News For Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

The Brief: Dec. 5, 2012

Intrigue over a former Texas politician's high-profile parting with a major Tea Party group continues to build.

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Dave Fehling NPR StateImpact / KUHF Houston Public Radio

Methane Gas May Go to Waste in Texas

Methane, a byproduct of landfill waste, can be used to generate electricity or power industrial equipment. But in Texas, future methane-capturing landfill projects may be at risk. 

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Marco Sparmberg

Bill Would Require Police to Record Interrogations

Advocates for a bill requiring police to record interrogations argue it could prevent innocent people from confessing to crimes they didn't commit. Some in law enforcement worry the requirement would make it harder to try cases.

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TribuneFest: A Conversation with Loftin and Sharp

At the Trib's November 29 symposium on higher education at Texas A&M University, I talked about the cost of a college degree, the pursuit of academic excellence and, of course, SEC football with A&M's president, R. Bowen Loftin, and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp.

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Ben Philpott

The Evening Brief: Dec. 5, 2012

Your evening reading: Perry talks tort reform, stem cells in New York; Armey says he had "serious concerns" about FreedomWorks leadership; Cornyn to leave Armed Services Committee

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