TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/27/14

Texas ranks 33rd for its percentage of female legislators. The number of women in the upper chamber is unlikely to increase, even as two of the seven in the Senate — Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte — pursue statewide office.

As oil booms in La Salle County, so have 911 calls. In response, officials have unleashed a plan to professionalize the county's firefighting forces. 

Republicans running for lieutenant governor demonstrated in their debate Monday that they are concerned about their March primary, not about how their positions might sound in November.

Here's full video of our 1/30 TribLive interview with Debra Medina, a candidate for Texas comptroller in 2014.

Months after her husband was killed in Mexico, Lorena Acosta finally laid her husband to rest on Monday in West Texas. Acosta hopes to use her personal tragedy to spotlight what she said are deep-seated problems within law enforcement south of the border.

Twenty candidates — including seven Republicans and five Democrats — are hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. It is by far the most crowded statewide race in Texas this year.

A controversial groundwater pumping plan that opponents argue could threaten the lower Rio Grande's already depleted supply is highlighting a conundrum in Texas water law.

The inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin on his vision for the school, how health care needs to change, and the tension between the university and the UT System.

Saying she’d “had enough,” state Sen. Wendy Davis unloaded on Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday night, blaming him and his allies for waging a smear campaign against her family.

Republican Greg Abbott has become the first gubernatorial candidate to launch a Spanish-language website as he and his expected Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, court Hispanic voters ahead of the general election.

 

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