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Must reads: Texas watchdog journalism roundup for May 4, 2017

Problems with surgical tools at BAMC
Credit: San Antonio Express-News

Human matter found on surgical tools forces BAMC to close operating rooms | San Antonio Express-News

“Brooke Army Medical Center, the flagship of the Army’s health system and famous for its burn ward that has treated hundreds of war victims, has closed more than half its operating rooms and reduced elective surgeries after it found improper sterilization last month of instruments in 73 cases, including 16 incidents in which fragments of organic material such as bone, skin or blood were left on surgical tools.” Story by Sig Christenson.

Texas Voter ID Law Led to Fears and Failures in 2016 Election | ProPublica

Jacquelyn Callanen, the election administrator for Bexar County, said she is still furious about the state’s performance in handling last November’s vote. “I’ve been doing this for 22 years,” she said. “This was the most complicated and emotionally charged election I have ever seen.” Story by Jessica Huseman.

When his son’s call for help turned deadly, Ali Amron challenged the police, and won | Austin American-Statesman

“Criminal justice reformers and some police leaders themselves are questioning whether long-standing law enforcement tactics, such as quick and aggressive scene control and a never-back-down mentality need to be re-visited — particularly in low-stakes encounters.” Story by Eric Dexheimer and Andrea Ball.

Donations from real estate industry fuel San Antonio political races | San Antonio Express-News

“The industry’s influence has become a topic of contention in the race, as officials seek approval for an $850 million bond package to help manage Bexar County’s booming population and exploding development. The infrastructure, public safety and other projects planned with that money could be a windfall for the sector. Story by Richard Webner.

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