Powers critics donate to 2 Hall committee members
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Critics of University of Texas President Bill Powers have made donations to the campaigns of two members of a legislative committee that's investigating an anti-Powers UT System regent.
The San Antonio Express-News reports campaign finance reports show campaign contributions from Powers critic Jeff Sandefer and Empower Texans PAC, a political action committee of Powers critic Michael Quinn Sullivan. The contributions went to state Reps. Charles Perry and Dan Flynn, two Republican members of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations. Flynn is co-chairman of the eight-member committee.
The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday in Austin and is about to take up a report that accuses UT System regent Wallace Hall of possibly criminal misconduct in his campaign to depose Powers.
JOBS-TEXAS VS NY
Texas Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo on business
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New York, a tactic he's tried from coast to coast.
Perry, a Republican, is slated to be in New York City on Wednesday to meet business owners to convince them to move their operations to Texas, where he says the business climate is friendlier.
Perry would not detail how many business meetings he has or with whom.
Cuomo's Start-Up NY program, which allows businesses that locate near college campuses to operate tax-free for 10 years, has had commercials playing in Texas.
Perry made a similar trip to New York last June.
Man in 70s dies on flight from Texas to California
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 78-year-old Texas man has died on a plane flight from Dallas to Southern California.
Orange County coroner's officials say John Selner of Fort Worth died of natural causes during the flight Tuesday morning.
The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1iI5mdh ) says the man was on American Airlines Flight 2249 when the crew notified John Wayne Airport that they had a medical emergency. They also performed CPR.
The flight landed shortly after 11:30 a.m. Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi says paramedics worked on the man but he was pronounced dead about 10 minutes after the landing.
FEDERAL METH CONVICTION
Man gets 11½ years for methamphetamine conviction
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A DeSoto, Texas, man who pleaded guilty in western Arkansas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to 11½ years in federal prison.
Prosecutors say 42-year-old Claudie Miller Jr. was arrested in a methamphetamine distribution investigation that began in 2011. U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge says Miller was identified as the primary source for the illegal stimulant in supplying the ring. Court records show that the drug was being shipped in one-pound quantities.
Authorities also confiscated $147,000 in cash found during a traffic stop of a car belonging to Miller during the investigation.
Miller pleaded guilty last year in Texarkana to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced Tuesday.
Widow wants suburban mayor's death probe reopened
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The widow of a South Texas mayor whose death police blamed on an aggressive donkey wants his body exhumed and an inquest performed in his death.
The Atascosa (a-tuhs-KOH'-suh) County Sheriff's Office had said the death of Hollywood Park Mayor William "Bill" Bohlke (BOHL'-kee) was apparently accidental, blaming it on the 500-pound stud donkey.
However, Toni Bohlke says she suspects her 65-year-old husband's death was a homicide and wants an autopsy performed on his body. Bohlke was a retired Air Force pilot and was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Hospital.
State District Judge Laura Salinas has agreed to order the exhumation, but an Atascosa County justice of the peace must still order an inquest before the body can be exhumed.
Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast
WEST, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators and experts say Texas and federal agencies have a long way to go to prevent another disaster like the catastrophic fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people a year ago.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board held a hearing Tuesday night in West, Texas, where an explosion of ammonium nitrate one year ago also injured 200 people and leveled part of this tiny city.
They spoke before a packed room of local officials and residents a few miles from where the plant once stood.
Experts say the patchwork of federal, state and local regulations still needs to be improved.
They say volunteer firefighters are still given conflicting guidance and not enough training on whether to fight a fire with ammonium nitrate and when to retreat.
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