News For Thursday, May 16, 2013

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Paul Hudson

The Brief: May 16, 2013

A day after a budget breakthrough appeared imminent, negotiations were thrown back into limbo.

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Diana Davids Hinton: The TT Interview

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin professor and expert on Texas oil history on the current fracking boom and how it compares to the great booms of the past, as well as the strange way in which the Railroad Commission came to regulate oil and gas drilling.

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Bob Daemmrich

Senator Says Innocence Commission Bill is in Trouble

Two days after an advocate for a bill establishing a commission to review wrongful convictions lashed out at a state senator who voiced opposition to the bill, the measure's Senate sponsor says he doesn't have the votes to move the legislation forward.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Perry Signs Michael Morton Act

With exoneree Michael Morton by his side, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a measure that aims to avoid wrongful convictions by preventing prosecutors from suppressing evidence.

 

 

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: May 16, 2013

Your evening reading: budget negotiations back in limbo; Perry signs Michael Morton Act; senator says Kitzman unlikely to win confirmation

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Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

Cause of West Explosion Remains Unclear

The cause of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people on April 17 has been ruled “undetermined,” officials announced at a press conference in the town's high school parking lot on Thursday.

 

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