News For November, 2012

Ali Durkin, Medill News Service

The Brief: Nov. 1, 2012

Less than a week before Election Day, a money mystery in Missouri's U.S. Senate race may lead back to Texas. 

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Visualization: Executions on Perry's Watch at 250

The execution of Donnie Lee Roberts Jr., 41, on Wednesday for the 2003 shooting death of a Polk County woman marked the 250th execution during Gov. Rick Perry’s tenure, and the 12th in 2012. The total is the largest — by far — under any recent governor in the United States. 

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Carl Guderian

Oversight Committee Again Targets TWIA Costs

While coastal residents told lawmakers that increasing policy rates are harming the coastal economy, state lawmakers grilled windstorm insurance administrators over money spent on consultants at a legislative hearing Thursday.

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The Evening Brief: Nov. 1, 2012

Your evening reading: another volley in international election observers controversy; state executes 250th inmate under Perry's watch; Post editorial compares Abbott to "post-Soviet autocrat"

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

The Brief: Nov. 2, 2012

As early voting wraps up and Election Day approaches, new revelations about the state's attempted dead-voter purge have surfaced.

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Jennifer Whitney

Schools Turning to Technology to Monitor Students

To track attendance and avoid losing state funding, some school districts have begun electronically monitoring students' whereabouts. Two San Antonio schools have added electronic chips to student ID cards, while some in Austin have issued students phones with GPS systems.

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