TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/14/12

Although economic growth has slowed, April marks the 21st month in a row that the state has gained jobsaccording to the latest statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

In a surprise move, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas has withdrawn its opposition to a planned Eagle Pass coal mine that opponents allege would pollute the area's air and water supply.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz released new U.S. Senate campaign ads focusing on Cruz's work as an appellate lawyer for a Chinese tire-maker against an American businessman.

The Rio Grande, which supplied 39 percent of El Paso's water last year, is dry near the city — a situation that has not occurred for nearly 10 years. El Paso is pumping more groundwater and cranking up its desalination plant.

Michael Morton’s name isn’t on the ballot, but he has become the central figure of the heated GOP primary in the race to be tough-on-crime Williamson County's next district attorney.

 

Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System's board of regents, has drawn lots of attention. The latest commotion surrounds a report — which he denies — that he asked the chancellor to recommend the firing of UT-Austin's president.

Texas higher education officials released the state's second annual higher education almanac on Tuesday, and we've added the latest year of data to our interactive graphic. We've also made it possible to share links associated with specific visualizations.

The author of a new book on Congress on what's wrong in Washington, what might change things and whether he thinks more or less of the institution after seeing it up close.

Congressman Joe Barton isn’t expecting too much trouble in his re-election bid. But the longtime incumbent has three opponents in the Republican primary, and political observers say it could be a tougher-than-usual race.

Calling his primary campaign bashing of Mitt Romney water under the bridge, Gov. Rick Perry voted for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday and predicted he would beat President Obama.

In an exclusive sit-down with the Tribune, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa contradicted published reports questioning the job security of UT-Austin President Bill Powers.

 

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