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Texas House panel meets to consider Hall impeachment report

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AUSTIN, Texas — A group of Texas lawmakers considering whether to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall meets Thursday to review a report on his efforts to oust Austin campus president Bill Powers.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is investigating Hall, a Dallas businessman appointed to the board of regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. Since then, Hall has led an effort by some regents to fire the leader of the flagship campus.

According to a draft report for the committee, Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws, as well as manipulated the House committee's investigation and coerced its witnesses.

Powers has resisted efforts to push him out with strong support from prominent alumni, faculty and students.

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