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3:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Gov. Perry's Legal Team Files To Have Case Dismissed

Gov. Perry's mugshot taken at the Travis County Jail last week.
Credit Travis County Jail

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team has filed a constitutional challenge seeking to dismiss his two-count felony indictment.

In a writ of habeas corpus filed today, the governor’s legal team contends there are problems with separation of powers, rights to free speech, and say the penal code used to charge Perry is vague and overboard; that it doesn’t clearly define what is and isn’t permissible under the law.  

University of Texas at Austin School of Law professor Jennifer Laurin said this type of challenge has a very limited set of arguments.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

British Artist Finally Sees His San Antonio Installation

Martin Donlin and "Hippocrates."
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

British artist Martin Donlin finally got to visit his own installed piece in San Antonio. Donlin’s “Hippocrates,” an 18 ft. by 30 ft. wall-mounted glass sculpture, dominates a wall that’s the transition from the old Methodist Hospital, to the new Sky Tower.

“The old building finishes and the new one begins. So we’ve got him kind of looking backwards and forwards,” he said.

The installation is highly symbolic. If you look carefully, the wide view suggests the Rod of Asclepius, which was wielded by the ancient Greek god of healing and medicine.

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Texas Politics
2:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Lawmaker Says Public Integrity Unit Will Likely Move Out Of Travis County DA Office

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The state’s public integrity unit has filed a request with the governor’s office and legislative budget officials to restore funding to the agency in 2015.

But that effort may not be possible unless the unit is moved out of the Travis County district attorney’s office, which is headed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, said she would like to see the unit moved in 2015. In a statement, Nelson wrote that "we need to move the unit somewhere less partisan."

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The Source - August 25, 2014
9:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

The Source: The Legacy Of Francisco Cigarroa

Credit Courtesy of the University of Texas System

Last week was a busy one for Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, former chancellor of the University of Texas System.

On Monday he found out he won the Julio Palmaz Award for innovation in health care and biosciences, and on Thursday the University of Texas replaced him, confirming his successor, Admiral William McRaven.

Cigarroa oversaw a tumultuous time in UT history; one of his predecessors called it the most tumultuous time in the 130 years of the Texas higher education system.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza

Nina Diaz and her band
Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

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Fronteras
2:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

Camper Miguel Millan shot a pig shortly after nightfall on one of his last days at camp. He had missed a few hours earlier and was about to quit for the night.
Jim Tuttle News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.
 

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing Talks About The New Tobin Center

Credit San Antonio Symphony

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens on September 4, and San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing described the new home for the symphony.

“I have to say it’s very chic. And it’s very stylish and modern, and yet amazingly intimate,” he said.

Lang-Lessing has been involved in the development in the Tobin for years. He said he thinks the Tobin will be the place for performing arts in the city, but he wanted to make this important distinction.

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Texas Politics
12:51 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Story Of The Other Texas Governor Indicted For Vetoing Funds

1914 Jim Ferguson campaign literature. Image URL: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/governors/personality/pferguson-pro-2.html
Credit Texas State Library & Archives Commission

Rick Perry isn't the first Texas governor to stare down an indictment for his actions in the office. 

In 1917 the Travis County district attorney’s office filed an indictment against then Gov. Jim “Pa” Ferguson for vetoing the budget of the University of Texas.

Professor Don Carleton, who heads up the Dolph Briscoe American History Center at the University of Texas at Austin, described the political climate at the time as being a prohibition vs. anti-prohibition, rural vs. urban environment of political bosses, and Ferguson certainly was that.

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Texas Politics
9:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Rick Perry’s Legal Bill For Indictment Defense Will Be Picked Up By His Campaign

Gov. Rick Perry addressed the media on Tuesday before heading into the Travis County Justice Center to be booked.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The cost of Texas Gov. Rick Perry legal dream team, who is fighting his two-count indictment, isn’t one that is expected to come cheap, but the governor’s campaign has announced it will be picking up the tab.

In the last two month just prior to Perry’s indictment, the governor's office said his legal tab for one attorney was running just over $80,000. Perry has since added three more attorneys to work on his defense.

Lucy Nashed, a spokesperson with the governor's office, said the Texas taxpayers have nothing to fear regarding the cost of the case.

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Charter Amendment
4:36 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Streetcar Charter Amendment Heads To Full Council

A draft of the charter amendment approved without changes.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

An amendment to the city charter regarding a public vote for future streetcar and lightrail funding is heading to the city council.

A governance committee comprised of Mayor Ivy Taylor and four council members voted to approve the one sentence amendment. The first step of putting the streetcar amendment on the ballot has passed.

Abbreviated, it states that any grant of permission to alter or damage any public way for streetcar or lightrail tracks or any funds or bonds appropriated for such projects must be approved by a majority of voters.

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