TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/15/13

The Senate met briefly Friday to pave the way for negotiations to begin with the House over the details of a plan that would increase transportation funding by nearly $1 billion a year. The goal is for both chambers to pass the same measure next week.

About 140 miles long, the San Saba River in Central Texas is not considered one of the state’s major waterways, but it illustrates — in a state still dealing with a serious drought — the sensitivities surrounding the use of a limited resource.

The price of political celebrity is often the attention it draws from the opposition. State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, raised her profile with a filibuster, and now must decide whether to fight the GOP at home or on a bigger stage.

Private organizations are working to educate Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, a component of the federal Affordable Care Act that opens on Oct. 1.

Lawmakers this year failed to pass a bill to make permanent a program that gives veterans college credit for service. Education and workforce officials in Texas say it just makes sense to give veterans credit for their time in the field.

 

Attorney General Greg Abbott's story of adversity has the potential to resonate deeply with voters. But in the past, it has exposed him to criticism from those who say he has battered the legal protections he benefited from for political gain.

Using campaign finance reports, we've put together a quick way to find the biggest donors to statewide candidates, the distribution of large and small donations, and how much money came in for each date in a reporting period.

Attorney General Greg Abbott is disputing claims that he had a deal not to run against Gov. Rick Perry and has begun, in carefully chosen language, to put a little distance between himself and the man he means to replace.

We've got video of Gov. Rick Perry signing House Bill 2 — the omnibus abortion legislation — into law Thursday morning.

Texas is not expanding Medicaid eligibility, but enrollment in the program is still expected to climb under new rules created by the federal Affordable Care Act.

 

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