TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/2

While the outgoing Texas governor was set to give a farewell address at the kickoff of the state's Republican Party convention, Rick Perry's remarks on Thursday sounded more like a "see you soon."

Groups pushing to expand the ability to carry firearms openly in Texas will be welcomed at this week's state Republican convention, but the GOP says the guns themselves will have to stay out.

In 1961, a political science professor from Wichita Falls became the first Texas Republican to win a statewide seat since Reconstruction. It took another 37 years for the party to sweep the other major offices.

The next step in nearly two years of litigation over the troubled Texas school finance system is a hearing on whether District Court Judge John Dietz should recuse himself from the case. 

President Obama on Monday announced a plan for sweeping climate regulations that would dramatically slash carbon emissions from power plants. Here's a look at how the rules — which are sure to be challenged — would impact Texas. 

 

A recommendation from the state's Sunset Advisory Commission to shutter six of Texas' 13 state-supported living centers has reopened a giant divide in the disability community that had seemed to narrow in recent years.

New court data show that the number of tickets written by public school police officers for student misbehavior has fallen 71 percent since new laws designed to reduce the procedure went into effect late last year.

Consumer advocates fear prepaid electricity plans could leave low-income Texans vulnerable to hidden fees and sudden electricity shutoffs. But companies that offer the plans say there is great consumer demand for them. 

Following the revelation that the University of North Texas has received up to $84 million in excess state funds over roughly the last decade, Gov. Rick Perry has instructed the state's public universities to review their accounting.

The increase of unaccompanied children caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. has prompted the Obama administration to create a multiagency task force to address the issue.