State of Texas DPS

Every year Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc, a 40-year old nonprofit dedicated to improving investigative reporting gives away a dubious distinction, The Golden Padlock.


The Golden Padlock is given to the least accessible, most secretive and impressively impervious individuals and agencies working in government.


Texas' own Department of Public Safety made the finalists for 2015. They lost to the Massachusetts State Police, but were one of the final 5 and Mark Horvit executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)--also a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism--tells us DPS was nominated by numerous media organizations, both state and national, for their handling of the details of their border security plan.


In many cases, media complaints dealt with the run of the mill stonewalling law enforcement agencies across the country are known for, but DPS also was known for aggressively protesting media coverage directly to lawmakers, sometimes before the articles were even published.


We invited DPS to come on our program, but they declined sending the following statement from spokesperson Tom Vinger:


We are proud of the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) – including those involved in border operations – who willingly risk their lives every day protecting the people of this state.

Ryan E. Poppe

The city of San Antonio added $320,000 to outfit 251, or a little more than ten percent, of San Antonio Police officers with body cameras in mid-May. That came after a pilot program which ended late last year, and the new cameras are expected to be rolled out in 2016. Now SAPD wants to outfit more than 1,000 officers with the cameras, but they are going to need a lot of help, about$1.2 million worth of help to pay for it. 

What does it mean in economic terms to be in the minority? 

Historical factors both social and legal have led to policies excluding groups, or creating winners and losers with the defining line being racial. 

In his new book "The Economics of Race in the United States," Columbia University Professor, and much-published economist, Brendan O'Flaherty brings us a wealth of data-driven facts on how race still matters in America.


Brendan O'Flaherty

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Low funding levels have for years left Texas Parks & Wildlife delaying maintenance on the state's more than 90 parks, but that is about to change.

A long-battled piece of legislation aimed at directing more sales tax from sporting goods purchases to Texas' parks passed and was signed by Gov. Abbott late last month.

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SAN ANTONIO – Per City ordinance the San Antonio City Manager announces the end to water restrictions effective Wednesday, June 10.

Recent deluges have sent the Edwards Aquifer level skyrocketing. Since the 10-day average of the aquifer is currently well above 660 feet SAWS has advised the City Manager it would be appropriate to end drought restrictions. The City of San Antonio has been in some type of water restrictions since 2011, and has stayed in Stage Two restrictions since 2012.