Governor's Mansion http://kut.org en DPS Changes Security Policy at Governor's Mansion http://kut.org/post/dps-changes-security-policy-governors-mansion <p>Federal and state elected officials are now exempted from the background checks required of visitors to the Governor’s Mansion, the Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.</p><p>Several members of the Texas Legislature had&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/28/lawmakers-boycott-governors-mansion-over-new-polic/">complained</a>&nbsp;last week after learning they were required to undergo background checks before being allowed to enter the Governor’s Mansion for a reception hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Angry legislators had asked DPS officials why the vetting they go through by Capitol security wasn’t sufficient for access to the Governor’s residence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6830 at http://kut.org DPS Changes Security Policy at Governor's Mansion Lawmakers Protest Security Policy At Governor's Mansion http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-protest-security-policy-governors-mansion <p></p><p 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: 15.454545021057129px;">Outraged members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus left a reception at the Governor’s Mansion this week after facing what they described as &nbsp;heavy-handed and offensive security procedures. One of the lawmakers said he won’t return to the stately residence until the policy is changed.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:07:40 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6784 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Protest Security Policy At Governor's Mansion AM Update: Leppert Endorses Dewhurst, Governor's Mansion Re-Opens, 'Linsanity' Returns to Houston http://kut.org/post/am-update-leppert-endorses-dewhurst-governors-mansion-re-opens-linsanity-returns-houston <p><strong>Leppert Endorses Dewhurst Following Debate</strong></p><p>Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after last night&#39;s debate between Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz.</p><p>Cruz and Dewhurst are in a runoff for the Republican nomination to vie for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison&#39;s seat.</p><p>During the <a href="http://keranews.org/post/leppert-endorses-dewhurst-following-senate-debate">debate in Dallas</a>, Dewhurst and Cruz traded barbs about each other&rsquo;s honesty and fitness for the senate seat. While they found some common ground in their disapproval of the current federal healthcare reform, Dewhurst, unlike Cruz, expressed support for providing assistance to the &ldquo;elderly, frail, disabled and children.&rdquo; Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:11:39 +0000 Margaret Nicklas, Mary Mattia & Laura Rice 4707 at http://kut.org AM Update: Leppert Endorses Dewhurst, Governor's Mansion Re-Opens, 'Linsanity' Returns to Houston AM Update: ‘No Sit, No Lie,’ Finishing Touches at Governor's Mansion, Free Pet Adoptions http://kut.org/post/am-update-no-sit-no-lie-finishing-touches-governors-mansion-free-pet-adoptions <p><strong>No Vote on &lsquo;No Sit, No Lie&rsquo;</strong></p><p>Austin&rsquo;s Public Safety Commission decided to <a href="http://austintx.swagit.com/play/07022012-507" target="_blank">push back </a>until August a decision on expanding the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;No Sit, No Lie&rdquo; ordinance to the 12th Street and Chicon Street area.</p><p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/should-no-sit-no-lie-ordinance-cover-east-austin" target="_blank">The ordinance</a> bans anyone from sitting or sleeping on streets near businesses, banks, and ATMs. Right now, it&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/no-sitno-lie-ordinace-passed-austin-council" target="_blank">in effect downtown</a>.</p><p>The Blackshear and Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association has been trying to bring the ordinance east of Interstate 35 in hopes of combating drug and prostitution problems.</p><p>But the Public Safety Commission isn&rsquo;t convinced &ldquo;No Sit, No Lie&rdquo; is the best option. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:00:11 +0000 Margaret Nicklas, Chip Skambis & Laura Rice 4604 at http://kut.org AM Update: ‘No Sit, No Lie,’ Finishing Touches at Governor's Mansion, Free Pet Adoptions Governor's Mansion Near Restoration After Firebombing http://kut.org/post/governors-mansion-near-restoration-after-firebombing <object height="246" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/DvhlTEOjQ0c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="246" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/DvhlTEOjQ0c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txfgm.org/">Texas Governor&rsquo;s Mansion</a>, the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi, has seen death and drama, political joy and heartache, marriages, parties, wakes and &mdash; legend has it &mdash; regular visits from the ghost of Sam Houston.</p><p>All of that history nearly went up in smoke on June 8, 2008, when an unknown arsonist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/governors-mansion-fire/">tossed</a>&nbsp;a Molotov cocktail on the front porch. Ten more minutes of burning and the historic landmark probably would have been wiped off the face of Texas, officials say.</p><p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:13:29 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 3038 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories February 18, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-february-18-2011 <p><strong>Census Shows Boom in Minority Populations</strong></p><p>We all know Texas is growing, but&nbsp;new Census figures released yesterday give us a clearer picture&nbsp;of exactly&nbsp;how and where Texas is growing.&nbsp;Figures show minorities accounted for much of the state&#39;s&nbsp;growth&nbsp;over the past ten years. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:37:05 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 818 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories February 18, 2011