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statesman.com — SPECIALTY AWARDSOffensive Player of the Year: QB Sam Ehlinger, Soph., WestlakeWestlake found its offensive leader in Ehlinger, who led his team in passing and rushing.

Live Nation buys majority interest in Austin’s C3 Presents

statesman.com — California-based Live Nation Entertainment said Friday it has wrapped up a deal to acquire a controlling stake in C3 Presents, the Austin company that puts on the annual Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza events, both among the top five festivals in North America.
Dec 19, 2014

Live Nation buys majority interest in Austin’s C3 Presents shar.es/13FwEP

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: BREAKING: Live Nation buys majority interest in Austin’s C3 Presents: atxne.ws/1w6Y05k via @aasbusiness

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Fired state health worker sues embattled Texas health agency

statesman.com — Leah Rayne says she's collateral damage in the unraveling saga of Jack Stick, the former top health official who directed lucrative, no-bid deals to Austin tech company 21CT.
Dec 20, 2014

ICYMI Friday night: HHSC employee accused of leaking Jack Stick's convo re @21CTinc plans to sue the agency. statesman.com/news/news/stat… #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

RT @davidmcswane: NEW: The HHSC employee who was accused of leaking Jack Stick's convo re @21CTinc is suing the agency. statesman.com/news/news/stat… #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

NEW: The HHSC employee who was accused of leaking Jack Stick's convo re @21CTinc is suing the agency. statesman.com/news/news/stat… #txlege

Inspector General resigns amid questions over no-bid contracts

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: UPDATE: Inspector General resigns amid questions over state's no-bid contract with Austin firm 21CT: atxne.ws/13mg5FI #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: UPDATE: Inspector General resigns amid questions over state's no-bid contract with Austin firm 21CT: atxne.ws/13mg5FI #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: UPDATE: State auditor to investigate no-bid contract with Austin firm 21CT: atxne.ws/1sHuPpj #txlege

One Texan suspected among 5 dead from tainted caramel apples

Dec 19, 2014

Yow! RT @statesman One Texan suspected among 5 dead from tainted caramel apples atxne.ws/1sGLpFO

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: One Texan suspected among 5 dead from tainted caramel apples atxne.ws/1sGLpFO

Dec 19, 2014

RT @statesman: One Texan suspected among 5 dead from tainted caramel apples atxne.ws/1sGLpFO

Trail of Lights closed Friday due to flooding

Austin jobless rate drops below 4 percent

statesman.com — Retailers ramping up hiring for the holiday season helped boost the ranks of employed Central Texas workers in November, knocking the metro area's unemployment rate down to 3.

Malik Jefferson, state’s top recruit, picks Texas

longhorns.blog.statesman.com — The state's top football prospect is a Longhorn. So is his teammate. Five-star outside linebacker Malik Jefferson ended months of speculation Friday morning and committed to Texas over Texas A&M and UCLA. Jefferson, of Mesquite Poteet, made the announcement at a 7:45 a.m. press conference at his school.

Inspector General resigns amid questions over no-bid contracts

investigations.blog.statesman.com — Update 4:20: Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Doug Wilson resigned Friday, scarcely more than an hour after the state auditor announced it would launch an investigation into no-bid contracts brokered under his watch in conjunction with an anti-public corruption at the Travis County District Attorney's office. Gov.

Crash victims sue SXSW organizers, accusing them of negligence

Dec 18, 2014

Statesman Alert: Crash victims sue SXSW organizers, accusing them of negligence bit.ly/1Axfr3t

Dec 18, 2014

RT @statesman: BREAKING: Crash victims sue SXSW organizers, accusing them of negligence atxne.ws/1w3MI1B #SXSW #SXSWcrash

Man charged in 2009 North Austin sexual assault

Dec 19, 2014

A DNA match led police to identify the suspect of a 2009 North #Austin sexual assault goo.gl/49NCXW

Lago Vista man gets 40 years in prison for killing his father

Dec 19, 2014

RT @jazmineulloa: Second man on trial for murder in death of his father this month has been sentenced to 40 years prison. bit.ly/1AOCeHP #atx #courts

Restaurant donates Christmas Eve dinner

statesman.com — In 2007, Barret Brannam, the then-franchise owner of Austin Red Robin restaurants, opened up one of the restaurants for Statesman Season for Caring families to eat Christmas Eve dinner.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @seasonforcaring: What a nice gift! @malagatapasbar has donated Christmas Eve dinner to all of our #seasonforcaring families: atxne.ws/1w65mGd

Experts: Lower oil prices a threat to Texas economy

statesman.com — These days, Texas consumers are celebrating the lowest gasoline prices in more than five years.But lower oil prices are also a risk factor for the overall Texas economy, which depends heavily on the energy industry.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @EvaRuth: "we think TX will, at the least, have a rough 2015 ahead, and is at risk of slipping into a regional recession" statesman.com/news/business/…

Union head: Officer’s domestic violence remarks ‘embarrassing'

Dec 18, 2014

Austin police officer on Ray Rice and men hitting women: "You act like a ho you get treated like one.” shar.es/139sob

Perry, senator call for investigations of contracts with tech firm

statesman.com — Gov. Rick Perry and a veteran Texas senator are calling for state and federal investigations into no-bid contracts awarded by state health officials to 21CT, an Austin data analytics company whose $110 million deal with the Health and Human Services Commission has been the subject of an on-going American-Statesman investigation.
Dec 18, 2014

UPDATED: Senator calls for criminal investigation of @21CT contract; Other state officials weigh in statesman.com/news/news/stat… #txlege

Dec 18, 2014

Perry, senator call for investigations of contracts with tech firm statesman.com/news/news/stat…

Dec 18, 2014

Story w/ links to previous reporting on @21CTinc, data analytics firm hired to amp #medicaid fraud investigations. statesman.com/news/news/stat…

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Texas cancels second 21CT deal amid questions of fairness

statesman.com — Texas health officials have cancelled a second no-bid deal with Austin data analytics company 21CT, whose lucrative dealings with the state have been the subject of a Statesman investigation.

Statesman Shots #46: Santa Claus on spreading holiday cheer

statesmanshots.blog.statesman.com — Do you need a favor from Santa Claus? We might be able to put in a good word. This week on Statesman Shots, the North Pole's most famous gift-giver joins us for a fun episode exploring the origins of Papa Noel (just one name he's known by).

A closer look at Malik Jefferson, the state’s top football prospect

longhorns.blog.statesman.com — On Tuesday, the American-Statesman visited Mesquite Poteet High School to profile Malik Jefferson, the state's top football recruit. If you missed it, here's the link. Jefferson, a five-star outside linebacker, will announce his college decision at 7:45 a.m. Friday.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AutulloAAS: Blog post: Some news and notes on Malik Jefferson that didn’t make our feature story longhorns.blog.statesman.com/2014/12/18/a-c…

Dec 18, 2014

Blog post: Some news and notes on Malik Jefferson that didn’t make our feature story longhorns.blog.statesman.com/2014/12/18/a-c…