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Texas National Guard Soldiers rescue Texans in Flooded Areas

Hurricane Harvey highlights how Feds bungled flooding protections

HOUSTON — For decades, Houston’s Brays Bayou has presented a vexing flood threat that sucks up money and spits out water. It’s a fairly simple challenge...
Ken Paxton and attorneys

Paxton prosecutors may get six-figure payday

The court-appointed prosecutors pursuing Attorney General Ken Paxton may yet get the six-figure payday they’ve been hoping for after the state Court of Criminal...
Nelson, Nichols, Estes, Rodriguez, Whitmire, Oliveira, Straus, Zerwas, Flynn, and Cook

Announcing the ‘Living Large Index’ for the Texas Legislature

Readers who have followed The Texas Monitor’s series “Lifestyles of State Lawmakers” know that political contributions fuel more than just yard signs and mailers...
TDA Fees Audit

Auditors say Agriculture Department’s coffers overfilled due to exorbitant fees

State auditors say the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) fees were set much too high in 2016, resulting in the department collecting 31 percent...

Attorneys in Paxton case appeal for payment in last-ditch effort

The private attorneys who have been prosecuting Attorney General Ken Paxton are filing a petition with the statewide Court of Criminal Appeals hoping to...
Texas Senator Don Huffines

Regulatory noncompliance inspires Senator to eliminate red light cameras

A state senator is vowing to eliminate red light cameras at intersections across Texas. Following an investigation by Austin TV station KXAN that found the...
Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey to take major toll on Texas insurer of last...

State lawmakers would make lousy Weather Channel celebs. Three weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas, 19 legislators sent a letter to...
Special Districts Conflict of Interests

Conflicts of interest abound in special districts as solutions fail

Call it a slip of honesty. During a trial in which a Montgomery County man was accused of illegal voting in a special utility...
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Texas Monitor Week In Review — September 10, 2017

This week in The Texas Monitor: false worries spread in Harvey's wake, the Texas Education Agency is under investigation after an audit, Collin county...