TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/11/13

More than 10 months after state leaders halted grant operations at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the state’s $3 billion enterprise is getting back to the business of fighting cancer.

Mexico's secretary of the economy on tax reforms in his country, changes that would allow private investment in Mexico's state-owned oil monopoly and his government's thoughts on immigration reform in the United States.

Three of the four Republican candidates for comptroller spoke at a conference in Austin on Thursday. And taxing was the topic of choice.

It's a busy week for the University of Texas at Austin. Lawyers will be representing the university in Los Angeles and in Austin on two dramatically different issues. And the board of regents meets against the backdrop of controversy.

The number of women running farms in Texas and across the country is growing, though women are still a minority. A series of workshops, called Annie’s Project, teaches women about farm management.

 

The Texas Railroad Commission has nothing to do with abortion. But that hasn’t stopped some Republicans vying for an open seat on the three-member commission from touting their anti-abortion stances.

Check out our interactive, county-by-county map of voter turnout and results on the creation of a new water fund from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

The multitude of candidates for statewide office, mainly on the Republican side, will make it difficult for unknown contestants to get noticed in the short period between the holidays and the primary elections.

Ethics watchdogs are applauding gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott for proposing what would amount to a sea change in Texas ethics laws.

Environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met this week to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay's ecology. Their conclusion: Saving it could require legal action.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Thursday tasked state lawmakers with studying regulatory barriers to economic growth, the costs of federal health care reform and litigation related to "patent trolling" before the next legislative session.

 

 

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