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

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

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:

  • "When the U.S. Census Bureau releases its first detailed report on Texas later this week, the numbers will describe the state's surge of young Latinos, its aging Anglo population and the continued exodus of people from West Texas. But a series of reports by the Office of Inspector General raises questions about the accuracy of the data and even suggests that one of the major bragging points for Census Director Robert Groves is less clear-cut than it seems." — Did national head count overlook too many people?, Houston Chronicle
  • "Texans have paid $11.5 billion more for residential electricity than the national average under deregulation in 'a massive drain' on the economy, two consumer groups claim in a report that raises troubling questions about how the state’s power supply is managed." — Report: Texans Overpay for Electricity, NBC DFW
  • "Public university tuition in Texas could rise by more than $1,000 a year under state budget proposals by GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Republican legislative leaders, a Democratic lawmaker from San Antonio said today." — Lawmaker warns of tuition increase, Postcards

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "The latest chapter in the feud between Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett over $830 million in federal money for education unfolded Tuesday, when, in his State of the State address, the governor called out a 'certain Texas congressman' for singling out Texas 'for punishment in pursuit of his own agenda.'" — Perry, Doggett and Their $830 Million Feud in Texas
  • "They’re surely facing the worst budget cycle any of them have experienced. Yet in hours of testimony before lawmakers — flanked by the school children and people with disabilities who will be hit hardest by the cuts — the commissioners of Texas’ social services and education agencies appear largely unruffled. Critics say it’s because the agency chiefs are being 'good soldiers,' appointed by a Republican governor determined to meet the budget shortfall without new revenue." — Facing Massive Budget Cuts, Agency Chiefs Remain "Good Soldiers"

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