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Texas Prisons will be under the international microscope in an upcoming hearing before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, a part of the Organization of American States. For years, Texas prisons have been criticized for their lack of air conditioning. A year-long investigation by the University of Texas Law School's Human Rights Clinic found what they say are violations of human rights.

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At least two "high-risk," violent sex offenders in Texas were ordered out of the state after being released from jail in 2004. The states the offenders were respectively ordered to were not given notice of their status, and the men found new victims.

The discovery, revealed in a Houston Chronicle investigation, shocked many and has many questioning the legality and constitutionality of the act. 

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The U.S. Department of Justice with the help of a San Antonio whistleblower settled a 7 year-old court case  over allegations that Caremark, a part of CVS Health, intentionally miscalculated the amount they repaid Medicaid for prescriptions for more than a decade.

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Do police need a warrant to access location data and other meta information from your cell phone in Texas?

A hearing in the state senate yesterday had conflicting answers that may surprise you. Electronic privacy advocates like Scott Henson say they don't, but he wants a law changing that. Law enforcement officials like Bill Exley, an assistant district attorney with Harris County, says they do have to get a warrant, but he wants to change it so they don't. 

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A family court judge is asking Bexar County to help fund a pilot program that would streamline cases in the family courts.  Judge Peter Sakai hopes to add two court managers and other elements to the program that will help connect the dots with other parts of the legal system.

The child abuse and neglect court in Bexar County accounts for $3.5 million a year in fees for court-appointed attorneys.

"And our system is second only to the total felony courts," Sakai said. 

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