Schaefer Calls on TEA to Hold Off on Revocation of Azleway’s Charter
TYLER — Following an announcement that an administrative law judge has upheld the revocation of Azleway Charter School’s charter by the Texas Education Agency, State Rep. Matt Schaefer is calling on Michael Williams, Texas commissioner of education, to hold off on the revocation of the charter due to pending litigation. Azleway currently has an appeal pending with the Third Court of Appeals in Austin and Schaefer says he feels that the timing of the revocation would be harmful to all parties involved, including Chapel Hill ISD, which would absorb many Azleway students. Read more …
Attempted Robbery Under Investigation
TYLER — Tyler Police are searching for a suspect accused of assault and attempted theft. Officials said just after 12:00 Wednesday morning, an employee of Arby’s, 4014 S. Broadway, was attempting to get into her vehicle when she was approached by the suspect. He reportedly sprayed the woman with mace and proceeded to rummage through her car. The woman was able to run to a nearby McDonald’s and called 911. The suspect was described wearing all black with a ski mask that had a skull print on the front. The victim suffered no physical injuries other than those commonly associated with getting sprayed by mace. The victim said nothing appeared to be stolen. Contact police with any information.
Brown to Continue as Winona’s Interim Mayor
WINONA — The Winona City Council has decided not to hold a special mayoral election to replace Dede Stroud. According to KETK, council members decided Tuesday night to allow Earl Brown to serve as the city’s interim mayor until the 2015 election. After just two months in office, Stroud resigned from her post as mayor and handed over her keys to the city. Stroud says during her time as mayor, the city council harassed and neglected her and stripped her of her duties. Brown assumed the mayor’s responsibilities following Stroud’s resignation.
Nacogdoches County Judge Gives Self $24K Pay Cut
NACOGDOCHES (AP) – An East Texas county judge has given himself a $24,000 annual pay cut as residents face possible higher property taxes. The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel reports Nacogdoches County Judge Mike Perry has submitted an affidavit to be paid less. Perry, as of Oct. 1, will receive the same annual salary as county commissioners of nearly $52,000. Commissioners on Tuesday held a budget workshop. A public hearing on proposed higher tax rates will be held Friday. Perry, who took office earlier this year, says he didn’t run for the job for what it paid anyway – total compensation topping $76,000. Perry says he promised to balance the county budget and he feels if other people sacrifice that he should, too.
Pat Herd Women’s Center Celebrates First Anniversary
TYLER — The Trinity Mother Frances Foundation Women’s Board is celebrating the first anniversary of the Pat Herd Women’s Center this week. The center is named for the late Pat Herd, “a wonderfully caring and philanthropic woman, whose passing moved her family to continue her legacy,” according to a news release from Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. Michael Herd, her grandson and the chair of the Bob L. Herd Foundation, worked with his family and Mother Frances Hospital to fulfill the campaign for a new floor focused on the special needs of women. Read more …
UT Tyler Announces College of Education and Psychology Interim Dean
TYLER – The new interim dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler, effective September 1, is Dr. Wesley Hickey. The announcement was made by Dr. Ross Sherman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Hickey who has served the university since 2004, will fill the vacancy left by Sherman’s new appointment. A UT Tyler alumnus, Hickey is an associate professor of educational leadership. He has served as the UT Tyler Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies chair since March 1, and he was also superintendent program coordinator for 10 years. Read more …
UT Tyler Muntz Library Director Appointed to State Board
TYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library director Jeanne Standley has been appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s TexShare Advisory Board. A UT Tyler alumna, Standley has served the university since 2000. TexShare is a cooperative program designed to improve library service to Texans. TexShare focuses on the efficient sharing of library holdings, with an emphasis on electronic information resources and traditional collections of books and journals In this role, Standley represents public universities, replacing Farzaneh Razzaghi, UT Pan American dean of library. Read more …
Perry Formally Enters Not Guilty Plea
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors. The potential 2016 presidential candidate entered his plea in a Travis County court filing. Perry also waived an arraignment that had been set for Friday. Perry has been defiant since a grand jury in Austin indicted him last week on charges of trying to leverage his power to force the ouster of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. She had recently been arrested for drunken driving. Perry vetoed $7.5 million for the state’s ethics watchdog unit in Lehmberg’s office after she refused to resign. Dozens of supporters greeted Perry on Tuesday when he arrived at court for fingerprinting and his mug shot.
Picture Emerges of Officer in Ferguson Shooting: Texas Ties
FERGUSON, MO. (AP) — Vastly different characterizations emerge of a white suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Ferguson protesters call Darren Wilson a murderer, while the Texas native’s supporters say he’s wrongly maligned for doing his job. Wilson has vanished from public view since shortly after Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death, and his family isn’t talking. The Brown family’s attorneys have labeled Wilson a killer, though no charges have been filed. But a former high school classmate, Jake Shepard, says Wilson isn’t racially motivated, doesn’t harbor hate and was always respectable, well-mannered and “genuine.” Wilson’s parents were married four years before divorcing in Texas in 1989. He divorced last November. His mother, a convicted forger, died in 2002. The Ferguson police force gave Wilson a commendation in February.
Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wants to Attend College
HOUSTON (AP) — The attorney for an Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years says the soldier wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished. Attorney Eugene Fidell, a military justice expert and Yale Law School professor, said Wednesday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in “a holding pattern” doing administrative duties at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He says any discussion of where the 28-year-old Bergdahl wants to attend school or what he wants to study is premature. The Army has extended the time for its investigation of Bergdahl’s disappearance. Fidell says he has no problem with the Army being thorough. Bergdahl was exchanged in May for five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center.
