Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance announced on Thursday that he plans to retire in 2014 after more than seven years on the job — so we begin our weekly news-inspired playlist with "Lubbock or Leave it," by the Dixie Chicks.
The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are this week's other selections:
Republicans running for Texas lieutenant governor are arguing over who has mounted the strongest opposition to the Texas DREAM Act, a 2001 law that gives in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants, so our next song is "Dream Police," by Cheap Trick. We also have "Lies," by The Black Keys, because one candidate, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, has accused another, state Rep. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, of "lying" about where his opponents stand on the issue.
Next up is Waylon Jennings' "Big Ball in Cowtown," a reference to the news that Battleground Texas is relocating key staffers to Fort Worth. It's followed by Guy Clark's "That Old Time Feeling," for Tribune reporter Corrie MacLaggan's story about descendants of Wendish immigrants striving to maintain their culture, customs and heritage.
We learned this week that getting school districts to recognize a student's dyslexia can sometimes prove challenging, so we have "Dyslexic Heart," by Paul Westerberg. Meanwhile, the Trib's Morgan Smith reported on a troubled tutoring program in Texas, so we added "Bad Education," by Tilly and the Wall.
"Stop the Bus," by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, was included in light of a surprise decision by Megabus to cancel its rural routes. This week, lawmakers considered giving the Texas Department of Transportation extra money for damaged roads, so we have "Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts.
Finally, because of a legal battle over whether the state is responsible for protecting the atmosphere, we close with "The Air I Breathe," by The Hollies.