TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/17/13

M. Smith on the latest delay in school finance litigation, Root on mounting speculation about the future of Rick Perry, Dehn and Rocha with a field report on the Texas drought, KUT’s Philpott on budget worries for the state’s top corruption prosecutor, Galbraith and Murphy map the status of state reservoirs, Hamilton and Batheja track efforts to unseat a University of Texas regent, Aguilar on the progress of federal immigration reforms, Aaronson reports on the special session debate over abortion in Texas: The best of our best for the week of June 17 to 21, 2012.

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

After hearing brief arguments on whether to reopen evidence in the school finance case because of laws passed during the legislative session, state district court Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial will begin in January.

It's virtually impossible to predict what Rick Perry will do, but speculation is mounting that he won't run for re-election. The chatter is on the upswing now that the governor has said he will make his intentions known before July 1.

This month, the sole public water well in Barnhart went dry for nearly three days. Residents in the Permian Basin community say that the area's thriving fracking industry is important but that a proper balance must be struck.

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: What's next for the state's only political corruption investigation unit, whose funding Gov. Rick Perry has eliminated.

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

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the House's chief budget writer and a longstanding critic of the University of Texas System regents, is attempting to launch impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.

As stakeholders focus on the U.S. Senate during the debate on comprehensive immigration reform, the lower chamber has begun marking up a measure that would expand immigration enforcement powers to local law enforcement.

After abruptly ending hours of public testimony that went into the wee hours of Friday morning, the House State Affairs Committee reconvened on Friday and quietly approved House Bill 60 and its companion Senate Bill 5 — omnibus legislation restricting abortion legislation.

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