Posted: Dec 9, 2013 3:45 PM
Updated: Dec 9, 2013 3:46 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A judge is hearing testimony in a civil trial to determine whether Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg should stay in office after a drunken-driving arrest. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Lehmberg pleaded guilty within days, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and took a leave of absence to check into rehab. But a petition was filed under a state law allowing removal of elected officials for "incompetency," ''official misconduct" or "intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage."
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Two people are charged in connection with the shooting of a San Antonio police officer during a chase after an armed robbery. Twenty-eight-year-old Jenevieve Ramos and 32-year-old Shawn Ruiz Puente each face a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant. The pair is accused of shooting San Antonio police officer Robert Deckard during the Sunday chase. The 31-year-old officer remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday.
WYLIE, Texas (AP) Twenty-two animals including lions, tigers and leopards tested positive for canine distemper at the height of summer outbreak of the virus at a North Texas animal sanctuary. Seven cats died. But a spokeswoman says the worst appears to be over at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center. Animals are either no longer showing signs or exhibit minor symptoms such as loss of appetite. Experts believe raccoons brought the virus into the cats' outdoor cages.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics about his job in recent years. An agenda posted Monday lists a closed-door meeting for Thursday indicating regents will take up a "recommendation" about Powers, who has helmed the system's flagship campus since 2006. The agenda provides no further details.