TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/19/13

Texas lawmakers invested millions of new dollars in the 2013 legislative session to address a looming physician shortage, but the medical community remains concerned that Texas has no long-term solution.

The U.S. Department of Justice will once again seek to stop Texas’ voter ID law, this time in a lawsuit alleging the measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. It will also challenge state redistricting maps.

Four Republicans are vying to replace outgoing state Comptroller Susan Combs, and at least one Democrat may join the race soon, too.

Greg Abbott's online appreciation for a tweet that called state Sen. Wendy Davis an "idiot" and a "Retard Barbie" highlights the high-risk, high-reward proposition of letting candidates handle their own social media.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, born in Calgary in 1970, said Monday he would give up any claim he might have to Canadian citizenship.

Liberal critics say Republicans who questioned Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president are hypocritical now that one of their own, U.S. Sen.Ted Cruz, is facing questions about his. Partisanship may also be a factor.

After a relative was arrested for shoplifting in a grocery store, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst personally called a North Texas police department to ask how to get her out of jail, saying she had been incarcerated on a "mistaken charge."

The Texas Tribune's prison inmates database, containing more than 147,000 offenders who have committed roughly 440,000 combined crimes, is now updated with the latest data available from theTexas Department of Criminal Justice.

 

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