Four months after Houston City Hall sent out requests for proposals for engineering firms to study a downtown connection to a bullet train that would zip from Houston to Dallas, a close family friend of Mayor Sylvester Turner secured a $5,000 per month contract with bullet train company, Texas Central. The family friend — Maya Ford — even asked Turner for advice on negotiating the contract
The Dallas City Council has removed the city code provision prohibiting individuals with multiple felony convictions from serving on volunteer boards. Instead, board applicants will have their criminal background searched back to when they were teenagers.
More than 260 candidates owe the state of Texas $1.1 million in fines for failing to file legally required campaign finance reports. Loopholes in enforcement make it difficult to collect the fines or punish the delinquents.
University of Texas President Gregory Fenves and his wife flew numerous times in premium class — business or first — using public money, despite policy explicitly prohibiting it, an audit has found.
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