Travis County’s ‘big organized scheme,’ Texas universities don’t protect free speech, Houston more corrupt than other major cities.

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State and Travis County officials last week continued an investigation after seven people — four of them county tax specialists — were charged for their roles in a vehicle title fraud ringResults of a March audit by the Travis County Auditor’s Office revealed a “really big organized scheme,” that triggered the investigation, Freeman Martin, regional commander for the Department of Public Safety, told reporters at a press conference last week.

Five Texas schools were found in a recent report to have speech codes that substantially restrict students’ First Amendment rights, an issue that an expert calls the most pressing one in higher education today.

Houston beats out New Orleans, Boston, and Sacramento in public corruption convictions, according to a recent study published by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Also this week:

Fort Worth ISD board president’s possible conflict of interest

China’s recycling suspension reverberates throughout Texas

The push for paid sick leave reaches San Antonio

State Rep. Ron Reynolds could be jail-bound for misdemeanors

Dallas city employee subject of scathing HUD audit still collects full paycheck

Are Texas teachers’ records transparent enough?

Have a tip? Contact Editor Trent Seibert at [email protected]

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