TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/28/13

The federal health insurance marketplace, which launched on Oct. 1, offers dozens of health plans, and some consumers have found the application process confusing. This Tribune animation explains how it works.

A top immigration lawyer says activist immigrants like the DREAM 9 in Arizona betray the cause they champion and can dilute important cases like that of Carlos Gutierrez, who sought asylum in the U.S. after criminal gangs cut his legs off.

They haven’t even won their respective primaries yet, but the leading candidates for Texas governor — Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis — are engaged in a bitter fight in federal court. It’s not over who should be governor. It’s about money — and bragging rights.

The Colorado River, which flows from West Texas all the way down to the Gulf Coast, is caught in a tug-of-war amid the West's prolonged drought.

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, talked about his opposition to in-state tuition and other state programs for undocumented immigrants.

Hey, Texplainer: How do state officials make sure the electricity stays on during the many long, hot days of the Texas summer?

Months after lawmakers cut millions of dollars in funding for the state juvenile justice department and ordered the closure of a detention facility, movement to shutter a Corsicana facility for mentally ill youths remains stalled as state leaders reconsider its demise.

When funeral directors from across the country gathered in Austin last week, they learned about Mexican traditions while honoring their colleagues who have died. Hispanics are underrepresented in the funeral industry in Texas and the nation. 

Two of the nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot could benefit many of the 1.6 million veterans in Texas.

 

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