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Recent articles by Matt:

Phishing operation targets unemployed Texans

Since June, Texans have received fraudulent text messages saying their unemployment benefits are available. In recent days, fake emails from “TX Unemployment” have been sent alerting users to a purported “new document” that’s been uploaded to their account. → Read More

Broken mailbox deadlock delivers headaches in USPS, HOA dispute

Garza, and a half dozen of his neighbors at the Lakeline Ranch HOA in Leander, say their mailboxes were broken into in April. They still don’t have new ones in place. → Read More

At least 5 Texas peace officers involved in Uvalde gunman shooting, OIS reports say

Officer-involved shooting reports were submitted for five Texas peace officers who were either injured or involved in the shooting of the 18-year-old gunman at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, based on the reported time of the incident. → Read More

Report: Officer saw Uvalde shooter outside of school, but didn’t receive permission to shoot

According to an officer’s statement in the report, an officer saw the gunman outside of the school. The armed officer asked his supervisor for permission to shoot the suspect. → Read More

TxDMV fights paper tag fraud with fingerprinting

Existing car dealers will have to submit fingerprints when their licenses are renewed, which is every two years. New applicants will be required to pay the $38.25 fee during the application. → Read More

Why did Uvalde CISD police chief testify in secret, escorted through a back door?

As Gov. Greg Abbott promised “transparency,” Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo exited secret closed-door testimony at the Capitol on Tuesday, getting in an elevator while surrounded by law enforcement, without saying a word. → Read More

Uvalde CISD required teachers to lock doors, but doors didn’t lock from inside

The doors to the classroom where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 elementary-age students and two teachers were unlocked during the shooting – despite multiple officers looking for more than 40 minutes for a key to open the door. → Read More

Gay Republican group blasts ‘crazy people’ Texas GOP for anti-LGBT platform

At its biennial convention in Houston, one speaker said it is important to call “a spade a spade.” Another said she supports calling homosexuality “abnormal behavior because it is.” Some members opposed the language, with one saying it was bad for the party. Attempts to soften the language were voted down. → Read More

Gun found in diaper bag near toddlers, Texas School for the Deaf says

KXAN was alerted to the incident — which occurred less than two weeks after the tragedy in Uvalde — by several concerned participants who wished to remain anonymous. → Read More

Uvalde school shooter’s phone collected as evidence

The search warrant was issued May 24 by the state of Texas and Uvalde County for Ramos’ phone, identified as an iPhone 13 Pro Max. → Read More

Armed guards on campus ‘most effective tool’ to stop shooters? Studies suggest otherwise

As the Uvalde community continues to mourn the loss of 19 children and two teachers, politicians are split on how to prevent these massacres going forward. → Read More

State of Texas: ‘There’s a sense of urgency’- Gun policy possibilities after the Uvalde mass shooting

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The questions come after every mass shooting. When will it end? How can we keep our families and ourselves safe? What needs to change? Will anything change? History shows mixed results for those calling for gun control legislation. In Texas, the legislative response after mass shootings has led to laws aiming to […] → Read More

Former 911 dispatcher: Mistakes likely in Uvalde

New questions, and concerns, were raised Friday about a possible breakdown in communication between 911 and the officers on the ground during the Uvalde school shooting. → Read More

Uvalde shooter had 1,600 rounds, few laws in Texas limit bullet purchases

The ease in which 18-year-old Salvador Ramos purchased two semiautomatic rifles and more than 1,600 bullets before killing 19 children and two adults in an Uvalde elementary school Tuesday has highlighted the unfettered access civilians have to ammunition in Texas. → Read More

Texas tool helps catch school threats

State politicians and law enforcement officials have been working for years to improve preparedness for mass violence and identify threats before an attack. A key parts of that effort is the state’s suspicious activity reporting network that allows anyone to submit a tip about a potentially dangerous person. → Read More

Renewed calls for gun control and push back after Uvalde shooting

Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed measures into law further loosening access to guns. The new laws prohibit enforcement of new federal gun regulations and allows Texans aged 21 and older the ability to carry a handgun in public without training or a permit. → Read More

TxDMV appoints executive director amid paper tag troubles

Avitia said the agency has made “significant progress” in cracking down on paper tag fraud. To date, the TxDMV has cut off access to its system to 50 car dealers suspected of fraud. Placing limits on the number of tags that can be issued is also “working smoothly,” he said. → Read More

State of Texas: Abortion rights uncertainty adds new urgency on the campaign trail

A Democratic congressional race in South Texas is garnering national attention, as the Roe v. Wade leaked opinion shakes up a tight runoff election. → Read More

Money, politics and patient safety: Abbott donors on Texas Medical Board

KXAN wanted to see how money and politics intersect with patient safety in Texas. Digging through campaign finance records, we found several board members, appointed by the governor, who have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Abbott’s campaign, according to records dating back to 2014. → Read More

2nd man arrested in connection with mail theft in Leander

A second man was arrested last week in connection with a Leander mail theft case. → Read More