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Rick Perry blasts Obama over terrorist threats, border

Gov. Rick Perry slammed President Barack Obama on Friday, saying he failed to show decisive leadership on issues like the border crisis and terrorist threats abroad and accusing the president of recklessly overreaching his authority on other issues.

Speaking at Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit at the Omni Dallas Hotel downtown, Perry stopped short of addressing his own presidential plans and did not mention his recent indictment.

“American leadership is needed now more than ever,” Perry told the crowd. “Presidential leadership is needed now more than ever.”

Perry, who is considering another run for the GOP nomination for president, said the Supreme Court has scolded the president 20 times for overreaching the powers of his executive office. But he questioned why Obama showed “willful neglect” on other issues.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/rick-perry-blasts-obama-over-terrorist-threats-border.html/

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law that would close clinics by Sept. 1

AUSTIN — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. The ruling stops new restrictions that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas by Sept. 1. There are currently 19 abortion providers in the state, according to groups challenging the law.

“The overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a previability abortion,” Yeakel wrote in his 21-page ruling.

The trial in Texas was the latest battle over tough new abortion restrictions sweeping across the U.S. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, was expected to appeal.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20140829-federal-judge-halts-key-part-of-texas-abortion-law-that-would-close-clinics-by-sept.-1.ece

2016 GOP hopefuls vie for attention at Texas event

DALLAS — A parade of potential 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls will be on display at an influential conservative group’s annual summit.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are appearing Friday at a gathering of Americans for Prosperity in Dallas.

On Saturday, the crowd at the Koch brothers-backed event will hear from tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

For months Cruz has starred at many conservative grassroots gatherings around the country, but he’ll be competing for attention this weekend.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-08-29/2016-gop-hopefuls-vie-attention-texas-event

Wendy Davis targets corporate tax breaks to get money for schools

AUSTIN — Wendy Davis acknowledged Wednesday that her proposals to improve public schools will cost more money, but she said revenue is available if lawmakers will make education a priority and eliminate some corporate tax breaks.

“We need a governor who will lead the Legislature in a bipartisan way to find the smart ways to create that investment,” said Davis, the Democratic nominee, at an Austin news conference.

Davis said that because of Texas’ booming economy, budget writers next year are expected to have a $4 billion surplus and billions more in the state rainy day fund.

She said that existing revenue, coupled with “closing corporate tax loopholes that have been on the books in Texas for decades,” should provide lawmakers with the money needed to balance the budget and boost funding for education without new taxes.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140827-wendy-davis-targets-corporate-tax-breaks-to-get-money-for-schools.ece

Five arrested at abortion rights protest at UT

Five opponents of a Texas law they say has led to the closure of numerous abortion facilities were arrested Wednesday afternoon during a protest near the University of Texas campus.

The women are members of Stop Patriarchy, a group that gathered about noon at Guadalupe Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets to block the traffic as an act of civil disobedience.

“We came here because this is a place where thousands of people come together to learn about the world,” said Joan Hirsch, a group member.

The arrested protesters were booked at the Travis County Jail and have been charged with obstructing a highway or other passage way, a class B misdemeanor, police said. Their names were not released.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/five-arrested-at-abortion-rights-protest-at-ut/ng9sC/

Abbott donors raked in over $42 million from CPRIT

Last week, the Lone Star Project released research exposing Attorney General Greg Abbott’s failure to fulfill his responsibilities as a member of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) oversight board. Abbott looked the other way as taxpayer dollars were given away to businesses whose grant requests received low review scores or were not reviewed at all.

Why did Abbott fail to attend a single CPRIT oversight board meeting? (Dallas Morning News 5/11/2013)

Here’s the likely reason.

Since 2001, Greg Abbott has received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from a handful of individuals who are connected to CPRIT. Companies connected to the Abbott contributors have in turn received $42,800,861 in grants from CPRIT.

Read more: http://lonestarproject.net/abbott-donors-raked-over-42-million-cprit#ixzz3BQUBktUL

TCU gets $30 million gift for business school expansion

FORT WORTH — A $30 million gift to Texas Christian University is the first big step toward a $100 million expansion of the Neeley School of Business, TCU officials announced Tuesday.

The gift is from Spencer Hays of Nashville and his wife, Marlene Hays. He is an emeritus TCU trustee and a businessman who graduated from TCU in 1959.

