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Worker fired for hanging Bama flag on Kyle Field said he sabotaged stadium

SAN ANTONIO -- A construction worker who was fired this week for hanging a University of Alabama flag on Texas A&M University's Kyle Field suggested in several Facebook posts that he sabatoged the stadium.

"This stadium will never be ready for this season, I'm putting iron in backwards and wrong holing everything!!" Bobby Livingston posted on Facebook on Feb. 28, along with a photo of himself in a University of Alabama shirt.

Livingston, an ironworker who posted several pictures of himself working on site, is part of a crew making major renovations to Kyle Field in College Station.

In an April post, Livingston, 44, said: "If you ever attend a Texas A&M football game, don't sit at the Northeast End Zone, it was raining today and I made 2 very "questionable" welds!!"

More at http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Construction-worker-fired-for-hanging-Bama-flag-5625303.php .

Texas City closer to landing $2B methanol plant

TEXAS CITY — The plans for SSA Marine to build a multimillion-dollar megaport near the Texas City Dike are now officially sunk. Still, Shoal Point may find new life as a multibillion-dollar methanol plant.

City commissioners are expected to approve a mutual termination agreement with SSA Marine, ending the Seattle-based marine company’s exclusive rights to develop Shoal Point, a 900-acre peninsula that sits along the Texas City Ship Channel near the dike.

http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/local_news/article_4c8b216c-0ca8-11e4-834c-001a4bcf6878.html (subscription required).

'Prime Time' Sanders says Prime Prep Academy students being 'punished'

The state is taking action to shut down Prime Prep Academy, the troubled school co-founded by former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders.

Following an eight-month investigation by Texas Education Agency officials, it was announced Tuesday that TEA commissioner Michael Williams is moving to revoke Prime Prep's charter. The school has until the end of this month to appeal, but News 8 has learned that the revocation decision will be difficult — if not impossible — to reverse.

Prime Prep Academy opened its doors on two campuses in 2012 — an elementary school in Fort Worth and middle and high schools in Dallas.

Immediately after it began operations, questions were raised about improper transfers by athletes. Soon the charter school withdrew from state-sanctioned athletic competition.


Most problematic, we are told, is the revocation of federal school lunch program monies which were allegedly misspent.

More at http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigates/State-moves-to-revoke-charter-of-Prime-Prep-Academy-267245901.html .

Methodist pastor who championed gay rights commits suicide by lighting himself on fire

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A retired Methodist pastor who went on a hunger strike in the 1990s to protest the church’s discrimination against gays has committed suicide by self-immolation.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in Grand Saline, his hometown in East Texas, last month.

“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others, but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service,” Moore wrote in one of the notes he left behind, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Moore was a lifelong champion of social justice and civil rights. In a note left on his car, he lamented the legacy of racial injustice in Grand Saline, where he was ostracized by the Methodist church in the 1950s for supporting school desegregation. According to the United Methodist News Service, Moore wrote that he was giving his body to be burned for lynching victims.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/retired-pastor-championed-gay-rights-commits-suicide-lighting-fire/ .

Wendy Davis draws from trial lawyers, labor and Hollywood to boost her campaign

Democrat Wendy Davis got big contributions from Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn, labor unions and groups supporting abortion rights in her latest campaign report. She also got support from some big names in Hollywood. The Davis for governor campaign’s largest donors were the Mostyns, who gave $500,000 and provided airplane travel valued at another $100,000 from the March primary through June 30. Davis faces an uphill battle for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in November.

Davis got $2,500 from actress Holland Taylor, who wrote and the one-woman production “ANN!” and played Ann Richards in an iconic performance on Broadway. Singer Barbara Streisand gave $1,000. The Texas Democrat received $5,000 from filmmaker Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder with brother Walt of the Walt Disney Company.

