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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Root orients us on the governor and on the man who’d like to replace him, Rocha and Dehn on the crowds that started the current special session, Aaronson on the first round of the debate over abortion restrictions, Murphy on which Texas counties are getting older fastest, Hamilton on unnoticed tweaks to a college-aid program, Grissom reports on young murderers waiting for lawmakers to determine their fates, Aguilar peeks at a behind-the-scenes fight over the federal immigration bill and Ramshaw unveils our free e-book on “Bidness as Usual” in the Texas Legislature: The best of our best content from July 1-5, 2013.

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After Democrats scored a rare legislative victory on Gov. Rick Perry's home turf, the national spotlight is revisiting the governor of Texas. How he handles it could affect his hopes as a 2016 presidential contender.

Rather than displaying the swagger of the governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott comes off as cautious and measured. Those who know him say he is methodical, a trait that could be to his advantage in a potential race for governor.

Republican lawmakers say that no matter how many women show up to the Capitol to protest an abortion bill, they have the votes to pass it and will do so in this special session.

A day after thousands of protesters swarmed the state Capitol to oppose new restrictions on abortions in Texas, a House committee voted along party lines to approve the legislation.

Some of the state's most Republican counties are seeing sharp growth in the number of residents who are 65 and older, according to revised county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In a session largely marked by unfinished business in higher education, tweaks to the B-On-Time Loan Program are among the more noteworthy accomplishments, and could mean millions of dollars in savings for some universities.

Scottie Forcey is one of 23 convicted Texas murderers who could get the chance to be parole eligible after serving 40 years in prison as legislators work to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In the wake of a Texas congressman's resignation from the group, the remaining members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they have not endorsed a controversial border-enforcement provision of the Senate's immigration overhaul bill. 

Over the course of the 83rd legislative session, we produced more than 60 articles on ethics and transparency among the state's elected officials. We've turned the "Bidness as Usual" project into a free e-book

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