AG charged in fraud case
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an investment opportunity: a tech startup making data servers. He told people he had put his own money into Servergy Inc., according to prosecutors, and helped persuade a state lawmaker and another wealthy businessman to buy more than $100,000 in shares. All the while, Paxton was actually being compensated by Servergy, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday, the same day the state's top law enforcement officer turned himself in to jail on securities fraud charges. The alleged deception took place before Paxton took office in January. If convicted, the rising Republican star could face 5 to 99 years in prison. Attorneys for Paxton, 52, said he will plead not guilty to two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of failing to register with state securities regulators.
Delta bans hunting trophies
Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing yesterday that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies. As recently as May, the airline had said it would continue to allow such shipments -- as long as they were legal. At the time, some international carriers prohibited such cargo. The move comes after an American dentist killed a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe last month in an allegedly illegal hunt, setting off a worldwide uproar.
Poll: Farmers 1st for water
When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who do Americans think should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. The national survey provides a glimpse into how people think water should be managed at a time when water shortages in some states have led to conflict over who should get water and how much. Two-thirds of Americans believe water is a limited resource that can be depleted if people use too much, the poll found, and 70 percent believe that government should restrict how much residents and businesses use when drought takes hold. When asked to rate the importance of competing needs when water is scarce, 74 percent said agriculture should be a top or high priority, followed by residential needs (66 percent), wildlife and ecosystems (54 percent) and business and industry (42 percent).