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Gov. Rick Perry says he is leaving the "quirky" state of Iowa to continue his presidential race among "real" Republicans in South Carolina.

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Fort Worth water and sewer bills will be higher in the New Year. Mary Gugliuzza. with the Fort Worth Water Department says the increase kicked-in January first. Most customers will see it on their February bills. The average bill will go up $1.58.

Gugliuzza: On the water side, the big driver is the raw water cost. The cost we buy the water from Tarrant Regional is going up dramatically.

Gugliuzza says the increase is not drought related. It’s part of the longtime project with the city of Dallas to build a huge pipeline from Lake Palestine.

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Texans will be watching two of their own as Iowa republicans cast the nation’s first ballots for a presidential nominee. Lake Jackson Congressman Ron Paul, often considered out-of-step with the GOP, is expected to finish near the top. But KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports Governor Rick Perry is just trying to survive.

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In Texas many Republicans consider Governor Rick Perry the leader of their state party. But in Iowa there appears to be more voter enthusiasm for another Texas Republican, Congressman Ron Paul from Lake Jackson. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more from voters about why they're supporting Paul.

The manufacturer of the B-2 bomber and unmanned aircraft used by the U.S. military says about 210 people working at the company's facility in Fort Hood will be laid off in February.

Herndon, Va.-based Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Inc. says in a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission the employees will lose their jobs around Feb. 29. The company was required under the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act to inform the commission of the layoffs.

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Governor Rick Perry is making a final push for voters in Iowa before Tuesday’s presidential caucuses. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Governor is taking aim at his Republican rivals as he lags in the polls.

With only a few days left before the Iowa Caucuses, two Texans are stumping for voters: Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul. KERA’s Jacqueline Fellows reports Governor Perry is appealing to voters by billing himself as an outsider.

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Governor Perry has filed an emergency order in federal court to require Virginia’s Board of Elections to place his name on the ballot for the state’s Republican presidential primary.

Perry did not meet Virginia’s requirement of ten thousand signatures of registered voters, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts.

Yesterday, the Governor filed a lawsuit against the Board of Elections and the Republican Party of Virginia.

Today he filed the “emergency motion.” Perry claims Virginia’s requirements violate his freedoms of speech and association.

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Gov. Rick Perry's name will not be on Virginia's March 6 Republican presidential primary ballot.  The Republican Party of Virginia said Friday that Perry's campaign had failed to gather the required 10,000 signatures of registered voters, the threshold to get on the primary ballot.

The Dallas County Health Department has a new supply of low-cost meningitis vaccine - required of all new and returning college students under age 30 as of January 1, 2012.  But Health Department Director Zach Thompson expects this latest supply won't last long. The first shipment didn't.

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Governor Rick Perry wrapped up his first bus tour of Iowa this past Sunday. He's trying to drum up support for the January 3 caucuses. The message of the week was: vote the outsider into Washington - and shake things up.

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The US Supreme Court has created another uncertainty for Texas candidates.

Late today the high court blocked the use of Texas state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges to boost minorities' voting power. The court issued a brief order Friday that applies to electoral maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress.

Dallas, TX – Ten mail processing centers in Texas are among 252 nationwide that will close in a $3 billion money-saving move by the government.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday that it seeks to move quickly to shut the processing units and slow first-class delivery, amid declining mail volume. The Postal Service is projected to have a record loss of $14.1 billion next year.

Dallas, TX – A man who crashed through a Love Field security gate and gained access to the runway has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.

47-year old Michael Browne was driving a stolen truck in August of 2010 when he led Dallas police on the high speed chase. Browne pleaded guilty to a charge of interfering with security screening personnel.

The incident prompted aviation officials to investigate and strengthen access to secure areas at Love Field.

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Dallas, TX – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says his top priority for the next legislative session is the economy. KERA's Jacqueline Fellows reports.

The San Antonio Republican told the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Thursday that he specifically wants to attract more manufacturers to the state.

Dallas, TX – After a morning conference between attorneys for the city and Occupy Dallas, protesters remain in their tent compound behind City Hall. But Occupy Dallas attorney Jonathan Winocour says the protesters must watch their p's and q's.

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Austin, TX – Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.

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Dallas, TX – Texas Republicans surveyed in a new poll don't seem to be buying Gov. Rick Perry's campaign claim that his policies are responsible for Texas' job-creating economy.

In the University of Texas- Texas Tribune poll, some 65 percent said Texas's natural resources and policies are the reason the state's economy has outperformed others. Just 21 percent of Republican voters credited Rick Perry's leadership.

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Austin, TX – A key part of Gov. Rick Perry's pitch to Republican presidential primary voters is the performance of the state's economy especially in job creation during his tenure as governor. But Texas voters, for the most part, are more likely to see him as a bystander to the state's success than its driver, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Austin, TX – Gov. Rick Perry is statistically tied with businessman Herman Cain among Republican presidential primary voters in his home state of Texas, with the rest of the GOP candidates well behind the leaders, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

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Drought conditions have Texas ranchers dealing with a critical shortage of affordable hay for their horses and livestock. One group wants Governor Rick Perry to provide relief. Texas Public Radio's Richard Noriega has the story.

The Texas drought is one of the worst on record and while the 100-degree days have ceased there is still the critical lack of water and hay across the state.

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Instead of defending his record as governor, Rick Perry went on the offensive against his chief opponent Mitt Romney in a Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas. KUT's Ben Philpott reports on Perry's strategy.