Your afternoon reading:
- "The Texas Forensic Science Commission will hear from four fire investigation experts Friday as it continues to examine the science used to convict and execute Cameron Todd Willingham." — Experts to address Willingham fire investigation, Austin American-Statesman
- "Disasters like the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig could happen again without significant reform, according to the conclusions of a presidential panel that described systemic problems within the offshore oil and gas industry and government regulators who oversee it." — Panel: Gulf oil spill could happen again, The Associated Press
- "Education Commissioner Robert Scott welcomed Texas Education Agency employees back to work after the holidays and told them there will be staff reductions." — Ed Commish: Hope you had a great holiday. Expect job cuts, Texas Politics
"Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O’Hare announced this morning that he will not seek re-election in this suburb that gained national fame for its stance on illegal immigration." — Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O'Hare will not seek re-election, The Dallas Morning News
New in The Texas Tribune:
- The Democratic congressman from El Paso on what life will be like with the Republicans in control of the U.S. House, why the information released by WikiLeaks shouldn't be public, whether we should be sending troops to Mexico and why Gov. Rick Perry talks so much about spillover violence. — Silvestre Reyes: The TT Interview
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