Articles by Frank Bajak and Jake Bleiberg

Texas Software Provider to Local Governments Reports Data Breach

A Texas-based provider of software services to local governments and schools across the United States, Tyler Technologies, told customers on Sept. 23 that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and information technology systems. It could not immediately be determined …

Private Jail Company Sued over Texas Woman’s Death

The family of a woman who died after being held in an East Texas jail last year has filed a lawsuit against the company that runs the facility, claiming its staff neglected her care and ignored her pleas for help …

Texas Appellate Courts Won’t Pay Ransom After Cyber Attack

Texas courts have been hit with a ransomware attack that took down the website and case management systems for the state’s appellate and high courts. The attack on the courts’ network was discovered by staff on the morning of May …

Recovered from COVID-19, Wary First Responders Back on Job

The new coronavirus doesn’t care about a blue uniform or a shiny badge. Police, firefighters, paramedics and corrections officers are just a 911 call away from contracting COVID-19 and spreading it. With N95 masks hanging off their duty belts and …

Ransomware Attack Strikes 20 Texas Local Governments

More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it believes a single source is behind all 22 of the attacks. …

Update: Voice Recorder Found in Texas Plane Crash; Victims Identified

Federal investigators said that they have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a small plane that struck a hangar after taking off from a suburban Dallas airport. Two crew members and eight passengers died when the Beechcraft BE-350 King …

Texas Cleaning Up After Storms; Dallas Crane Collapse Victim Identified

Residents in North Texas began to come to grips Monday with the widespread damage left after a sudden thunderstorm bearing near hurricane-strength winds rolled through the area and collapsed a crane onto an apartment complex, killing one person and injuring …

Crane Falls on Dallas Apartments; 1 Killed, 5 Injured

A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm toppled on a Dallas apartment building Sunday, killing one woman in the building and injuring five other people, two of them critically, a fire official said. Crews searching the Elan …

Search Continues for Remaining Body at Texas Plane Crash Site

Authorities have been searching a bay off southeast Texas for clues about what caused a Boeing 767 cargo plane carrying Amazon packages to nose-dive into the shallow water, killing all three men on board. A north wind aided searchers by …

High Insurance Rates, Escape Cited in Closure of Texas Prison Transport Firm

A private prisoner transport company has announced its closure after an MMA fighter accused in two killings escaped this month from one of its vans while being escorted to a jail in Texas. Texas Prisoner Transportation Services told Bell County …