Kristina Leisey's former fiance sits in jail in Hopkins County on a drug-possession charge, his link to the world outside a telephone and frequent calls to her. "He's trying to call every day, sometimes two or three times a day," Leisey says. "He doesn't understand how much it adds up after awhile." ... More >>
In October 2012, Travis County officials promised that bringing video visitation to the local jails wouldn't affect anything else about jail visits. "We're not changing anything else from what we're doing," Travis County Major Darren Long told the county commissioners before they voted to approve a ... More >>
Gene Phillips isn't the type of homeowner the Texas Legislature had in mind when it passed a law in 1979 allowing senior citizens to indefinitely defer their property taxes. Think instead of an ailing grandmother, whose Social Security check wouldn't stretch quite far enough to cover groceries and p ... More >>
Get caught with a joint in Dallas this afternoon and you'll find yourself being chauffeured to Lew Sterrett in the back of a squad car. Get caught with a joint in Dallas this January and you may well escape with a ticket and a stern admonition to show up in court. The Dallas Morning News reported o ... More >>
In the 2013 legislative session, state Representative Roland Gutierrez from San Antonio amended an education bill to require the Texas Education Agency to find out whether bigger Texas school districts would be better. In a word, no. See also: State Rep. Jason Villalba Threatens to Split DISD if i ... More >>
Maybe the University of Texas at Austin and its many passionate defenders had reason to beware of Wallace Hall when Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the UT System board of regents in 2011. Perry was pushing some plan he got from a rich oilman to eliminate research as a criterion for granting pro ... More >>
Continuing to make hay while the sun shines, RickPAC, our esteemed governor's political action committee, is now selling T-shirts featuring his mugshot. See also: Rick Perry Wisely Strikes Back with Video Targeting Travis County DA The shirts, available for a minimum donation of $25, feature the a ... More >>
Now, we're not sure if you live on the moon, under a rock, or under a rock on the moon, but you probably noticed Rick Perry handed himself in yesterday to face his indictment on felony charges for abuse of power. If you've ever heard of a thing called "Twitter," you may also have noticed that Rick h ... More >>
That image you see above is of a surprising email that just hit my (and probably yours) inbox from RickPac, Governor Rick Perry's federal political action committee. The surprising part isn't that Perry's PAC is using his recent indictment to solicit contributions. All's fair ... when life gives y ... More >>
Kolten Parker/San Antonio Express-News via Washington Post For the last week or so, as America's mayors and well-heeled urbanists descended on our fair burg, we have touted ourselves as the bonafide Florence in Texas, a cultural oasis in a vast desert of philistines. Well, kind of. Turns out we st ... More >>
It took more than a year and two special sessions to do it, but last July, the Texas legislature finally provided a constitutional option for punishing teen murderers. In Texas, 17-year-olds are treated as adults for purposes of criminal law, which previously meant that those convicted of capital m ... More >>
Justin Carter's violent threat on Facebook lands him in jail, and limbo.
On Thursday, the Texas Supreme Court will thrust itself into a debate as old as the Internet: Is the web a place where ideas and opinions, often vile, sometimes damaging, should be allowed to flow unencumbered? Or should there be some means of identifying defamatory speech and purging it from the In ... More >>
The usual threats and thuggery at City Hall threaten business owners.
So now eight years after this began the city finally shows its hand, and we learn the solution to a very old local riddle: Why in the world eight years ago was the city of Dallas sending armies of cops and code inspectors out to harass two guys who had never been convicted of so much as a speeding t ... More >>
When word came out of Grayson County last August that a drunk and nude Randy Travis had been arrested after crashing his car and lying naked in the middle of a farm-to-market road near Tioga, pretty much every reporter's first instinct was to ask for the dash-cam footage. No dice. Since it was part ... More >>
As Nevada Hill paints a large mural on the eastern wall of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, a giant heart in the middle whose many arteries extend all around it and each connect to its own building, he is coated in sun screen and flecks of paint, and he is wearing a sort of tan sun hat with a brim t ... More >>
How a towing company uses parking stickers, a law firm and a sham "safety group" to tow your car from your own lot.
