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Changes promised in wake of fight club allegations

AUSTIN, Texas - Facing outrage and demands for reform, the Texas Department of Disability Services says it is beefing up security and surveillance in the wake of reports of organized, after-hours fights among disabled residents at a state-run facility.

The head of the agency, Addie Horn, told lawmakers Thursday that the department is buying security cameras, adding security guards for the first time and studying additional measures such as increased lighting and uniforms for state workers.

Horn was scolded at a legislative hearing for not acting sooner to stop abuse at a facility in Corpus Christi, where police say caretakers appeared to have organized a "fight club" in which mentally and developmentally disabled residents were encouraged to fight each other for the staff's entertainment.

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