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Top Morning Stories 1/4/12: Perry Comes in Fifth, Paul Moves to New Hampshire

Photo by Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune
Gov. Rick Perry showing Iowa supporters where his hometown of Paint Creek, Texas is. Now the governor is returning to Texas to reassess his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Perry Comes Back To Texas For Now

Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming back home. After a disappointing fifth-place finish in yesterday’s Iowa caucus, far behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Perry told supporters that he is giving his bid for the White House a second look.

“With the voters decision tonight in Iowa,” Perry told supporters. “I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight’s Caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race.”

You can listen to KUT’s Ben Philpott’s report from Iowa here.

Paul Push Past Perry Into New Hampshire

Iowa GOP caucus winner Mitt Romney and close runner-up Rick Santorum move on to New Hampshire this week. So will one more Texan. Congressman Ron Paul finished a strong third, garnering 21 percent of the caucus vote.

“I think there’s nothing to be ashamed of, everything to be satisfied and be ready and raring to go on to the next stop – which is New Hampshire,” Congressman Ron Paul told cheering supporters at his Iowa campaign headquarters Tuesday night.

KUT’s Matt Largey followed Congressman Paul in Iowa last night and has this report.

San Marcos To Increase Trash and Recycling Rates

San Marcos residents will soon pay higher rates for trash and recycling pick up, that’s according to the Austin-American Statesman, which reported the San Marcos City Council approved a five-percent rate hike. The increase would charge residents living in a single family home $16.28 a month. People living in apartments will see their recycling bill increase by 22 cents. But the City Council must approve the rate increase on second reading at their next meeting.