MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

Show Stopper

Energy Secretary Rick Perry had his moment in the spotlight at the White House on Tuesday, and he really made the most of it. According to the Dallas Morning News, Perry spent 40 minutes holding court in the White House press room, and the charm was turned to the max. The former Texas governor cracked jokes, danced around tough questions, and defended President Donald Trump. During the televised briefing, Perry backed Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord and called for an “intellectual debate” on climate change, according to Politico. When asked whether Trump would accept an invitation to visit with the new president of France, Perry joked, “I would always look at an invitation to a party as a good thing,” but then added, “This is the country that wouldn’t buy Texas beef for some reason.”

Still Sick

The mother of “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch might be heading back to jail. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, prosecutors filed on Tuesday a motion to revoke Tonya Couch’s bond, alleging she’d violated the terms of her bond. Tonya Couch is facing several charges after she and her son fled to Mexico after he bounced a probation appointment in 2015. Ethan Couch, now 20, killed four people in a drunk driving crash in Tarrant County in 2013, but controversially received just ten years of probation after his attorneys argued he was a victim of “affluenza,” and thus could not tell the difference between right and wrong. After the Couches were found in Mexico, Tonya was allowed to work at a bar while out on bond, despite not being able to have alcohol. But prosecutors allege she broke that alcohol rule and possessed a gun, which isn’t in line with the terms of her bond. Prosecutors now want Tonya to be held in custody until her trial in October.

Emotional Farewell

The U.S. Navy held a ceremony in Japan on Tuesday in remembrance of the sailors lost in the fatal USS Fitzgerald crash earlier this month, including Weslaco native Noe Hernandez. The 26-year-old gunner’s mate second class sailor was one of seven killed when the Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan, where a memorial service was held for crew members, families, and high-ranking Navy officers. Thousands of people lined the streets for the procession honoring the sailors. “You had people with all different uniforms, civilians and children waving flags with signs saying, ‘We support you, Fitz,’” Navy spokesman Commander Ron Flanders told the McAllen Monitor. “Japanese sailors from the other side of the base, which we call the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, were on-hand when the procession passed through this road, and we call it the Line of Honor. So these people were locked in a salute for the one-mile stretch of that route.” Hernandez’s wife and family from Weslaco attended the memorial service at the Naval base in Yokosuka. Back home, flags are flying at half-staff at state, county, and municipal buildings throughout the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas in honor of Hernandez.