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Grissom profiles the lawyer investigating the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, Tan reports on access to abortions in the Rio Grande Valley, E. Smith interviews three U.S. senators on Todd Akin’s rape comments, Root notes the relative absence of Texans on stage at next week’s GOP convention, Ramshaw on potential changes to Medicaid fraud investigations, Hamilton looks into free online courses from elite universities, Batheja interviews Phil Wilson about high-speed rail and paying for roads, Aguilar on whether certain immigrants can get Texas driver's licenses, Aaronson maps the scarcity of healthy food and Dehn’s Weekend Insider looks at a Texas lawmaker and a Texas lawyer: The best of our best from Aug. 20 to 24, 2012.

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If Rusty Hardin ever thought he was special, he says, he'd lose all the advantages that have made him one of Texas' most successful prosecutors and famous defense lawyers. Now he's taking on a special role: investigating the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.

Women in the Rio Grande Valley who are seeking a second-trimester abortion must travel several hours north to access the procedure. Illegal immigrants face an additional hurdle: getting past internal checkpoints. 

Three U.S. senators — including John Cornyn, R-Texas — comment on the damage done to the GOP by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who refuses to quit his U.S. Senate race.

If it weren't for Ted Cruz, Texas wouldn't have much prominence at the Republican National Convention next week. Former presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ron Paul don't have speaking roles at the convention.

The state’s Health and Human Services Commission is seeking formal approval for new Medicaid fraud rules that doctors say deny them due process and expand investigators’ power to halt their funding.

The University of Texas at Austin is negotiating with Coursera and edX, massive open online course companies that make content from elite universities available for free on the Internet.

Ten months into his tenure, Phil Wilson, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation on funding the state's transportation needs, the prospects for high-speed rail and what the expansion of the Panama Canal means for Texas ports.

Texas Department of Public Safety rules mandate that applicants for driver’s licenses or IDs prove they are in the country legally. Some immigration lawyers say that approved deferred action applicants would qualify.

Nearly a third of Texans are obese. Limited access to healthy food options is part of the problem, particularly in low-income communities. This map shows the percentage of food retailers that offer healthy options by census tract, as calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In this edition of the Weekend Insider, we talk about high-profile Houston defense lawyer Rusty Hardin and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler.

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