Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark http://kut.org/post/governor-candidates-sparring-over-third-world-remark <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The latest debate between the major candidates for governor is taking place in the letters to the editor section of McAllen's newspaper,&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Monitor</em>. The sparring began after remarks about the border made by Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, in which he compared public corruption in South Texas to “third-world country practices.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Abbott made the comment during a campaign stop in Dallas last week. Democrats immediately took issue with his comparison. His expected Democratic opponent, state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, joined them with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/letters/article_e2746da2-9104-11e3-b380-0017a43b2370.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); line-height: 1.35;">a letter</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Monitor&nbsp;</em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">on Sunday. She called on Abbott to apologize for his remarks, disputing his comparison and calling it hurtful to the state and harmful to economic development in border communities.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9748 at http://kut.org Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark Texas Supreme Court to Consider Online Defamation Case http://kut.org/post/texas-supreme-court-consider-online-defamation-case-0 <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Robert Kinney says his former boss wrote false and defamatory things about him online, and he wants the state's highest civil court to order the remarks be deleted.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:54:56 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9501 at http://kut.org Texas Supreme Court to Consider Online Defamation Case Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain http://kut.org/post/beyond-perry-future-deal-closing-fund-uncertain <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">When Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;steps down at the end of this year, he will have awarded more than $508 million&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">from the taxpayer-financed Texas Enterprise Fund&nbsp;</span>to businesses looking to relocate to the state or expand existing operations here.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">But the future of the fund, which critics call corporate welfare, is unclear. The two front-runners to replace Perry, Republican Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;and Democratic state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, have offered mixed messages on the economic development fund in the past, leaving questions about whether it will extend beyond Perry's tenure.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:29:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9471 at http://kut.org Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail http://kut.org/post/ken-anderson-serve-9-days-jail <p>GEORGETOWN — Former Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson, who oversaw the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton as a prosecutor, was sentenced to nine days in jail on Friday and will surrender his law license as part of a deal to resolve criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Anderson entered into a comprehensive settlement involving all matters before the court. Those include a charge of criminal contempt tied to an accusation of failing to disclose evidence during Morton's 1987 trial, and the State Bar of Texas’ disciplinary case against Anderson over prosecutorial misconduct allegations. Charges of tampering with evidence were also dropped as part of the settlement.</div><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:01:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9145 at http://kut.org Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail