The Evening Brief: Jan. 24, 2013

Your evening reading: state tax-break bill targets federal contraception rule; national Democrats launch Texas initiative; Texas Republicans rebuke Clinton over Benghazi testimony 

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Caleb Bryant Miller

Bill Would Count Prisoners Differently in Redistricting

Resuscitating the 2011 redistricting battle, two lawmakers have filed bills requiring the state to count prisoners at their last home address rather than where they are incarcerated. They say it cheats urban districts out of representatives.

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Jonathan Brown

State Water Plan Slowly Coming Into Focus

Major water infrastructure projects have languished in Texas for years. But a new sense of urgency has spurred lawmakers this year to take a serious look at a multibillion-dollar plan that could help secure water for the state for 50 years.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Ryan Murphy

Interactive: Jobs Numbers by County, 2000-2012

Texas finished 2012 with an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, a significant improvement from two years ago, but still a long way away from the 4.6 percent unemployment in 2000. Explore the numbers all the way back to 2000 with this interactive.

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Khampha Bouaphanh

The Brief: Jan. 24, 2013

The 2013 legislative session may have just begun, but for half of the state Senate, the 2014 election season started Wednesday.

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