The Brief: Texas Political News for Aug. 8, 2013

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.

With the third special legislative session complete, some lawmakers are already beefing up for the political battles that lie ahead in the 2014 election cycle.

Keeping Old Oil Wells from Leaking

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Roughnecks repair a leaking oil well near downtown Kilgore.
Roughnecks repair a leaking oil well near downtown Kilgore.

When it comes to drilling deep into Texas to bring up oil and natural gas, things can go wrong. Sometimes wells, especially old ones, leak. 

AG Endorsements Underscore House Republicans' Split

A packed Texas House gallery, filled mostly with the pro-choice group "Stand with Texas Women," cheer during a speech by Rep. Jessica Farrar D-Houston on June 23rd, 2013
A packed Texas House gallery, filled mostly with the pro-choice group "Stand with Texas Women," cheer during a speech by Rep. Jessica Farrar D-Houston on June 23rd, 2013

The notion that Texas Republicans make up two of the three parties in the Texas House is underscored by the latest round of endorsements in the race for the party's nomination to be the next attorney general.

A New Perry vs. Doggett Education Fight?

Pre-kindergarten students at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.
Pre-kindergarten students at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.
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Under a major new Obama administration initiative promoting early education, Texas is eligible for $308 million in federal money to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs. But the money might never get here. 

The Brief: Top Texas News for Aug. 7, 2013

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to zero out state financing for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, the prosecutorial team will live on.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Aug. 6, 2013

Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.
Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.

Your evening reading: A new twist in the tension between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas System; new restriction on proxy marriages; a successful heart surgery for a former president

UT-Austin Cancels Regent's Records Requests

Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.
Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin's custodian of records informed the University of Texas System on Monday that all pending records requests from embattled Regent Wallace Hall are considered "cancelled, effective immediately."

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