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Fort Worth oilman, wife donating $20 million to liberal arts at UT

Bobby Patton Jr. started his studies at the University of Texas in the prestigious Plan II honors program, then switched to finance and earned his bachelor’s in business administration.

But the exposure to history, literature and philosophy in Plan II — an interdisciplinary arts and science major — left a lifelong impression on Patton, a Fort Worth energy and real estate investor who is also part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On Wednesday, the university is announcing a $20 million donation from Patton and his wife, Sherri, that will benefit faculty members and students in the College of Liberal Arts, one of UT’s largest academic units and the home of Plan II.

“After I left UT, I realized just how important liberal arts were to my life,” Patton said in a statement. “They taught me how to learn and how to keep on learning.”

Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/fort-worth-oilman-wife-donating-20-million-to-libe/nsgQ3/

Houston Taco Trucks Doubling As Voter Registration Booths

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. A Houston company has taken a controversial comment from the presidential campaign and turned it into the framework for a voter registration drive.

Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos for Trump, appeared on MSNBC earlier this month. In defense of Donald Trump’s immigration policy, Gutierrez said, “My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing, it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks {on} every corner.”

The remark set off a firestorm on social media. But Thomas Hull, of design firm Rigsby Hull, decided it deserved a bigger response than just a tweet or meme. He joined forces with Mi Familia Vota, a group that promotes Latino political involvement, and organized a fleet of Houston taco trucks to serve as voter registration booths.

“We’re also handing out information on where to vote, with early votes and on Election Day and the process of voting, ’cause that’s–registering folks to vote–is half the battle. The other half is getting folks to the polls,” Hull says.

Read more: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/09/27/170469/houston-taco-trucks-doubling-as-voter-registration-booths/

Taco trucks on every corner and in the middle of the blocks too. Yum!

Former Cowboy Greg Hardy arrested in Richardson on cocaine charge

Richardson police arrested former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy late Sunday night on a drug possession charge.

Hardy was stopped about 11:20 p.m. on a traffic violation, but was arrested and charged with possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance, Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.

He posted bond just before 6 p.m. Monday and was released from the Richardson city jail, he said.

An officer stopped Hardy's Dodge Challenger in the 300 block of Glenville Drive because the vehicle was stopped in the left turn lane without a turn signal on, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2016/09/26/former-cowboy-greg-hardy-arrested-richardson-drug-possession-charge-police-say

BlueCross will drop Obamacare in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will not sell insurance plans on the Obamacare exchange in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville next year, as the health care giant grapples with hefty losses and ongoing uncertainty on the marketplace.

The insurer made “an extremely difficult but necessary decision” to leave the state’s three largest metro areas as it tries to manage its number of members to hit a break-even point amid three years of losses, said Roy Vaughn, chief communications officer of BCBST.

“It’s not something we want to do but we believe we must look out for the health care and financial security for all the members that we serve,” Vaughn told The Tennessean.

The company formally made the change to its 2017 plans in a Friday filing with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — roughly a month after it raised the possibility of scaling back. Earlier this summer, BCBST requested — and was granted — state approval for an average 62-percent premium increase. The rate hike is still pending federal approval.

Read more: http://www.commercialappeal.com/business/medical/BlueCross-will-drop-Obamacare-in-Memphis-Nashville-Knoxville--394820451.html

Former TN Legislator Jeremy Durham Kicked Out of Univ. of Tenn. Game for Hitting

Notorious sleeze Jeremy Durham (R-Loserville) can't stop getting kicked out of things. Once hailed as a rising star in the Tennessee Republican party, Durham's office was moved out of the State House in April, amid accusations of sexual harassment. He was defeated at the polls and finally expelled from the state's General Assembly by a vote of 70-2. Now the man Full Frontal host Samantha Bee called the worst person in Tennessee has been thrown out of the UT/Florida game for hitting a Gator fan in the face.

So far this is all dog bites man because, obviously, a jackass with impulse control issues is going to do stupid stuff. But what about the guy who's hanging out with the guy with impulse issues? Sen. Brian Kelsey, the pride of Germantown, was sitting with his pal Jeremy when the boisterous Florida fan got his glasses knocked off, but didn't witness anything unusual.

"I didn’t witness anything unusual," Kelsey was quoted as saying. "But it was obvious the officer had asked questions of a Florida fan behind us."

