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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

The best of our best content from Dec. 22-26, 2014.

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The news crews have drifted away, and the national spotlight has turned elsewhere. But Central American immigrants continue to cross illegally into Texas, and their numbers seem to be growing again. 

In a year in which the governor got indicted, candidates duked it out in races for every statewide political office and Ebola came to Dallas, there were plenty of contenders for this list. But we’ve done our best to collect the most noteworthy quotes of 2014.

This week in the Roundup: The fate of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban is in question, as is the state’s budget as oil prices continue to tumble. Meanwhile, South Texas counties plan to lobby lawmakers to allow them to negotiate mineral rights leases.

Despite its critical acclaim, the new movie Selma, which depicts the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson, is getting pushback from some in Johnson's home state.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission chief Kyle Janek said Tuesday he was misled in briefings on a no-bid, $110 million deal handed to an Austin company for unproven software to detect Medicaid fraud.

John Barton, a veteran budget writer for the state of Texas, will spend the next few years in Mongolia, living in one of the most remote corners of the world and advising the country on its finances. 

A small but fast-growing number of Texans are joining health care sharing ministries, religious alternatives to federally mandated insurance in which members pool monthly payments to help cover one another’s medical expenses.

For those infatuated with Texas government and politics, 2014 was a blockbuster year. Hear it directly from the source: Here are our reporters' favorite stories of the year. 

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