TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/18/12

Immigration advocates say how the government treats illegal immigrants who come forward after last week’s federal policy shift will provide a test for other reforms — including those championed by some Texas Republicans.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst opposes the DREAM Act, and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz doesn't support amnesty. Yet after the back-and-forth between the rival U.S. Senate campaigns, some voters could be left wondering.

Jasper continues to deal with fallout from the dismissal of its first black police chief. Black community leaders in the East Texas town say racial tensions are at "an all-time high."

Former Police Chief Rodney Pearson has become a reluctant symbol for many in Jasper's black community of how little has changed in race relations since James Byrd Jr.’s dragging death.

The firing of Jasper's first black police chief is exposing racial tensions in the East Texas town. And how much taxpayer money should be used to subsidize bariatric surgery?

 

Texas’ efforts to stave off future blackouts could cost ordinary households hundreds of dollars per year, a filing by a Texas industrial group suggests. Texas regulators are due to vote on the proposal next week.

A law implemented in May requires individuals seeking a new driver's license to show proof that they've lived in Texas for at least the last 30 days. But some say the new protocol reflects an anti-immigrant bias among state lawmakers.

Donna Campbell, who few predicted would advance in the SD-25 Republican primary, is now the focus of those hoping to replace the notoriously independent-minded incumbent Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.

Only 11.1 percent of the state's adults voted in the May 29 primary. This interactive lets you explore voting age percentages by county and see a breakdown of voting statistics by county.

Restoration of the Texas Governor’s Mansion took a significant step this week, with the return of historic furnishings to the building. Gov. Rick Perry and the first lady are expected to return to the mansion late next month.

 

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