News For March, 2012

Todd Wiseman

Bad News Expected Today for Texas Rice Farmers

Texas rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are anxiously awaiting word on whether they'll get water from the Lower Colorado River Authority for a rice crop this spring. The LCRA says the farmers' prospects are not good — which will relieve other Texans who also have a stake in the water.

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Save Texas Schools

Activists Plan Revival of 2011 Education Protests

Last March, 13,000 protesters met in Austin to protest cuts to public education in what organizers called one of the biggest Capitol rallies in state history. This month, as Nathan Bernier of KUT News reports, the same group of activists, Save Texas Schools, plans to do it again.

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Illustration by Spencer Selvidge / Ben Hasson / Todd Wiseman

At Public Universities, Graduation Rates Lag. But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

The Brief: March 1, 2012

As legislative races across the state take shape, education funding has been thrust into the spotlight.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

The Evening Brief: March 1, 2012

Your evening reading: judges order May 29 primaries; Medina weighing run for state comptroller; Texas health commissioner slams Obama administration over Women's Health Program

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

The Texas Weekly Index: How the New Districts Perform

The new maps issued this week by federal judges in San Antonio bear strong resemblance to the maps drawn last year by the Republican supermajority in the Legislature. On paper, they maintain the GOP advantage in the House, the Senate, and especially in the state's congressional delegation.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Chris Chang

The Parties Never End

We appear to have a break in the redistricting wars that could be just long enough for an election, but the fighting isn't over.

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