Despite Rain, West Texas Water Woes Continue

Once finished, this pipeline will be able to supply supplementary water from the Hickory Aquifer for San Angelo in 2013.
Once finished, this pipeline will be able to supply supplementary water from the Hickory Aquifer for San Angelo in 2013.

Despite the recent deluge, the drought in West Texas is not over, and experts say the perennially dry region must plan carefully for the future. Pressure is also growing on the Legislature to address the problem next year.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/1/12

Hamilton and M. Smith on the committee shuffle in the Texas Senate, Hamilton on Judith Zaffirini’s reaction, Batheja’s take on what it means for David Dewhurst’s politics, Grissom on Michael Morton’s first anniversary of freedom, Aguilar on House rematches in South Texas and El Paso, Aaronson on a Medicaid change pressuring home health providers, M. Smith on the stresses of teaching, E. Smith interviews Greg Abbott on voter fraud and plans for 2014 and Murphy refreshes our interactive on Texas givers to Super PACs: The best of our best from October 1 to 5, 2012.

Shuffling of Senate Chairs May Be Nod to Critics

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.

After a crushing loss in his bid for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's influence in next year's legislative session remains a question mark. Thursday's committee assignments may reflect efforts to appease some critics.

Medicaid Patient Shift Squeezes Home Care Providers

Maria Figueroa feeds Antonio Fuentes, 28, who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak. Figueroa has been Fuentes' health care provider for the past eight years.
Maria Figueroa feeds Antonio Fuentes, 28, who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak. Figueroa has been Fuentes' health care provider for the past eight years.

The abrupt exodus of thousands of South Texas Medicaid patients from one managed care health plan is putting financial strain on home health providers still adjusting to the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care.

Will Perry's "Pre-Veto" Work This Time?

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Gov. Rick Perry says he is against repeal of in-state tuition for American-born children of immigrants living here illegally, but will Texas legislators go along with him?

For Some Teachers, Strain Runs Deeper Than Budget Cuts

At Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Keenan Hurley (left), 18, and Roby Attal, 17, react to missing their target during a physics lesson on projectile motion that used Hot Wheels cars.
At Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Keenan Hurley (left), 18, and Roby Attal, 17, react to missing their target during a physics lesson on projectile motion that used Hot Wheels cars.

Some consequences of the Legislature's more than $5 billion budget cut to public schools — like a loss of morale and stress levels in the classroom — aren't easily measured. But the pressure on teachers may have more complex origins.