Two Fatally Electrocuted in West Texas Oilfield
WESTBROOK (AP) — Two men are dead and one is hospitalized in critical condition after they were electrocuted while moving an oil well pumping jack in West Texas. The accident happened around midday Wednesday near the town of Westbrook, about 80 miles northeast of Midland. Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Coombs says a cable from the truck the workers were using touched a power line.
Man Charged in Deadly Houston-Area Road Rage Case
HOUSTON (AP) — An apparent road rage incident in the Houston area has left a man shot to death and a second driver charged with murder. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says Travein Straughter, 25, was being held Wednesday on $50,000 bond. He was arrested following Tuesday night’s gunfire. The name of the 38-year-old SUV driver who was killed wasn’t immediately released. The sheriff’s office says Straughter told deputies that the SUV driver tried to run him off the road, then followed him home and allegedly tried to run over him. Investigators say the SUV driver was shot while revving the vehicle’s engine and accelerating. He was dead at the scene. Deputies say Straughter fled, but later returned to the scene.
Father’s Claims He Didn’t Kill Driver Gets Boost
ANGLETON (AP) — A Texas father’s claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seem to have received a boost from testimony by prosecution witnesses. David Barajas is on trial in the 2012 shooting death of Jose Banda. He is accused of shooting Banda near Alvin minutes after the intoxicated driver plowed into a vehicle Barajas and his two sons had been pushing along a rural road. At Barajas’ trial Wednesday in Angleton, an ex-deputy and a current deputy told jurors they failed to note in reports that more gunfire had taken place well after Banda was shot. Later Wednesday, Banda’s cousin gave contradictory testimony about whether Barajas had hit Banda before allegedly shooting him.
Official: Submerged Boat Delayed Retrieval of Body
BAYTOWN (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard this week spent 17 hours covering 38 square miles of the Houston Ship Channel searching for a missing shrimp boat captain whose body was ultimately found by his father in the capsized vessel. The father found the body of Ronald Lynn Galloway, 42,’ in the pilot house of the Mr. Anthony, hours after the Coast Guard had suspended its search. Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery said Wednesday that searchers were prevented from finding Galloway soon after the vessel capsized because murky waters restricted access. Emery says the tide eventually shifted the boat, allowing for entry into the pilot house. She says a Harris County sheriff’s dive team searched the waters Monday but had limited access to the boat. A call to sheriff’s officials was not returned.
Access to Texas Court Records Raises Concerns
HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County’s practice of posting sensitive court documents online has raised concerns from legal experts who say it puts abused and neglected children at risk. University of Houston Law Center professor Ellen Marrus tells the Houston Chronicle sexual predators or parents whose children have been taken away could use the uploaded names and photographs to locate the children. The information is publicly accessible at kiosks at the civil courthouse. Harris County’s three juvenile courts created tighter restrictions on such information a decade ago. Its nine family courts have yet to do so. The district clerk’s spokesman says the information is available because some lawyers aren’t filing documents correctly. He says they can mark filings as confidential but that isn’t always done.
UT System Set to Formally Hire McRaven as Leader
AUSTIN (AP) — Navy Adm. William McRaven is set to be formally hired as chancellor of the University of Texas System. McRaven is expected to be on hand Thursday when system regents make his appointment official at a board meeting in Austin. He was selected as the lone finalist for the job last month despite having no professional academic experience. The 58-year-old McRaven heads the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. He’s been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in 2011. Now he will oversee a system with 215,000 students, nine academic campuses and a $14 billion budget. McRaven replaces Francisco Cigarroa, who is stepping down after five years.
Texas Regulators Approve Expansion of Nuke Site
LUBBOCK (AP) — Regulators have approved allowing depleted uranium to be buried at a West Texas nuclear waste dump site. The state’s three environmental commissioners unanimously approved the amendment to the license held by Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists. The site is in Andrews County. Company spokesman Chuck McDonald says the amendment also lets the company triple the facility’s capacity of low-level radioactive waste it gets from dozens of states and reduces by $50 million the money it’s required to have available to fund potential liability. McDonald says the depleted uranium is classified as low-level and will come from federal energy facilities. Depleted uranium is a byproduct of enriched uranium that fuels nuclear power plants. Experts say the substance gets more radioactive as time passes and if disposed of improperly could pose health risks.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
You Tell Me Texas may be seen on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as a part of Fox 51 East Texas News at 9 p.m. The strategy behind last week’s indictment of Gov. Rick Perry can be clearly seen in what isn’t included in Rachel Maddow’s story on MSNBC. (See the story here.) Gov. Perry faces […] Read More | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog
It can be so mild that you don’t even know you have it. Or, it can be the precursor to a disease requiring bed rest and even hospitalization. The non-medical term is “walking pneumonia” and it’s every bit as contagious as the more severe form of pneumonia. In this post to HealthConnection, UT Health Northeast pulmonology expert Dr. Julie Philley discusses walking pneumonia. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 21st August 2014- Historical Events 1926 - White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway 1926 - -22] Uprising against Greek president/dictator Pangalos 1927 - 4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC) 1983 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf 1986 - Lake Nios Volcano in Cameroon kills 1,746 1994 - Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexican presidential election More Historical... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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