TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/30/12

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's fourth-place finish in Florida's primary on Tuesday wasn't surprising. Paul, who barely competed in the Sunshine State, is sticking to his focus on smaller caucus states, which award delegates based on a proportional system.

Wealthy donors and companies, most of them from Texas, poured more than $5 million into an independent super PAC that tried for a few months to help Gov. Rick Perry get elected president.

Some high-profile members of the education community aren't pleased with Texas Education Agency chief Robert Scott's speech on Tuesday criticizing the role of testing in schools.

The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it was halting its financial support of Planned Parenthood and then, in a dramatic reversal, announced it will continue funding breast exams at that organization's clinics.

The Legislature heads back to work in less than a year. The state’s improving economy probably won't save legislators from the protracted budget battle that awaits them.

One by one, the candidates for U.S. Senate are releasing their tax returns, some going all the way back to 2006. Use our interactive to compare candidates' incomes, taxes paid and charitable donations, or to take a closer look at the documents.

The University of Texas at Arlington unveiled more than just a new basketball stadium this week. Its $78 million, 7,000-seat venue is also a key part of an effort to become a top-tier institution.

The Travis County district attorney’s office is discussing whether to review a 1985 murder case in connection with Mark Norwood, raising new questions about whether another innocent man could be in prison for a murder linked to the former handyman and carpet layer. Norwood was indicted this week in Williamson County in the 1987 murder of Christine Morton, whose husband was released last year after spending 25 years in prison for her killing.

Unlike other Gulf states, Texas beaches did not get soaked with oil after the BP spill two years ago. Nonetheless, $100 million — and possibly far more, depending on the courts and Congress — is about to start flowing to Texas from BP for coastal restoration.

Texas' largest cities — including Houston, Dallas and El Paso — have a greater percentage of uninsured people than the nation collectively. Use our interactive map to find out how many of the 5.7 million Texans without health insurance live in your town.

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