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Former Texas secretary of state sworn in as interim attorney general | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Bethany Blankley | contributor – 2023-05-31 16:37:00

(The Center Square) – Five days after the Texas House voted to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton, and after First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster said he would lead the office in accordance with state statute, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed someone else to temporarily lead the office.

Abbott on Wednesday appointed and swore in former Texas Secretary of State John Scott as a short-term interim attorney general, citing his authority to do so under Article 15, Section 5 of the Texas Constitution.

He also issued a proclamation and in a letter to the current Secretary of State, former state Sen. Jane Nelson, said it was a “provisional appointment to serve as Attorney General until a decision in the impeachment trial of Warren Kenneth Paxton. Jr. is reached.”

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“John Scott has the background and experience needed to step in as a short-term interim Attorney General during the time the Attorney General has been suspended from duty,” Abbott, a former Texas attorney general and former Texas Supreme Court justice, said in a statement. “He served under me in the Texas Attorney General's Office and knows how the Office of the Attorney General operates.”

Scott previously served as the deputy attorney general overseeing all civil litigation, including more than 22,000 lawsuits involving Texas.

A Fort Worth attorney, Scott was appointed by Abbott to fill a vacant Secretary of State role in October 2021. As Secretary of State, he presided over four major statewide elections in 2022, and oversaw the forensic audit of the 2020 General Election in Texas.

Scott subsequently was appointed first chief operating officer of the Health and Human Services Commission and was later appointed as the chair of the board for the Department of Information Resources by the governor.

Scott has successfully tried over 100 lawsuits, the governor's office notes, including handling cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, nearly all Texas Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western District Courts of Texas, Texas state courts, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

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Kenneth Zink accused: Houston firefighter out on bond after allegedly filming 14-year-old girl in the shower, court records state

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-02-25 23:27:02

SUMMARY: Houston firefighter Kenneth Zink, accused of filming a 14-year-old girl in the shower, has been released on bond. Additional child pornography was found on his phone during a search by police. Zink, who has been with the Houston Fire Department for 21 years, confessed to the crime. He will be removed from his assignment and placed on administrative status as the department investigates. Zink is not allowed contact with minors under 17 years old as part of his bond conditions. The department stated that his actions do not reflect their values. The investigation is ongoing.

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Franklin Aribeana heart surgery: Houston man nearly dies after drinking ice-cold water, sent to multiple emergency room visits

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-02-25 22:51:47

SUMMARY: Houston man Franklin Aribeana almost died from drinking cold water due to a rare heart condition that triggered atrial fibrillation (Afib). Over 15 years, he had numerous hospital visits before connecting the dots and needing heart surgery. Genetic testing revealed a gene mutation causing the Afib when cold water touched the vagus nerve in his throat. Aribeana underwent an ablation surgery to stop the connection between the nerve and heart, leading to a full recovery. His message is to pay attention to symptoms and seek help if needed. His story highlights the importance of listening to your body and seeking medical attention when necessary.

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Texas Longhorns softball storms back to beat Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 5-4

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-02-25 22:33:51

SUMMARY: No. 2 Texas rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Louisiana 5-4 at McCombs Field. Despite giving up runs in the first inning, Texas responded by scoring four runs in the first two innings to tie the game and take the lead. Reese Atwood had a strong performance at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Pitchers Mac Morgan, Citlaly Gutierrez, and Teagan Kavan contributed to the win. The Longhorns improve to 12-1 for the season and will play Texas State before hosting the Longhorn Invitational.

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