Judge: UT Confederate Statue Can Be Removed

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas at Austin will soon be taken down. Its removal was cleared Thursday by a state district judge, who threw out a challenge filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans seeking to block UT-Austin’s plan to remove the sculpture.

Paxton Pleads Not Guilty; Lawyer Quits Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's first courtroom appearance as a criminal defendant was a 30-minute affair during which Paxton's lead lawyer quit for unspecified reasons, the attorney general insisted no cameras be allowed at his trial and the judge admonished everyone to limit public statements about the case.

Judge to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

Texans in Congress Again Target Oil Export Ban

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

The nation’s capital is bracing for a frenetic fall. At best, Congress can expect a four-month legislative slog through everything from Iran to abortion; at worst, the government could shut down. It's anyone’s guess what that will mean for a renewed push to end the country's crude oil export ban.

 

Abbott Honors "American Sniper" Chris Kyle

Taya Kyle receives the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor that Gov. Greg Abbott awarded to her late husband, Chris Kyle, on Aug. 26, 2015.
Taya Kyle receives the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor that Gov. Greg Abbott awarded to her late husband, Chris Kyle, on Aug. 26, 2015.

Saying that Chris Kyle's "remarkable, selfless service may be unrivaled in the annals of our proud history," Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday posthumously awarded the late Navy SEAL sniper the state's highest military honor.

 

 

Hegar Lets Abbott Vetoes Stand, Asks AG to Decide

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Wednesday he will not authorize more than $200 million in funds approved by the Texas Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott as he waits for Attorney General Ken Paxton to settle the issue.