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Perry to make 1st court appearance today

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AUSTIN, Texas – Thursday is Texas Gov. Rick Perry's first court appearance for abuse-of-power charges.

The Republican originally was to appear at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing, but Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said the hearing was postponed until Nov. 6.

Last year, the head of the State's Public Integrity Unit, Rosemary Lehmberg, was convicted of drunk driving.

In August, Perry was indicted for threatening to veto millions in state funds unless Lehmberg stepped down.

Lehmberg refused to resign so Perry made good on his word and vetoed the money.

He is expected to give a statement after his court appearance.