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

Root and Langford et al. on Gov. Rick Perry’s new defense team’s arguments, how they are being paid, his response to the criminal charge, the contention that a cancer research investigation is unrelated to the charges, Ayala and Aaronson and Wiseman on the lawyers in the Perry case, Batheja on the liberal group that started it all, Rocha and Dehn catch the governor’s unusual booking rally, Aguilar on some friction over law enforcement on the border, Hamilton details the hiring of the new chancellor at the University of Texas, Malewitz on the expansion of the state’s only radioactive waste site, Satija on a land purchase financed with oil spill money, M. Smith reports on private training programs for teachers and Ura finds some glitches that threaten health care coverage for some immigrants: The best of our best for the week of Aug. 18 to 22, 2014.

Rep. Elliott Naishtat hospitalized after bicycle accident

A state representative from Austin was hospitalized Friday following a bicycle accident. Democratic Rep. Elliott Naishtat was attending the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis when he was involved in an apparent incident with a car, said state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, whose staff had communicated with Naishtat’s office.

Analysis: For Perry, It's All in the Timing

Gov. Rick Perry might come out of his criminal indictment smelling like a rose, but he'll have to be quick about it. His hopes for another bid for president depend on ending his legal troubles quickly. Heavy campaigning for the Republican nomination will be underway in just a year.

A Week After Perry's Indictment, Legal Case Begins

After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday, kicking off the more mundane legal process that could begin to offer a better glimpse at the case against the governor.

Perry's lawyers say affidavit shows veto wasn’t meant to hurt cancer agency inquiry; critic disagrees

Lawyers for Gov. Rick Perry released an affidavit Thursday that they said dispels claims that the governor vetoed funding for the Travis County district attorney’s office to hinder an investigation. In addition, the governor’s office announced that he would use leftover campaign funds to pay for his five high-dollar defense attorneys instead of continuing to rely on taxpayer money.

Engineers doubt cracked concourse at Allen’s Eagle Stadium will have to be scrapped

Engineers working to fix problems at Allen ISD’s $60 million Eagle Stadium believe the concourse where extensive concrete cracking was found won’t need to be demolished, based on preliminary information. A final decision on how the district will address the web of cracks in the concourse is months away. But experts hired by Allen ISD are considering a waterproof overlay that would bridge gaps, according to an email obtained through an open records request by The Dallas Morning News.

Texas Car Lender Is Accused of Distortion in Subprime Inquiry

The lender, First Investors Financial Services Group, agreed to pay a $2.75 million penalty over accusations that it consistently gave giant credit reporting agencies like Experian and Equifax flawed reports about thousands of car buyers. The reports, the agency said, exaggerated the number of times that borrowers fell behind on their bills, a mistake that could jeopardize their ability to find housing or even get jobs.

Perry Says Terrorists Could Be Entering the U.S. From Mexico

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas warned Thursday that militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups may have already slipped across the Mexican border. Mr. Perry said there is “no clear evidence” that terrorists have entered the United States illegally across the southern border.

Billionaires silent on immigration after big push

  • suggested by John Reynolds

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup exec Carlos Gutierrez gave immigration reform firepower last year when they lent their money or names to the cause. But roughly two months before Election Day, the three groups the business titans helped launch are all but silent on the campaign trail. None of the three has purchased airtime for ads on immigration reform this fall.

In D.C., defiant Rick Perry sounds off

  • suggested by John Reynolds

Texas Gov. Rick Perry might be under indictment, but he sure isn’t shying away from the limelight. A defiant Perry appeared at The Heritage Foundation on Capitol Hill on Thursday to deliver a talk on immigration reform and border security. But the matter on everyone’s minds at the filled-to-capacity auditorium was the criminal case the likely 2016 hopeful is suddenly up against. And he did not skirt the topic.

Why Liberal Pundits Are Wrong About the Perry Indictment

  • suggested by John Reynolds

The governor rightly argues that he has absolute authority to veto the Public Integrity Unit’s budget. Texas law does not, however, grant him authority to threaten another public official—even one who behaved as wretchedly as Lehmberg did. Notably, we filed our criminal complaint before Perry vetoed Public Integrity funding.

Ryan: Hensarling 'high on the list' for Speaker

  • suggested by John Reynolds

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) got a big nod on Thursday as a possible candidate to succeed Speaker John Boehner. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told TIME in an interview that Hensarling’s name should be “high on the list” to succeed the Ohio Republican.

Mission launches offensive against bad press

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure national news coverage hasn’t scared off Winter Texans. As the region dealt with an influx of mostly Central American immigrants — many  of them children crossing the Rio Grande alone — reporters, protesters and politicians descended on the area in response to what President Barack Obama at one point called a “humanitarian crisis.” Gov. Rick Perry, meanwhile, insists the border needs to be made more secure and called for the deployment of the National Guard.

Judge suggests Rick Perry may have threatened grand jury

Judge Julie Kocurek, the judge of the 390th District Court, said Perry’s comments on Saturday, a day after the indictment, could be construed as a threat and a possible violation of the law. Kocurek, as the administrative presiding judge of all criminal courts in the county, said that “no one is above the law,” and the public needs to know that grand jurors are legally protected from any threat.

Ethics Commission takes aim at Texas dark money

Secret campaign donors in Texas soon may be forced out of the shadows. The Texas Ethics Commission, already fighting a conservative group in court over whether it can regulate dark money disclosure, appears poised to approve a proposal aimed at requiring some politically active nonprofits to start revealing their anonymous donors.