Harris County, Texas Homicide Report

The Homicide Report is a project that will document homicides in Harris County during 2019. On a monthly basis, the Houston Chronicle and Chron.com will list any death ruled by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences as a homicide — the death of a human being by the hand of another. The Homicide Report…

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Investigating after an industrial explosion

A chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has injured more than 30 people and killed at least one, according to Louisiana State Police. It’s the first major explosion since the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people. When a major plant explosion happens, how do you figure out what went wrong? Journalists have been…

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Award-winning journalists and live performances as IRE Conference returns to Texas

We hope you’ve already made plans to join us at San Antonio’s Riverwalk on June 20-23 at #IRE13 where for the first time in seven years, Investigative Reporters and Editors will bring its amazing annual conference back to Texas.  https://www.ire.org/conferences/ire-2013.  The line-up already includes prominent Pulitzer-prize winners, like the bilingual bicultural team that brought you…

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San Antonio withholds employee identifiers, with backing from Attorney General

By Joe Yerardi Back in September, I filed a public records request with the City of San Antonio asking for their last five years of payroll data. When I received the responsive records earlier this month, I was surprised to find that the data did not include employee identification numbers. As any data journalist worth…

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