Texas Gov. Perry: Red states leading US recovery
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Rick Perry says Republican governors like him are leading the nation's economic recovery.
The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states, in contrast, are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions and fewer jobs. Perry, a 2012 presidential contender, singled out New York and California as states where taxes are too high. He says that moving trucks don't even want to go to California.
The Texas governor was the first speaker Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington D.C. in suburban Maryland. Perry is among several prospective presidential candidates at the three-day conference.
Perry says the federal government should stick to national defense, foreign policy and delivering the mail - preferably on time and on Saturday.
Hilderbran concedes GOP comptroller race to Hegar
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State Representative Harvey Hilderbran has conceded the Texas state comptroller's race to Glenn Hegar, clearing the way for him to accept the nomination.
Hilderbran's decision announced Friday means Hegar is now favored to become the state's chief financial officer. Hegar was just a few votes shy of winning more than 50 percent of the vote, and barring a victory from absentee and provisional ballots, would have faced Hilderbran in a runoff.
Republican Comptroller Susan Combs didn't seek re-election. She had drawn criticism for revenue projections that underestimated state spending power, which exacerbated cutbacks at schools and state agencies.
The 43-year-old Hegar is the youngest member of the Senate. He's a farmer from suburban Houston.
His Democratic opponent in November is Houston businessman Mike Collier, who's never held elected office.
Democrat Davis releases public-sector clients
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has revealed her law firm's public-sector clients, which include the Fort Worth school district and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The public-sector clients released Friday are represented by Newby Davis in Fort Worth. Davis started the firm with Brian Newby, Governor Rick Perry's former chief of staff.
The Fort Worth state senator has been asked about her firm's clients since launching her campaign in October. She's said she needed client permission to make the list public.
It includes the Tarrant Regional Water District, the Benbrook Water Authority and North Texas Tollway Authority.
Davis spokesman Bo Delp says she's releasing the list because she believes it's the right thing to do.
The list was first obtained by the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle.
BODIES FOUND-GALVESTON COUNTY
Bodies of 2 women found in Galveston County
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas (AP) - The bodies of two women have been found near a garbage bin on the Bolivar (BAH'-lee-vur) Peninsula near Galveston.
Homicide detectives were at the scene Friday adjacent to a store in Port Bolivar. Authorities believe the women were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped near the bin.
Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office told the Houston Chronicle it was unclear how the women died. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine the cause.
The bodies were discovered about 7:45 a.m. Friday.
No other information was immediately available.
NEWBORN ABANDONED-GARBAGE BIN
Houston teen, 16, charged with abandoning newborn
HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say a Houston teenager has been charged with abandonment after her newborn was found last month discarded in a garbage bin at an apartment complex.
The 16-year-old appeared in juvenile court Friday for a preliminary hearing. A caseworker with state Child Protective Services says the teen was arrested Thursday and charged with abandoning a child without intent to return.
The infant remains hospitalized and eventually will be placed in a foster home.
The mother has told caseworkers she didn't know she was pregnant and thought the baby was dead after giving birth in a bathtub. She said she had not spoken to the 22-year-old father in months.
A maintenance worker at the complex found the boy February 25th in a trash bag after hearing sounds from the bin.
Attorneys argue over arrest tape in sniper's death
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A North Texas judge will decide whether to let jurors hear the tape of a man accused of killing famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle admit to the shooting.
Eddie Ray Routh appeared in district court Friday in Stephenville, southwest of Dallas.
The 25-year-old Routh is charged with capital murder for the killings last year of Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield.
His attorneys and prosecutors are arguing over a tape of his confession to a Texas Ranger the night he was arrested.
According to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Routh's defense attorneys say he was not coherent when he made the statements on the tape.
Judge Jason Cashon said he would rule on whether to allow the tape before jury selection begins in May.
Parts of stolen statue found at Texas recycler
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Cut-up pieces of a $120,000 bronze statue stolen from outside a Southeast Texas library have been recovered at a metal recycling center.
Port Arthur police said Friday no arrests had been made in the theft of the 300-pound sculpture "The Family." The work portrays intertwined figures of adults and children.
The statue by artist David Cargill had been outside the Port Arthur Public Library since 1981 until going missing February 27th. Sergeant Scott Gaspard says scrap metal thieves could be to blame.
Police found much of the statue Tuesday at a recycling facility in neighboring Liberty County. Gaspard says police questioned several suspects, then found smaller pieces at some Port Arthur homes.
Police have documented the recovered pieces and returned them to the library for possible reconstruction.
UT JOURNALISM SCHOOL-DIRECTOR
Award-winning editor to lead UT journalism school
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication has announced an award-winning former editor at The Washington Post will be the new director of its School of Journalism.
The college announced R.B. Brenner's appointment Thursday.
Brenner served in various capacities for the Post. He was a lead editor on coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. He also helped lead the merger of the newspaper's digital and print newsrooms.
Brenner was a visiting lecturer at the School of Journalism in 2009. The Moody College that year honored him with the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award, recognizing excellence in the field of communication.
Brenner currently serves as deputy director of Stanford University's journalism program. The Stanford Daily named him one of Stanford's 10 best professors.
Women from Tunisia chosen for Bush fellowship
DALLAS (AP) - Former first lady Laura Bush has introduced a group of women from Tunisia as the latest participants in the George W. Bush Institute's fellowship program that helps women in the Middle East and North Africa hone their leadership skills.
At the event Friday, Bush also recognized the Egyptian women who participated in the Women's Initiative Fellowship last year.
The yearlong program, which started in 2012, includes more than a dozen women each year who work in areas including education, health, business and media. The program pairs fellows with American women working in the same fields.
The Bush Institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the Southern Methodist University campus. The women will study leadership at SMU and visit companies and institutions across the U.S.
Cowboys release Costa, redo Bernadeau in cap moves
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau's contract to get under the salary cap.
Costa's agent, George Mavrikes, said Friday his client would look to compete for a starting job elsewhere after rookie first-round pick Travis Frederick started all 16 games last year. Costa was the starter in 2011.
The Costa move saves the Cowboys $1.5 million on the salary cap. They were slightly less than $1 million over the cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier this week.
Bernadeau started 10 games at right guard last season. He signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent in 2012.
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