News For September, 2012

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson on the state's controversial insurance commissioner, Aguilar on a headline-making voter ID ruling, Batheja on fears of a U.N. takeover, Galbraith on solar power's potential, Hamilton on a university president's plans for his incentive pay, Murphy treemaps Texas Super PAC contributors, Ramsey reads the David Dewhurst tea leaves, Root on Ted Cruz's star turn at the GOP convention and M. Smith on the fierce demographic urgency of now: The best of our best content from August 27-31, 2012.

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Bob Daemmrich

UT System's "Framework" Draws Praise, Questions

After one year, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board Chairman Gene Powell are proud of the progress they've made on their "Framework for Advancing Excellence," even as others begin to question it.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Becca Aaronson

Food Banks Worry About Potential Cuts to Food Stamps Program

An overhaul of the country’s nutrition and farm program is stalled in Congress. A major piece of that program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. And local food banks are worried about proposed cuts to the program.  

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Bob Daemmrich

Bastrop Park's Planting Campaign Puts Emphasis on Seed Banking

The Texas Forest Service wants to plant 4 million loblolly pine seedlings in Bastrop State Park over the next few years, to help restore the forest after last year's fires. But stored seedlings were almost thrown out ahead of the fires.

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Graphic by Callie Richmond / Becca Aaronson / Todd Wiseman

Interactive: Uninsured Texans by County

More than a quarter of all Texans younger than 65 were uninsured in 2010, the highest rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This interactive map shows the percent of Texans in each county who lacked health insurance.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

The Brief: Sept. 4, 2012

With Julián Castro just hours away from making his national debut, some Texas Democrats say their comeback begins tonight.

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U.S., Mexican Leaders Say the Old PRI is Gone

The return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is unlikely to be accompanied by the corruption that used to plague the party, say Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Sept. 4, 2012

Your evening reading: hype surrounding Castro's speech continues to build; Women's Health Program hearing draws impassioned testimony; Parker, Van de Putte address Texas delegates in Charlotte

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