AUSTIN (KXAN) - Publicity, it seem, takes a toll.
Literally. Since the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday released the names of the top 25 delinquent payers on the toll roads it operates, at least six of those came forward to work out repayment plans before lunchtime on Friday.
And numerous others not on the Top 25 list but still in arrears with the state have contacted the agency saying they, too, are ready to make good.
TxDOT is taking advantage of new state law allowing it to publicize toll scofflaws as it tries to recoup as much as $27 million in unpaid tolls and penalty payments, Two people on the list are said to owe more than $200,000 and 14 others are said to owe more than $100,000.
Some of the list have said they are being mistakenly billed. And a TxDOT spokeswoman has said the state will work with the late-payers to make payments easier to manage.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice are unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
The driver of an 18-wheeler died and crashed into the back side of a building along Interstate 35 on Thursday.
A man convicted 21 years ago for engaging in ritual child abuse was released Thursday after the DA's office agreed the only physical evidence against him was faulty.
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died.
Tom Pauken said on Thursday that he wouldn't file for the GOP primary for governor, explaining that the difficulties of running against the best-funded statewide candidate in the state would be too great.