By Lillie Ruby

Justice Michael Massengale has denied the appeal of former Waller County Judge Glenn Beckendorff and former Commissioners Stanley Kitzman and Frank Pokluda in the First District Court of Appeals (NO. 01-15-00523-CV). The three former officials were appealing the settlement by Waller County of a civil suit The suit that was filed by the City of Hempstead and the Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead. During the December 2014 trial to determine the outcome of the civil lawsuit Beckendorff, Kitzman and Pokluda were found guilty on December 18 by a 11-1 Jury decision of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act.

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AUSTIN – Texas has added an estimated 171,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 200 nonfarm jobs in May. The state has added jobs in 13 of the last 14 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.4 percent in May, which is below the national average of 4.7 percent.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, legislation to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans coverage for live donor transplant operation procedures if the veteran qualifies for the VA Choice Program. A veteran in Texas made local news when his kidney transplant was denied coverage through the Veterans Choice Act.

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