TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson on Medicaid fraud, Aguilar on critics of a federal immigration reform bill, Batheja on Rick Perry and the Rainy Day Fund, Galbraith on a nuclear reactor's return, Hamilton on campus carry, Hooks on free breakfasts for poor students, Murphy and Rocha interactively track gun legislation, Ramsey on Texas prosecutors, Root on the oil lobby's lizard, my school finance sit-down with four public ed vets, M. Smith on the A-F school ratings plan and White on Galveston five years after Ike: The best of our best content from April 22-26, 2013.

 
In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.
In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.

Perry Willing to Call Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry is warning state legislators that it could be a long, hot summer in Austin if they don’t pass his top priorities: funding water and transportation projects and cutting business taxes. 

Perry Willing to Call Special Session

In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.
In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.

Gov. Rick Perry is warning state legislators that it could be a long, hot summer in Austin if they don’t pass his top priorities: funding water and transportation projects and cutting business taxes. 


 

The Evening Brief: April 26, 2013

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.

Your evening reading: House OKs budget bill after wide-ranging debate; Castro, Wolfowitz pen op-ed in support of gay marriage; lawyers defend Lehmberg

Cash for Road Repair in Shale Areas Proves Elusive

A road in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas. The natural gas drilling boom is straining the region's rural roads. More than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.
A road in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas. The natural gas drilling boom is straining the region's rural roads. More than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.

Efforts by state lawmakers to find money to repair South and West Texas roads torn up amid a drilling boom appear to be stalling, according to some officials working on the matter. Officials warn about the hazards of not maintaining these roads.

Galveston Still Healing 5 Years After Hurricane Ike

A new area of UTMB being built to higher standards in Galveston Monday, April 22, 2013.
A new area of UTMB being built to higher standards in Galveston Monday, April 22, 2013.

Hurricane Ike rammed into the Texas coast in 2008, causing more than $50 billion in damage. Nowhere was the impact more evident than Galveston. The city still faces challenges related to Ike, but many leaders are optimistic about rebuilding efforts.

Texas Prosecutors No Longer Unassailable

Ken Anderson, John Bradley and Rosemary Lehmberg.
Ken Anderson, John Bradley and Rosemary Lehmberg.

One of the most exalted elected positions in Texas politics — that of the law-and-order district attorney — doesn't come with as much job security as it used to. District attorneys in some of the state's biggest counties are fighting for their jobs. 

Janek Awaits Direction From Lege on Medicaid Expansion

Evan Smith speaks with Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, during a Symposium on Health Care on April 25, 2013.
Evan Smith speaks with Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, during a Symposium on Health Care on April 25, 2013.

Texas’ executive health commissioner, Kyle Janek, said Thursday that negotiations between the federal government and the Health and Human Services Commission on whether to expand Medicaid are at a standstill because he's waiting on the Legislature.