Dewhurst, Running in Front, Avoids Competitors

Someone dressed in a duck suit stands outside the Austin Club before U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst's appearance at a TribLive event on Nov. 17, 2011.
Someone dressed in a duck suit stands outside the Austin Club before U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst's appearance at a TribLive event on Nov. 17, 2011.

Supporters of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz say Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, is ducking live appearances where the two could go head to head. What’s Dewhurst doing? Running against President Barack Obama.

GOP Candidates Talk Faith In Iowa

Gov. Rick Perry at a presidential forum hosted by conservative group Family Leader in Des Monies, Iowa.
Gov. Rick Perry at a presidential forum hosted by conservative group Family Leader in Des Monies, Iowa.

It was a night of faith and politics for the GOP candidates in Des Moines, Iowa, where six of the eight top-tier candidates spoke at a forum hosted by a conservative Christian group. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

Saving a College With Persistence and Prose

Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.
Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.

Michael Sorrell took a pay cut to become president of Paul Quinn College during one of the rockiest patches in its 139-year history. Despite a lack of higher ed experience, he's turning it around one student at a time.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/14/11

Aaronson on the sharp rise in the number of Texans on food stamps, Aguilar investigates the Black Market Peso Exchange, Grissom on the humbling of John Bradley, Hamilton on the tweet heard round the world, Ramsey and Murphy on the newest redistricting maps, Ramsey on why Formula 1 screeched to a halt, Ramshaw and Tan scrutinize Rick Perry's attack on congressional insider trading, Root on Perry's plan for a "part-time citizen Congress" and M. Smith on already ugly State Board of Ed races: The best of our best content from November 14-18, 2011.

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in October

The Texas unemployment rate dropped only slightly this month from 8.5 percent to 8.4 percent, according to statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission today. But the state's economy is not performing as well as it was this time last year. And as the national economy has improved, the Texas economy has lagged.

Keystone Delayed But Oil Still Likely to Flow to Coast

Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.
Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.

The Obama administration has halted construction on parts of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. But the delay, as Mose Buchele of KUT News and NPR's StateImpact Texas reports, isn't likely to stop crude oil from reaching the Gulf Coast.