According to The Tennessean Kelsey sent a clarifying text: "If that behavior did occur, it's totally unacceptable and it's unbecoming of a Vol fan."



Why give all BP funds to Coast? Some area legislators say, ‘Not so fast’

JACKSON – Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are saying not so fast in terms of the three coastal counties receiving all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent massive oil spill.

“I know some people feel some of the money should come to the central and northern parts of the state,” said Rep. William Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville.

The issue of how the money that was part of the settlement reached with BP should be divvied up is expected to be a major topic during the 2017 legislative session. But it has come to the forefront in recent days because of public hearings Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is having on the Gulf Coast regarding the BP settlement funds.

This past week Reeves reiterated his stance that the $750 million in funds the state is set to receive during the next 17 years for economic damages caused by the 2010 oil spill should be spent on the Coast.

Read more: http://djournal.com/news/give-bp-funds-coast-area-legislators-say-not-fast/

$6.4 million judgment upheld in DirecTV case

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a $6.49 million judgment against a former Mississippi subcontractor of satellite television giant DirecTV for inflating the value of company stock employees were allowed to purchase.

Bruister & Associates Inc. was a Meridian-based subcontractor for DirecTV that performed installation services. As part of his business, owner Herbert Bruister set up an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, according to court records.

In 2014, after a 19-day trial, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan found Bruister and his representatives improperly influenced the valuation of the stock for his company, which caused employees to pay far more for stock than what it was worth. The judge also entered an injunction preventing Bruister and his representatives from acting in the future as fiduciaries or service providers to Employment Retirement Income Security Act covered plans. Jordan ruled employees were owed $4.5 million for overpayments. He also found Bruister liable for $1.98 million.

The lawsuit was brought by U.S. Department of Labor and two citizens.

Read more: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2016/09/26/64-million-judgment-upheld-against-former-directv-subcontractor/91111822/

Planned Parenthood wants summary judgment in Mississippi law challenge

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.

The women's health group argues that a judge should make a summary judgment backing its challenge of the Mississippi law, now that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction against a similar law in Louisiana.

Two Planned Parenthood affiliates that were previously eligible for Mississippi Medicaid payments filed a federal lawsuit June 15 seeking to block the Mississippi law, which took effect on July 1. Neither affiliate offers abortions in Mississippi — one says it does them at a clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, and the other in other states.

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/21/planned-parenthood-mississippi-law-challenge/90796286/ (short article)

State law to expand dental services in rural areas still not enacted after three years

FLORENCE – The rape and sodomy case against a Florence attorney begins today, officials said.

Authorities with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office said jury selection in the trial of Don Tipper will get underway at 10 a.m.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Bill Lisenby and Stephanie Billingslea of the Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division. It was investigated by the Florence Police Department and special agents of the Attorney General’s Investigations Division.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis O’Dell has been assigned to hear the case, which is being held in the fifth floor courtroom of the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

Read more: http://www.annistonstar.com/news/state/state-law-to-expand-dental-services-in-rural-areas-still/article_35ab08ea-82a3-11e6-9046-2b681e1fdcf2.html

Ozark man charged with threatening Obama can be force medicated for trial

A three judge appeals court panel ruled Monday that the government can force-medicate a local man who is charged with threatening the President of the United States.

The ruling backs a lower court decision in October 2015 that stated the government can administer antipsychotic medication to Ozark resident Deryke Matthew Pfeifer, confined since the summer of 2014 after Pfeifer placed several calls to a Social Security Administration office and the Federal Protective Service Mega Center, both located in Michigan. On those calls, he is reported to have threatened to “blow up” a Social Security facility and harm its employees and, purportedly speaking as an agent of God, threatened President Barack Obama.

Pfeifer was diagnosed with delusional disorder and deemed incompetent to stand trial. He has refused antipsychotic medication because he does not believe he is mentally ill. The government sought to force-medicate Pfeifer in an attempt to make him fit to stand trial.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled in October of 2015 that medicating Pfeifer served his own best interests as well as the interest of the government to prosecute a serious crime.

Read more: http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/crime_court/ozark-man-charged-with-threatening-obama-can-be-force-medicated/article_2612ec3e-8435-11e6-b9b7-e340dc5bc76d.html
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