TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/30

Hurting for Work: How disdain for government regulation sparked a “Texas miracle” economy — while tearing down protections for the workers who built it. In four parts: A Disposable Workforce, No Safety Net, A Twisted System, and The Working Wounded. M. Smith on a charter school’s

Crystal Davis, a young widow in East Texas, fights a workers' comp system in which the odds are against employees in disputes with big insurers.

Construction accidents in Houston left Santiago Arias a one-eyed quadriplegic. No workers' comp insurance meant taxpayers got the $1 million medical bill. 

In speeches that combined homespun biography and harsh political attacks, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte accepted the Texas Democratic Party's nominations for governor and lieutenant governor.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday, referred to the GOP using Spanish profanity. The line drew gasps and laughs from the audience and anger from conservatives.

The U.S. Border Patrol’s union says that an appellate court ruling allowing a foreign national’s family to sue Border Patrol agents could seriously endanger officers, who in the future might hesitate to use deadly force when necessary.

When the typically vociferous Michael Quinn Sullivan kept quiet at a 12-hour hearing last week, it was the latest development in a saga pitting the leader of Empower Texans against the state’s ethics enforcers. And it’s almost a sure bet that many chapters remain.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has effectively overruled a vote by the State Board of Education to deny an Arizona-based charter school's expansion into the Dallas area.

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, says a Sunset Advisory Commission staff recommendation to close six state-supported living centers is "inaccurate" and "slanted."

The CEO of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, which oversees investments for the UT and A&M systems, on the nonprofit company's investments, its gold bullion holdings and his concerns about the future.