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Film Incentive Program Fears Guilt by Association

Richard Linklater says incentive funding is crucial to the Texas film industry, even if his film Boyhood didn't make the cut for incentives.
Richard Linklater says incentive funding is crucial to the Texas film industry, even if his film Boyhood didn't make the cut for incentives.

With other state incentive programs under attack for favoritism and weak oversight, one that seems to be working famously might get caught in the crossfire. Film industry supporters hope it survives.

Prosecutor: Perry Veto Forced an End to Several Cases

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

Travis County prosecutors said Saturday they dropped several criminal investigations — including one first reported by the Houston Chronicle involving no-bid state contracts — after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed their state funding in 2013. 

Attorney General's Review of UT Law School Released

Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.
Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.

A now-defunct forgivable loan program at the UT law school — which spawned a raging controversy — lacked transparency and accountability, a newly released review conducted by the attorney general's office found.

Sources: Abbott Will Wait to Decide on Janek's Future

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.

Amid calls for Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek to resign over a contracting scandal, sources close to Gov.-elect Greg Abbott say Abbott won't decide on Janek's future until after the completion of state investigations.

 

In Last Hurrah, Perry Encourages Compromise

Gov. Perry gives his farewell speech during a joint session of the Texas Legislature on January 15th, 2015
Gov. Perry gives his farewell speech during a joint session of the Texas Legislature on January 15th, 2015

In what some saw as a tune-up for his next presidential bid, Gov. Rick Perry bade farewell to lawmakers with a rhetorical highlights reel of his record-setting tenure. 

By the Numbers: The Inauguration Celebration

This year, for the first time in a while, there will be new faces in the spotlight as Austin prepares for its quadrennial inauguration festivities. A two-day, $4 million bash is set to usher Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick into office.

Wasting Little Time, McRaven Plots His Course

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

Four days into his new job atop the UT System, Chancellor William McRaven likens it to his days as a Navy admiral. Trust helps, conflicts need to be settled and the troops — now it's the students — come first.

Lakey Leaving DSHS, but Not Public Health

Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014
Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014

It's official: David Lakey is leaving his job as the state's public health chief for a new academic post. His move comes as lawmakers are considering consolidating the state's health agencies, which could've meant changes for Lakey. 

 

Lakey Leaving Health Agency for Position at UT System

Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014
Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014

David Lakey, the state's public health chief, will accept a joint position with the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, sources tell the Tribune.

 

Chancellor McRaven: Time to Move Past UT Conflicts

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

On his first day as chancellor of the UT System, Admiral Bill McRaven, the former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, said the system needed to move beyond the conflicts that have marked the last few years.