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Perry hires defense lawyer amid ethics probe

HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a criminal-defense lawyer to represent him in a prosecutor’s probe of claims that he violated state law by vetoing funding for the state ethics office, his spokeswoman said.

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Lt. governor candidates talk infrastructure at business forum

Pressed by the leader of a major Texas business organization, the four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor Wednesday abandoned the hot-button social issues that have dominated the campaign to discuss infrastructure issues such as highway construction and water needs.

Texas votes in first Election Day under ID law

AUSTIN — Texans approved dedicating $2 billion to the state water plan on Tuesday, while Houston residents re-elected their mayor and rejected a plan to renovate the Astrodome in the first statewide election where officials checked voters’ photo IDs.