AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County Commissioners will meet behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss if county taxpayers should pick up the tab for criminal complaints against Gov. Rick Perry and District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
This stems from Lehmberg's DWI conviction in April. Perry cut funding from the Public Integrity Unit when the DA refused to step down.
The unit investigates public corruption and is run by the Travis County District Attorney's Office. It lost about $3.7 million in state funding as a result of the governor's line-item veto
The watchdog group Texans for Public Justice filed a criminal complaint against Perry, saying he abused his power by threatening to veto an appropriation by the Legislature if Lehmberg did not resign her post.
Another attorney filed a complaint against Lehmberg saying she abused her power during her arrest by name dropping public officials. A grand jury is slated to take up that case on Oct. 4.
Judges in Travis County have recused themselves from dealing with these cases. And special prosecutors requested by a visiting judge could cost taxpayers to to $300 an hour.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.