Republican candidates for lieutenant governor talked about everything from abortion to marijuana during the first statewide debate, but the one area that received little attention was education funding.
The first statewide debate started with questions about a state judge's recent decision to allow a Fort Worth family to stop life support for their 23-week pregnant mother after the hospital said it conflicted with one of the state’s pro-life laws.
Current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said the statue conflicts with other state laws.
Update (9:15 a.m.) Today will not be as bad as Friday but some ice and sleet is being reported in certain parts of the city. Pat McDonald, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said some freezing rain has been reported at the airport.
The temperature is just below freezing at the moment and McDonald predicts that will not get above 32 degrees until 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. More precipitation is expected in the next couple of hours.
The New Braunfels ordinance that bans cans and large coolers on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers was overturned by a state judge.
The New Braunfels City Council banned cans; other disposable items, and large coolers from its rivers in 2011. Met with opposition from river outfitters, a group sued the city shortly after the council vote. A judge has indicated he will rule in favor of those outfitters.
James Ewbank, the attorney for the river outfitters, said the can ban was arbitrary:
Bat experts have determined a bat colony has established itself inside the walls of a 45-year-old dorm building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
More than 200 Lackland recruits are on a rabies vaccine regimen after several bats were discovered in their dorm a couple of weeks ago. But the building is huge, and although the dorms were secured and entrances sealed off, it took experts a longer time to find the bat colony that was discovered over the weekend.
With the recently-released video that shows an alleged Battleground Texas volunteer making remarks about Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability, leaders within the group are telling organizers to be on the lookout for undercover members of Project Veritas, the group that released the video, and to not be baited into saying something they will regret.
But Battleground representatives say they will not be going to extremes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
During his appearance at the Rally for Life event at the state capitol this morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott took the opportunity to criticize Wendy Davis, his likely opponent in the general election, and her supporters.
Abbott made sure to emphasize recent remarks allegedly made by Battleground Texas organizers about his disability.
It all started with a candid tweet from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro regarding campaign speeches about immigration and the Texas border made by Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.
Congratulations .@danpatrick You are the most anti-immigrant Republican running for statewide office. You are the Pete Wilson of Texas.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau’s office has announced the capture of a suspect in a rash of home burglaries across the North Side.
Gilbert Torres is suspected in burglaries on the Northeast and Northwest sides of the city and county since last fall. Bexar County sheriff’s investigators arrested Torres Friday with several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise in his possession, including jewelry, guns, tools and electronics, coin collections and prescription medications.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.
"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.