“It’s a transformational gift for Texas Christian University,” said Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. “It will allow us to dream even bigger dreams.”

The expansion will be called the Marlene and Spencer Hays Business Commons.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/26/6069661/tcu-gets-30-milllion-gift-for.html

An architectural rendering depicts a $100 million expansion at the Neeley School of Business, 2900 Lubbock Ave. at TCU. A $30 million gift announced Wednesday gets the fundraising started for the project.

Dewhurst: ‘Someone’s Going to Get Hurt’ in Border Surge

In October 2012, game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department gave chase to a red pickup truck near La Joya in the Rio Grande Valley, believing the truck was carrying a load of drugs beneath a tarp over the bed. The game wardens called DPS for backup, and soon a DPS helicopter joined the high-speed chase. As the truck sped along near the U.S.-Mexico border, DPS trooper Miguel Avila opened fire on the truck, killing two young Guatemalan men and injuring a third huddling underneath the tarp with six other undocumented immigrants. None of the men were armed and no drugs were found in the truck. The incident provoked international outrage and led DPS to revise its shoot-from-a-helicopter policy.

Now, Texas is “surging” National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers to the Texas-Mexico border in response to an influx of unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence and mayhem in Central America. The “surge” has raised concerns that the border region is being militarized, and many residents—some of whom are undocumented or have family members who are—say they feel less safe, not more.

The delicate situation begs for caution and restraint, especially from elected officials. But Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has approached Texas’ border operations with all the subtlety of a coal-rolling F-350 diesel dually.

Dewhurst is a frequent guest on Waco Tea Party Radio, a two-hour local radio and web program run by two tea party activists. It was on that program that Dewhurst said last summer that he saw “bags of feces” at the Capitol during the abortion protests. And three weeks ago, he was on the show again to talk about Texas’ border security operations. Dewhurst made all sorts of blustering comments on the show, and added a new spin to the wildly inaccurate figure—first generated by DPS and later repeated by Gov. Perry—that undocumented immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides in Texas since 2007. (Dewhurst’s twist was to say that there were 3,500 “capital murders.”) But, there were several comments that struck me as particularly incendiary. Asked by co-host and Waco Tea Party President Toby Marie Walker about what the Texas Rangers are doing on the border, Dewhurst said:

“I don’t want to see any loss of life, but if anyone is listening from south of the border I’d recommend them that if they are approached by the DPS put your hands in the air and don’t fight, otherwise it’s not going to be pretty.”

Read more: http://www.texasobserver.org/dewhurst-someones-going-get-hurt-border-surge/

Davis calls for expanded technical job training

Saying she wants to expand Texas high schoolers’ access to technical job training programs, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has announced a plan to create a Career-Technical Coordinating Board.

The plan is the latest in a string of education reform proposals from Davis. It also includes recommendations on college affordability and improving graduation rates.

Davis promoted the proposal Tuesday at an event in San Antonio, saying she hoped to build cooperation among “local industries, community and technical colleges” in helping prepare Texas students for the the technical jobs of the future, according to the proposal.

“At the very time when we need an educated workforce to lead the economy of the future, we need to put quality education within reach for Texas families,” Davis said.

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/state/davis-calls-for-expanded-technical-job-training/article_7b9aeb96-e1f7-5bcb-bbda-0d1bcc3ce9ba.html

Round Rock Teen Accused of Selling Pot Brownies Won't Get Life Sentence

A 19-year-old in Round Rock is no longer facing the possibility of life in prison for allegedly making marijuana brownies and selling them for $25 each. The case involving Jacob Lavoro attracted national attention. An online petition against the punishment has more than a quarter million signatures.

Williamson County assistant District Attorney Mark Brunner says they decided not to pursue a charge based on the total weight of the brownies to avoid jury "distraction" during a possible trial.

"We just thought it would be clearer and simpler to just go with the hash oil that was found there in the kitchen and had not yet been added to anything else," Brunner says. He says they didn't want to have the jury wondering, "Exactly how much hash oil was in these brownies compared to all the other ingredients that may have been in there?"

The first-degree felony charge that could have yielded a life sentence for Lavoro was based on the total weight of the brownies, including legal ingredients such as flour, water and sugar.

Read more: http://kut.org/post/round-rock-teen-accused-selling-pot-brownies-wont-get-life-sentence
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