As Temperatures Soar, State Weighs Risks of Rolling Blackouts

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Electricity transmission lines in Houston.
Electricity transmission lines in Houston.

This week's 100-degree weather across the state has raised important questions about how often Texas would need to force rolling blackouts to keep pace with demand. For the state, it mostly comes down how much power it has in its reserves — and how much it's willing to spend for it.

Amid Controversy, CPRIT Reassesses Priorities

Advisers to the state's $3 billion Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on Tuesday held the first of several meetings aimed at reforming an entity reeling from the controversial resignation of its chief scientific officer. 

Family Sues TDCJ Over Heat-Related Death

As summer temperatures rise, so do worries about conditions in state prisons. The Texas Civil Rights Project on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Texas prison officials on behalf of the family of an inmate who died last summer.

What Happens When a Nominee Quits Before an Election?

To remove their names from the primary ballot, candidates must file a request at least 63 days in advance of the election. But if a party's nominee withdraws ahead of the general election, the party probably can't replace the candidate.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for June 25, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.
Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.

Your evening reading: Perry calls Arizona ruling "one step forward and two steps back"; Democrats call for comprehensive immigration reform; Cruz accuses Dewhurst of "deliberate falsehood" over tax claims