New in The Texas Tribune
• Perry: Hecht Will Replace Jefferson as Chief Justice: "Justice Nathan Hecht will replace Wallace Jefferson as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday. He'll be up for election next year."
• Battery Thefts Plague Texas Oil and Gas Drillers: "In Texas oilfields, thieves are targeting batteries that power pipeline monitors, saddling drillers with big replacement costs and stalling production. Some fear the temptation to steal will only swell as production expands."
• Rural Hospitals Wary of Proposed Medicare Cuts: "Small-town hospitals are worried that a federal recommendation to cut costs by ...