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Aaronson and Aguilar on deferred deportation beneficiaries in Texas, Aguilar on Republicans and Latinos, Grissom and M. Smith on a move unlikely to improve frosty relations between two State Board of Education rivals, Hamilton on meningitis vaccines at Texas colleges and universities, Murphy on what each vote cost the winners and losers in last month’s primary runoffs, M. Smith on claims and counter-claims of flaws in standardized school tests, Tan on a legislator’s reaction to the Tribune’s request for his recent personal income tax returns, Grissom on lax security at the state’s juvenile prisons and Dehn’s Weekend Insider on meningitis vaccines and birth control on the border: The best of our best from Aug. 6 to 10, 2012.

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Using data from the Immigration Policy Center, this interactive shows — by U.S. House district — how many deferred action beneficiaries there could be in Texas, and it looks at the potential impact.

The GOP is tired of the perception that Hispanic voters are squarely in the Democrats' camp. Ahead of the November election, they're looking to capitalize on the Obama administration’s record number of deportations.

Thomas Ratliff, a lobbyist and State Board of Education member, has taken on exoneree Michael Morton as a client for the 2013 session. It's a decision that is sure not to warm the frosty relations between Ratliff and fellow SBOE member David Bradley.

In 2011, Texas became the first state to mandate that all students who come onto college campuses be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. But even supporters may be pushing for a few revisions to the statute next session.

State candidates spent $5 million in their bids for a party nomination. Some got more for their money than others. Use our interactive to see where candidates ranked in spending per vote.

After a UT-Austin professor's research suggested a flaw in the design of the state's standardized tests, an official with the testing vendor said the firm welcomes an "open dialogue" based on well-founded evidence — but not what he called "wild conclusions."

House Administration Committee Chairman Charlie Geren has sent a letter to his House colleagues saying he would not accommodate a request by the Tribune to release his federal income tax returns.

Last month, inspectors conducted surprise safety and security reviews at the state's secure juvenile facilities. Among the findings: lax security procedures and problems with documentation.

In the Weekend Insider, Thanh Tan takes us to South Texas, where some women are relying on a medication they can purchase over the counter in some unregulated Mexican pharmacies to end their pregnancies. And Reeve Hamilton looks at meningitis vaccine requirements at colleges and universities.

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