Andrea Ball, A-J Media

Andrea Ball

A-J Media

Austin, TX, United States

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  • Austin American-Statesman
  • WSB-TV

Past articles by Andrea:

Child care camera bill by Rep. Ana Hernandez draws backers, foes

Shawna Diaz sat in front of a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, trying not to cry as she told the story of how her 3-month-old son died after → Read More

Child care camera bill by Rep. Ana Hernandez draws backers, foes

Shawna Diaz sat in front of a panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon, trying not to cry as she told the story of how her 3-month-old son died after → Read More

Report: Texas foster kids left in state psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months

Hundreds of Texas foster children are languishing for weeks or months in psychiatric hospitals because they have nowhere else to go, hurting them psychologically, endangering them physically and costing the state millions of dollars.Nearly 600 foster kids in fiscal year 2017 spent a total of almost 14,000 days in psychiatric hospitals after doctors said they were ready to leave, according to a… → Read More

Watchdog agency struggles with sexual harassment, racism complaints

The state agency charged with ferreting out misconduct at the Health and Human Services Commission has been dealing with misconduct within its own ranks. → Read More

Employee at Texas psychiatric facility says she was fired after reporting worker punching patient

Nicola Seahorn was working at Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute just north of Austin, Texas, when she saw video that showed an employee punching a → Read More

Psychiatric hospital facing lawsuit, state fine

Nicola Seahorn was working at Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute when she saw video that showed an employee punching a patient in the face.It was June → Read More

Advocacy groups demand child care fixes after Statesman investigation

Nearly two dozen advocacy groups are calling for improvements to the Texas child care system in the wake of an American-Statesman investigation that found → Read More

Sunday's forecast: Maybe rain, maybe not

Well, Austin City Limits fans, it looks like today will be a mixed bag when it comes to the weather.According to the National Weather Service, skies will → Read More

Texas day care operator’s lies exposed in child death trial

Parents believed a full-time employee helped with the children at the day care, and that they were watched at all times. But none of that was true. → Read More

Day care operator sentenced to 20 years in infant death case

Update: Holly Harrison has been sentenced to 20 years in the death of 5-month-old Brody Havins Earli... → Read More

Father in day care death case: 'We cried for a good hour sitting on the floor'

The 5-month-old's father, David Havins, was at work when his wife called and told him the baby had stopped breathing and was on his way to the hospital. He dropped his tools and ran to his car. → Read More

‘There was blood everywhere,’ son testifies about Judge Julie Kocurek’s shooting

Data from defendant Chimene Onyeri's phone contains a photo of state District Judge Julie Kocurek’s vehicle taken on the day she was shot. → Read More

Explosion at Austin Goodwill brought bomb scare, new donation policies

When an explosion was reported at a Goodwill store in Southwest Austin on Tuesday night, people imme... → Read More

State lawyer says Greg Kelley could prove actual innocence in sex case

A lawyer appointed by the highest criminal court in Texas has lodged concerns over an effort to over... → Read More

ACC staff pays off tuition debt for once homeless teen

Austin Community College wants Lyric Wardlow back in school. → Read More

Judge: Greg Kelley should be declared innocent in sex assault case

State District Judge Donna King has ruled that the conviction of Greg Kelley, a former high school f... → Read More

Once homeless teen receives laptop for school, needs more help

Lyric Wardlow didn’t have much of a childhood. → Read More

Texas fires special education director, citing civil suit in Oregon

The Texas Education Agency has fired its special education director. → Read More

Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion wish list to Congress for Hurricane Harvey-related damage and flood control projects. → Read More

Judge Donna King seeks extension in Greg Kelley sex assault case

A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it he... → Read More