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Reeve Hamilton covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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TribCast: 2012 Year-End Spectacular

In this very special episode, a varied cast of TribCasters revisit the highlights and lowlights of Texas politics in 2012. As a holiday bonus, we've included the previously unaired recording of this year's biggest TribCast blooper.

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Year in Review: Education

For public education in Texas, 2012 was the year of accountability. At the state's universities, the competition for dollars to boost research and status heated up. Here's a look back at the year's biggest stories about public and higher education.

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Texas Tech, Professor in Standoff Over Tenure

Texas Tech University professor James Wetherbe has filed a federal suit against the university, claiming that administrators there have stifled his career advancement because he publicly opposes tenure.

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At the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Mary Fredrickson, left, an art conservator, discusses restoration work she's doing with Laura Huckaby, the museum's collections manager. Robert W. Hart

Considering the Arts for Their Economic Benefits

An aggressive effort is afoot to reframe the Texas Commission on the Arts as an engine for economic development and to give Texas’ designated cultural districts access to existing state incentive funds.

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University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011. Bob Daemmrich

UT System Planning New Rio Grande Valley University

At Thursday's meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced a major plan to consolidate its existing institutions in the Rio Grande Valley to create a new university.

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UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011. Bob Daemmrich

UT System Tackles Issue of Growing Student Debt

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday will take on the issue of rising student loan debt, discussing the recommendations of a task force on ways to help students reduce and manage their burden.

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Robert Titus tries on his graduation cap with the help of his wife, Jennifer, in his Houston home on Nov. 26, 2012. Titus recently earned an online degree in marketing managment from WGU Texas. Michael Stravato

80-Year-Old WGU Texas Grad Keeps His Promise

Robert Titus had told his mom that he would get a college degree. But service in the U.S. Navy and a long sales career derailed that pledge for years. But Titus, 80, is now the proud owner of a degree from WGU Texas, an online university.

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