The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

Judge: UT Confederate Statue Can Be Removed

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the University of Texas at Austin campus will soon be taken down. Its removal was cleared Thursday by a state district judge, who threw out a challenge filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans seeking to block UT-Austin’s plan to remove the bronze sculpture.

 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.

Paxton Pleads Not Guilty; Lead Lawyer Quits Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton's first courtroom appearance as a criminal defendant was a 30-minute affair during which Paxton's lead lawyer quit for unspecified reasons, the attorney general insisted no cameras be allowed at his trial and the judge admonished everyone to limit public statements about the case.

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

Judge Set to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

Paxton Pleads Not Guilty; Lead Lawyer Quits Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's first courtroom appearance as a criminal defendant was a 30-minute affair during which Paxton's lead lawyer quit for unspecified reasons, the attorney general insisted no cameras be allowed at his trial and the judge admonished everyone to limit public statements about the case.

Judge Set to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

 

Perry on Struggles: I'm Not Giving Up

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday indicated he had no plans to leave the presidential race amid a series of setbacks for his cash-strapped campaign.

Border Shelter for Female Veterans Hits a Roadblock

Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.
Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.

Retired Lt. Col. Hope Jackson's efforts to open a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso hit a snag when she lost out on a contract with the local veterans administration. She argues that's a sign that the unique needs of female veterans are not being met.

Texans in Congress Again Target Oil Export Ban

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

The nation’s capital is bracing for a frenetic fall. At best, Congress can expect a four-month legislative slog through everything from Iran to abortion; at worst, the government could shut down. It's anyone’s guess what that will mean for a renewed push to end the country's crude oil export ban.

 

The Brief: Aug. 27, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion on Aug. 26th, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion on Aug. 26th, 2015

Rick Perry was back on familiar ground — the Governor's Mansion — on Wednesday but questions continued about the viability of his presidential campaign in the face of dismal fundraising figures.

Bush Leads Push for Endangered Species Reform

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading an alliance of 23 state land commissioners calling for more transparency on how animals are added to the endangered list under the Endangered Species Act.