Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:05 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 6:05 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Governor Rick Perry will use his State of the State speech to call for amending the Texas Constitution to allow the state to return tax money it collects but doesn't spend back to its citizens. In an excerpt released to The Associated Press, Perry says he'd like Texas to have the option of giving back excess tax money. The Republican governor is slated to address a joint session of the Legislature today.
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) A judge is expected to decide whether a South Texas teenager charged with attempted murder in a federal agent's shooting will stand trial as an adult. The judge has said he would announce his decision today in Edinburg regarding the 17-year-old. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Kelton Harrison was shot last July in Hargill.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas President Bill Powers is expected to unveil a long-awaited report today on how the school can save money and concentrate efforts on teaching and research. Texas higher education officials are under pressure from state lawmakers to streamline efficiency and cut costs. The report is also expected to address how the school could create revenue.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is accusing a Texas loan company of trying to "weasel out" of paying New Mexico consumers $20 million in court-ordered restitution. In September, a judge ordered FastBucks to stop offering high-interest loans in New Mexico and to make the payments. But the company filed for bankruptcy last month, which King says automatically stays any state court actions.