Public Safety

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Voters to decide on new emergency services district in Southeast Travis County

Residents in Southeast Travis County will soon get to vote on a plan to shore up the financial health of their first responders. Last Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved a petition to create Emergency Services District No. 15, a…

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Monday, February 13, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: What’s next for local users of the Affordable Care Act?

Insure Central Texas Director Elizabeth Colvin joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about the Affordable Care Act and potential local implications of a repeal. Kanin is also joined by Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Chief Operating Officer Rachel…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Critics call foul on medical school’s spending

The activists who last year hounded Central Health with claims that the hospital district was being less than transparent have now turned their focus on the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, accusing the school of improperly spending…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Cate Malek

APD still years away from clearing DNA backlog

Austin’s Public Safety Commission gave mixed reviews to the Austin Police Department’s attempts to recover from the shutdown of its DNA lab and its backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. At its meeting on Monday, the commission responded favorably…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Medical school outlines spending, outreach for care in eastern ‘Austin crescent’

With Travis County putting more scrutiny on one of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas’ largest financial contributors – specifically Central Health and the $35 million in taxpayer dollars it provides the school annually – leaders of…

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Monday, December 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin/Travis County Central Health

Travis County Central Health president and CEO Patricia Young Brown joins Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to chat about her organization, the University of Texas Dell Medical School and the organizations’ role in the community. Post is embedded below.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County Commissioners consider spending up to $14 million on legal review of DNA cases

The Travis County Commissioners Court considered options for how to handle a review of criminal cases potentially compromised by the local DNA lab. Run by the Austin Police Department, the lab shuttered its doors in June following an audit from…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court considers next steps in DNA lab catastrophe

The Travis County Commissioners Court is moving forward with its version of damage control in the wake of revelations about the Austin Police Department’s DNA testing lab. On Tuesday, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt explained to the court how her plans…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

APD updates commission on DNA backlog

The Austin Police Department hopes to have the backlog of sexual assault kits eliminated within the next year, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told the Public Safety Commission on Monday. APD will soon begin sending 100 batches of evidence every two…

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