TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/16/12

Gov. Rick Perry’s legendary winning streak came to its inglorious end Thursday. Standing in a plain conference room, the governor who had only ever known political victory admitted defeat.

When Gov. Rick Perry left the presidential campaign trail Thursday, he took his considerable fundraising muscle with him. His departure frees up his federal campaign coffers and the support of the Super PAC that backed Perry.

What's next for Rick Perry? He has nearly three years in his current term as governor. But he also trumpets a message of federalism that’s still relevant in national politics.

From debates and campaign stops to TV ads and parodies, here’s an interactive look at the rise and fall of Rick Perry’s presidential bid and his corresponding placement in the polls.

Charlie Minn, the director of 8 Murders a Day, a documentary about the carnage in Ciudad Juárez, on what prompted him to relocate to the border to work on the project, his thoughts on Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s war against organized crime, and his response to the criticism the project has received.

The long-lasting Texas drought has sparked an unprecedented tug of war for surface water, between those whose rights date back centuries and those who only secured water rights in the 20th century. The system may sound weird, but it is slowly changing.

Thirty-five years ago this week, the state of Utah restarted the death penalty in the United States when Gary Gilmore was executed. Texas followed suit in 1982 and since then has executed 477 men and women, more than any other state.

With a push being made to better align the state's higher-education output with its workforce needs, we’ve put together interactive graphs and a database of what those needs will actually be in the year 2018.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released a much-reduced list of organizations that will receive state dollars to provide birth control, STD testing and cervical and breast cancer screenings for the state's poorest women.

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