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Trio of Public Safety Rallies Saturday
Pro-police rally amid anti-police-brutality rallies makes confrontation a possibility
News Story September 17, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
Top 10 Public-Safety Stories
News Story January 2, 2009, by Jordan Smith and Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
Top 10 Law Enforcement/Public Safety Stories
Year in review for cops and firefighters
News Story January 7, 2005
"...10) Troopergate: On Dec. 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety was slapped by a Travis Co..."
SB 4 Ruling Means Cities Can Prioritize Public Safety
Full hearing to permanently block law awaits in coming months
DAILY News September 1, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."
Reclaiming Texas History, One Home Movie at a Time
The missionary zeal of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Screens Story February 27, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."
Of Family Heirlooms and Industrial Films
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image preserves the state's cinematic roads less traveled
Screens Story May 27, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."
Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
News Story December 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
The Tire Mound of Mystery
Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance
News Story December 4, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
Bill of the Week: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Companion bills aims to give more local control of wire taps
DAILY News May 4, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...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..."
Double The Flow Rate of Niagara Falls
City releases new Onion Creek flooding stats
DAILY News November 7, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...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..."
Williams Receives Last-Minute Stay of Execution
Tyler native originally set to die Thursday evening
DAILY News July 16, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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.”..."
The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
News Story December 1, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...(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...."
West, Ammonium Nitrate, And the Myopia of Terrorism
House hearing shows emphasis on public safety, not health and safety
DAILY News May 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Judges: Move the Lab out of APD!
Court judiciary pens memo to Council, county commissioners
DAILY News December 6, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...“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.”..."
Color of Justice
A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.
News Story July 28, 2000, by Nate Blakeslee
"...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...."
Lege Limits Use of Cannabis Oil for Epileptics
News Story November 17, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."
Austin's Day of Resistance
Where to commemorate the first anniversary of the Women’s March
DAILY Chron Events January 19, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."
Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
DAILY News January 13, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
Hundreds of Children Removed From FLDS Compound
State officials descend on West Texas polygamist sect after allegations of abuse
News Story April 11, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
SCOTUS Punts on Fisher vs. UT, Lifts Part of Voting Rights Act
Two major rulings from the Supreme Court
News Story June 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
Judge Finds Texas Violated National Voter Registration Act
Motor voter mayhem
DAILY News April 10, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."
Police Chief: ACL Fest Will Be “Safest Part of the City”
Shooting at Las Vegas festival prompts press conference on security
DAILY Music October 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."
The Rest of the Races
Anti-Soifer site comes down, Hidalgo Co. turnout goes up, and Williamson Co. (as usual) veers right
News Story March 5, 2004
"...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..."
Texas Governor to Decriminalize Pot!
Perry claims progress … but the facts are not so plain
DAILY News January 24, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."
The Science of Injustice
Capital murder case highlights Texas courts' resistance to physical evidence
News Story August 19, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
Constable Says Politics Drove Recall of Warrants
Pre-election antics get off to a roaring start
News Story August 19, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
News Story October 5, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...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..."
85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
News Story January 12, 2017, by the News Staff
"...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..."
Will Texas Be Safe for Romeos and Juliets?
Senate committee recommends not implementing federal sex offender law
News Story January 14, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence?
“Everything is on hold”
News Story February 23, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."
The Last Texas Ranger
They don't make 'Rangers' like Walker anymore.
News Story October 26, 2001, by Lucius Lomax
"...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..."
Sounding the Alarm on Texas' Nursing Home System
25% of the state's 1,200 long-term care centers have been cited for serious standard deficiencies
News Story October 19, 2017, by Nina Hernandez and Annamarya Scaccia
"..."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..."
Ozone of His Own
Texas environmentalists wonder when George W. Bush will face up to the consequences of killing the Tejas emissions-reduction program.
News Story September 8, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...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..."
House of Cards
Critics say the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards low-income housing tax-credits to undeserving developers.
News Story October 22, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...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..."
Prying Open the Case of the Missing Door
Mystery surrounds case of missing right-hand door of Mt. Carmel
News Story August 18, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...On June 26, a trooper with the Dept. of Public Safety, Sgt..."
The Life and Times of Gus Garcia
City Council Member Gus Garcia retires after more than 30 years of public service
News Story June 2, 2000, by Daryl Slusher
"...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..."
The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
News Story October 27, 2000, by Michael King
"...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..."
Reed Appeals 'Conviction of an Innocent Man'
A federal appeal attacks the state's 'airtight" case against death-row inmate Rodney Reed.
News Story February 28, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"..."The manner in which the [Texas Dept. of Public Safety] analysts collected the evidence in Mr..."
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab
Continued efforts aim to right past wrongdoings at the DNA lab
News Story September 14, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."
Battle of the Badges
Second annual amateur boxing tourney raises funds for kids
DAILY News January 25, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...First responders are no strangers to putting their bodies on the line in the name of public safety...."
Shades of Gray
In Texas Prisons, It's Hard to Tell Who Your Enemies Are
News Story April 28, 2000, by Nate Blakeslee
"...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...."
Need to Take a Serious Look at Alternative Forms of Transportation
Postmarks July 15, 2008
"...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..."
1997 Texas Legislature Press Bills
News Column August 15, 1997
"...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..."
Want to Sell Cannabidiol in Texas?
You’re going to need more money
News Story March 23, 2017, by Montinique Monroe
"...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..."
Citizens Should Question Certain Areas of Law
Postmarks June 26, 2009
"...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..."
The Name of the Game
Raising deer, oryx, antelope, and more on central texas ranches
Food Story June 7, 2002, by MM Pack
"..."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' Marijuana Policy May Be Progressing Quicker Than Expected
Texas' marijuana policy may be progressing quicker than anyone realizes
News Story May 11, 2017, by Braden Maccke
"...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)..."
Bill of the Week
House wants to throw some money at border problems
News Column April 2, 2015, by Amy Kamp
Downballot Details: A Bag of Run-offs
In the downballot races, the GOP has more to consider
News Story July 20, 2012, by Michael King
"...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..."
Then There's This: Redemption, Texas
Theatre en Bloc Brings one gay rights activist's fight to the stage
News Column September 14, 2012, by Amy Smith
"..."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..."