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Governor Recovering from Successful Surgery

Shelley Kofler

Gov. Rick Perry is recovering from successful surgery to repair his right clavicle, which did not properly heal following a 2009 bicycle accident.

A spokesperson from Perry’s office says he's doing fine.  Everything went smoothly.

The 90-minute outpatient procedure was performed by Dr. Bruce Malone.

Perry was emailing with his chief of staff in the hours after the surgery saying he was already back working.     


Another Education Lawsuit Filed Against Texas

Attorneys have filed a fifth lawsuit against Texas, this one charging the state is not spending its education dollars efficiently enough.

The plaintiffs are a small group of parents and a conservative group promoting school choice. They want the courts to declare the school finance system unconstitutional due to inefficiency. The other lawsuits question whether education dollars are fairly distributed among districts.

The suit was filed in Austin just like the others.

This latest litigation is meant to intervene on those previously filed and may eventually be combined with them.


Dallas’ Calatrava Bridge Opening Delayed

Dallas’s gleaming white signature Calatrava Bridge may look done, but it’s not. So officials say it won’t open to vehicle traffic until the end of March, not the beginning as first planned.

Duane Milligan,  the Texas Department of Transportation’s construction engineer, says rainy weather contributed to the delay in finishing some access roads. He says officials also scrapped a staggered or partial opening which was also in the initial plan. 

Milligan: In discussions with the city and city police department they expressed concerns about us doing a partial opening due to potential confusion for drivers and asked that we not do that partial opening and delay until we can open those other connections as well.

The projected opening date is now March 29 for vehicles. By then Milligan says connections from Woodall Rogers to Beckley and Singleton, eastbound and westbound, should be done, and so should connections to Riverfront Boulevard and I-35.

Dallasofficials say opening celebrations of music and food for the new bridge remain on schedule starting with a pricey party March 2.


JC Penney Takes Big 4th Quarter Loss

Plano-based J.C. Penney says it lost $87 million in the fourth quarter. It cited restructuring and management transition charges as well as the financial impact related to its new pricing strategy.

The department store chain said the loss amounted to 41 cents per share for the three-month period that ended Jan. 28.

That compares to $1.13 profit earned a year ago.

Under the stewardship of new CEO Ron Johnson Penney is scaling back non-stop promotions in favor of every day pricing.


Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.