Parsing Perry's Energy Plan

Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry today announced initial details of his energy-centric jobs plan. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune examines how the plan, centered on domestic drilling, has fared with energy experts. 

Online Classes Booming, But With Red Flags

Eagle Scout and high school graduate Will Clarkston, 20, logged in to The Bridge School from his bedroom in Houston on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. He is taking online classes now and planning to attend community college in the spring.
Eagle Scout and high school graduate Will Clarkston, 20, logged in to The Bridge School from his bedroom in Houston on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. He is taking online classes now and planning to attend community college in the spring.

As the popularity of online learning grows, public schools are grappling with how to most effectively integrate it into their classrooms — and some in the education community worry about the increasing influence of for-profit companies.

Campaign Chatter for 10/17

State Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, on the House floor.
State Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, on the House floor.
Texas Weekly

Another veteran is retiring from the Legislature, special election candidates are flinging endorsements at each other, and a doctor is leaving the House.

Wait and See

Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Texas Weekly

The Texas governor turned presidential candidate isn't as sick as he looks. And by the way, he wasn't as healthy as he looked a couple of weeks ago.

Ante Up

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, a candidate for U.S. Senate, at a TribLive event on Sept. 9, 2011.
Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, a candidate for U.S. Senate, at a TribLive event on Sept. 9, 2011.
Texas Weekly

The race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas is going to be pricey.

Updated: Bradley Withdraws Motion to Rush Morton Case

Michael Morton sits beside his mother, Patricia Morton, during an emotional press conference after a judge today agreed to release him on personal bond after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Recently tested DNA indicates another man committed the 1986 killing.
Michael Morton sits beside his mother, Patricia Morton, during an emotional press conference after a judge today agreed to release him on personal bond after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Recently tested DNA indicates another man committed the 1986 killing.

The Williamson County district attorney this afternoon withdrew a motion he had filed seeking to quickly dismiss the Michael Morton case. Morton's attorneys worried that he was attempting to quash investigation of allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

With the Drought, More Dust Storms

Despite last weekend's rains, the Texas drought lingers — and experts say the number of irritating and dangerous dust storms could increase across the state, especially in West Texas and the Panhandle.