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Past articles by Avery:

Letter sent to Gov. Abbott, lawmakers explains why more funding could be headed to Texas’ utility regulator

In a report published on Tuesday, the anniversary of this historic storm, lawmakers on the Sunset Advisory Commission asked Texas’ top leaders to consider increasing funding for the Public Utility Commission, which regulates the state’s utility systems. → Read More

‘It’s very scary’: What to do about home medical equipment during power outages in Texas

Texans are bracing for potential power outages during this week’s ice storm, but an outage poses a particularly dangerous threat for anyone relying on oxygen or other medically-necessary, electrically-powered equipment. → Read More

‘Significant concern’ from lawmakers over plans to redesign Texas electric market

A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers are pushing back on a plan to revamp the state’s electric market. → Read More

‘Expect the lights to stay on’: ERCOT predicting power grid reliability, watching for extreme conditions

Texas utility leaders said they feel confident the state’s power grid will be able to withstand winter weather this year, but they are still keeping an eye on certain extreme conditions outlined in two new reports about power availability and reliability. → Read More

Texas finds funding to start tracking impact of substance abuse on foster children

r foster mother, Cameron Hernholm knows how traumatic it can be for a child when they are removed from their home and enter the Child Protective Services system. → Read More

Texas Vet Board still struggling to fix database problems, legislative review finds

Months after a KXAN investigation into problems at the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, a new legislative report reveals the agency is still struggling to manage its data on animal doctors in the state. → Read More

Abortion, immigration impacting race for Texas Attorney General

Recent polls show Paxton ahead of Garza in the race for attorney general. → Read More

2 years into Austin’s Project Connect, is the light rail still on track?

Earlier this year, the group overseeing Austin’s massive transit initiative, Project Connect, made an announcement: skyrocketing construction costs and the price of land would likely bring the pric… → Read More

How many Texas senior living facilities have backup power? HHSC reveals survey results

Hundreds of Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities have generators on-site for backup power, but hundreds still do not, according to a survey conducted by Texas Health and Human Services. → Read More

‘Miserable’ heat: Austin ISD aware of air conditioning issues on campuses, eyeing long-term fixes

Last August, more than 700 maintenance requests for HVAC system issues had been filed just two weeks into the 2021-2022 school year. → Read More

Alex Jones’ company sees sales ‘surge’ after trial, according to bankruptcy court filing

Alex Jones has seen his company’s sales “surge,” according to recent court filings, after a jury’s multi-million dollar verdict against the Austin-based conspiracy theorist and media personality. → Read More

Jury finds Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook parents more than $4 million

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin jury found Infowars host Alex Jones must pay more than $4 million to the family of Sandy Hook shooting victim over claims on the show the shooting was a hoax and parents were crisis actors. The verdict, returned on Thursday, marks the first of two sums of money the jurors […] → Read More

Sandy Hook family attorney says Jan. 6 committee wants Alex Jones’ cell data

Mark Bankston, the attorney representing two parents who lost their child in the Sandy Hook shooting and later sued Jones over his claims the shooting was a hoax, told the judge he planned to turn over the materials immediately, unless she ruled otherwise. → Read More

Sandy Hook family attorney says he was sent Alex Jones’ cell phone data

When Jones took the stand on Wednesday to testify before the jury, Bankston asked him about text messages he was asked to turn over during discovery before this trial. → Read More

Court monitors find ‘troubling inconsistencies’ in data on Texas foster kids in state care for months

After a new report pointed out potential “inconsistencies” in state records about kids in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, a federal judge will take closer look at the length of time these children have spent in the state’s care. → Read More

‘Crawling on her:’ Austin family suing nursing home after ant bites detailed in state report

Two weeks before Kathleen died last September, the family said they got word ants had been found in her room at Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation – and on her body. → Read More

Q&A: School security expert responds to leaked Uvalde hallway video

The full 77-minute leaked video was published by the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday. The report featured video from the hallway of the school, but also surveillance footage from outside the school and an officer’s body camera video. → 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

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

Stinky problem highlights city’s property damage immunity

Once the city realized its error, utility workers promptly repaired the pipe. Laclede, however, still had a $1,200 dent in his bank account. In the weeks that followed, Laclede struggled to get repaid. He said the encounter left him feeling like the city didn’t care about his situation and its process for handling claims is unfair and lacks recourse, he said. → Read More