TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/5/11

Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly ravaged the Texas coast, thousands are still waiting for housing assistance.

The nephew of former President George W. Bush is focusing on outreach for Hispanic Republicans through his new PAC.

Texas Southern University has the state's lowest graduation rate, but TSU President John Rudley says that steps are being taken to put the university on the right track.

Sam Houston State University administrators credit a nationally recognized advising center for moving their graduation rates in the right direction.

We finally have political maps. The three court-issued redistricting maps (House, Senate and Congress) and the State Board of Education map drawn up by the 82nd Legislature are in place for the 2012 Texas primaries on May 29. Use our interactive to see which district you live in now.

For the state's social conservatives, forgoing family planning funding is a small price to pay to send a powerful message: They want Planned Parenthood out of Texas. 

State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, has been told he can start drawing a government pension without leaving his job. But he wants to stop the hidden perk reserved for lawmakers.

Public schools in Texas employ about 25,000 fewer employees than they did at this time last year. Use this interactive to see what happened in your school district.

After the state reduced its share of co-payments for Texans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, doctors who treat such patients are seeing revenue disruptions.

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