Noon Fix: State prison officers stretched thin in South Texas; McAllen’s new Emergency Communications Center; Cruz-O’Rourke debate; Texas Press Association recognizes State Rep. Terry Canales
Another concern raised in the memo is that officers were not provided training to transition between staffing low-level security jails and prisons to the highest-level facility, and Garza said officers have faced retaliation from their supervisors for speaking out against the policy.
It wasn’t your typical ribbon-cutting ceremony: In order to mark the grand opening of the McAllen Fire Department’s Emergency Communications Center on Thursday, together the fire chief, city staff and dispatchers ceremoniously disconnected and reconnected a large industrial electricity plug.
When Texas voters cast ballots in the U.S. Senate race this fall, they won’t see the names Rafael Edward Cruz or Robert Francis O’Rourke. Neither goes by his birth name.
Thanks to a court ruling and in spite of the Texas Public Information Act, Texas allows for taxpayer-funded entities, such as the Agua Special Utility District and the city of McAllen, to keep records secret if their release would put the government or businesses at a competitive disadvantage.