Your afternoon reading:

  • "Texas officials said Wednesday that they would refuse to implement a program that regulates the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions, despite new federal rules that give wide leeway to states to implement the program." — Texas officials refuse to follow new federal greenhouse gas policy, The Dallas Morning News
  • "I’m not quite sure whom I’d call the odds-on favorite to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. But I have a pretty good idea of who I’d bet against." — 2012 Contenders to Bet Against, FiveThirtyEight
  • "State officials are investigating an assisted living center where three residents were put on feeding tubes a few months after being injected with Dysport, a drug similar to Botox." — Austin living center for disabled investigated, The Associated Press
  • "The University of Texas System Board of Regents passed by unanimous vote the request of UTSA president Dr. Ricardo Romo to accept an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference today in Austin." — UT board approves UTSA’s move to WAC, San Antonio Express-News

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Human trafficking now exceeds all illegal enterprises except for illicit drug and weapon smuggling in terms of profits derived, which can be as high as $32 billion annually. And Texas has the dubious distinction of sharing a large slice of that pie." — Lawmakers Take Closer Aim at Human Trafficking

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