Texas attorney general rules that oil train records are public

Train TracksAccording to the state attorney general, oil-train records that the Texas Department of Public Safety argued were exempt from public records law are, in fact, not.  Last week, the attorney general ruled that the records must be made available to any and all news organizations and public parties interested in them. [Read more…]

Records show DuPont workers were long exposed to lethal chemicals

ResearchIn the city of La Porte, TX, a DuPont chemical pesticide plant suffered a tragic accident last year.  On November 15, 2014, a catastrophic chemical release spontaneously killed four workers.  While the tragic event was reason enough for investigation, what a public records request by the Houston Chronicle reveals is incredibly disturbing as well. [Read more…]

Asbestos concerns cause drama at Kilgore College

PaperFor a community college with just under 6,000 students, Kilgore College is certainly making more news than the average school of its size.  In fact, more-so than ‘news’ the events occurring right now sound like something out of a movie.  From behind-the-back gossip, to accusations amongst board members, to student health and safety concerns, there’s a lot to keep up with.  The latest event, a bullet through the door of one of the college’s president’s critics, escalated things to a whole new level. [Read more…]

Texas blog denied public records request in wake of police shootings

Sealed RecordsThe blogosphere and government agencies have had an interesting relationship since independent websites first popped up some 20 years ago.  The internet is a watchdog’s dream space; information spreads like wildfire, and once it’s out, it’s hard to ever get back in the bottle.  Such a relationship also exists amongst news outlets, and everything in between. [Read more…]

Texas has another battle over textbooks

Students ReadingTexas is no stranger to controversy in the classroom. Throughout modern history, battles over what is taught in science and history classrooms have been commonplace in the South. For one, more conservative ideals generally hold sway in the region, and are usually at odds with the liberal bias of teachers and administrators in science and schools. [Read more…]