In Texas and Nationwide, Many Shales Left to Explore

A recently installed, working pump jack sits near wind turbines in the Cline Shale region, near Maryneal south of Sweetwater.
A recently installed, working pump jack sits near wind turbines in the Cline Shale region, near Maryneal south of Sweetwater.

Texas is already the top oil-producing state — and excitement about a new era is pervasive, thanks in part to improved technology. Exploration of new shales like the Cline in West Texas is underway, and some oilmen say it's like the old wildcatting days.

Travis County DA: "Hope to Complete My Term"

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg speaks to members of the media following a November 2010 trial.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg speaks to members of the media following a November 2010 trial.

The embattled district attorney of Travis County, Rosemary Lehmberg, apologized Saturday in an open letter to her constituents — and insisted she hopes to complete her term in office.

The Playlist: Dallas

George W. Bush speaking at the dedication of the Bush Presidential Center on the SMU Campus in Dallas
George W. Bush speaking at the dedication of the Bush Presidential Center on the SMU Campus in Dallas

With the country's attention  focused on one of Texas' major cities  for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, we begin our weekly news-inspired playlist with Joe Ely's "Dallas."

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/22/13

Aaronson on Medicaid fraud, Aguilar on critics of a federal immigration reform bill, Batheja on Rick Perry and the Rainy Day Fund, Galbraith on a nuclear reactor's return, Hamilton on campus carry, Hooks on free breakfasts for poor students, Murphy and Rocha interactively track gun legislation, Ramsey on prosecutors behaving badly, Root on the oil lobby's lizard, my school finance sit-down with four public ed vets, M. Smith on the A-F school ratings plan and White on Galveston five years after Ike: The best of our best content from April 22-26, 2013.

Rick Perry Willing to Call Special Session if Needed

In his Jan. 29, 2013, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.
In his Jan. 29, 2013, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.

Gov. Rick Perry is warning state legislators that it could be a long, hot summer in Austin if they don’t pass his top priorities: funding water and transportation projects and cutting business taxes. 

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for April 26, 2013

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.

Your evening reading: House OKs budget bill after wide-ranging debate; Castro, Wolfowitz pen op-ed in support of gay marriage; lawyers defend Lehmberg

House Backs $875 Million Budget Bill After Hot Debate

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.

A debate in the Texas House on a supplemental budget bill Friday veered into debates on the Travis County district attorney's drunken driving charge and the murder of two Kaufman County prosecutors.

Cash for Road Repair in Shale Areas Proves Elusive

A road in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas. The natural gas drilling boom is straining the region's rural roads. More than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.
A road in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas. The natural gas drilling boom is straining the region's rural roads. More than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.

Efforts by state lawmakers to find money to repair South and West Texas roads torn up amid a drilling boom appear to be stalling, according to some officials working on the matter. Officials warn about the hazards of not maintaining these roads.

Galveston Still Healing 5 Years After Hurricane Ike

A new area of UTMB being built to higher standards in Galveston Monday, April 22, 2013.
A new area of UTMB being built to higher standards in Galveston Monday, April 22, 2013.

Hurricane Ike rammed into the Texas coast in 2008, causing more than $50 billion in damage. Nowhere was the impact more evident than Galveston. The city still faces challenges related to Ike, but many leaders are optimistic about rebuilding efforts.

Agenda Texas: The Rehabilitation of Bush's Legacy

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the "topping out" ceremony at the construction site of the George Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University on October 3, 2011.
Former President George W. Bush speaks at the "topping out" ceremony at the construction site of the George Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University on October 3, 2011.

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: The resuscitation of George W. Bush's legacy began Thursday with the dedication of his presidential library in Dallas.

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