Year in Review 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the most important Texas stories of the year gone by.

Year in Review: Higher Education

In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.

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 Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribYear: The Top Texas News From 2013

A sampling of our coverage in 2013, from our Bidness as Usual series to filibusters and fauxlibusters, water fights to death row, health care to politics, and a month full of ways the Texas Legislature changed our civic life.

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Year in Review: Criminal Justice

Fallout from the high-profile Michael Morton exoneration along with more prison closures and growing concerns about the mentally ill in Texas prisons dominated criminal justice headlines in 2013.

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Year in Review: Public Education

A new direction for standardized testing, expansion for charter schools, No Child Left Behind jettisoned and the aftermath of a cheating scandal: 2013 was a significant year for Texas public education policy.

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Year in Review: Energy

Oil and gas production, pipelines, the Railroad Commission and questions about Texas’ energy grid all grabbed headlines in 2013.

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Year in Review: Environment

The drought dominated environmental headlines in Texas this year, along with rising concerns about the consequences of fracking and, as always, growing disputes between Texas and the feds.

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