Giffords will soon face decision about future - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Giffords will soon face decision about future

WASHINGTON (AP) - The signals are strong. One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job she so clearly loved.

Her husband and people near the three-term congresswoman say she is highly motivated to recover from her injuries and get back to work in Washington, potentially using her inspirational story as a way to mend political differences in the nation's capital.

She faces a May deadline to get on the November ballot, meaning she has a few months to decide.

Giffords has arrived in Tucson, Ariz., to begin commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting that killed six people and left her and 12 others wounded. She'll take part in a candlelight vigil Sunday to mark the anniversary of the shooting, which occurred during a Jan. 8 meet-and-greet.

Her future will depend on a recovery that has progressed in remarkable fashion over the past year as she is now able to walk and talk.

Potential Republican challengers are awaiting her decision before committing to the race.

The mentally ill man charged in the Tucson shooting rampage isn't expected to go to trial in 2012 as he continues to be forcibly medicated to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

Mike Black, a former federal defender now in private practice, says he doesn't think there would be a trial until 2013, even if Jared Lee Loughner is quickly declared ready for trial.

The case was put on hold when psychologists diagnosed Loughner with schizophrenia and a judge ruled the 23-year-old wasn't fit to stand trial in the shooting that occurred a year ago Sunday.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Nacogdoches County girls take down Angelina in KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Clean sweep for Nacogdoches in 10th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Clean sweep for Nacogdoches in 10th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:19:05 GMT

    The Nacogdoches County girls have snapped a two-game losing streak in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown following a 54-41 win over Angelina County. 

    More >>

    The Nacogdoches County girls have snapped a two-game losing streak in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown following a 54-41 win over Angelina County. 

    More >>
  • Restaurant Report - Nacogdoches - 04/19/18

    Restaurant Report - Nacogdoches - 04/19/18

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:16 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:16:25 GMT
    Source: Raycom News MediaSource: Raycom News Media

    La Braza, Lucky Stop No. 5, Pueblo Viejo, Los Potocinas, Cici's Pzza, Dairy Queen, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Donut Express, Chipotle, Walmart Superstore Deli, 1st City Cafe, Brendyn's BBQ food truck, Republic of Fredonia Steakhouse, and Shali's Indian Kitchen on Wheels.

    More >>

    La Braza, Lucky Stop No. 5, Pueblo Viejo, Los Potocinas, Cici's Pzza, Dairy Queen, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Donut Express, Chipotle, Walmart Superstore Deli, 1st City Cafe, Brendyn's BBQ food truck, Republic of Fredonia Steakhouse, and Shali's Indian Kitchen on Wheels.

    More >>
  • Students compete in market goat show in Angelina County Youth Fair

    Students compete in market goat show in Angelina County Youth Fair

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:34:41 GMT
    Photo: KTREPhoto: KTRE
    Photo: KTREPhoto: KTRE
    Students who entered the Angelina County Youth Fair displayed the goats they've been raising for the past year on Thursday. Goats were judged on their broad shoulders, chest, their ability to be well balanced from head to tail and their muscle. They were divided into 5 weight classes ranging from light to heavy. Sixth grader Tallon Garcia won in the medium-heavy class of the competition. He said he's glad his hard work paid off. "We built an exercise pen to wher...More >>
    Students who entered the Angelina County Youth Fair displayed the goats they've been raising for the past year on Thursday. Goats were judged on their broad shoulders, chest, their ability to be well balanced from head to tail and their muscle. They were divided into 5 weight classes ranging from light to heavy. Sixth grader Tallon Garcia won in the medium-heavy class of the competition. He said he's glad his hard work paid off. "We built an exercise pen to wher...More >>
Powered by Frankly