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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. According to CNN, the president was convicted on charges of violence, inciting violence, and the torture of protesters outside the presidential palace in December of 2012. He was later acquitted of the protesters murders but still faced trial for the other charges along with 14 other co-defendants, including some members of his presidential staff. Morsi will face his fifth trial in May on charges of insulting the judiciary.
The Texas House finally approved and sent the Senate a bill allowing the licensed open carry of handguns on Monday. According to the Dallas Morning News, the bill will allow Texans with a concealed handgun license to carry handguns openly in a shoulder or belt holster. The vote was 101-42. Seven Democrats, all from South Texas or border regions, voted for the measure. While Texans can already openly carry long guns, such as rifles, the state has long banned the practice for handguns.
The longest delay of an attorney general nominee in decades is coming to an end. Loretta Lynch has been waiting 165 days since she was nominated for a confirmation vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the parameters that the human trafficking bill had to be dealt with by the Senate before they moved on to a confirmation vote. Today, he announced that negotiators had reached a bipartisan deal on the anti-human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote to confirm Lynch in the coming days. Not only has Lynch been the only nominee for attorney general that’s had to wait this long for Senate confirmation, she would be the first African-American woman to lead the Justice Department.
A Texas House panel unanimously approved a 3 billion dollar plan today aimed at improving the way the state funds its public schools. According to the Austin-American Statesman, most districts would see a per-student funding increase in 2016-2017 and none would see a decrease under the legislation. However, school officials and a variety of other groups took issue with the methodology during a public hearing last week while also expressing appreciation for the funding increase. This comes amid a pending lawsuit having to do with with how the state funds school districts.
Pack It Up and Pass It On! Now through May 21, the Office of Community Relations is collecting household items and non-perishable food. Pack it up and pass it on is Texas State’s annual green move-out recycling program. The program allows the university community to donate items to low-income San Marcos residents. For more information on how to get involved, visit the university’s website.
Texas State’s Department of Theater and Dance is putting on a musical production tonight. Kiss Me Kate involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli. Kiss Me Kate will start at 7:30 tonight in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theater. It will continue through Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online