TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/13/11

In the debate over state autonomy, Texas is the first state to come to mind: 16 active lawsuits pit our interests against those of the feds. Use our interactive to learn more about the litany of litigation.

The White House's proposed 2013 budget has the Texas Border Coalition insisting that the administration's lack of money for port improvements puts trade and security in peril.

Texas has a commanding lead over other states in wind-power production. But the looming expiration of a federal tax credit jeopardizes the boom — and Texas' congressional delegation does not appear to be clamoring loudly to save it.

The Texas attorney general's office is advising agencies that serve crime victims to prepare for big cuts during the next budget cycle because of a severe shortfall projected for the state's crime victims fund.

UT-Austin President Bill Powers says some of the new recommendations for boosting the university's four-year graduation to 70 percent will be implemented immediately, while others require further review.

With redistricting fights pushing the state's primary closer to summer, voter turnout could be even lower than normal.

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes is slamming a now-$1.8 million Super PAC aimed at shaking up the country's political primaries — and targeting longtime incumbents of both parties.

The Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is using its land seizure powers to get property easements for the project. And it’s causing frustration in a conservative patch of Texas.

Texas school districts are getting into the advertising game as they look for ways to make ends meet after major state budget cuts. But some researchers question whether schools fully grasp the consequences of creeping commercialism.

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