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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aguilar on the politics of an immigration study, Batheja on damaged roads and gravel and state funding, Grissom reports on the state’s refusal to return execution drugs to the pharmacist who sold them, Hamilton explores public perception and the University of Houston, MacLaggan on efforts to maintain the Wendish culture in Texas, Murphy explores the money behind a water initiative, Root on an issue that divides two groups Republicans want to please, Satija on a lawsuit filed by children and an odd appeal, and M. Smith on lucrative tutoring that hasn’t helped students: The best of our best for the week of Oct. 7-11, 2013.

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The state of Texas last performed a study on the economic impact of undocumented immigrants in 2006. The majority of the candidates running for comptroller in 2014 say it's time for that analysis to get an update.

State lawmakers are expected to give the Texas Department of Transportation an extra $250 million for work in counties affected by the drilling boom, but that likely won't stop some paved roads from being converted to gravel.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said that they will not heed a request to return a supply of execution drugs from the pharmacist who sent them to the state.

For University of Houston President Renu Khator, the biggest challenge in her ongoing effort to raise the institution's reputation may be the public perception that it is merely a commuter campus in the middle of a dangerous urban area.

More than 150 years after about 500 Wendish people came to Texas on a ship called the Ben Nevis, descendants of those immigrants and of others are striving to maintain their culture, customs and heritage.

Well over half of the money raised so far by the Water Texas PAC came from heavy contractors, Dow Chemical Co. and Energy Future Holdings/Luminant. Use our analyzer to take a closer look at the donors.

Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.

While other Republicans make noise about repealing the law that lets young undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates, the front-running GOP candidate for governor has been silent on the issue. Aides say he wants to reform the law — not repeal it.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is appealing a lawsuit that it has already won — and that was filed by children. Environmental advocates say the case is a waste of state resources. 

A Texas Tribune investigation of a No Child Left Behind tutoring program has uncovered years of inaction by state officials while money flowed to tutoring companies, delivering few academic results.

After hundreds of millions in federal dollars were spent on No Child Left Behind tutoring in Texas, it is difficult to find anyone willing to call the program an unqualified success. And there is disagreement on why the program didn't meet expectations.

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