TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/7/12

05/07/2012 Tribweek
05/07/2012 Tribweek

At Thursday morning's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, discussed his extremely public feud with state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas.

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is a free-for-all, with nine Republicans among 11 major party candidates running to represent Congressional District 14.

Four state representatives in Tarrant County are pursuing higher office this year, sparking four wide-open primaries to replace them.

It’s never been friendly, but the battle over CD-16 between U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, and primary challenger Beto O’Rourke is becoming a full-fledged border brawl.

In part two of "Fertile Ground," our occasional series on the battle over family planning, we go to West Texas to look at a fight that has centered on Planned Parenthood.

 

Health care providers are lacking across the vast expanses of rural Texas, and the problem could be worsening. The Tribune created an interactive map to illustrate just how few physicians there are in parts of the state.

Education Commissioner Robert Scott's successor will have his or her hands full. The job requires a delicate balancing act in regard to state officials and school administrators. So who could get Gov. Rick Perry's nod for the post?

Social media sabotage is in high gear in Texas’ later-than-usual primary, from fake Twitter feeds to deceptive website domains to allegations of email and Facebook forgery.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, responding to a news report suggesting UT-Austin President Bill Powers' job might be in danger, said that Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell "never directed me to fire anyone."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans group says the historical marker it wants to install on the Texas Capitol grounds simply explains an interesting and important part of Texas history.

 

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