Univ. of Texas regents may decide Powers' future
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers may finally learn whether he'll continue to run one of the nation's largest campuses.
The UT System Board of Regents is scheduled Thursday to discuss an unspecified "recommendation" about the employment of Powers. He is popular on the UT campus he's led since 2006, but his vision for higher education has clashed with some regents and Gov. Rick Perry.
The meeting follows a tumultuous two years of power struggles and speculation that Powers' job is in jeopardy.
One of Powers' chief critics is a UT regent facing possible impeachment over accusations that he misused his office in an attempt to force out Powers.
But speculation surrounding Powers has quieted in recent months following a public endorsement from the new UT regents chairman.
NORTH TEXAS-DEADLY WRECK
Probation-only sentence in DUI wreck stirs ire
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The families of four people killed by a drunken North Texas teenage driver are angry over his probation-only sentence.
A juvenile court judge sentenced a 16-year-old boy this week to 10 years' probation for intoxication manslaughter in the crash, which happened June 15 on a dark rural road near Fort Worth.
Killed were 43-year-old Brian Jennings, 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell, 21-year-old Shelby Boyles and her 52-year-old mother, Hollie Boyles.
Prosecutors sought the maximum 20 years in state custody for the Keller teen, but his attorneys argued for rehabilitation instead of imprisonment.
Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1f8GnvQ ) that family wealth helped the teen avoid incarceration.
Prosecutor Richard Alpert predicted the teen would be involved in another tragedy in the future.
UNIVERSITY OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING
Service set for fatally shot Texas student
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - Family and friends are set to remember a San Antonio university student fatally shot last week by a police officer during a traffic stop.
A memorial service is set Thursday for Robert Cameron Redus, a student at the University of the Incarnate Word. The service will be at a church in the Houston suburb of Baytown, where Redus grew up.
An investigation into the shooting continues.
Authorities say Redus and campus police Capt. Chris Carter had struggled after Carter tried to handcuff Redus following a traffic stop on Friday for speeding and driving erratically. Police say Redus was shot repeatedly by Carter when he charged at the officer.
But Redus' parents as well as friends say authorities' account of the shooting is inconsistent with the 23-year-old's character.
South Texas man gets 4 life sentences for drugs
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in Brownsville has given a South Texas man four life sentences for running a drug trafficking organization that moved cocaine and marijuana to a dozen states.
The U.S. Attorney's office said 40-year-old Julio Cesar Cardenas was sentenced on Wednesday. In doing so, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle noted his long criminal history. Cardenas had been convicted on 17 counts spread across two indictments, and it was his sixth felony conviction.
Cardenas used commercial freight lines to distribute the drugs. The cash proceeds were deposited into various accounts and then withdrawn in Brownsville.
Eleven co-defendants in the case had all previously pleaded guilty.
Cardenas was arrested in September 2012 and convicted at trial in May.
O'Neal describes fondness for disputed Warhol art
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan O'Neal says an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett still represents one of his strongest connections to his longtime partner.
The Oscar-nominated actor told a jury Wednesday that he talks to the portrait and he feels Fawcett's presence by having it in his house.
The University of Texas at Austin is suing O'Neal to try to gain possession of the portrait. Fawcett left all her artwork to the school and it claims O'Neal improperly took it from her condo days after her death.
O'Neal has testified Warhol gave him the portrait and he wants to pass it on to his son with Fawcett, Redmond.
Testimony in the case is winding down, with O'Neal and his son expected to be among the case's final witnesses.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
At least 9 hurt in East Texas school bus collision
ATHENS, Texas (AP) - Nine elementary school students have received hospital treatment after a school bus struck another from behind in a small East Texas town.
A spokeswoman at East Texas Medical Center Athens says all of the children, ranging in age from 5 to 10, have been treated for their injuries and discharged.
The accident Wednesday afternoon involved buses containing about 70 Athens elementary school students. Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley says nine students were brought to the hospital by ambulance with injuries ranging from fractures to bumps and bruises. Sixty other children arrived by bus for precautionary examination.
Athens is a town of about 13,000 residents about 70 miles southeast of Dallas.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY-DWI ARREST
Judge denies writ to remove Travis County DA
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A judge has denied a motion to remove from office a Central Texas district attorney who oversees the state's Public Integrity Unit.
State District Judge David Peeples ruled in Austin on Wednesday that Rosemary Lehmberg may remain as Travis County's top felony prosecutor.
Lehmberg was arrested on the night of April 12 after deputies found her driving erratically. She pleaded guilty days later, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and entered rehabilitation upon her release.
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla sought her removal, arguing that Lehmberg was unfit for office and could harm the public interest.
Her attorney, however, said Lehmberg is more than capable and has stayed in office out of a sense of responsibility to the public.
Inmate guilty of trying to have Texas judge killed
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A federal inmate has been found guilty of trying to hire someone to kill a North Texas federal judge.
Prosecutors say Phillip Monroe Ballard was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for hire of a federal judge, after less than one hour of deliberations.
The 72-year-old Ballard was accused of telling another inmate that he wanted a judge presiding over his tax case gunned down. The two would agree to a price of $100,000. That inmate testified at Ballard's trial.
The judge was not harmed.
Ballard faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March.
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