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A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state's anti-corruption prosecutors unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunk driving, stepped down from office.
196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle tendered an abrupt resignation letter to Governor Rick Perry's office Friday morning, indicating that it would be his last day on the job. The local jurist vacates his post at amid criminal allegations and an investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office.
The Greenville Herald Banner editor Caleb Slinkard has been following this story, and shared information and context with KETR's audience. Audio below.
Even after Gov. Rick Perry stripped funding for the agency that prosecutes state public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap the resignation of embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for restoration of the money, several sources told The Texas Tribune this week.
More than a decade after the Prison Rape Elimination Act unanimously passed Congress, federal standards for implementation of the law have been finalized. Now, Gov. Rick Perry and some prison reform advocates are at odds over what those standards mean for Texas lockups and the taxpayers who pay for them.
The three-person governing body of the Texas Water Development Board is now fully staffed. Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Kathleen Thea Jackson of Beaumont to the Texas Water Development Board.
Jackson, a registered professional engineer, was most recently public affairs manager for Exxon Mobil Corp.
The board had been down to two members since January, when Weatherford natural gas entrepreneur Mary Ann Williamson resigned. The board chairman is Carlos Rubinstein. Bech Bruun also serves on the board.
The Texas Water Development Board has had its own governing board reorganized. Last year, the Texas Legislature replaced the six-member volunteer board with a three-member full-time board. Governor Rick Perry appointed three longtime associates to the new positions. But one of them - Mary Ann Williamson - has resigned, less than half a year after accepting the position. Texas Tribune environment reporter Neena Satija discusses the changes in Austin.
If Proposition 6 passes on Tuesday, the Texas Water Development Board would oversee the management of $2 billion from the state's rainy-day fund. After an overhaul this year, the Texas Water Development Board has new leadership including longtime associates of Gov. Rick Perry. Critics of the measure say that Gov. Perry's history with state agencies - like the troubled Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas - raise concerns that the money won't be in the best hands.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?
Commerce, TX – Governor Rick Perry, in his recent State of the State address, recognized Texas A&M University-Commerce and President Dan R. Jones for pioneering efforts to create a Bachelor’s degree costing approximately $10,000—significantly less than most undergraduate degrees.
AUSTIN - A Caddo Mills native and Dallas firefighter killed while battling a blaze in 2011 is one of dozens of peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty that were honored Friday.