Obama to Talk Energy in Oklahoma This Week

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.

UPDATED: CNN has reported that when President Obama speaks Thursday in Cushing, Okla., he will "fast-track" the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. What this means remains unclear, but the pipeline needs federal permits.

Campaign Chatter

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Now that the filing deadline has passed, the congressional and legislative candidates are scouting their field. Some are shoo-ins, others have a primary crowd and a few are seeking another chance at the Lege. Here's who's who. 

Texas Gets a D+ in Public Integrity Study

Texas has scored a 68 out of 100, placing 27th in a national state integrity study. The state got high marks for auditing and for monitoring pension funds, but not as high for accountability of the governor and legislators.

Texas Farmers Battle Ogallala Pumping Limits

Left to right: Leland Stukey Kelly Young, J.O. Dawdy and Kirby Lewis photographed in Floydada, TX, on Mar. 8, 2012.
Left to right: Leland Stukey Kelly Young, J.O. Dawdy and Kirby Lewis photographed in Floydada, TX, on Mar. 8, 2012.

As the Ogallala Aquifer slowly declines, some West Texas farmers are facing a new type of regulation: a limit on the amount of water they would pump from wells on their own land. And many aren't happy about it.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/12/12

Ramshaw on how much the state pays workers for unused vacation, Aguilar with the latest on voter ID, Tan and Dehn take a multimedia approach to the Women's Health Program controversy, Hamilton on an outcomes-based higher ed funding model, Murphy's new and improved election brackets, Root on how state money is being spent to attract sports events, Grissom with an update on Michael Morton's wrongful conviction and Aaronson's latest on Texas' growing economy: The best of our best content from March 12 to March 16, 2012.