Panetti Case Highlights Lack of Sanity Standard

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Death row inmate Scott Panetti.
Death row inmate Scott Panetti.

The fact that Scott Panetti is facing lethal injection on Dec. 3 despite a 30-year history of documented mental illness demonstrates that the ambiguities of the legal standard of “competency” he helped to define are far from resolved.

Hotter, Drier Projections Threaten Texas Miracle

The decreasing water line on Lake Arrowhead, one of three lakes the city of Wichita Falls gets its water from, is pictured here on Jan. 25, 2013.
The decreasing water line on Lake Arrowhead, one of three lakes the city of Wichita Falls gets its water from, is pictured here on Jan. 25, 2013.

Climate scientists project that Texas will be hotter and drier in the coming decades, which means less rainwater will make it into lakes and reservoirs, and more will evaporate. That could spell trouble for the state's fast-growing cities and industry.

For Rep.-Elect Molly White, Abortion Changed Everything

State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

When Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. 

Analysis: Election Season Headed for Overtime

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

Open spots in the political firmament are prompting officeholders to shop around some, and voters are about to see some names on special election ballots that were on the general election ballots just a couple of weeks ago.