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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

The best of our best for the week of Nov. 4-8, 2013.

The best of our best for the week of Nov. 4-8, 2013.

From the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll:

• Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has a single-digit lead over Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in the 2014 race for governor.

• After his part in the federal government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is still very popular with Texas Republicans and remains their top pick in the 2016 presidential pack.

• Texans are wary of granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as part of a comprehensive reform package, but they're willing to consider it if certain conditions are met.

• Texas voters from across the political spectrum like many parts of the Affordable Care Act, but they don't like that law in its entirety.

• Texans show little faith in big institutions when it comes to privacy rights.

Two new charter school operators have come to Texas promising a collegiate atmosphere. But along with their academic goals come extra fees for parents and a record of serving disproportionately affluent and white students.

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, a 2014 candidate for comptroller, explained his 83rd session vote against the state budget and how he'd make the biennial revenue estimate more accurate.

A federal judge has granted Comptroller Susan Combs the day in court she asked for to address what she calls Texas' balance between environmental protection and economic growth. 

Use our interactive map to check out the correlation between the success of the water ballot measure and the severity of drought conditions around the state. 

Tom Pauken is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to it is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.

Marni Evans and her fiance, John Lockhart, had to delay a scheduled abortion after a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to implement strict new regulations on the procedure.

As state and local leaders consider what to do about the most congested segment of road in Texas, Interstate 35 through central Austin, the possibility of swapping the interstate with a nearby toll road remains a possibility.

A member of the "DREAM 34" — a group that marched to the Laredo port of entry to criticize U.S. immigration policies and to seek political asylum — is facing deportation. He says his actions were the right thing to do.

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