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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 Lack of resources, outdated facilities and a shortage of healthcare professionals cost state taxpayers millions of dollars and put a vulnerable...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 weeks, 1 day ago
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State report recommends HHS Overhaul

State report recommends HHS OverhaulState report recommends HHS Overhaul
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  • 2 weeks, 1 day 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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  • 1 month ago
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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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  • 1 month 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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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
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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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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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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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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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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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  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Scam targets Instagram users

Scam targets Instagram usersA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers a scam targeting young Instagram users.
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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Lawmakers take action to improve nursing home care

Lawmakers take action to improve nursing home careLawmakers Take Action to Potentially Improve Nursing Home Care
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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Medication errors increasing in Texas nursing homes

Medication errors increasing in Texas nursing homesMedication errors increasing in Texas nursing homes
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  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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City waives millions in fees for UT, taxpayers' fees increase

City waives millions in fees for UT, taxpayers' fees increaseA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered that the Austin City Council is waiving millions of dollars in fees related to the construction of the new medical school at the University of Texas.
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  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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Sexual assault reports low for local universities

Sexual assault reports low for local universitiesA KVUE Defenders and Austin American-Statesman investigation reveals strikingly low numbers of reported sexual assaults to police at Central Texas college and university campuses.
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  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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State finds widespread neglect at Austin nursing home

State finds widespread neglect at Austin nursing homeA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered wide-spread neglect inside an Austin nursing home following the death of one of its residents.
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  • 3 months, 1 week ago
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Austin's biggest parking scofflaw: Billion dollar firms

Austin's biggest parking scofflaw: Billion dollar firmsAn Austin city council member plans to take action following a KVUE Defenders investigation, which uncovered millions in unpaid parking tickets.
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  • 3 months, 1 week ago
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Despite cameras, more injured at Round Rock intersections

Despite cameras, more injured at Round Rock intersectionsA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered more drivers were injured in crashes at intersections in Round Rock with cameras than before the city installed them.
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  • 3 months, 1 week ago
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Dash cam video reveals controversial APD officer suspension

Dash cam video reveals controversial APD officer suspensionKVUE News and the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday obtained dash camera video from an incident that led to an officer's controversial suspension.
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  • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Religious, business leaders call on immigration reform

Religious, business leaders call on immigration reformBusiness and religious leaders rallied in Austin Wednesday to compel lawmakers to act on immigration reform.
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  • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Austin police take-home cars not frequently used in call-backs

Austin police take-home cars not frequently used in call-backsThe Austin Police Department gives hundreds of officers a car to drive to and from work each day should they be needed for an emergency during their off hours.
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  • 3 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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  • 5 months, 1 week ago
Editors-pick

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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  • 5 months, 1 week ago
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Defenders Investigation: The cost of troubled minds

Defenders Investigation: The cost of troubled mindsA KVUE Defenders investigation uncovers an Austin woman suffering from mental illness has cost taxpayers nearly $1 million in health care services at area hospitals and jails.
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  • 5 months, 2 weeks 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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  • 5 months, 3 weeks 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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  • 5 months, 4 weeks 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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  • 6 months, 2 weeks 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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  • 6 months, 2 weeks 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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  • 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Texas News

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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  • 6 months, 3 weeks 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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  • 7 months, 2 weeks 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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  • 7 months, 3 weeks ago