AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he'll run for lieutenant governor in 2014.
Patterson, a Republican, is a former state legislator who has led the Texas General Land Office since 2002.
Patterson previously announced in 2011 he would run for lieutenant governor in 2014, but that was when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was considered the frontrunner for a U.S. Senate seat.
Dewhurst's loss to Ted Cruz in Tuesday night's Republican primary keeps him in the statewide office for another two years.
Patterson said he likes Dewhurst but will be running for the office he says has the biggest impact on the state. The Texas lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and wields considerable influence over state policy.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.
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