Yesterday, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5 hours ago
About 300 people now are preparing for possible legal action to claim up to $10 million, action the Lottery Commission appeared to dismiss out of hand, Tuesday.
"The agency has received feedback from some players expressing confusion regarding certain aspects of this popular game," the commission said in a statement announcing the closure of the game.
Sternberg said Wednesday that a petition has been filed with a Travis County court requesting permission to take preliminary depositions in preparation for any potential lawsuit against the Texas Lottery Commission and GTech Corp., which manufactured the disputed card.
Yesterday, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5 hours ago
Child Protective Services is seeking the public's help to locate the parents or relatives of an infant discovered Wednesday morning at a Houston post office. The boy also was found with a fleece blanket that has a black background, multiple red dog paw designs, white dog bone images and the word "woof" in white lettering. The state's "Baby Moses" law allows parents to avoid prosecution if they deliver unharmed infants up to 60 days old to personnel at hospitals, fire stations, EMS locations or other designated Safe Havens where immediate medical attention is available.
Authorities say that all the heists take a special breed of criminal willing to go up against trained, armed guards for a shot at a big payday.
While armored car robberies are played down by authorities as rarely resulting in millions of dollars, they are glorified in Hollywood and conjure up images of treasure for the taking for those bold enough to try.
The armored cars have different levels of protection, but often are outfitted with an especially strong steel that would take plasma cutters to penetrate.
Among last year's attacks here was an incident in which a guard was shot and wounded at a shopping center and not a cent was taken, and in another incident, $4 million was stolen from an armored car on the University of Houston campus in what authorities said was an inside job.
A guard turned robber knew the truck would be loaded with cash, officials said, and that one of its hefty doors would be left unlocked.
In yet another attempted armored car robbery last year, outside a theater on Dunvale, a guard was shot in the hip, and a would-be robber was killed.
Dennis Franks, a retired FBI agent who now is the Texas managing director for the private security firm, Risk Control Strategies, said armored car robbers tend to be seasoned criminals who are ready for a fight.
The plan to turn the Astrodome into the world's largest indoor park is politically unpopular with Harris County voters if the transformation requires any taxpayer dollars, according to a new poll released this week.
AUSTIN - Former David Dewhurst campaign manager Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield is facing up to 28 years in prison and millions in fines and restitution payments after pleading guilty Tuesday to embezzling nearly $1.8 million from the outgoing lieutenant governor's failed 2012 bid for U.S. Senate.
Once Dewhurst's most trusted campaign adviser, Barfield admitted in a court filing that he stole funds from two campaign accounts - the David Dewhurst Committee and Dewhurst for Texas - and used the money to pay the mortgage on his columned, two-story mansion in West Austin, on school tuition for his children, on personal investments and for assorted other living costs.
According to federal court filings, Barfield reported in 2009 that he had no taxable income, while IRS criminal investigators later discovered he had made nearly $583,000.
The former president of historic Riverside Hospital - along with his son and two other people affiliated with the facility - were convicted in federal court Monday for their roles in a Medicare scheme to steal $158 million from the U.S. government.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the defendants treated mentally ill and disabled people "like chits to be traded and cashed out to pad their own pockets."
Several pleaded guilty - including assistant administrator Mohammad Khan, who admitted to conspiring to commit health care fraud - in bids for leniency when they are sentenced.
Prosecutors said Gibson III paid kickbacks to patient recruiters and to owners and operators of group care homes for delivering supposed patients to Riverside facilities.
The move came after the state's top health official took the unusual move of traveling to Houston to tour the organization's three campuses for a firsthand look at problems from fire alarms and air conditioning to patient records and food-preparation conditions.
Lying in his crib at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, his mother by his side, the child known in court records as "K.W." should have been safe, but prosecutors said Monday that surveillance video tells a darker tale.
The allegations took on an even more troubling tone after officials learned that another child of Wood's had died, apparently from complications arising from a disorder that looked like epilepsy.
Prosecutors said that during the second incident, hospital staff found the baby slumped in his mother's arms, not breathing and with no pulse while Wood did nothing to get help.
Wood told investigators she was watching television in the room when her son started making gasping and gurgling noises as the breathing monitors began beeping.
According to what they're telling us, the child died from complications of epilepsy and seizure disorder.
If convicted of attempted capital murder, Wood faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
"The surveillance video shows her actions, putting her hand over his mouth and pinching his nose and him resisting her," said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Tiffany Dupree.