TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/17/12

Swartsell digs in Dallas’ garbage and finds green, M. Smith on a “ghost” candidate in El Paso, Hamilton on university responses to bomb threats, Grissom on soaring hepatitis costs in state prisons, Galbraith on the real causes of power outages, Batheja on Paul Sadler’s underdog race for U.S. Senate, Aguilar’s interview with a Houston Republican who is trying to solve the immigration problem, Aaronson reports on the biggest uninsured population in the U.S. and Dehn’s Weekend Insider peeks at Root’s new book on the Perry presidential campaign: The best of our best from Sept. 17 to 21, 2012.

Dallas Aims to Recycle Almost All Garbage by 2040

A Greenstar Recycling Center  employee removes plastic bags from a sort line in Garland, Texas, September 13, 2012.
A Greenstar Recycling Center employee removes plastic bags from a sort line in Garland, Texas, September 13, 2012.

The Big D has a big plan to go green. Dallas environmental advocates are confident the city can accomplish its ambitious plan to have the city recycling nearly all of its garbage by 2040.

Better Hepatitis Treatment Costly for Prisons

A pharmacy technician loads pills into punch cards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's pharmacy in Huntsville on Wed. Sept. 19, 2012.
A pharmacy technician loads pills into punch cards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's pharmacy in Huntsville on Wed. Sept. 19, 2012.

The cost to treat Texas inmates with hepatitis C is expected to soar by as much as 380 percent next year. Legislators, already facing a strained budget, will have to find millions more dollars to pay for this care.