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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Grissom's analysis of misconduct by prosecutors and Murphy's interactive guide to the data and documents behind it, Aguilar on Mexico's presidential election and the official counting, Batheja and Root on donor vetting in the U.S. Senate race, Galbraith on what the drought has done to the Ogallala Aquifer, Hamilton queries education experts on STEM, M. Smith's cheat sheet to guide you through the state's school finance lawsuits and Dehn's latest Weekend Insider on runoff elections and prosecutors: The best of our best from July 2 to 6, 2012.

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At least 86 Texans' convictions were overturned between 1989 and 2011. A Tribune analysis finds that in nearly 25 percent of those cases, courts ruled that prosecutors made mistakes.

Kerry Max Cook is battling with prosecutors to clear his name of a 1978 murder conviction, and says his mission is doomed if he must fight in Smith County. That's where a court ruled misconduct had “tainted this entire matter from the outset.”

After 12 years of rule under the conservative National Action Party, Mexicans on Sunday elected Enrique Peña Nieto, a candidate from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, to lead Texas’ largest trade partner and southern neighbor.

Election officials in Mexico are moving forward with the official count of the ballots cast in Sunday’s presidential election. Early results indicate that Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or the PRI, remains ahead of his challengers.

Both Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz are trying to make hay out of the financial support their opponent is drawing from lobbyists.

The historic Texas drought caused the Ogallala Aquifer to experience its largest decline in 25 years across a large swath of the Texas Panhandle, new numbers from a water district show.

“STEM,” an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” is a term that is becoming increasingly common across education circles. But why is it so important? We put the question to several key Texans in the field.

Texas' latest round of school finance litigation adds some new players to the courtroom, with interests that are more varied than ever before. We've created a cheat sheet to help you keep all six lawsuits — and the plaintiffs' basic arguments — straight.

Weekend Insider: Who will show up to vote for the July 31 runoff election, and what happens when prosecutors make mistakes?

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