AUSTIN — Three men on the state’s list of 10 most-wanted sex offenders have been taken into custody over a two-day period.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced that one of the men, 57-year-old Charles Leon Carr, was found in Vera Cruz, Mexico, by authorities acting on a tip. He was deported to Texas on Thursday. Carr was wanted on charges that include failure to register as a sex offender.

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Case Against Rick Perry

Jan 27, 2015

AUSTIN — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds.

He ruled that criminal charges against the possible 2016 Presidential candidate should stand.

District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry’s defense team to toss the case, because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America’s second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

African American Voices

Jan 27, 2015
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Texas Public Radio is proud to share a special series on KPAC 88.3 FM during the month of February, "African American Voices." Produced by Classical 90.5 WUOL, African American Voices is a celebration of African American musicians featuring words and music.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Senate leaders’ proposed state budget released this week goes the extra mile on items like border security and tax cuts, and aims to spend 6 percent more than what was budgeted for in 2013.

Despite an overwhelming number of Tea Party Republicans in the Senate and the Senate Finance Committee Chairperson, Jane Nelson, being a fiscal conservative, Nelson’s budget bill is actually $3 billion more than a budget proposal in the Texas House.  

Legislation that would make it legal to openly carry a handgun in Texas might not happen in this session.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said in an interview Tuesday with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune that ‘Open Carry’ was not a priority and it didn’t have the votes. “The votes had not been there, as of today. I haven’t had anybody bring it up to me,” Patrick said.

He added that for the moment, ‘Open Carry’ didn’t “reach the level” of priority it required to be at for action on it, in the Republican-dominated Senate.