TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/18

Defense attorneys representing Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that there was nothing illegal or inappropriate about his veto of funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign.

The governor, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night.

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

The state investigation into CPRIT had nothing to do with the governor’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. 

The governor, 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.

On Tuesday, Perry made brief statements before and after he entered Austin's Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, where he was booked on two felony charges related to his threat to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit.

Texans for Public Justice, the liberal-leaning group that filed the complaint that led to the governor’s indictment last week, has a history of messing with Texas politicians.

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.

It's official: Admiral William H. McRaven, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. His annual salary? $1.2 million. 

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.

Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation land purchase in Texas history.

For-profit teacher certification companies are flourishing in Texas. But as the industry grows, so do questions about the state's ability to control the quality of training the programs provide.

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