Tribpedia: Usa Today Diversity Index

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The USA TODAY Diversity Index was created in 1991 to measure how racial and ethnically diverse a population is. It uses the percentage of each race county by the federal government -- white, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian -- and each ethnicity -- Hispanic of non-Hispanic -- to calculate the change that any two people are from different groups. The result ranges from ...

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/2/12

The first week of 2012 started with the first presidential voting of the cycle, and our coverage included Dehn's videos of Rick Perry's "reassessment" and "next leg of the marathon" speeches, Ramshaw's reporting on the rationale behind his decision and Root's analysis of just what happened in the hours after the Iowa results came in, plus Galbraith on the Texas critters that might be added to the endangered list, Tan's look at new laws regulating payday lenders, Hamilton on an impending battle over tuition increases at UT, and Murphy with a new data map using the latest Census numbers for Texas: The best of our best content from January 2 to 6, 2012.

The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.
The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Abuse Reports in Texas Increase as Economy Falters

More children than ever are living in poverty in Texas, and experts speculate that the seemingly unending recession is a key factor in the increase in reports of child abuse and neglect statewide. The number of reported cases of abuse has grown 6 percent in Texas since 2008, and service providers are struggling to keep up with the need for help.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/10/11

Aaronson interactively asks if stimulus funds created jobs in Texas, Aguilar on new voter registrar rules that could decrease voter turnout, Galbraith on a UT professor's debunking of climate change "myths," Grissom on an epic clash of El Paso political titans, Hamilton on the right's new higher ed guru, Murphy maps household data from the 2010 Census, Ramsey on a coming rules fight in the Texas Senate, Root and M. Smith on Rick Perry's performance at the New Hampshire debate and M. Smith talks public ed cuts with the state's Superintendent of the Year: The best of our best content from October 10-14, 2011.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 23, 2011

Root profiles conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, Aaronson on the Senate's flare-up over an airport groping ban, Grissom on some twisted logic in the state's same-sex marriage laws, Murphy and Macrander expand and refresh our public employee salary database, yours truly with the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll results on politicsissuesthe state's finances, and race, Ramshaw's report on how some of the governor's former aides now represent clients who want more money in the state budget, M. Smith on last-minute efforts to save education legislation that didn't make it through the process, Tan reports on efforts to finish the state budget before the session ends on Monday, and Dehn with the video week in review: The best of our best from May 9 to 13, 2011.

Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.
Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.

Two New Texas Latino Seats in Congress?

The public version of drawing new congressional maps for Texas started this morning with committee hearings and the unveiling of a proposal from a coalition that insists at least two of the four new districts should have Latino majorities.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/28/11

Tan's wall-to-wall coverage of the budget (with more from the rest of the Trib crew, interviews with some of the freshmen seeing this up close for the first time and a map of how it works), Philpott on the similarities between budget worries in Texas and those elsewhere, M. Smith explains school finance, Ramshaw on the dwindling insurance options for orphans, Grissom on legal fights over the drugs used for state executions, Aguilar on the run-up to the debate over sanctuary cities, Stiles maps the diversity of Texas counties, Galbraith on efforts to recycle plastic bags and Hamilton on calls for "entrepreneurship" at the University of Texas: The best of our best content from March 28 to April 1, 2011.

Several Texas Counties Rank High in Diversity Index

The Bronx. Queens. Fort Bend? Texas now has some of the nation's most diverse counties, according to an index created by USA Today to analyze U.S. census data. Nine Texas counties make the list of the 40 most diverse counties in the country, according to the analysis. Fort Bend County, outside of Houston, comes in fourth, trailing Bronx County and Queens County in New York, and Hudson County, N.J.  

New Day Rising: The Changing Public Policy Landscape

At the Tribune's New Day Rising symposium on Feb. 28, four public policy experts — Talmadge Helfin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Rebecca Bernhardt of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Jerel Booker of Stand for Children Texas and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy Priorities — talked about criminal justice, education, health care and other issues that will be impacted by the coming Hispanic majority.

New Day Rising: Hispanics and the Political Landscape

At the Tribune's New Day Rising symposium on Feb. 28, four political consultants — Democrats James Aldrete and Beth Hernandez and Republicans Allen Blakemore and Ross Hunt — talked about how the emerging Hispanic majority in Texas will impact voter turnout and candidates and campaigns in 2012, 2014 and beyond. The panel was moderated by Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the pollsters responisble for the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Feb. 28, 2011

Ramshaw and Stiles on the tepid growth of Big D during the last decade, Hamilton talks immigration with state Rep. Leo Berman, M. Smith on Texas education's Race to the Top efforts, Grissom's interview with U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, Stiles with a new database on school superintendent paychecks, Dehn and Tan on the rise of ramped-up rhetoric over hotly contested legislation, Galbraith on who owns the water under Texas and yours truly on who's at risk in redistricting: The best of our best content from Feb. 28 to March 4, 2011.

House members discuss changing politics at TribLive event on February 28, 2011
House members discuss changing politics at TribLive event on February 28, 2011

Texas Hispanic Lawmakers Spar Over Race, Education

Protecting education and recognizing that the rapidly growing Hispanic population will gain a major political voice in Texas were themes that emerged Monday afternoon at The Texas Tribune’s day-long “New Day Rising” forum at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Gilberto Saucedo tends to a grill during a family barbecue in Oak Cliff's Kidd Spring Park.
Gilberto Saucedo tends to a grill during a family barbecue in Oak Cliff's Kidd Spring Park.

In Latest Census, Dallas Sees Paltry Growth

Big D may need a new nickname. Despite double-digit growth rates elsewhere, the city of Dallas grew by a paltry 1 percent in the last decade, a rate lower than any of the state's 20 largest cities. City officials blame the low growth on Dallas’ topography: The third-largest city in Texas is simply built out. The bulk of future growth must be outside the county line — until efforts to lure business professionals and retiring suburbanites into downtown fully pay off.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/14/11

Ramsey, Stiles, Aguilar and Murphy makes sense of the Census data (and Stiles and Murphy interactively map the population change by county), Grissom on possible job cuts for prison chaplains, Ramshaw on whether cash-strapped Texas should be in the cancer business, Philpott on if we should dip into the Rainy Day Fund, Hamilton on the digital age dawning at Abilene Christian University, C. Smith on the concealed carry debate at community colleges, Galbraith on the fallout from the rolling blackouts, Ramsey on Texas vs. Amazon.com and M. Smith on Perry vs. Doggett: The best of our best content from Feb. 14 to 18, 2011.