Mexico Pushing Effort to Register Expats to Vote

Picture of "Vote Aqui" sign during 2010 elections.
Picture of "Vote Aqui" sign during 2010 elections.

Mexico is trying to get more expatriates in the U.S. to vote in its upcoming elections. As Jude Joffe-Block of the Fronteras public radio project reports, this holiday season marks the final push to get voters registered before the mid-January deadline.

Murder Cases Put "Junk Science" in the Spotlight

Michael Morton stands in a Williamson County courtroom with his attorneys after murder charges against him were officially dropped.
Michael Morton stands in a Williamson County courtroom with his attorneys after murder charges against him were officially dropped.

Michael Morton's tragic wrongful conviction for his wife's murder 25 years ago illustrates the best and worst of science in the courtroom, a judge said on Monday. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/19/11

Aaronson on Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund, Aguliar on the DOJ's Joe Arpaio problem, Galbraith on the uncertainty about Texas' electric grid, Grissom and Schwartz of The New York Times on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton on the first leg of Perry's Iowa bus tour, Murphy and McLain unveil our new campaign finance database, Ramsey et al. go live with the first round of our 2012 election brackets, Root on a GOP rival's queries about Perry's pension play, M. Smith contrasts the various school finance lawsuits and Tan, Dehn and Murphy on a shortage of mental health professionals: The best of our best content from December 19-23, 2011.

Texas Electric Grid Faces Uncertainty in 2012

Grid technicians monitor screens at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' new state-of-the-art backup control center in Bastrop.
Grid technicians monitor screens at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' new state-of-the-art backup control center in Bastrop.

Will the lights stay on in 2012? Even Texas grid operators, who are coming off a tumultuous year, cannot say for certain. A lot will depend on the weather — namely, whether the state suffers through another piping-hot summer.

Perry Grants Eight Pardons

Rick Perry walks with a supporter after his speech in Council Bluffs Iowa
Rick Perry walks with a supporter after his speech in Council Bluffs Iowa

As is custom around the Christmas holidays, Gov. Rick Perry announced a list of pardons today. The list is made up primarily of Texans who committed rather petty crimes at a young age.