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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

The debut of our go-to source for public education data, Aguilar on President Obama's fundraising pit stop in Texas, Batheja on attacks over honesty in the U.S. Senate race, Galbraith on the state's struggles to keep up with power demand, Hamilton on the seeds of tension between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst, Luthra on efforts to preserve two El Paso smokestacks, Ramshaw on a controversial new tool in Medicaid fraud investigations, Root on the newly completed restoration of the Governor's Mansion and Tan's wrap-up of the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas: The best of our best from July 16 to 20, 2012.

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In front of a crowd of about 1,100 supporters at the Austin Music Hall on Tuesday, President Obama touted his administration's accomplishments while slamming Mitt Romney over his business record and issues like immigration.

Both Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz have recently accused each other of being less than honest with Texans. The attacks colored Tuesday's televised debate in Dallas.

Texas likes to be No. 1 at everything. But the state is last when it comes to the reliability of our electrical system, according to a recent assessment by an outside group. Can higher prices and conservation solve the problem?

In 2009, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst invited Ted Cruz to help with the voter ID debate in the Texas Senate. What followed was a nearly $50,000 bill and an eventual payment of $10,000 for the legal services.

Two smokestacks in El Paso — remnants of the smelting company ASARCO — remind many residents of a legacy of environmental damage. But to a local group, the stacks, now slated for demolition, are landmarks worth saving.

Medicaid fraud officials have won rave reviews for a new dollar-recovery strategy that lets them freeze funding to accused health providers while they pursue an investigation. But some doctors and dentists say there's no due process

Four years after an arsonist nearly burned down the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, stood a few feet from its iconic front porch and announced Wednesday that a painstaking restoration of the 156-year-old structure is complete.

The Tribune’s Fertile Ground series examines the Texas Legislature’s deep funding cuts to family planning for low-income women and the ripple effects being felt in communities statewide. From the evolution of state and federally subsidized contraception to the battle over Planned Parenthood to the cost of unplanned pregnancies, our six-part series is the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas.

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