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Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

Perry Attorneys: Cancer Agency Probe Not Basis of Veto

The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday. 

 

Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.
Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.

Glitches Threaten ACA Coverage for Immigrants

Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records.

Perry Attorneys: Cancer Agency Probe Not Basis of Veto

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday. 

 

Glitches Threaten ACA Coverage for Immigrants

Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.
Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.

Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records.

 

UT System Regents Consider Campus Budget Relief

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.

The UT System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives — including how to keep tuition flat and find a new president for the flagship university. 

Texas' Nuclear Waste Dump Gets Wiggle Room

John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste.
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste.

UPDATED: Texas’ only radioactive waste site has permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.

 

 

Abbott's Business Tax Remarks Spark Confusion

GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.

Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke this month at a conservative conference about how Texas could attract more jobs if it didn't have a business franchise tax. But Abbott isn't proposing a repeal of the tax, according to his campaign.

Meet Lawyers on Both Sides of Perry Indictment

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Rick Perry, facing charges related to his threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, has assembled his legal defense dream team. Here's a look at the strengths of both his attorneys and the prosecutor investigating him.   

The Brief: Aug. 21, 2014

DPS security man Chris Brannen, l, follows Texas Governor Rick Perry from the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center after booking on August 19, 2014.
DPS security man Chris Brannen, l, follows Texas Governor Rick Perry from the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center after booking on August 19, 2014.

Now that Gov. Rick Perry is ramping up his legal team to fight a pair of felony indictments, he has also changed course on how to pay for his counsel — the bills will now come to his campaign account.

Perry's Court Signature Differs From Official One

An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.
An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.

Gov. Rick Perry's unusual signature — long a source of fascination — looks strikingly different in the legal documents he had to sign related to his recent indictment.

Perry Pleads Not Guilty

A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.
A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry has waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.

The Brief: Aug. 20, 2014

Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Call it the frozen custard heard round the world. Gov. Rick Perry and his booking on two felony counts late Tuesday afternoon captured national attention — on social media, most of all.

Lawmakers Ready to Push Again for "Texas Solution" to Obamacare

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State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties said on Monday at a Texas Tribune event that they haven’t given up on crafting a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Letters Highlight Local Tension Over Increased Border Security

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.
A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

A coalition of ranchers and business owners from South Texas is pushing back against border officials who have criticized the build-up of law enforcement on the Rio Grande.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."