AUSTIN (AP) - State prison officials are exploring operating a convict health care program that would not involve the
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for the first time in 18 years.
In a surprise move Friday, officials said they are creating a network that would rely on regional hospitals across the state to provide the care.
The development came after UTMB officials said talks to extend their managed care contract for prisons had reached an impasse.
They proposed no longer providing care at prisons but continuing to operate the prison hospital in Galveston.
But Brad Livingston, prison system executive director, said if the regional network is created, "we believe we could provide care at a regional level, including the specialty care, at less cost."
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.