TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/23/13

As the nation watched Ted Cruz on Tuesday argue for hours to defund Obamacare, the Obama administration released data showing that premium rates in the new insurance marketplace will be comparatively low for Texans.

Former state Rep. Norma Chavez will announce next month that after two sessions away from Austin, she’s ready to fight to get back her seat in the Legislature.

Williamson County state district Judge Ken Anderson, who oversaw the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton in 1987, has submitted a letter to Gov. Rick Perry resigning his position effective immediately. 

Top lawyers at the University of Texas System acknowledged Wednesday that UT-Austin President Bill Powers should have been told of a regent's discussion with an agent for University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

A new report shows that among the 60 metro areas in the United States with the largest Hispanic populations, Corpus Christi has the smallest percentage of Hispanics who are foreign-born at 8 percent.

 

The Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, plays a major role in Texas' energy production, which has only grown since the state's drilling boom. But how much do voters care about the commission candidates?

A push led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to block a funding bill has, at least temporarily, raised the odds of a government shutdown. Though Texans would lose some services immediately, the state would not likely feel the effects of a shutdown right away.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency next week will complete its assessment of damage from an April fertilizer plant explosion in West. As the city continues to recover, state agencies are implementing changes to further ensure safety.

An odd-looking grouse with an intricate mating dance is at the center of an intense battle over wildlife conservation among energy companies, the federal government, Texas officials and environmental advocates.

On Sept. 24, we talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and former state Rep. Robert Puente, D-San Antonio, the president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System.

 

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