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Employee used city credit card to buy John Wick movie, then altered receipts, audit finds

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www.kxan.com – Christopher Adams – 2024-05-24 17:06:29

SUMMARY: An Austin City employee, Michael Collier, falsely reported a personal purchase as a city business expense and altered receipts to cover it up, according to a City Auditor's investigation. Collier, a Transportation and Public Works Superintendent, used a city-issued credit card to buy the movie “John Wick: Chapter 4” in July 2023. He attempted to disguise the purchase as “Safety Reminders for crew during the HOT season” and later altered the receipt title to “Work Place Shooter Safety Awareness.” Despite initial denial, Collier admitted to these actions and has since been placed on administrative leave pending further disciplinary action.

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Austin’s Marbridge Foundation provides ‘a whole new way of life’ for residents

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www.kxan.com – Jaclyn Ramkissoon – 2024-06-13 11:26:00

SUMMARY: For Nexstar's Founder's Day of Caring 2024, KXAN volunteers are supporting the Marbridge Foundation, a 200-acre residential facility south of Austin for adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Celebrating its 71st year, Marbridge hosts 275 residents across three care communities, offering lifelong care from young adulthood to end-of-life. Resident Emily, who has lived at Marbridge since 2019, praises the skills and friendships she has developed. The foundation encourages volunteer participation, including in their new equine facility, and supports residents in activities like Special Olympics sports. Donations are welcomed via their website to further support their mission.

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Body found: Harris County investigators respond to fire-related call, reportedly find man dead inside home on Thistle Street

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-13 10:40:28

SUMMARY: Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire at a home on Thistle Street early Thursday morning, discovering a deceased man. It is unclear if the man died due to the fire. SkyEye footage showed damage to a trailer or mobile home with a fire hose surrounding the area. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fire-related call was received just before 8 a.m. ABC13 is gathering more information and will provide updates. They encourage the public to submit tips or story ideas through their website. Watch ABC13 for live updates on this developing story.

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Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication – KXAN Austin

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www.kxan.com – MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press – 2024-06-13 10:02:27

SUMMARY: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld access to mifepristone, a key medication in two-thirds of U.S. abortions, dismissing the legal standing of opponents to challenge FDA approvals. The ruling, authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, stressed that federal courts aren't the appropriate venue for these disputes. This decision secures mifepristone's availability, a drug deemed one of the safest by the FDA. Opponents argued its eased access endangers women's , but the court found no forced compliance on doctors opposing abortions. The outcome, significant for the FDA's regulatory integrity, arrives amid political stakes as elections near. Another abortion-related case remains pending.

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