The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 31, 2012

Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg.  Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.
Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg. Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.

Your evening reading: launch of state-run Women's Health Program delayed; Cruz features father in new TV ad; economy and immigration top list of Texans' concerns in new UT/TT Poll

Texas Women's Health Program Won't Launch as Planned

Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek is shown at a Texas Tribune event in 2012.
Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek is shown at a Texas Tribune event in 2012.

Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said Wednesday morning that the new state-led Women's Health Program would be ready to start on Nov. 1. But the program will not launch until court controversy is clarified or federal funds run out.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 30, 2012

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.

Your evening reading: Republican calls on Straus to explain redistricting process; Perry to campaign with Pennsylvania Senate candidate; outside group hits Gallego over support from environmentalists

Judge in Ken Anderson Inquiry: Testimony Will Be Public

Williamson County State District Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson at the first hearing in the court of inquiry investigating his role in the 1987 wrongful conviction of Michael Morton
Williamson County State District Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson at the first hearing in the court of inquiry investigating his role in the 1987 wrongful conviction of Michael Morton

The judge presiding over the court of inquiry of Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson denied a request Tuesday to allow Anderson's lawyer to depose Michael Morton's lawyers before a Dec. 10 public hearing.

Updated: Lawmakers Discuss School Discipline Methods

National Honor students Zach Calkins and Aaron Gonzales, seniors at Brandeis High School, read to kindergarten students in a crowded classroom at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.
National Honor students Zach Calkins and Aaron Gonzales, seniors at Brandeis High School, read to kindergarten students in a crowded classroom at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.

At a Tuesday hearing, lawmakers discussed giving more discretion to teachers, law enforcement and judges when it comes to dealing with disciplinary violations at schools.

Interactive: Campaign Finance Database Updated

We've updated our campaign finance database to reflect state contribution and expenditure data reported by candidates and committees 30 days before Election Day. Use our tool to find out how much money was being spent in the final weeks of the 2012 election cycle.