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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for Feb. 14, 2011

U.S. Census workers count the transient population gathered at Wooldridge Park in downtown Austin Tuesday night during a regularly scheduled dinner delivery to the homeless by the group Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  Some participated in the questioning but others declined to be interviewed.
U.S. Census workers count the transient population gathered at Wooldridge Park in downtown Austin Tuesday night during a regularly scheduled dinner delivery to the homeless by the group Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Some participated in the questioning but others declined to be interviewed.

Your afternoon reading: census inaccuracies; lawmaker predicts $1,000 tuition increase; report says Texans overpay for electricity

Can Texas Lege Overrule Perry on Education Money?

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry has said he can't sign an application to receive $10 billion in federal education aid because it requires an assurance he cannot constitutionally make: that the Lege will not use the money to offset state funding of public education. 

Which Firms Profited Most in the 2010 Campaign?

We already know that the major-party candidates in the governor's race spent more on advertising than others on last year's ballot, thanks to the cost of television. But some other ad vendors also received lucrative business from the competitive state House races, with mixed results.