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The Midday Brief: Jan. 28, 2011

Your afternoon reading: nursing homes at risk, and Susan Combs hints at lite guv

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "Comptroller Susan Combs hosted a get-together for female legislators this week, a kind of welcome-to-Austin confab. She was a House member once herself. She was asked what her next step might be, and while a campaign is likely three years away, Combs said she's taking a shine to the lieutenant governor's race." — Combs tells lawmakers she's looking at Lt. Gov. race, Trail Blazers

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "In police departments across Texas, tens of thousands of rape kits have been sitting on the shelves of property storage rooms for years — thanks to strained budgets, overworked crime labs and a law enforcement philosophy that such kits are primarily useful as evidence if a stranger committed the assault. Victims’ rights advocates and some lawmakers say they'll work to pass legislation this year to take that evidence out of storage and create a DNA database that would help track rapists and perhaps even identify those who have been wrongly convicted." — Thousands of Texas Rape Kits Never Tested
  • "Between ERCOT, ICROT, and TxDOT, I can't keep track of all these acronyms. What, for example, is UTIMCO?" — Texplainer: What is UTIMCO?

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