TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/24/14

Republican Greg Abbott holds an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, and a number of Republican primaries appear to be destined for May runoff elections.

Thousands of residents of Texas colonias could be largely left with little hope of obtaining health insurance after falling into the "coverage gap." But community-based organizations are working to educate them on their options.

The way Democrats see it, Greg Abbott hurt himself by campaigning with caustic rocker Ted Nugent. In the Abbott camp, though, the Nuge blowback theory is another fiction spun by the liberal elites.

The state of Texas on Thursday filed a notice that it intends to appeal a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. 

All of the major Republican candidates for Texas agriculture commissioner strongly oppose any pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — a position that the agricultural lobby says would cripple the industry in Texas. 

A document obtained by the Tribune could shed light on an inquiry being conducted by the University of Texas System into the influence of legislators on the admissions process at its flagship university. 

Texas candidates have filed their required eight-day campaign finance reports ahead of the March 4 election. Use our interactive analyzer to view contributions and expenditures in the final weeks of the primary campaigns.

After less than two years leading the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Executive Director Mike Griffiths announced Thursday that he is resigning.

Luling, a tapped-out oil town once known as Texas' "toughest," has found a unique way to celebrate its heritage: decorating its aging pump jacks with a full cast of characters. 

With low turnout in statewide primaries and the two-decade dominance of Republicans, a bloc of a relatively few voters determines how Texas will handle long-term public policy challenges.