missingTravis Co.'s worst DWI offender bonds out, now missing
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Austin police officer talks about using lethal force

Austin police officer talks about using lethal forceOne Austin police officer has used lethal force in self-defense twice in his seven years in the department.
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Austin Resource Recovery leads auto crash payouts

Austin Resource Recovery leads auto crash payoutsA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered taxpayer-funded payouts involving auto crashes has increased.
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Fire chief out of a job after employing family members

Fire chief out of a job after employing family membersThe chief of an emergency services district has resigned under pressure amid questions about his employment of two daughters and his future son-in-law.
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Despite council vote, settlement in police shooting not final

Despite council vote, settlement in police shooting not finalDespite council vote, settlement in police shooting not final
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State report recommends HHS Overhaul

State report recommends HHS OverhaulState report recommends HHS Overhaul
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Travis Co. fire chief under investigation for nepotism

Travis Co. fire chief under investigation for nepotismA KVUE Defenders investigation has prompted an internal inquiry into whether a local fire chief has violated departmental policies in employing his two daughters and future son-in-law.
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Supplement company under investigation

Supplement company under investigationA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered Herbalife, a popular nutrition company, is under investigation by federal regulators and a state attorney general over allegations it runs a pyramid scheme.
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Software company bails on Travis Co., millions at stake

Software company bails on Travis Co., millions at stakeA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a company hired to upgrade software for Travis County courts pulled out of its contract. Now, millions of dollars are at stake.
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Schools remove unsafe helmets following KVUE investigation

Schools remove unsafe helmets following KVUE investigationA four-month KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers local high schools using football helmets considered unsafe, by a university study.
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