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State's withholding of professional licenses examined

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hearing records show the Texas Department of Public Safety has denied professional licenses to people accused of something as little as stealing socks or sleeping in an abandoned house while homeless.

The state licenses hundreds of professions, and the Department of Public Safety can withhold licenses for specific crimes.

Administrative records reviewed by the Austin American-Statesman show the department refused to license a Travis County woman who had been charged with trespassing five years before while she was homeless.

DPS also denied a Fort Worth man arrested after rummaging through a Goodwill drop-off trailer.

DPS says appropriate rules were followed in all cases.

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