TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/16/12

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association could be raising premium rates soon — and for the time first, adjusting policyholder premiums depending on the likelihood of severe storms or hurricane damage in specific areas.

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, talked about why she thinks she can get re-elected in a GOP district — and why the liberal label doesn't fit.

Spencer Selvidge's lovely slideshow on the rebirth of the burned-out Bastrop State Park.

A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that using the National Guard to help secure the nation’s borders can hinder recruitment efforts and may fuel the perception that the border is militarized.

Texas is one of the nation's only producers of uranium, and mining companies are gearing up for expansion. That's causing concern among environmental groups, some of which have been battling uranium mining for decades.

 

The Posse Foundation, which has been lauded by the MacArthur Foundation and President Obama, is preparing to make its first foray into Texas public schools this year.

On April 15, Texas candidates running for congressional seats were required to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. We have compiled a list of the major numbers for the candidates running for congressional districts in Texas.

The Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas merger makes the organization leaner and more efficient, advocates say. But they also hope it helps them defend their branches from intensifying anti-abortion legislation.

Ambitious Republicans have been waiting in the wings for years, anticipating when Rick Perry will finally step down. But the longtime governor may not be ready to move off the stage just yet.

Texas health officials have delivered their much-anticipated plans for taking over the Medicaid Women's Health Program. They want to assume full responsibility in November. Federal officials say they're considering the plan.

 

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