Posted: May 1, 2014 4:00 AM
Updated: May 1, 2014 4:11 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas House committee is re-examining "dark money" political groups after Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have subjected them to stricter regulation. Supporters say such a law would increase government transparency by limiting secret "dark money" contributions to groups whose nonprofit status exempts them from campaign finance laws.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Another newcomer has joined the state's embattled Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. Governor Rick Perry added former prosecutor Katie McClure to the governing board. The agency has come under scrutiny for secretive placement of violent sex offenders and little advance notification to community residents.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) Two former Mission police officers have been sentenced on federal drug charges in McAllen. Alexis Espinoza and Jonathan Trevino were sentenced to 14 years and 17 years in prison, respectively. They're part of a larger group that was accused of a variety of schemes that used their badges to steal drugs for resale or to protect drug loads.
MENTONE, Texas (AP) A sheriff says nine oil workers have been injured following a fatal explosion at a West Texas oil field. Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper initially said four workers were hurt. He says the workers were changing a wellhead when a buildup of pressure led to the explosion.