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Lege Lines: Think of the Children
Can the Lege fix Child Protective Services?
"...track record when it comes to protecting the young and defenseless. In 2007, it was the Texas Youth Com­mission...."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Crunching Numbers And Kids at CPS
Has GOP fiscal austerity put children's and seniors' lives on the line?
"...In the wake of some highly publicized cases of neglect or abuse, including..."

Oct. 15, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Abbott Touts Less Spending and More Tax Cuts
The governor releases his draft budget
"...where his mouth is. In his Jan. 31 State of the State address, Abbott threw red meat to conservatives,..."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Hundreds of Children Removed From FLDS Compound
State officials descend on West Texas polygamist sect after allegations of abuse
"...State officials have removed 416 children from the gated Yearning for..."

April 11, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Fighting Family Detention
On June 1, a judge will consider whether to allow detention centers to be licensed as child-care facilities
"...In 2014, the Obama administration revived the controversial practice of "family detention": incarcerating undocumented female immigrants along with their..."

May 27, 2016 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

The New Texas Family Planning
Slashed budgets and anti-abortion politics undermine women's health care
"...1, Planned Parenthood's East Seventh Street clinic, which has offered family planning and reproductive health services to low-income and..."

Jan. 27, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty
Service nonprofits and their funders face the economic gale
"...another busy day at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas...."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
"...The short unhappy life of Sophia Chante King came to a sudden end a..."

Aug. 2, 2002 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Teacher Found Guilty of Injuring Child
Jurors find teacher at Hyde Park Baptist Church's day-care center intentionally injured at least one young child in her care
"...After a weeklong trial in the 345th District Court and a day and a half of deliberation, earlier this..."

May 11, 2007 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Family Court Feud: Public Defenders for CPS Cases?
Two civil court judges hope to ensure better legal representation for indigent families
"...a bureaucracy that will improve service to the public and save taxpayer dollars...."

Aug. 29, 2008 News Feature by Laurel Chesky

Who Killed Jim and Tina?
Why has the murder of two people in Kyle, Texas, eight months ago not led to a single arrest?
"...home. Jim Wright, 45, lay out in the hallway of the home he rented. Tina Combs, 44, who had..."

Feb. 19, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Taking Children Private
The road to privatizing Child Protective Services is getting slick and dangerous
"...workers compensation, "reform" asbestos litigation, "reform" local property taxes, and even "reform" the state Constitution – sort of a..."

April 8, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Campfire Horror Story
How Carole Keeton Strayhorn and the state destroyed a healing camp for kids
" the entrance to the Woodside Trails Thera­peutic Camp and School. Inside the Chevy Suburb­ans were Texas Child Protective..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Child Care Center or Baby Jail?
State allows family detention centers to skirt the rules and become child care centers
"...For more than a year now, immigration rights and child welfare advocates, human rights activists, and attorneys have..."

March 18, 2016 News Feature by Dina Samir Shehata

Court: Immigrant Detention Is Child Care
3rd Court of Appeals dismisses suit that challenged "family residential centers" that meet only minimal child welfare standards
"...State officials who seek to minimize the standards protecting undocumented mothers..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

My Semester on the Beat
Wherein our reporter pursues the bad guys, abhors Problem People, studies community policing, and earns a perfect attendance koozie in the APD's Citizen Police Academy
"...a 10-hour ride-along with a cop, there's a lot of stuff you expect – sirens, squealing tires, tense confrontations,..."

Dec. 1, 2006 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Texas Dems Want Stronger Immigrant Detention Oversight
More than 5,000 immigrant children in detention centers
"...are calling on the state to help with the family separation crisis at the border. Texas Democrats with the..."

July 31, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

State’s Teen Pregnancy Booklet Riddled With Anti-Choice Propaganda
Pregnant minors in foster care given medically inaccurate literature
"...about their abortion rights from the state, they’re out of luck. A new version of the little-known pamphlet “So,..."

April 19, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

Detention Is Not Child Care
"The conditions at Karnes and Dilley are equivalent to prisons," said Bob Libal
"...Karin Crump issued a final judgment blocking the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from labeling two of..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Qmmunity: Support Trans Youth
Plus Halloween wins and Poo Poo Platter (birthday) parties
"...If there's one thing I'm tired of talking about, it's the validity of trans children. They're..."

Nov. 1, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

Municipal Death Match!
With five council seats open, mayor and Place 1 look like the headliners
" here once again: the 2009 City Council elections. And compared to bouts past – in 2003 and 2006,..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Perry's Veto Axe Comes Down
Democrats and Republicans of all stripes and experience hit
"...Just before he took off for the weekend, Gov. Rick Perry delivered his final..."

June 17, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

When the Bough Breaks
In 1993, the Hyde Park Baptist Child Development Center hired a teacher who proved to be a little 'rough' with the children. Now the church is being sued for ignoring alleged child abuse.
"...In December of 2003, Tara Turner, recently divorced and with a year-old..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Child Advocates Seek Reforms
Budget cuts could wipe out key programs
"...average day in 2009, there were 187 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Texas. If lawmakers make..."

Jan. 28, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

It's the Law; Pay Attention
"...Zion Ranch in El Dorado, The Salt Lake Tribune and the San Angelo Standard-Times both report that Texas Child..."

March 31, 2009 Postmarks

Exoneration for Child Counselor Targeted by Strayhorn
After a four-year battle with the state, Bebe Gaines wins the right to work with foster kids again
"...On Wednesday, Aug. 13, exactly four years after officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services..."

Aug. 22, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

"...The "LegeLand" story in the Jan. 28 issue, "Child Advocates Seek..."

Feb. 4, 2011 Column

Carole Keeton Strayhorn Deserves Our Thanks
"...Dear Editor, With regard to Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Woodside Trails, Strayhorn is the wrong target [“Campfire Horror..."

Nov. 25, 2008 Postmarks

"...The city's Planning and Zoning Department announced this week that CodeNEXT project manager..."

July 15, 2016 News Feature

Strayhorn on Woodside Trails
Former comptroller defends her actions on foster care
"...The most important responsibility of Texas' elected comptroller is to see that "tax dollars..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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