News For Friday, January 25, 2013

Tamir Kalifa

The Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

A new group may provide Texas Democrats with an answer to their long-ignored prayers for a political comeback.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

National Group Aims to Turn Texas Blue

Texas Democrats have been fighting an uphill battle against Republicans for almost two decades, but a new Washington-based group wants to invest tens of millions of dollars to turn Texas blue. 

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Jennifer Whitney

At Railroad Commission, a Push to Modernize

The Texas Railroad Commission regulates one of the most advanced industries in the world — oil and gas drilling. Yet the commission’s software systems, many of its rules and even its name are from another era. But change is coming.

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Elvis Santana

Arson Reviewers Expect Small Number of Problem Cases

The Innocence Project of Texas told the state Forensic Science Commission on Friday that its investigation of old arson convictions for possible wrongful convictions has raised serious concerns in only a handful of cases.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

Your evening reading: Republicans challenge group hoping to turn Texas blue; White House to begin immigration push next week; conservative groups come out against school security bill

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