TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/27/12

The Women's Health Program is set to expire in March because the federal government won't allow Texas to exclude clinics like Planned Parenthood. This interactive map compares the locations of those clinics to the locations of other providers.

John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist since 2000, has seen his duties explode in the last 18 months amid public clamor for information on the drought.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department's independent ombudsman in a letter said she took seriously advocates' request for an investigation and that she would conduct a thorough study. She expects to produce a report within six months.

UTEP's graduation rates are among the worst in the state, but President Diana Natalicio is adamant that the metric doesn't accurately reflect the institution.

Use our college completion data app to compare the state's 38 public four-year universities on a range of factors, from four- and six-year graduation rates to tuition and fees to degrees awarded.

Federal judges in San Antonio unveiled maps for the state's congressional delegation and for the state House Tuesday afternoon, and did it in time to allow the state to hold its delayed political primaries on May 29. The court also signed off on Senate plans agreed to earlier this month.

In an uncharacteristically angry letter written as the Women's Health Program circles the drain, the state health commissioner is blasting the Obama administration's argument that Texas can't exclude Planned Parenthood clinics.

Tough times have forced the Fort Worth Star-Telegram decided to shut down its capital bureau. As a former bureau chief, here's my farewell.

 

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.