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The Midday Brief: Jan. 21, 2011

Your afternoon reading: a State Board of Education member's eligibility in question, a House member de-"TeaApproved," and Joe Barton for Senate?

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, addresses BP chief executive Tony Hayward at an oil spill hearing in Washington.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said Friday he was still evaluating whether to run to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison." — Joe Barton considers run for Senate, Trail Blazers
  • "State Board of Education Chairwoman Gail Lowe said Friday she will seek an opinion from the attorney general on whether a new board member meets statutory requirements to serve. Lowe announced the action after a social conservative group questioned whether board member Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, is eligible to serve because he is a lobbyist." — Attorney general to be asked whether SBOE member can serve, Trail Blazers

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "At the heart of Texas' wind-power boom lies a conundrum: Plenty of ranchers are eager to host wind turbines but few want to allow the unsightly high-voltage transmission lines needed to carry the power to distant cities. But state regulators are moving forward — and yesterday they approved a contentious project that runs through the Hill Country." — Texas OKs New Wind Power Transmission Lines

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