Several Texas lawmakers sent a strong message to the University of Texas System regents about their plan to pay for an external review of old compensation practices at their flagship university. It's summed up in the pop hit that leads off our Saturday playlist based on the week's news: Sister Hazel's "Change Your Mind."
The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even if you don't or can't do that, you can still follow along. Here are this week's other selections:
The House spent 10 hours debating major changes to the state's standardized testing and high school graduation requirements, prompting us to add the Tom Paxton song "What Did You Learn In School Today?" From the Trib's Julián Aguilar, we learned about how Austin has become a growing market for hastily made films inspired by Mexican drug cartels. That, in turn, inspired the inlcusion of Okkervil River's "Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe."
Marina and the Diamonds' "Guilty" is on the list because a jury found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of the 1986 murder of Christine Morton — a crime for which her husband, Michael Morton, wrongly spent 25 years in prison. It's followed by Eddie Money's "Gimme Some Water," in honor of the House passing a bill that would use $2 billion to start funding water projects in the state.
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Texas' unemployment rate went up slightly in February, so we have The Silhouettes singing "Get a Job." We nod to Audrey White's report on people using the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy healthy food at farmers markets with John Denver's "Homegrown Tomatoes."
Gov. Rick Perry plans to use state money to temporarily fund air traffic control towers at 13 Texas airports that are slated to close due to federal budget cuts. Hopefully this will stave off any situations of the sort described by Jimmy Buffet in "No Plane on Sunday." In other transportation news, lawmakers heard concerns relating to the proliferation of toll roads in the state, which we reference with the Magnetic Fields' "When The Open Road is Closing In."
Finally, we celebrate the launch of the Trib's newest newsletter, "In The Flow," with a Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers song of the same name.
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