The Brief: Top Texas News for Oct. 16, 2012

The Big Conversation:

The national stage is set for President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to battle in a town hall style debate on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, protests continue at home over the Keystone XL Pipeline in East Texas, where authorities reported another eight arrests on Monday, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

“I’ve recently learned that a bunch of out-of-state, self-appointed ‘eco-anarchists’ think they know better than Texans and have arrived to save us from ourselves,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wrote in an editorial defending the Keystone XL Pipeline last week. “They’re trying to block ...

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