TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/29/11

The debate over whether job creation in Texas economy is a "mirage" or a "miracle" raises several questions: What jobs do Texans commonly hold right now? How much do those jobs pay? And what jobs is Texas creating?

During a legislative session where hardly any services were spared the budget ax, funding for border security actually increased.

Lawmakers are long gone from the statehouse, but their decisions have consequences that will be seen throughout the next two years. The Texas Tribune spent the month of August explaining 31 ways Texans' lives are going to change. 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples on the "catastrophic" devastation he's seen from the worst one-year drought in recorded Texas history, what the feds and state are doing and what needs to happen to cope with a potential multiyear drought.

As Gov. Rick Perry touts his tough-on-crime policies on the national stage, the case of Cameron Todd Willingham remains in the headlines. But Willingham’s execution is hardly the only controversial one Perry has presided over.

During nearly 11 years in office, Rick Perry has overseen 234 executions — by far the most of any recent governor in the United States. Use our interactive to learn more about the prisoners executed since Perry became Governor in 2000.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled his action plan last week, it was national news. Not so when Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, did the exact same thing — a week earlier.

How will Gov. Rick Perry's upcoming debates differ from his past debates in Texas, where he's had much more influence over the ground rules?

Religious conservatives spent hours with Gov. Rick Perry last weekend, questioning him on a range of issues, including his personal life. Perry, with his wife, Anita, at his side, promised that nothing in his past should worry them.

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