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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Murphy, Ramshaw and Root on Rick Perry and race, Philpott on Perry's vague economic plans, Tan and Wiseman on Barack Obama's foray into Texas to defend his jobs plan, Aguilar on Perry's proposal to send U.S. troops to Mexico, Ramshaw on efforts to leash rising health care costs, M. Smith on upcoming legal challenges to the state's school finance system, Aaronson interactively explores Medicare spending proposals, Galbraith on efforts to pass — and to oppose — a $6 billion water program, Grissom on the release of a man wrongly convicted of murder and Hamilton on efforts to let the public write some legislation: The best of our best content from October 3 to 7, 2011.

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Following allegations about a racial slur on land his family leased for hunting, Gov. Rick Perry’s critics are dissecting his history with race — from his early campaign ads to his defense of Confederate symbols.

Gov. Rick Perry, still bedeviled by critics, may be looking to turn the conversation back to the economy, but as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, Perry has yet to unveil a detailed plan on how to get America working again.

President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned defense of his jobs plan in Mesquite — Perry territory — along with some strong rhetoric against his GOP critics.

Gov. Rick Perry’s suggestion he might be in favor of sending the U.S. military into Mexico to quell cartel-related violence elicited a variety of reactions, from outright dismissal to praise that he had brought the issue to the forefront of the presidential campaign.

As the U.S. grapples with rising health care costs and a system that rewards doctors and hospitals for how sick their patients get, not how healthy they become, Texas providers are experimenting with new payment and care delivery models.

The lawsuits over public education funding that are currently taking shape will be the latest in a long history of court intervention in Texas' school finance system. But how much can the judiciary do to fix it? 

Use our interactive to understand the budget hole federal lawmakers have dug by not updating the Medicare funding formula, Texas physicians’ response to the problem, and the cost of varied proposals to fix it.

Next month, Texans will go to the polls to decide whether to authorize $6 billion in bonding authority dedicated to building and fixing water infrastructure. But some conservatives and Tea Party members have concerns about the measure.

After an emotional day in court, Michael Morton left prison today, almost 25 years after he was convicted of murdering his wife. His release came after prosecutors agreed his conviction should be overturned based on the results of recent DNA testing.

The concept of crowdsourcing — soliciting information from a wide range of people responding to an open call over the internet — could play a significant role in the way Texas lawmakers handle a key issue next session.

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