Texas executes 400th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Texas, brushing aside international calls to abandon capital punishment, Wednesday exacted the ultimate penalty a 400th time, executing a store clerk's killer.

Texas tells EU to hush up on executions

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has brushed aside the European Union's request to halt Wednesday's scheduled execution of a convicted killer.

Accomplice to be executed in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A Texas man won’t know until two days before his execution date whether he will be killed for a murder all agree he didn’t commit, it was reported.

Atheist takes on Texas' Minute of Silence

DALLAS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An atheist father of three has taken on Texas’ Minute of Silence law, which allows schools to set aside time for prayer or reflection.

Lady Bird Johnson buried in Texas

STONEWALL, Texas, July 15 (UPI) -- Lady Bird Johnson, who was U.S. first lady from 1963 through 1969, was buried Sunday afternoon in the family cemetery at her Stonewall, Texas, ranch.

Thousands mourn Ladybird Johnson

AUSTIN, Texas, July 14 (UPI) -- An estimated 2,000 mourners gathered in Austin, Texas, Saturday for the funeral of former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson.

Texas still soaked from rain, floods

MARBLE SPRINGS, Texas, June 30 (UPI) -- Scattered showers Saturday continued soaking central Texas where the search continued for two young men listed as missing in Burnet County.

Boy swept away, dies in Texas flooding

DALLAS, June 27 (UPI) -- Scattered rainfall plagued soggy southeastern Texas on Wednesday amid reports a teenage boy had been swept away and drowned in a raging creek.

Scientists to study Texas hurricanes

HOUSTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Rice University has become Texas' first hurricane and tropical storm research center dedicated to predicting and planning for such disasters.

Deadly rains ease in North Texas

GAINESVILLE, Texas, June 20 (UPI) -- Deadly rains and flooding in North Texas eased Wednesday after storms left at least six people dead and hundreds homeless.

Twister claims 10 lives in Texas, Mexico

EAGLE PASS, Texas, April 25 (UPI) -- A twister ripped through the Texas border town of Eagle Pass and nearby Piedras Negras, Mexico, Wednesday killed 10 people and injured at least 80 others.

Texas legislators expand self defense

DALLAS, March 22 (UPI) -- Texas lawmakers have approved a broad self-defense law that expands the use of deadly force against attackers to locations outside the home.

Texas youth prison scandal worsens

DALLAS, March 7 (UPI) -- More than 105 pages of documents alleging sexual abuse by Texas Youth Commission staff have been provided to The Dallas Morning News.

Hearing postponed on Texas power plants

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Texas energy company TXU Corp.'s hearing for permits to build six coal-fired power plants was delayed Wednesday after a state court's ruling. Citing the ruling late Tuesday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had no right to speed the permit process, the state Off

HPV vaccine faces possible backlash

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- At least 20 states are considering mandatory human papilloma virus vaccinations, but a backlash is developing against the trend, The New York Times reported.
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Rick Perry
Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry encourages his supporters at a campaign rally on January 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa. Iowa holds their first-in-the-nation caucus for the 2012 election on Tuesday. UPI/Brian Kersey

James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. A Republican, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010. With a tenure in office to date of &1000000000000001000000010 years, &10000000000000271000000271 days, Perry is the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor, and the second longest serving current U.S. governor after Terry Branstad of Iowa.

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court).

Perry won the Texas 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina. In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won a third term by defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass. On August 13, 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election.

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