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Investigation Leads to Revamp of the Process for Screening Law Enforcement for Mental Health Issues

Posted on · People seeking to become law enforcement officers — and those who already are — often have to pass psychological evaluations to make sure they’re fit for duty. For some time, the Harris County Sherriff’s Office — as well as several other law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston — have contracted with one woman to conduct those evaluations: […]

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Seat Belts on Buses and Heights Preservation: Thursday’s Show (December 3, 2015)

Posted on · Months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD’s board approved a policy requiring three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district buys. The decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use. The NHTSA now says all school buses should have three-point belts, like those […]

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Health and Human Services Commissioner Stepping Down Amid Controversy

Posted on · Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek recently announced his resignation. He’ll step down July 1. His deputy, Chris Taylor, will replace him. Janek’s departure comes as the agency faces a number of issues, including a controversy surrounding a no-bid contract with an Austin-based technology company to detect Medicaid fraud. We discuss the challenges […]

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HHS, New Sheriff & Drug Lawsuits: Wednesday’s Show (June 17, 2015)

Posted on · Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek recently announced his resignation. He’ll step down July 1. His deputy, Chris Taylor, will replace him. Janek’s departure comes as the agency faces a number of issues, including a controversy surrounding a no-bid contract with an Austin-based technology company to detect Medicaid fraud. On this edition of […]