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Must reads: Texas watchdog journalism roundup for Dec. 3, 2017

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Investigative stories in Texas about embezzlement at Centro San Antonio, substandard dams and the mysteries of brain injuries.

Centro San Antonio CEO quits amid allegations of embezzlement by staffer | The San Antonio Express-News

A former employee of Centro San Antonio, the nonprofit organization focused on building a “more prosperous downtown,” is accused of embezzling $175,000 by fabricating emails and audits and using an accomplice who posed as an auditor to conceal the theft. In response to the discovery, Pat DiGiovanni, Centro’s president and CEO, quit last week. Story by Josh Baugh

Hundreds of dams in Texas could fail in worst-case flood | The Austin American-Statesman

Hundreds of substandard dams upstream of populated areas in Texas violate state law intended to guard against failing in catastrophic floods, an investigation by the American-Statesman has found. The newspaper’s article sparked a review by Texas lawmakers. Story by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Alive Inside | The Houston Chronicle

“Thousands of people are discharged to nursing homes or acute care hospitals each year, assumed to be unconscious after suffering a severe brain injury. Experts now believe a staggering number of these patients — more than 40 percent, according to some estimates — are covertly aware, in what scientists have dubbed the ‘minimally conscious state.'” Story by Mike Hixenbaugh

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