Stateside at the Paramount
"...1) The Fire This Time It was a bad year for the Texas Department of Public Safety. On June 8, the night the Governor's Mansion burned, the sole officer on duty and his semifunctional video-surveillance cameras didn't see, and thus didn't stop, the cargo-pants arsonist who did the damage..."
"...10) Troopergate: On Dec. 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety was slapped by a Travis Co..."
"...MALDEF’s Nina Perales laid out what the ruling means for communities: Cities and counties can continue to exercise the ability to “set priorities for their law enforcement officers that are focused on public safety and that conserve local resources.” In short, localities are back in control when it comes to how they approach immigration, at least for now. That’s because the road hasn’t ended for SB 4; the ruling is a first step in a longer process..."
"...Down by the railroad tracks on Austin's Eastside, in a small brick building behind a coffee shop, you'll find the office of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. The day I visited, the office was under siege by dozens of film canisters that had been delivered by the Texas Department of Public Safety that morning; the canisters held films from the Fifties and Sixties trumpeting the importance of bike safety, the ins and outs of hurricane preparedness, and the dangers of drunken driving..."
"...TAMI is also screening movies from its digital video library to run before each of the Paramount's scheduled features. On Saturday and Sunday, before Spy Kids, "Mission Possible: Bike Safety," an educational film shot in Austin in the 1970s by the Texas Department of Public Safety, will screen..."
"...He was out that night riding with a local news crew working on a feature about homicide in Texas. The cameras were rolling as they pulled into the parking lot of the yogurt shop; the footage, played in court in 2001, showed a chaotic scene of public safety officials tramping in and out of what they would soon learn was the scene of a quadruple murder..."
"...There are very good reasons for those rules. Abandoned tires attract rodents and snakes and provide an excellent breeding environment for mosquitoes, all of which pose very serious health and safety issues..."
"...Currently, the Texas Department of Public Safety is the only non-federal entity allowed to conduct such surveillance. Advocates for the bill say the expanded authority would allow local agencies to act more quickly in drug cartel investigations by avoiding hurdles with DPS..."
"...Meanwhile the Flood Assistance Center is expanding the services offered to flood victims. Today, the Texas Department of Public Safety will be on hand to assist with identification replacement..."
"...The application, delivered to the CCA on Wednesday, came in response to a letter the Texas Attorney General received June 30 from the Texas Department of Public Safety informing that it was notified in May of “errors in the FBI-developed population database.” The letter, Williams’ attorneys Seth Kretzer and James Volberding note, “explained that these errors affected the DNA testing in Texas back to 1999.”..."
"...(SWIFS will continue clearing Austin's backlog after a local lab reopens. The local lab is expected to focus on newly acquired evidence.) The Department of Public Safety is in possession of evidence from an additional 112 pending cases, 104 of which contain SAFEs, while newly collected kits are currently being sent to the DPS, which has agreed to process 20 cases each month that APD officials and district prosecutors determine are in need of expedited testing...."
"...The system worked exactly how it was supposed to: That was the takeaway from Wednesday's meeting of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety into late month's disaster in West, Texas. Nevertheless, the question was raised: With its emphasis on self-reporting and the threat of terrorism, Texas may be looking the wrong way...."
"...“We … believe that it is essential that the City of Austin and Travis County rely upon an independent lab for all forensic testing,” read the memo, delivered to Mayor Steve Adler, City Council, the Travis County Commissioners Court, and the Public Safety Commission. The judges said the recommendation came based on three considerations: national forensic best practices recommending that forensic investigations be independent of law enforcement; the damaged integrity of the APD DNA lab, compromised such that “future use is deemed unreliable”; and their determination that APD “has proven incapable of producing timely and reliable results.”..."
"...Coleman has since begun another undercover assignment for a drug task force in Southeast Texas. For his work in Tulia, the Department of Public Safety named him Outstanding Lawman of the Year...."
"...Her 14-year-old daughter Catherine, who has suffered from epilepsy for more than a decade, would be able to legally use a low-THC cannabis oil called CBD (Cannabidiol) to reduce the number and intensity of her seizures. That feeling morphed into one of despair three weeks ago, when the Texas Department of Public Safety released its preliminary rules for the program, which advocates are calling restrictive and unreasonable...."
