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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for March 7, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Supreme Court says Hank Skinner can sue; Perry makes Rainy Day plea; bad news for Craig James

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading:

  • "With speculation growing that ESPN announcer Craig James will soon announce his campaign to replace Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a new survey shows the Celina Republican will have a tough time earning the support of West Texas voters." — Craig James polls worse than Obama in Lubbock, BurkaBlog
  • "As the field of Texas candidate for Senate grows, Ted Cruz has drawn the first endorsement of a sitting U.S. senator: Mike Lee, a Utah freshman. Lee is the tea party darling who took down the extremely conservative but apparently not conservative enough Sen. Bob Bennett in the GOP primary last year, in one of the major upsets of 2010." — Ted Cruz gets Utah Sen. Mike Lee endorsement for Senate, Trail Blazers
  • "Proposed education cuts to help the state's rapidly growing student population that struggles with English — on top of other program cuts to keep at-risk children from dropping out — will have consequences, some experts warn." — Experts warn cuts are recipe for failure, San Antonio Express-News

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "The U.S. Supreme Court has given Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner another chance at getting DNA testing done on evidence he says could prove he did not kill his live-in girlfriend and her two sons in 1993." — U.S. Supreme Court Keeps Hank Skinner Alive, Again

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