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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson analyzes TWIA claims and lawyer fees, Aguilar talks border security and voter ID with Chuy Hinojosa, Grissom on the latest inmate exonerated via DNA evidence, Hamilton interviews John Sharp on higher ed and the SEC, Murphy interactively maps the changes wrought by redistricting, Philpott on who's running Texas while Rick Perry is out campaigning for president, Ramsey on Perry's history of off-the-cuff remarks, Ramshaw on Perry's childhood years in Paint Creek, Root on Perry's extraordinary first week on the trail and Tan on even more ways Texas will change on Sept. 1: The best of our best content from Aug. 15-19, 2011.

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A Tribune analysis found that the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association mishandled claims after Hurricane Ike and paid millions of dollars to defend its fraudulent behavior and claimants’ lawyers profited from huge settlements and legal fees.

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, sat down with the Tribune's Julian Aguilar to talk border security, how Democrats move forward after voter ID and what he thinks the upper chamber will look like in 2013.

New DNA test results in a 25-year-old murder case cast doubt on the conviction of Michael Morton, who was accused of killing his wife, Christine, in their Williamson County home on Aug. 13, 1986.

John Sharp, the just-selected chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, talked to the Tribune's Reeve Hamilton about his new job, the controversy surrounding higher ed and, yes, the SEC.

Building on the success of our previous redistricting interactive, the Tribune's Ryan Murphy prepared a new version that includes the redistricting maps for the state House, Senate and State Board of Education.

Gov. Rick Perry campaigned in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina this week. But while Perry's out of state, who's in charge in Texas? Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

Gov. Rick Perry’s mouth has failed him before (anyone remember "Why don’t you just let us get on down the road?"), but it has always blown over. Will that be the case in his 2012 presidential campaign?

If Rick Perry felt like the center of the universe in his first 18 years, he couldn’t have been faulted for it. Life in his tiny hometown of Paint Creak revolved around children — their school, their scouting, their sports.

Presidential candidates typically claw their way into the nation’s consciousness. Rick Perry took a bullet train. He's expected back in Austin this weekend after one of the most extraordinary weeks of his life.

DAY 14 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: Despite making deep cuts across the state's budget, lawmakers increased funding for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy resource centers.

DAY 15 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: The Department of State Health Services expects about 180,000 Texas men and women will lose access to birth control and cancer screenings.

DAY 18 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: The sport of catching catfish with bare hands, known as noodling, is now legal in Texas.

 

 

 

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