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Democrats Aim for Blake Farenthold's Seat

WASHINGTON – The hunt is on in Southeast Texas for a Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.

At first glance, it might seem like an absurd notion; Farenthold won re-election by a 2-to-1 margin in 2014. But some Democrats say they have designs on the seat because of the seediness of accusations against the third-term congressman in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him in 2014.

For now, the Democrats’ political point man for House races only speaks about Texas in broad tones.

“We’re looking for opportunities all over the country, wherever they may be,” U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico told The Texas Tribune last week.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/27/democrats-aim-blake-farentholds-seat/

Halliburton, Baker Hughes shareholders OK $35 billion deal

Source: Fuelfix.com

HOUSTON – The world’s second and third-largest oil field service firms took another step toward closing a $34.6 billion merger Friday.

Shareholders of Halliburton and Baker Hughes overwhelmingly approved deal at separate special meetings early Friday, the firms said. Roughly 98 percent of the shareholder votes cast in both votes were in favor of the deal, which is expected to close in the second half of this year.

Halliburton’s acquisition, one of the biggest in energy deals so far this century, still has to pass a regulatory review by antitrust authorities. The firms could look to sell businesses with up to $7.5 billion in revenue to appease federal trustbusters, but Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar has said he expects the sum to be well below that.

UBS analysts last week said Halliburton executives anticipate they’ll begin lining up buyers for the spin-off businesses in late April or early May.

Read more: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/03/27/halliburton-baker-hughes-shareholders-ok-35b-deal/

DMV: Truck that hit I-35 bridge in Salado lacked permit for ‘over-height load’

The semi-truck that hit the bridge in Salado on Thursday was not authorized to haul an “over-height load,” according to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

“The motor carrier that struck the bridge did not have the legally required permit to carry an over-height load,” said Adam Shaivitz, a spokesman for the agency.

He could not say if the truck was carrying an over-height load, and officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Transportation did not immediately return calls for comment.


One fatality and three injured in the incident.

Friends, colleagues say Dallas County DA Susan Hawk spent time in drug rehab

Dallas County’s new district attorney Susan Hawk, blasted by former co-workers for acting erratically on the job, spent a month at a rehab center for prescription drug use during the campaign for that office in late 2013, friends and courthouse colleagues say.

Details about the previously undisclosed rehab stint in Arizona have begun to emerge after Hawk fired her second-in-command, Bill Wirskye, stunning fellow prosecutors and hinting at an office in upheaval less than three months into the Republican’s tenure.

His dismissal came shortly after Hawk accused him -- wrongly, he says -- of breaking into her home and stealing an incriminating photo of her, according to a friend familiar with the confrontation, citing it as another example of her bizarre behavior recently around staffers.

Hawk, 44, didn’t respond to several requests for comment Thursday, and she was not in her office Friday morning. Calls to her cellphone went directly to voice mail.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/local-politics/20150327-exclusive-friends-colleagues-say-dallas-county-da-susan-hawk-spent-time-in-drug-rehab.ece

Although the previous DA Craig Watkins had various issues, it appears that Hawk (R) has her own set of problems with hydrocone and oxycontin. Hopefully her stint in rehab will provide a sense of understanding for those arrested for drug problems.

Results for mens short program at World Figure Skating Championship

Pl. Qual. Name Nation TSS
1 Q Yuzuru HANYU JPN 95.20
2 Q Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 92.74
3 Q Denis TEN KAZ 85.89
4 Q Sergei VORONOV RUS 84.70
5 Q Han YAN CHN 84.45
6 Q Jason BROWN USA 84.32
7 Q Florent AMODIO FRA 80.84
8 Q Misha GE UZB 78.52
9 Q Nam NGUYEN CAN 77.73
10 Q Michal BREZINA CZE 76.84
11 Q Adam RIPPON USA 75.14
12 Q Alexei BYCHENKO ISR 74.98
13 Q Joshua FARRIS USA 73.52
14 Q Ronald LAM HKG 72.66
15 Q Jeremy TEN CAN 72.28
16 Q Maxim KOVTUN RUS 70.82
17 Q Brendan KERRY AUS 70.36
18 Q Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 70.27
19 Q Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 70.15
20 Q Yaroslav PANIOT UKR 69.09
21 Q Alexander MAJOROV SWE 67.53
22 Q Michael Christian MARTINEZ PHI 67.03
23 Q Takahito MURA JPN 64.93
24 Q June Hyoung LEE KOR 64.51


With the exception of Hernandez, all of the men in the top five had downgrades on their quadruple jumps. Brown from the USA was the highest ranked skater that did not attempt a quadruple jump.

