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Abbott calls special election to replace ousted Slaton | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Bethany Blankley | contributor – 2023-05-31 16:07:00

(The Center Square) – A special election will be held Nov. 7 to fill the empty seat for District 2 of the Texas House of Representatives.

The district covers Hunt, Hopkins and Van Zandt counties in northeast Texas.

The position became vacant after the Texas House unanimously voted to remove state Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, from office on May 9.

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Candidates who want to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 6.

The House voted to oust Slaton after the General Investigating Committee unanimously recommended that he be removed. The committee conducted an investigation and concluded that Slaton violated House Rule 15 by “engaging in harassment prohibited by law … by both inappropriate physical behavior and having sexual intercourse with a legislative aide working in his state office and over whom he had primary responsibility for overseeing and who was unable to give effective consent” because she'd been drinking alcohol, the committee determined.

The report also concluded that Slaton violated the House Drug and Alcohol Policy by providing alcohol to the aide, who he knew was under the legal drinking age of 21.

Slaton resigned on May 8 effective immediately in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott and the clerk of the Texas House of Representatives. His letter didn't mention the accusations. He said he was resigning to spend time with his young family and to find ways to continue to serve his community.

Despite his resignation, the committee recommended that the House vote to remove him because the Texas Constitution stipulates that members who resign still hold their seat until they are replaced. Slaton also would have still qualified to receive a salary, mileage reimbursement and per diem expenses, according to what's known as the “hold over” provision of Section 17, Article XVI of the Texas Constitution. If a member is expelled, the holdover exception doesn't apply. Expulsion was the only way to immediately remove him from office, the committee argued.

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Slaton's removal was the first time the House expelled a member since 1927.

Early voting to fill his vacated seat will begin Oct. 23.

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Unforgettable experience: 16-year-old Jaelyn Kirby throws out first pitch in Rice Owls’ baseball game against Stanford

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abc13.com – Adam Winkler – 2024-03-02 21:59:51

SUMMARY: Jaelyn Kirby, a 16-year-old with Marfan syndrome, was visited by Rice baseball players at Texas Children’s Hospital after photos of her watching a game from her room went viral. The players invited her to throw out the first pitch at a game. Jaelyn, ecstatic about the experience, called it one of the best weeks of her life. She participated in a Marfan Syndrome Walk for Victory, raising over $138,000. The players saw their visit as bringing joy to others, emphasizing the importance of doing good deeds. The heartwarming story highlights the strong bond formed between Jaelyn and the Rice baseball team.

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Woman accused of driving drunk, killing south carolina bride on wedding night in DUI crash, out on bond

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abc13.com – CNNWire – 2024-03-02 20:46:16

SUMMARY: Jamie Lee Komoroski, a woman in South Carolina, was released on bond after being accused of driving drunk and crashing into a golf-cart style vehicle carrying a newly married couple, killing the bride. Komoroski faces charges of reckless homicide and felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm. She pleaded not guilty and was released on a $150,000 bond, with conditions including entering an inpatient rehabilitation program. The bride died of blunt force injuries, while the groom and two others were injured in the crash. Komoroski had a blood alcohol content of 0.261%, well above the legal limit. The incident occurred on April 28 in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

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Texas State takes out No. 15 Texas 11-10 thanks to clutch Lugo homer in the 9th

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-03-02 20:41:25

SUMMARY: Texas State’s Aaron Lugo hit a 2-run home run in the top of the ninth, helping the Bobcats secure an 11-10 victory over No. 15 Texas at the Astros Foundation College Classic. The game saw back-and-forth action, with Texas State initially taking a 6-0 lead. After a strong comeback by Texas, Lugo’s bubble-blowing homer in the ninth sealed the win. Texas State’s Matthew Tippie pitched well to secure the win, while Ryne Farber and Chase Mora had impressive offensive performances. Texas State is now 2-0 in the College Classic, while Texas suffered their second loss of the event.

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