Houston Chronicle

State contracting coverage
State stretched no-bid contracting program to help local company

Official in contract scandal had closer ties to lobbyist than disclosed

Company in contract scandal had connection at another state agency

Popular state purchasing program lacks oversight, competition

No-bid ‘emergency’ contract could cost Texas $965 million

(State official resigns over $110 million no-bid contract)
(Contract controversy claims second resignation as criminal probes begin)
(Abbott orders agencies to boost contract oversight, transparency)
(Lawmakers pass sweeping state contracting reform)
(Powerful Texas health director to resign amid contract scandal)

Tuition perk coverage
Friends, coworkers of state officials got free tuition, other perks
(Health official resigns after controversy over free tuition)

State spent $30M on tuitions under program’s loose rules
(TxDOT suspends tuition program after questions)

Border surge coverage
Justification for Texas border surge was false, statistics show

Border surge harming crime fighting in other parts of Texas, classified report finds

Perry veto killed investigation into no-bid border security contracts

Other coverage
As the Blanco River raged, a Wimberley couple held on for dear life

Fueled by faith, Dan Patrick readies for next transformation

Grand jurors offended by Rick Perry suggestion indictment was political


The Seattle Times

Mental health coverage
Hundreds of dangerously mentally ill residents released on technicalities
(Official resigns after scrutiny of patients’ release)
(County: Fewer mental patients released over missed deadlines)

‘Boarding’ mentally ill becoming epidemic in state

Parents of slain mentally ill man lobby for broader treatment laws

Mudslide coverage
Heartbreaking search intensifies in mudslide zone

New fire chief being tested by disaster

Days after slide, state firefighters panel worried about ‘fractured’ response

Political coverage
Washington ballot issues draw unprecedented out-of-state cash

Months after election, McKenna campaign fund kept spending

Same-sex weddings usher in new era in Washington state

Education coverage
Not-so-special treatment in Seattle of special education

As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Last-chance high school serves Seattle’s toughest to teach