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The best of our best content from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, 2014.

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Republican Greg Abbott holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the race for governor of Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz leads a hypothetical race for the GOP presidential nomination among Texas voters, but Gov. Rick Perry has closed the gap. Among Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is far ahead of everyone else.

Attendees at the first public meeting on a proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston told federal officials they're for the project — so long as the stations are conveniently located downtown.

Eva Longoria, the actor, political activist and Corpus Christi native, was interviewed at the Women in the World Texas summit in San Antonio on her efforts to mobilize Hispanic voters, Texas' voter ID law and the impact of groups like Battleground Texas.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's former adviser Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of funds contributed to a federal candidate.

A steep drop in crude oil prices threatens to slow drilling in some U.S. oilfields, but officials in Texas' hottest shale plays say they're not worried. 

Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas leaders are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not use its own power to restrict travel and limit possible spread of the deadly virus.

Most scientists believe less ozone pollution in the air Americans breathe would make people healthier. Texas' environmental regulators disagree.

Full video of our TribLive conversation with state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, and state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

In a month, the State Board of Education will take a final vote on the social studies textbooks that will be used in the state's public schools for the next eight years. 

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