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Former Dewhurst Aide Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Former Dewhurst consultant Buddy Barfield walks to Austin federal court to plead guilty of embezzling almost $2-million in campaign funds on Oct. 21, 2014.
Former Dewhurst consultant Buddy Barfield walks to Austin federal court to plead guilty of embezzling almost $2-million in campaign funds on Oct. 21, 2014.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's former adviser Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of funds contributed to a federal candidate.

The Q&A: Michael Hooten

Michael Hooten is the Superintendent of Trinity Environmental Academy. Pictured on right (l-r): Rev. Robert McElroy, Dhriti Stocks, Jennifer Hoag Maylee, Lisa Tatum, Michael Hooten, Carolynne Smith and Korey Mack.
Michael Hooten is the Superintendent of Trinity Environmental Academy. Pictured on right (l-r): Rev. Robert McElroy, Dhriti Stocks, Jennifer Hoag Maylee, Lisa Tatum, Michael Hooten, Carolynne Smith and Korey Mack.

In this week's Q&A, we interview Michael Hooten, superintendent of Trinity Environmental Academy.

Texans Coming to Grips With Rising Water Costs

Paul Dowlearn poses for a portrait at Wichita Valley Nursery in Wichita Falls on Oct. 7. Dowlearn has been collecting rain water for years.
Paul Dowlearn poses for a portrait at Wichita Valley Nursery in Wichita Falls on Oct. 7. Dowlearn has been collecting rain water for years.

Water and sewer bills are going up substantially across Texas and in many other places around the country as utilities struggle to maintain aging infrastructure, deal with drought or come to grips with the rising costs of a scarce resource while searching for new supplies. 

Top HHSC Lawyer Questions DWI Arrest in Court

Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.
Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.

Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Health and Human Services Commission, asked an Austin judge on Thursday to suppress evidence in his DWI case, while prosecutors said blood test results proved his arrest two years ago was proper.

Gubernatorial Poll: Abbott Leads Davis by 9 Points

The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Tuesday.
The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Tuesday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott leads his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, by 9 percentage points, 49 percent to 40 percent, according to the latest Texas Lyceum poll, released Wednesday.