Despite its vaguely official-sounding name, the Christmas Bureau of Austin & Travis County is not a branch of local government. It's a nonprofit charity, one that purports to help needy individuals and families during the holiday season. That seems to be what the organization did from 1964, when it ... More >>
I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it's true: the argument between the state of Texas and Planned Parenthood over the Women's Health Program looks like it's never, ever going to end. This case has dragged itself through state courts, federal courts, and back down to the state level again, ... More >>
Even as the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) tries to deflect media attention from its shiny, shiny Museum Tower project, Courthouse News reports that it's also fighting to avoid releasing information on a different luxury developer, one that it wholly owns. The pension system filed ... More >>
At 10 this morning on the steps of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, Rais Bhuiyan, who was shot in the face by white supremacist Mark Stroman as part of a post-September 11, 2001 shooting spree, will announce that he's filing suit today against Gov. Rick Perry and other state offi ... More >>
It would appear that Robert Lange, a social studies teacher at Williams High School in Plano, is well-liked by his students; one writes that he was "was the coolest teacher I have ever had." And not so long ago he was awarded cash money for having been named a finalist for the H.E.B. Excellence i ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Dallas City Attorney Tom PerkinsJust spent 20 minutes getting an earful from Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm and City Attorney Tom Perkins, who insisted, over and over, that the city's lawsuit over those Trinity River records has nothing whatsoever to do with our request to see "all the individual ... More >>
Sam MertenCraig WatkinsTwo months ago to the day, we told you about Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman's public information request for the calendar of Democratic Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins dating back to his first day in office -- January 1, 2007. Seeme ... More >>
Sam MertenCraig WatkinsIn an attempt to keep Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's schedule private, his office has asked for an opinion from the Texas attorney general regarding a public records request for Watkins's calendar dating to his first day in office. In a May 6 letter to Atto ... More >>
Surely you've seen the stats by now: 289,092 Dallas County voters went straight-party Democrat on Tuesday, 422,242 folks filled in their bubbles blue for Obama, and even Rick Noriega bested John Cornyn here by some 82,000-plus votes. Elsewhere, Burnt Orange Report proclaimed, "The Death of Travis Co ... More >>
Mannatch's Ambrotose -- or, what Wired last year identified as, ya know, "sugar pills" This morning brought a chipper press release from Mannatech, the Coppell-based nutritional supplement company besieged by bad press. At its annual convention last weekend in Dallas, higher-ups unveiled a new line: ... More >>
The County can't get away from the latest bad news on its troubled jail
Tom DeLay's scandals are a gold mine for two Texas filmmakers
Since August, we've been writing about local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's The Big Buy, which deals with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the allegedly dirty doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC). Last ... More >>
What's bad news for Tom DeLay is good news for Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, the Dallas-based documentary filmmakers whose movie about Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC) has ... More >>
Ray Hunt gets one end of it; guess which end is reserved for the rest of us
Bad politics is good business for filmmakers
Oh, the talent given us at this year's remarkable Dallas Video Festival
...was the FBI. Watch out, City Hall. Shoe Two's comin'.
Those silly officials from around the state think the law should apply in Dallas
The discovery of three dead babies opens up a mystery with little chance of solution
A civil suit alleges prosecutorial misconduct in one child's death, another's incarceration
Was the case against Lacresha Murray, the youngest Texan ever tried for capital murder, a rush to judgment or a story of justice denied?
Is the insurance industry a bully or are the moldies just being hysterical?
Caught napping; Save that gerbil; Ill-chosen words
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A bill that would increase the fees for filing county records rises from the ashes
Texas' Log Cabin Republicans find themselves the ultimate outsiders--vilified by both the GOP and fellow gays
Governor vetoes a Dallas businessman's sweetheart legislation
A sweetheart bill down at the Texas Legislature will let you pay to make one Dallas businessman richer