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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson and Ramshaw map West Nile incidence by county, Aguilar on early applicants for deferred action, Batheja on emerging plans for a bullet train, Grissom on the latest in the Larry Swearingen case, Hamilton on the College Station shooting, Murphy maps the stunningly noncompetitive general election, Ramsey on why property taxes are politically dangerous to mess with, Root on alleged improprieties by a Capitol staffer, M. Smith on public ed personnel cuts and Tan on questions about the state-run Women's Health Program: The best of our best content from Aug. 13-17, 2012.

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State officials are reporting more than 380 human cases of the West Nile virus in Texas so far this year — and no region has been harder hit than North Texas. Here’s an interactive look at reported West Nile cases and deaths by county.

Rocio Hernandez and Rodrigo Morales couldn't wait to apply for deferred action, which if approved would allow them to stay in the country and work legally in Texas. They were among the first to apply in the state.

By 2020, bullet trains might be transporting Texans between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston in less than 90 minutes, if a private firm's plans to build the system without public funding come to fruition.

A judge in Montgomery County plans to recommend that the state move forward with the execution of Larry Swearingen, who argues that science proves he is innocent of the 1998 murder for which he was condemned to die.

With move-in day less than one week away, Texas A&M University officials are working to address the fallout from Monday's deadly College Station shooting — even though it did not actually occur on campus.

Many of the general election races are already decided, because redistricting made some districts unfavorable for one party or another. Use these maps of the Texas House, the state Senate and the U.S. House to see which districts are without major party candidates.

Property tax bills are big, but they have a couple of political advantages for legislators. For one thing, they don't take most of the blame over those levies.

John Higgins, a top aide to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, is under criminal investigation for alleged improprieties related to travel reimbursements he got from the state, a prosecutor told The Texas Tribune.

How school districts manage personnel costs will be increasingly monitored as debate over efficiency progresses — as will the ways they have coped with the loss of roughly 25,000 employees they shed before the 2011-12 school year.

As state officials prepare to take full control of the once federally funded Texas Women’s Health Program on Nov. 1, they’re running into a series of unexpected challenges, from rule changes to questions about funding.

 

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