Statesman to fight Windstorm Association subpoena

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 2:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Windstorm Association has subpoenaed records from the Austin American-Statesman and two other media outlets for information on stories about racist agency e-mails.

Lawyer Andrew McKinney represents TWIA. He wants notes, e-mails and information gathered by reporters at the Statesman, Texas Public Radio and Weslaco's KRGV-TV.

The newspaper (http://bit.ly/1kgnH3y) promises to fight the subpoena.

TWIA is being sued by the Brownsville school district over unpaid 2008 claims from Hurricane Dolly. It's a quasi-governmental insurer-of-last-resort in coastal Texas.

The school district's lawyer, Steve Mostyn, has charged that racism factored into TWIA officials' denying claims made by the largely Hispanic Brownsville district.

The Statesman first reported the bigoted emails in December. TWIA attorneys have acknowledged in court that some messages were "certainly over the line" in terms of being racist.

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