TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/19/12

It took years of bipartisan efforts for the Women's Health Program to even begin. Today, it is the subject of a bitter political divide. No one should be surprised.

Texas women’s reproductive rights have drawn attention lately over the federal government's decision to cut funding for the state’s Women’s Health Program. Use this interactive to see just how many pregnancies, births and abortions occur across the Lone Star State.

Texas is usually flyover country for Republican presidential candidates. But if Mitt Romney is unable to clinch the nomination before the state's primary on May 29, Texas could see a competitive GOP race for the first time since 1976.

Sen. Florence Shapiro’s departure means the end of a nearly two-decade-long tenure in the state Senate  — and an opening in the top position on the Senate Education Committee for the first time since 2003.

Apple Inc., which has reported having $100 billion in cash on hand, could get up to $35.5 million in various state and local incentives for expanding its operations in Austin.

Rural community colleges play pivotal roles in their communities but face unique financial challenges that demand creative solutions to keep the doors open.

Opponents of a coal company's plan to mine land in Eagle Pass are also fighting a plan to build a rail line to transport the coal to Mexico.

The process of desalination needs to be explored as an option for the future, experts testified Thursday in Austin before the House Natural Resources Committee.

 

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