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Past articles by Sarah:

Lawmakers continue fight for women dying, barely surviving after childbirth

A bill meant to strengthen the data gathered on mothers dying during childbirth and those barely surviving isn't headed to the governor's desk, but lawmakers were able to pass some measures aimed at improving the statewide public health issue. → Read More

Lawmakers pass bills spurred by KXAN investigations

Lawmakers passed a number of bills following KXAN investigations into problems with red light cameras, opioid abuse by children and toll road drivers frustrated by late fees and inaccurate billing. → Read More

Dead suspect transparency measure emerges in Sandra Bland hearing

Moody’s effort was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 944 — an omnibus piece of legislation that addresses several other open records points. → Read More

Bill would require state to notify drivers when TxTag sticker isn't working

The bill would prohibit toll entities from sending an invoice to the owner of a vehicle without first checking to see whether there’s an active electronic toll account, such as a TxTag, tied to that vehicle. → Read More

Inside the 'Mayberry Texas' investigation and its impact

Find out how KXAN investigators prompted a fresh look at James "Jamie" Mayberry’s cold case. After two decades, how did we dig up so much new information and track down key players even police had trouble finding? → Read More

Travis County property owners owe $54.8 million in unpaid taxes

A local nonprofit and several commercial properties are among the county’s top 10 delinquent property taxpayers and collectively owe nearly $1.4 million in unpaid taxes. → Read More

TxDOT awards IBM contract for toll road billing, customer service system

Now, KXAN has learned TxDOT is in “the process of developing a new back office system tailored for TxDOT’s needs.” The state agency recently awarded a four-year contract to IBM. → Read More

State of Texas: Lawmakers continue focus on maternal deaths

Lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Health have already started looking into possible solutions to maternal mortality as part of its interim charges last fall. → Read More

Mothers Erased

Women nearly dying after birth not part of Texas stats → Read More

The complicated timeline of a man accused of murdering Temple friends

The mystery surrounding the Temple man and woman's disappearance continued even after their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma less than a week after they were last seen. → Read More

List of priests accused of child abuse released

As the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin prepares to release the names of clergy who it believes sexually abused children within the last 68 years, KXAN has spent months investigating how allegations are handled by local and state leaders. → Read More

TxTag says exposure of customer's info an 'isolated incident'

The Texas Department of Transportation, which operates TxTag, says it appears it was an isolated incident. → Read More

SH 130 is the fastest highway in the nation. It's also deadly

Although the state had the option of opening the toll road at a lower speed – 80 or 70 miles per hour – the Texas Department of Transportation took advantage of a $100 million payment the private toll road company promised in exchange for an 85 mph speed limit. → Read More

Austin Mayor Steve Adler wins re-election, Laura Morrison concedes

City of Austin mayoral race results. → Read More

TxDOT revamps recruiting efforts, tackles ‘unconscious bias'

One of Texas’ largest state agencies launched a new recruitment campaign five months after a KXAN investigation highlighted employee concerns of allegations of harassment and discrimination at the workplace. → Read More

Central Texas lakes closed as rainfall continues

The Lower Colorado River Authority closed five Central Texas lakes Tuesday morning as heavy rains continue to increase lake levels, causing fast-moving water and forcing some residents to evacuate. → Read More

Suspect arrested in string of food truck burglaries

The suspect in that burglary was the same as one arrested four days later on Sept. 26 on suspicion of burglarizing two food trucks at 1800 Barton Springs Road, according to police. → Read More

Man who shot Judge Kocurek sentenced to life in prison

Chimene Onyeri's lawyers asked for a 30-year sentence, arguing that he could be rehabilitated. The state requested life in prison with no chance of parole. → Read More

TxTag customers question billing system ‘maintenance' claims

After getting a message preventing him from paying his TxTag bill online, one driver pulled into the Texas Department of Transportation TxTag Customer Service Center during the lunch hour on Monday to try and get some answers in person. → Read More

Judge will decide Tuesday the fate of man who shot Judge Kocurek

Prosecutors are presenting new information for a federal judge to consider as sentencing begins Monday for 31-year-old Chimene Onyeri. → Read More