TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/25/13

Aaronson on a new front in the war over abortion, Aguilar on narco cinema, Batheja on budget riders, Galbraith and Henry of StateImpact Texas on fracking and wastewater wells, Grissom on the Norwood verdict, Hamilton on the Texas Senate vs. the UT regents, Murphy and Galbraith update their app tracking Texas reservoir levels, Ramsey on the battle of St. Augustine, Ramshaw on bipartisan support for transparency, Rocha on a state lawmaker's arrest, my sit-down with the UT and A&M system chancellors and M. Smith on the passage of sweeping education legislation: The best of our best content from March 25-29, 2013.

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A bill advancing through the state Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state.

Austin has become a growing market for Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films inspired by the cartels. The videos are popular in Austin partly because of the city's increasing population of Hispanic immigrants and Texas’ proximity to Mexico, where the movies are made.

An exit ramp so important it warrants mention in the Texas budget is just one of the many "riders" in competing spending plans proposed by the Texas House and Senate.

As the water-intensive practice of fracking continues to spread, the amount of wastewater being buried in disposal wells around Texas has skyrocketed. But the wells bring concerns about truck traffic and the possibility of groundwater contamination.

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Family members of Christine Morton and Debra Baker filled a Tom Green County courtroom with tearful hugs and relieved smiles on Wednesday after a jury found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of murder.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst indicated Wednesday that he shares the concerns of state senators who have called on the UT System regents to use the attorney general's office for an external review of the UT Law School Foundation.

Texas endured the most intense drought in recorded state history in 2011, and it has yet to bounce back. Using data collected from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.

The state's drought and the resulting need for conservation is starting to affect voters who are not usually aware of water shortages — people in the suburbs, with lush, thirsty lawns.

This session’s effort to make state government more transparent and ethical — spearheaded by some of the Legislature’s most conservative members and its most liberal ones — has attracted the strangest of bedfellows.

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, walked into the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday morning to be booked on two counts of barratry. In a statement released Monday night, he maintained his innocence.

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Full video of Evan Smith's 3/28 TribLive conversation with University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.

Debate over the balance between rigor and flexibility in high school graduation requirements dominated Tuesday’s discussion over education legislation that eventually legislators in the Texas House tentatively approved.


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