TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/14/11

 

The number of Texans receiving food aid has increased by nearly 1.4 million in the last four years. Use this interactive to see the percentage of each county's population that receives food assistance and the economic impact of the federal funds.

Vikram Datta was a successful perfume businessman when the feds accused him of being part of a complex conspiracy to launder money from drug sales. What led to his downfall? An investigation into the Black Market Peso Exchange.

Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley is famously tough, but he says the exoneration of Michael Morton, convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife, has humbled him — and forced him to rethink his perspective as a prosecutor.

Despite what you may have seen in the media today, Lauren Pierce, president of College Republicans at the University of Texas at Austin, says she really does not have any desire to shoot President Obama.

A panel of federal judges in San Antonio proposed new redistricting maps for the Texas Senate and the Texas House late Thursday. They're trying to finish maps before candidates start filing on November 28 — a date set by the court.

The state won't spend any taxpayer money on Formula 1 in advance of Texas races, Comptroller Susan Combs announced this week — days after racing officials expressed doubt over a Grand Prix here. It's not clear how that will affect the track.

Gov. Rick Perry wants lawmakers who use “insider knowledge to profit in the stock market” to be jailed. But his critics argue that at home, his personal and political relationships have been entangled in ways that helped him profit financially.

Gov. Rick Perry is proposing to bring a little Texas to Washington — with a “part-time citizen Congress” that doesn’t meet so often, and whose members earn only half of what they make now. Perry will also call for an end to lifetime appointments for federal judges, including members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The official filing period for State Board of Education races hasn't even begun, but the mudslinging certainly has. That's no surprise: Political control over the divisive board hangs in the balance.


 

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