TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/16/14

In a year when immigration issues have figured prominently in primary elections, the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds voters — particularly conservative voters — taking a hard line. Texas voters believe men make more than women for equal work, and they support three exceptions to abortion bans. But the overall numbers hide gender differences. And those voters do not see the necessity of a college education as strongly as they did four years ago, and they are open to a range of potentially major changes in public education, according to the UT/TT Poll.

A day after state leaders announced a directive to the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase its efforts along the border with Mexico, the DPS discussed its new mission, saying it would not include enforcing immigration laws, as it lacks that authority.

The company behind the 41-mile southern portion of State Highway 130 is low on cash and scrambling to get an upcoming payment deadline waived, according to a report released this week by Moody’s Investors Service.

Officials at the University of Texas Law School Foundation are disputing statements conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan has made in mailers his organization has distributed throughout the state.

A key Republican lawmaker and a Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner are among those expressing concerns about the Railroad Commission of Texas' practice of preventing staffers from talking to members of the media.

Last month, the Railroad Commission of Texas rejected an argument that drilling activity was to blame for methane migrating into a North Texas neighborhood's water supply. But independent geoscientists remain divided on the issue.

Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.

A three-judge federal panel in San Antonio has moved to dismiss claims of political gerrymandering against the legislative and congressional electoral maps adopted by the Legislature last year.

Despite the fact that Texas didn't expand its Medicaid program to cover poor adults, low-income parents are increasingly obtaining the coverage through an unlikely route — the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.