Among big labor contributions were $250,000 from the Service Employees International Union and $50,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Planned Parenthood, whose president Cecil Richards has been active in supporting the Davis campaign, gave $89,000 for polling and Emily’s List, which supports Democratic women candidates, gave $75,000.


Dallas Cowboys release Kyle Orton; move adds $2.2 million of dead money to 2015 salary cap

The Dallas Cowboys made it official Wednesday. They have released Kyle Orton.

Orton, who signed with the Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, had one year left on his three-year, $10.5 million contract. His next step could be to join another team or retire.

If the Cowboys did not cut Orton and he decided to retire, the 31-year-old backup quarterback would have had to surrender $3.4 million of his signing bonus.

Orton was due to receive $3.25 million in base salary this year. While his departure frees up cap space from the base salary this season, Orton’s release adds roughly $1.1 million of dead money to the 2014 cap and $2.2 million in 2015 for the prorated signing bonus, according to spotrac.com.

More at http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/dallas-cowboys-release-kyle-orton-move-adds-2-2-million-of-dead-money-to-2015-salary-cap.html/ .

Kountze councilman charged with theft; pockets proceeds from gravestone

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Keiron Edwards

A Kountze councilman bonded out of the Hardin County jail Sunday after he confessed to pocketing more than $3,000 from a mother who paid him to purchase a gravestone to honor her son.

Ira Braneff posted a $10,000 bond on a charge of theft, a state jail felony, jail officials said.

Braneff, acting as the owner and salesman for Big Thicket Memorials, sold the monument on Feb. 14 to the mother of Keiron Edwards, a Kountze High School student killed in a January car accident, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Braneff told the mother the gravestone would take from eight to 10 weeks to be delivered, according to the document.

More at http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Kountze-councilman-charge-with-theft-5623468.php

Denton city council rejects partial fracking ban; issue goes to November ballot

DENTON, Texas —

The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 after eight hours of public testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations to release trapped oil and gas. While the method has long stirred concerns about its effects on the environment and human health, industry proponents argue that fracking can be done safely and is cleaner than other forms of energy extraction.

Industry groups and state regulators warned such a ban could be followed by litigation and a severe hit to Denton's economy.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/us/north-texas-city-rejects-partial-fracking-ban/nggZZ/ .

You might want to skip the movies this month--Greg Abbott hits theaters to reel in new voters

AUSTIN — Texans can’t even escape to the movies to get away from the coming crush of political ads.

In an unusual bid to reach voters, Greg Abbott is going where few campaigns have gone before — onto the silver screen with an ad pitching him for governor as a coming attraction this fall.

Theatergoers settling in for Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz or Bradley Cooper will first see a 30-second spot featuring Abbott seated in a darkened theater talking to the audience. After a few outtakes complete with a studio clapboard, Abbott says making a movie is hard, but so is running for the state’s top job.

Matt Hirsch, a spokesman for the Republican, said the ad may be the first of its kind in Texas, an effort by the attorney general to broaden his pool of supporters.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140715-greg-abbott-hits-theaters-to-reel-in-new-voters.ece .

Former Romney adviser helping prep Perry

[font color=green]Isn't this just delicious--one loser coming to the aid of another loser...[/font]

...Perry is taking a new approach to getting ready for a potential bid for the 2016 GOP nod that includes regular policy briefings. That kind of preparation is essential if he’s going to be taken seriously, given his unsure footing last time around.

His arsenal of advisers includes Mitt Romney’s 2012 policy director, Lanhee Chen, Real Clear Politics reports. It says Chen will be in Austin this month “to help lead a small tutorial and private discussion with Perry on health care policy.”

“My personal view is I’m happy to help anyone who’s entertaining the thought of running in 2016 on the Republican side,” Chen told Real Clear Politics. He said he also has spoken with Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal.

Perry has met with “foreign policy intellectuals largely from the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party,” Real Clear Politics said, “including former State Department counselor Eliot Cohen, former Under Secretary of State Bob Joseph, and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Elliott Abrams.”

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