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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

The best of our best content from March 23 to 27, 2015.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday in a speech heavy on faith and hard on President Obama, making him the first major-party candidate to formally jump into the race. 

Check out Texas Tribune political reporter Jay Root's one-on-one interview in New York City with Cruz.

Then, Root took a trip through New York City's Times Square to ask folks what they thought about Cruz; the answers might surprise you.

A political nobody just three years ago, Cruz has become a national figure — and one who is often misunderstood.

FBI agents have interviewed Texas Health and Human Services Commission employees about the agency's problematic contract with Austin firm 21CT, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said this week, the first time any official with direct knowledge of the FBI's involvement has confirmed it. 

Here's full video of our 3/26 conversation with Clay Johnston, dean of the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School.

Take a look back at Blood Lessons, a Texas Tribune/Houston Chronicle investigation into whether the nation’s oil refineries learned the lessons of the deadly explosion at BP’s Texas City plant in 2005. 

Three Texas counties and four metropolitan areas ranked among the rapidly growing areas in the country, according to population estimates released by the Census Bureau.

The Texas Senate approved Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s multibillion-dollar tax relief package to cut property and business margins taxes, tossing the ball into the House's court. 

Here's a breakdown of House Bills 1-20 and Senate Bills 1-20, providing a window into where House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are placing their priorities for the 84th legislative session.

With a plan that would add $3 billion to the state's public education budget, the Texas House has decided to take on school finance reform this legislative session.

The House Appropriations Committee backed a $209.8 billion two-year budget that would leave $8.4 billion on the table, along with billions more in the state’s savings account. The budget plan now goes to the full House.

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