"...If we learned anything from this past year, it’s that we have more than enough reasons to continue our protests. From sustained attacks on immigrants’ safety, LGBTQ equality, (women’s) health care, and national parks, to awarding tax breaks to the wealthy and threatening nuclear war via Twitter, the last 365 days have been a whirlwind of bad news, heartbreaking defeat, and few wins for progressive (and moderate) folks nationwide...."
"...Twenty labs across the state do hair analysis, FSC general counsel Lynn Robitaille Garcia told the commissioners, including 12 Department of Public Safety labs and eight additional public labs (generally county or police department crime labs). The labs are currently in the process of going back and "identifying hair cases" to submit for possible review, she said..."
"...Dozens of law enforcement officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Schleicher Co. Sheriff's Office accompanied nearly three dozen Child Protective Services investigators onto the 1,691-acre private compound on April 3, in search of a 16-year-old girl who called a local family-violence shelter last Monday, March 31, to report that she had been "sexually and physically abused at the ranch," said Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar..."
"...Gov. Rick Perry resurrected his 10th Amendment pandering by calling it "a clear victory for federalism and the states." Attorney General Greg Abbott responded quickly, saying that "With today's decision, the State's voter ID law will take effect immediately." The Texas Department of Public Safety will now start issuing Election Identification Certificates, a free ID that can be used solely to take part in elections..."
"...Texans looking to change their address online with the Department of Public Safety must print out a separate form and mail it to the county’s election office; but if they make the change in person, DPS instantly sends the new address to the county office. That process brought “widespread confusion” and thousands of disenfranchised voters, who thought they had updated their voter registration when they hadn’t, according to plaintiffs with the Texas Civil Rights Project, who filed the suit in 2016..."
"...Late Monday afternoon, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley held a press conference to address safety concerns surrounding ACL Fest in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, which left at least 58 dead and hundreds more wounded...."
"...His four opponents have cried foul, and Wilson didn't help matters by leading a purge of the sheriff's office immediately after being appointed. The contenders include another James Wilson, the former director of the Texas Department of Public Safety; former longtime Williamson Co..."
"...According to yearly crime data compiled by the Department of Public Safety, arrests for drug possession have steadily increased during Perry's tenure. Arrests for pot possession have remained a large percentage of all drug-possession arrests, while racial disparities – with a disproportionate percentage of blacks facing arrest – persist...."
"...He had been seen with her at the school the day she disappeared, several hairs matching Trotter were found in Swearingen's pickup truck (although he did not dispute that they were friends), and, most damning, during their third search of Swearingen's home, police said they were given a leg of panty hose that Swearingen's landlord had found while cleaning up Swearingen's rented trailer. A Department of Public Safety analyst later said it was a positive match to the leg found tied around Trotter's neck. Time of Death..."
"...Similarly, even facing the Obama bump of 2008, Vann lost by less than 2 percentage points. If Ballesteros runs again in 2012, he is expected to draw primary challengers who will run on old allegations dating back to his 1998 firing from the Texas Department of Public Safety..."
"...He's a county judge in the Rio Grande Valley, hard on the border with Mexico. Vera started lambasting the Department of Public Safety in 2015 – though his main beef back then was not economic..."
"...Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, any raise over four cents would automatically trigger a vote. Both the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties have issued warnings that SB 2 could cripple the state's ability to pay for essential services like roads and public safety, while providing little to no meaningful tax relief to residents..."
"...As of Jan. 6, there were 64,565 names on the state's sex offender registry, which is maintained by the Department of Public Safety..."
"...Austin Police have accumulated more than 4,000 untested DNA cases since the June shutdown of the department's forensics lab, and very little evidence has been tested in the interim. According to updates provided by APD Forensic Unit Commander Mike Eveleth to the Public Safety Commission and Sex Crimes Unit Lt..."
"...Occasional help was still solicited and given. The Department of Public Safety juggled regulations to allow the show's producers right of first refusal for buying seized autos at state auction..."
"..."Texas nursing home quality is shamefully poor," it reads. "As a result of this intolerable care, many residents of Texas nursing homes face unnecessary health and safety risks." Limits of the System..."
