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Hamilton (and Watkins of the Bryan-College Station Eagle) on outsourcing worries at Texas A&M, Murphy and Foxhall on how far people would go to meet voter ID requirements, Philpott on the close of a very tough race for Texas Senate, M. Smith on a decision that will cost public schools $300 million, Tan on state funding of HPV vaccinations, Aaronson on health insurance rebates, Aguilar on “restorative justice” on the border and Batheja on Ted Cruz's service in the courts and David Dewhurst's service in the military: The best of our best content from July 23 to 27, 2012.

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Texas A&M University officials say that a plan to outsource support services would help the university raise $260 million in the next 10 years. But staff members who perform those services are expressing concerns.

If preclearance for the state’s voter ID law is granted, the state has promised to issue free “election identification certificates," forms of photo ID for use only in voting. But some argue that Texas voters could have a tough time reaching the Department of Public Safety offices to get those IDs. Take a look for yourself at our map of the all the DPS driver's license offices in Texas.

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, expected a tough fight in the GOP primary for Senate District 25. He's now facing a runoff with a political newcomer who has broad Tea Party support.

A little-watched board that operates out of the General Land Office cast a vote last week leaving public schools $300 million short — and the lawmakers who put that money into the 2012-13 budget scratching their heads.

Though Gov. Rick Perry’s HPV vaccine mandate was overturned in 2007, the shots have been offered through a state vaccine program. In 2011, the state received parental approval to provide 308,680 doses to children.

Thanks to a new rule in the federal Affordable Care Act, insured Texans could receive nearly $167 million in rebates from their health insurance companies this month.

The chief probation officer for three counties near the Texas-Mexico border is taking a "restorative justice" approach to rehabilitating juveniles held in drug-smuggling cases. That philosophy is at the root of a new detention center.

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who has argued nine times before the U.S. Supreme Court, has made that work the cornerstone of his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

In the final weeks of the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has turned to his time in the military and the CIA to draw a contrast between himself and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

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