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Court of Criminal Appeals to review Rick Perry charges

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The state’s highest criminal court announced Wednesday that it will review the felony charges against former Gov. Rick Perry.

The Court of Criminal Appeals granted review of two appeals, setting an aggressive schedule that includes oral arguments on Nov. 4.

Perry has asked the court to dismiss a first-degree felony charge of misusing his powers as governor.

A second felony charge, coercion of a public official, was dismissed in July when a lower appeals court declared the coercion law unconstitutional because it violated free-speech rights.

2016 Presidential Race

Trump on eminent domain: 'I think it's a wonderful thing'

Even though it's a stance not especially popular with some Republicans, Donald Trump continued to support eminent domain in an interview on Tuesday, calling it "a wonderful thing" that has unfairly received a bad rap.Trump, a billionaire known for his major real estate development projects, described eminent domain as a useful tool that local governments can use to prevent greedy homeowners from derailing major projects that could create thousands of jobs or provide a public good.



Scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Three scientists from Sweden, the U.S. and Turkey won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for showing how cells repair damaged DNA, work that's inspired the development of new cancer treatments.

Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the 8 million Swedish kronor (about $960,000) award for research done in the 1970s and '80s.

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Sunny forecast for the Texas-OU game, not so much for the Horns

National Weather Service

Wednesday’s forecast for Austin: More dry and warm weather is expected across South-Central Texas while the Austin metro area will be mostly sunny, with an above-normal high near 90. At night, the National Weather Service expects mostly cloudy skies, with a low around 69.

Thursday’s outlook calls for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms under partly sunny skies, with a high near 88.


Central Texas congressional Republicans are mum on speaker preference

Two days away from a major step in choosing the next speaker of the U.S. House, most of the Central Texas congressional Republicans are silent about who they want to be second in line of succession to the president.

The GOP members of Congress representing portions of Austin who ignored requests this week for comment are Michael McCaul, Roger Williams, Lamar Smith and John Carter.


Expert says children will need to work until 100 at 40 different jobs
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Expert says children will need to work until 100 at 40 different jobs

Think your little ones will have a better life than you, like your own parents probably thought about you? Think again.

Today's children will most likely have to work until the age of 100 at 40 different jobs, according to a leading British futurologist.

Rohit Talwar, one of Britain's top experts on the future, told a large conference of school principals Tuesday that secondary schools should prepare today's students for a very different world than the one experienced by their parents, the London Times newspaper reported Wednesday.


Texas veterans first to test new cyber rehab technology

Texas veterans first to test new cyber rehab technology

Starting in November, 25 Dallas-area veterans will be the first to try cutting-edge rehabilitation technology designed to transmit sensations of physical touch over the Internet, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who are leading the initial six-month trials.

The project, dubbed the Multi-modal 3D Tele-immersion Research Project, seeks to provide enhanced access to physical therapy for disabled veterans who cannot commute to the doctor’s office by combining recent advances in 3-D cameras, high-speed Internet connections, video game engines and the rapidly evolving field of “haptic,” or sense-of-touch, technology.

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Thousands of federal drug inmates set for early release

Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are set for early release next month under a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation's prison population.

The more than 5,500 inmates set to go free in November are among the first of what could eventually be tens of thousands eligible for release. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted last year to retroactively apply substantially lower recommended sentences for those convicted of drug-related felonies.


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