"...Hazel Barbour monitors emissions data collected by the current testing program -- which is run by the Department of Public Safety -- from her office at the TNRCC. In a telephone interview, Barbour explained the workings of the defunct Tejas program..."
"...This year, the state's biggest affordable housing program was supposed to operate strictly by the book, or so legislators were told. The days of shoveling public subsidies into questionable developments were over, out the door with the housing agency's former director, Larry Paul Manley, who resigned last year with FBI and Department of Public Safety agents on his trail..."
"...On June 26, a trooper with the Dept. of Public Safety, Sgt..."
"...After that crossing of the Rubicon, there was no longer any question where Garcia stood on the environment. He branched out further, becoming a strong advocate for sustainability, pedestrian safety, bicycles, energy conservation, and light rail..."
"...Brian Olsen, executive director of the state Correctional Employees Council 7 (the officers union), based in Huntsville, emphasizes that a pay raise (which he insists could and should be enacted immediately) is not the only important issue. "We're also talking about hazardous duty pay, training of new officers, safety, and treatment by supervisors," Olsen said..."
"..."The manner in which the [Texas Dept. of Public Safety] analysts collected the evidence in Mr..."
"...31. Meanwhile, incoming kits are being sent to the new "Cap Lab," APD's former DNA lab, now overseen by the Department of Public Safety..."
"...Single instructors teach up to 100 recruits at a time, making hands-on training prohibitive. Dangerously little time is spent on self-defense and other basic safety tactics, Godwin said...."
"...First responders are no strangers to putting their bodies on the line in the name of public safety...."
"...Austin’s streets don’t have nearly enough bike routes, sidewalks, and crosswalks for its population. Ever notice how many people stand in the center of a street trying to cross with no crosswalk around? Even our former mayor killed a pedestrian who was trying to cross North Lamar. Until our society deals with overcoming this pressure toward using automobiles, no perceivable changes can be made to our safety..."
"...It also requires that a bond, not a down payment, be posted for copy orders of more than $100. HB1176: Lists information available to the public regarding convictions, deferred ajudication, and sex offender registration maintained by the Department of Public Safety..."
"...18, 2016). The Department of Public Safety, the agency overseeing the TCU's rollout and eventual regulation, has made it hard for aspiring suppliers to even apply for entry into the industry – reducing the minimum number of in-state licensees from 12 to three, and imposing a licensing fee of $488,520 for a two-year contract – up from $6,000, yet somehow, after a November 2016 proposal to jack the cost up to $1.3 million, still somewhat "compassionate" in comparison..."
"...There has been an obvious increase in expenditure for the promotion of such campaigns. The heavy advertising of regulatory programs like "Click It or Ticket" and "Texas Sure" conveniently coincide with the proposed Department of Public Safety checkpoints..."
"..."We've got more deer in Texas than the UK ever dreamed about," he had thought. "Maybe I should look into this." He started talking to chefs about markets for venison, and realized that Americans were uncomfortable with the origins, safety, and quality of game products..."
"...Texas' Compassionate Use Act planned a CBD market that was to be supplied by for-profit businesses. To that end, 43 organizations applied to the Department of Public Safety for cannabis production and distribution license consideration ("Want to Sell Cannabidiol in Texas?," March 24)..."
"...Senate race ("No Way to Pick a Senator") and a half-dozen contested races for precinct chair, the only other contest on the Travis County ballot is in Precinct 2: the run-off between Michael Cargill and Adan Ballasteros for constable of that precinct. As Richard Whittaker has reported ("Mud and Experience," May 5), each of these candidates carries significant baggage: Incumbent Ballasteros has a clouded history from his earlier career with the Department of Public Safety, while challenger Cargill apparently does not meet the law enforcement qualifications for the job and is most prominently supported by handgun enthusiasts for his opposition to even minimal gun controls..."
"..."One of the key goals [of the bill] was to deter and lessen the number of hate crimes in our state," Hardy-Garcia says, pointing to Department of Public Safety statistics that reflect a steady decline in the number of hate crimes reported. However, the work to end hate-related violence in Texas didn't stop with the Byrd legislation..."