Alana Rocha Multimedia Reporter

Alana Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and most recently in Austin as YNN's lead political reporter. Her work at the cable news outlet took her around the country reporting from the presidential campaign trail. A native of Tampa, Florida, Alana received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida.

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Video: "The Daily Show" Recaps Perry's Indictment

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.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart had a little fun on Thursday with Gov. Rick Perry's recent indictment and the trip to New Hampshire days after his booking, calling it a "priceless rebrand from 'forgetful doof' to 'possible felon.'"

Perry Expected to Be Booked Today

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

Travis County deputies say they expect Rick Perry to be booked between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday — the same window when supporters are expected to rally at the courthouse in defense of the Texas governor.

 

 

 

Video: Perry Talks Indictment, Border, 2016

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

Gov. Rick Perry said on Fox News Sunday that he stands behind his decision to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, and he noted there have been some Democrats who have questioned the felony charges he's facing.

Doctors Laud Expansion of VA Voucher Program

Dr. Alexander P. Sudarshan, an ophthalmologist, examined Jose Juan Herrera, a Vietnam War veteran, last month in Weslaco. Dr. Sudarshan treats patients referred by Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Alexander P. Sudarshan, an ophthalmologist, examined Jose Juan Herrera, a Vietnam War veteran, last month in Weslaco. Dr. Sudarshan treats patients referred by Veterans Affairs.

Private medical providers in the Valley welcome additional resources to address the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' massive backlog, but they say the voucher program must be improved to maximize its effectiveness.