TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/26/13

Aguilar finds a marriage divided by a river, Batheja on plans for new gravel roads, Grissom on the latest disputes in the Hank Skinner case, Hamilton follows UT’s top regent into the fray, MacLaggan peers into the digital divide, Murphy maps the levels in Texas’ shrunken lakes, Philpott finds Democrats waiting for Wendy, Root reports that the wait will be a little bit longer, Rocha on John Cornyn and federal health care, Satija finds greener grass that could save water and M. Smith on the growth of cyber schools in Texas: The best of our best for the week of Aug. 26 to 30, 2013.

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Lawmakers approved measures in the 83rd legislative session that will affect Texans' medical care. Use this interactive to take a look at 31 ways those new laws will change Texas health policy.

A Mexican woman who falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen nearly a decade ago is barred from ever entering this country, despite her marriage on Tuesday to an American living in El Paso. It's a rule one Texas congressman hopes to change. 

During a meeting where local and state officials accused the agency of poor communication, Texas Department of Transportation officials confirmed plans Thursday to delay converting more asphalt roads to gravel.

Lawyers for Hank Skinner say new DNA tests show someone else likely committed the crime for which he was convicted and sentenced to death. But state prosecutors argue the tests show even more links between Skinner and the three victims.

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After one week on the job as chairman of the embattled University of Texas System Board of Regents, Paul Foster says that he hopes to build consensus and avoid being "dragged into the fray."

Broadband internet is available to the vast majority of Texans, but many choose not to subscribe, often because they're not convinced it will enhance their lives.

Lake Travis' water level sits at 622 feet above sea level, only eight feet above the record low set in 1951. Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.

Democratic activists aren’t the only ones waiting for state Sen. Wendy Davis to reveal whether she's running for governor. So are potential statewide Democratic candidates.

Texans will have to wait a little longer to find out if Wendy Davis will run for governor. The state senator said Wednesday she is postponing her decision until late September while she cares for her ailing father.

Speaking in front of the Texas Capitol this week, members of ForAmerica and the Tea Party asked U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to sign a resolution that funds the federal government, except the Affordable Care Act.

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Building the reservoirs and pipelines to keep up with the Dallas-Fort Worth region's surging population growth will cost billions of dollars. But environmentalists say conservation must come first.

The number of full-time cyber schools serving public school students will double in the upcoming year despite a history of lackluster performance and a new law limiting how many online courses students can take at the state’s expense.

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