Bomb found outside Walburg German eatery

Walburg, Texas -- A man allegedly tried to blow up well-known eatery Walburg German Restaurant earlier this month, police said in an arrest report filed Friday.

Ryan Killingsworth, 38, of Hutto, was charged March 19 with arson, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years inprisonandafine of up to $10,000. He was still behind bars Tuesday morning.

On March 14, Mr. Killingsworth planted a ramshackle bomb outside the restaurant at 3777 FM 972, in downtown Walburg, police said. He made the improvised explosive device using plastic gasoline containers, a metal aerosol can, duct tape and blue paper shop towel.

Restaurant owner Ronald Tippelt found the bomb at the back of the building against a wall with the wick lit and burned down to the container, the report said.

Read more: http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Williamson1//Magazine81195/Full/index.aspx?II=81195#1/z (Williamson County Sun)

Walburg was in my rolling territory when I was a college student and I spent many Oktoberfests at the biergarten behind the old mercantile/restaurant building. I am amused that they describe Walburg as having a "downtown" since the population is only a few hundred people.

Americans take silver medals in ice dancing

The American pair had a seasons best score, but the French team in fourth after the short dance also had a seasons best score.

Pl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 184.28 4 1
2 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 181.34 1 2
3 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 179.42 2 3
4 Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE ITA 177.50 3 4
5 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 172.03 6 5
6 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 165.22 7 6
7 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 164.84 5 9
8 Ksenia MONKO / Kirill KHALIAVIN RUS 159.13 10 8
9 Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN RUS 156.95 14 7
10 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 156.56 11 10
11 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN DEN 156.23 9 11
12 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 153.84 12 12
13 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 152.59 8 14
14 Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZ ESP 148.67 15 13
15 Federica TESTA / Lukas CSOLLEY SVK 142.29 13 15
16 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 136.47 16 16
17 Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN UKR 133.80 17 17
18 Carolina MOSCHENI / Adam LUKACS HUN 131.01 19 18
19 Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU CHN 128.77 18 19
20 Allison REED / Vasili ROGOV ISR 124.32 20 20

Senator: Shame on budget writers if pensions, roads aren’t funded

AUSTIN — Senate budget writers must fix public employee pension funds and cough up more money for roads or hang their heads in shame, a maverick Republican senator said Thursday.

Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, said a Senate panel’s nearly completed version of a two-year state budget would leave between $15 billion and $20 billion of state money unspent.

Tapping those funds would require votes to draw down rainy-day dollars or bust a state spending cap. In both chambers, Republicans are reluctant to take such votes.

At a Senate Finance Committee mark-up session, Eltife said the full Senate shouldn’t have passed $4.6 billion in tax cuts, as it did Wednesday. Senators still haven’t advanced “a permanent solution to transportation” problems, much less stopped a snowballing $7.5 billion of unfunded liability in the Employees Retirement System, he said.

“My gosh, you can’t leave here with that money in the bank and not fix pensions — irresponsible,” he said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20150326-senator-shame-on-budget-writers-if-pensions-roads-arent-funded.ece

Salesforce cancels all travel to Indiana, won’t subject customers or employees to discrimination

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has made good on a threat tweeted Wednesday evening, warning that the $4 billion company would “dramatically reduce” its investment in Indiana in response to a religious freedom law that critics say is a “license to discriminate” against LGBT individuals.

On Thursday, just hours after Gov. Mike Pence signed the legislation, Benioff announced his firm was “canceling all programs” that require its customers or employees to travel to Indiana, saying he would not subject them to discrimination.

Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to refuse services to individuals based on their religious beliefs.

Read more: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/salesforce-cancels-all-travel-to-indiana-wont-subject-customers-or-employees-to-discrimination/?PageSpeed=noscript

Ted Cruz once took the Bush administration to court over prescription drugs for seniors

Ted Cruz has been an ardent Obamacare opponent; he held a 21-hour filibuster in 2013 to protest federal funding for the health overhaul.

But before Cruz focused on attacking Obamacare, he launched a lesser-known challenge to another big entitlement program: the Medicare Modernization Act.

Passed in 2003 during the George W. Bush administration, the Medicare Modernization Act created a new federal entitlement program to cover seniors' prescription drug costs. Cruz, then serving as Texas's solicitor general, petitioned the Supreme Court to repeal that law, arguing that it was an unconstitutional overstep by the federal government.

"Congress has entered uncharted territory," Cruz argued in the case, Texas v. Leavitt. "No other federal statute conscripts state governments directly to fund a federal program."

Read more: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/25/8288373/ted-cruz-medicare-drugs
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