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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will not receive his $153,750 salary during suspension

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Comptroller Glenn Hegar's office confirmed Thursday that Attorney General Ken Paxton will not be paid his $153,750 annual salary while he is on suspension.

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The state's top lawyer was removed from office last week and is awaiting his impeachment trial before the Senate, which has not yet been scheduled.

Paxton was suspended from his duties Saturday when the Texas House voted to adopt 20 articles of impeachment ranging from accepting bribes to disregarding his official duties. The vote came two days after an investigative committee unveiled the charges. The committee had been meeting since March after Paxton asked the Legislature to approve the use of taxpayer money for a $3.3 million settlement for four former employees who were fired after accusing him of using his office to benefit a friend and political donor, real estate investor Nate Paul.

On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott named John Scott, former Texas secretary of state, as interim attorney general. The Texas Tribune has requested salary information for Scott. The compensation for Texas state employees can be found in the Tribune's Government Salaries Explorer, which is updated quarterly.

In a Tuesday letter to Scott, Rob Coleman, director of the comptroller's Financial Management Division, said that under the Texas Constitution, “no salary payment may occur to Attorney General Warren Kenneth Paxton while in a suspended status.”

Paxton remains suspended pending the outcome of the trial, which the Senate has said will occur by Aug. 28.

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Paxton's impeachment came less than a year after the Republican attorney general won his third term last November.

“I am beyond grateful to have the support of millions of Texans who recognize that what we just witnessed is illegal, unethical, and profoundly unjust,” Paxton said in a statement on Saturday. “I look forward to a quick resolution in the Texas Senate, where I have full confidence the process will be fair and just.”

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Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy on SEC move, Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning

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www.kxan.com – Noah Gross – 2024-06-14 16:08:56

SUMMARY: Quarterback Colt McCoy, reflecting on his time at Texas and the upcoming 2024 season, discussed the renewed rivalries and high expectations for Texas as they enter the Southeastern Conference (SEC). McCoy expressed excitement for key games against Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, highlighting the historic Red River Rivalry. He praised the current Texas QB room and shared insights on his potential future in the NFL, noting a significant elbow injury. McCoy believes Texas is strategically poised for the SEC transition. Additionally, his annual camp in Austin raises funds for Dell Children’s Medical Center, underscoring his community involvement.

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Katy Fwy car fire: Heavy truck incident along IH-10 eastbound near Washington Avenue and Westcott Street causing traffic backups

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-14 14:50:44

SUMMARY: A heavy truck fire on the Katy Freeway in Houston is causing significant traffic delays. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and involved a Jeep catching fire on IH-10 eastbound near Washington Avenue and Westcott Street. Three center lanes and two right lanes are closed as cleanup efforts continue. Alternate routes suggested include the Beltway and Highway 290. No injuries have been reported, and the duration of lane closures is unknown. For real-time traffic updates, Houstonians can use the ABC13 app to receive traffic alerts directly to their phones. © 2024 KTRK-TV. All rights reserved.

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City of Austin tries to create more green jobs, partners with local organizations

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www.kxan.com – Sarah Al-Shaikh – 2024-06-14 13:46:22

SUMMARY: The City of Austin, collaborating with local organizations, is promoting green jobs through the Green Workforce Accelerator program. This initiative aims to increase green job opportunities, provide relevant training, and ensure equitable job access. Ten local organizations recently completed the program, receiving $15,000 grants to support their initiatives in sectors like water management, energy efficiency, alternative energy, waste management, transportation, and urban agriculture. A study by the City and the University of Texas highlighted the rising demand for green jobs. Predictions show significant job growth in green industries in Travis County, with future expansions of the program expected.

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