The National Center for Reason and Justice is saying Fran Keller, who was incarcerated 20 years ago in a bizarre ritual abuse case in her Austin daycare center, is going to be freed as early as this afternoon to await the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals on whether or not a retrial is necessary.
Faith-based organization Together for the City is about to launch a new alternative to payday lending that the group hopes will help financially-strapped families get back on their feet. The one-year-old group also plans to carve out a variety ways to serve the community.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Linda Hardberger asked the group to help Green Spaces Alliance promote and build more community gardens throughout the city.
Payday lenders and their legislative allies managed to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature this past session, and they have a whole host of tricks to get around laws in other states.
We talk with ProPublica writer Paul Kiel, who has written extensively on the subject in his Debt Inc. series, about the arsenal of financial products and loopholes that payday lenders exploit in order to get around laws in states all across the country.