Dallas County Schools bus camera scheme, HCC’s unused furniture, and the Uresti trial

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Interviews and records show Dallas County Schools was deceptive from the start in connection with a venture with a local technology company misrepresenting the number of participants in a school bus camera program in order to convince other school districts to sign on.

The fraud trial of State Sen. Carlos Uresti continued this week, where the San Antonio Democrat was accused of profiting from a scheme “born in loss and tragedy,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Blackwell.

Taxpayers footed the bill for “at least” hundreds of thousands of dollars in furniture that was earmarked for a Houston Community College campus, but is instead being warehoused because of apparent poor planning, according to interviews conducted by The Texas Monitor this week.

Also this week:

Overlapping duties, lobbying shaped former Texas Tech chancellor’s last chapter

Texas delegation fares poorly on government transparency report card

School districts left in dark as bus camera company closes

Claim of HCC trustee living outside her district ‘unfounded,’ DA says

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