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The best of our best content from Sept. 1-5, 2014.

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As Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reaches for one of the most powerful jobs in Texas, the blurred lines between her private work and public role are giving rise to familiar questions in a part-time Legislature.

In his first in-depth interview on environmental policy, land commissioner hopeful George P. Bush's views on global warming and renewable energy set him apart from the Tea Party conservatives he has aligned himself with.

Full video of our TribLive conversation with University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, whose actions are set to be reviewed by a criminal grand jury.

Texas abortion providers’ next hurdle in their legal fight against strict abortion regulations is set for next week in a hearing scheduled for federal court.

Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, a Democrat, was sentenced to prison in July for taking money from a drug trafficker. But analysts say it's unlikely that the case will lead to a Republican taking the reins as sheriff after the next election.

The comptroller's office recently researched the accuracy of its two-year revenue estimates going back 40 years and five comptrollers. Comptroller Susan Combs' 2011 forecast has become an issue in this year's race to replace her.

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more chances to earn four-year degrees at community colleges in Texas.

In a trial that's expected to last two weeks, plaintiff's lawyers are arguing that Texas' voter ID law is designed to neutralize the voting power of Texas’ growing minority population. But lawyers with the AG's office say that the law is focused on stamping out fraud.

A tainted water well in North Texas has already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in the Texas Supreme Court.

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