TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Batheja on school district property tax breaks; Ura's look at San Antonio's political springboard; Satija's investigation into the health effects of drilling; Aguilar's look at the Texas effects of Obama's executive action; Malewitz visits a rebuilding West; M. Smith on the latest wrangling over history textbooks; Langford's report on Rick Perry's prosecutor: The best of our best content from Nov. 17-21, 2014.

 
 

The Brief: Nov. 21, 2014

President Barack Obama chastises Republicans in Congress for stonewalling his agenda in a speech July 10, 2014 at the Paramount Theater in Austin.
President Barack Obama chastises Republicans in Congress for stonewalling his agenda in a speech July 10, 2014 at the Paramount Theater in Austin.

Texas will feel more of the effects of Obama's action while a proposed overhaul of the Secure Communities programs draws bipartisan criticism.

Texas Approves New Social Studies Texts — With Changes

State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.
State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.

The State Board of Education voted to adopt a new list of social studies textbooks Friday morning, following a week of intense debate and hundreds of pages of updates and corrections.

In San Antonio, Ambitions Rising Among Hispanic Democrats

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

Nothing better demonstrates San Antonio's distinction as a political springboard for Hispanic Democrats than the political turnover triggered when Mayor Julián Castro left to join the Obama administration.

Reaction to Train Plan Less Rosy in Rural Texas

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

A private company's plan to spend billions of dollars to develop a bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston has drawn strong support from the two cities. But reaction from communities along the 240-mile route has been mixed.

West Ceremony: "We Were, and We Will Be"

Clad in traditional Czech garb, the West High School Jr. Historians perform a folk dance before the groundbreaking of the West Sokol gymnasium.The explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on April 17, 2013 destroyed the gymnasium and meeting hall that sat there before.
Clad in traditional Czech garb, the West High School Jr. Historians perform a folk dance before the groundbreaking of the West Sokol gymnasium.The explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on April 17, 2013 destroyed the gymnasium and meeting hall that sat there before.

Gov. Rick Perry and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka helped break ground Thursday for a new gymnasium in West during a celebration of the town's rich traditions and efforts to recover from the April 2013 fertilizer explosion.