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Abbott Courting Feds for Health Care Money, Emails Show

Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.
Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.

A newspaper editorial prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to have aides research the finances of a Houston health insurance plan to see if some hospitals caring for poor and uninsured Texans are "rolling in dough," emails obtained by The Texas Tribune show.  

"Cops' Lives Matter," Says Sheriff After Houston Killing

Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was shot to death at a Houston gas station late Friday night.
Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was shot to death at a Houston gas station late Friday night.

Following the killing of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy late Friday night, a local law enforcement leader said the “rhetoric” of anti-police brutality protestors had ramped up “to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happens.”

Former Cancer Agency Official Found Not Guilty

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was found not guilty Tuesday by a 12-member jury in Austin. He had been accused of deceiving colleagues in order to secure an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm.

Law Could Bring Remote Doctor Visits to Schools

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.
A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

In Wealthy ZIP Codes, Freestanding ERs Find A Home

When her daughter had a cold, Nancy Nicolas went to a freestanding emergency room that she believed to be an urgent care clinic. The checkup cost more than $500.
When her daughter had a cold, Nancy Nicolas went to a freestanding emergency room that she believed to be an urgent care clinic. The checkup cost more than $500.

Five years after Texas became the first state to permit freestanding emergency rooms, more than 160 have set up shop around the state — a presence that suburban commuters and health insurers alike are finding impossible to ignore.

Prosecutor: State Cancer Official Deceived Agency

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A Travis County prosecutor on Tuesday asked a jury to convict Jerry Cobbs, a former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, of securing an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm “by fraud.”