Ali Durkin, Medill News Service

The Evening Brief: Nov. 30, 2012

Your evening reading: Cornyn calls White House proposal to unilaterally raise debt ceiling "crazy"; congressional Republicans clashing over approach to immigration reform; education commissioner to delay 15 percent rule

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Michael Stravato

80-Year-Old WGU Texas Grad Keeps His Promise

Robert Titus had told his mom that he would get a college degree. But service in the U.S. Navy and a long sales career derailed that pledge for years. But Titus, 80, is now the proud owner of a degree from WGU Texas, an online university.

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Todd Wiseman

The Evening Brief: Nov. 29, 2012

Your evening reading: Dewhurst proposes taking $1 billion from Rainy Day Fund for water projects; Perry voices support for letting districts decide on 15 percent rule; ethics commission backs off plan to add investigative powers

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Little Hope for Overhaul as Fund Nears $1 Billion

Cost-cutting and fiscal transparency will likely dominate the upcoming legislative session, but lawmakers don't have high hopes for reforming the System Benefit Fund, a pot of $850 million not being used for its intended purposes.

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Gage Skidmore

The Evening Brief: Nov. 28, 2012

Your evening reading: Norquist says Perry could be viable 2016 candidate; Abbott moves to seize polygamist ranch; panel says Reyes may have violated ethics rules

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Lawmakers Hear Concerns Over Rural Water Rate Hikes

Some Texans in rural areas face double- or even triple-digit rate increases from private water providers. On Wednesday they urged the Senate Committee on Natural Resources to address the problem, and lawmakers seemed receptive.

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