Join us for coffee and conversation with Todd Staples, the agriculture commissioner of Texas and a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014 on Halloween - 10/31. 

Details and RSVP: http://trib.it/17NBAdH

Join us for coffee and conversation with Todd Staples, the agriculture commissioner of Texas and a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014 on Halloween - 10/31.

Details and RSVP: http://trib.it/17NBAdH

M. Smith on wasted private tutoring efforts, Satija on government protection for the lesser prairie chicken, Root finds a new nest of Democratic trial lawyers, Malewitz finds a border skirmish featuring mollusks, Hamilton with the latest on politics at the University of Texas, Batheja on the link between vehicle traffic and bond ratings, Aguilar finds some promise in a juvenile justice program in Eagle Pass, Aaronson covers the court fight over new abortion regulations: Ross Ramsey with the best of our best for the week of October 21 to 25, 2013.

http://trib.it/1d7iHrt

M. Smith on wasted private tutoring efforts, Satija on government protection for the lesser prairie chicken, Root finds a new nest of Democratic trial lawyers, Malewitz finds a border skirmish featuring mollusks, Hamilton with the latest on politics at the University of Texas, Batheja on the link between vehicle traffic and bond ratings, Aguilar finds some promise in a juvenile justice program in Eagle Pass, Aaronson covers the court fight over new abortion regulations: Ross Ramsey with the best of our best for the week of October 21 to 25, 2013.

http://trib.it/1d7iHrt

Texas regulators signaled Friday that they would pursue a major overhaul of the wholesale electricity market in hopes of ensuring the long-term reliability of the state’s electric grid.

At a meeting that turned testy, the Public Utility Commission voted 2-1 to mandate an electrical  “reserve margin,” which is backup capacity that grid operators could tap if consumption in power-thirsty Texas soars above expectations. 

Jim Malewitz reports:

Texas regulators signaled Friday that they would pursue a major overhaul of the wholesale electricity market in hopes of ensuring the long-term reliability of the state’s electric grid.

At a meeting that turned testy, the Public Utility Commission voted 2-1 to mandate an electrical “reserve margin,” which is backup capacity that grid operators could tap if consumption in power-thirsty Texas soars above expectations.

Jim Malewitz reports:

At the Trib’s October 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

VIDEO: http://trib.it/18gSW2G

At the Trib’s October 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

VIDEO: http://trib.it/18gSW2G

Percent-for-art policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions. The art provides more than just aesthetic beauty to the campus, leaders say. It also helps faculty and students understand art history.

Reeve Hamilton reports: http://trib.it/H58Ve7

Percent-for-art policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions. The art provides more than just aesthetic beauty to the campus, leaders say. It also helps faculty and students understand art history.

Reeve Hamilton reports: http://trib.it/H58Ve7

On October 22, Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.

On October 22, Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.

Candidates haven’t officially put their names on the ballot for the 2014 elections, but the first contest — the one for resources needed to win an election — is already claiming victims. It’s hard to raise money when there are so many open seats and so many ambitious people running for office.

Ross Ramsey: http://trib.it/17Msizl

Candidates haven’t officially put their names on the ballot for the 2014 elections, but the first contest — the one for resources needed to win an election — is already claiming victims. It’s hard to raise money when there are so many open seats and so many ambitious people running for office.

Ross Ramsey: http://trib.it/17Msizl

Whoever wins the House District 50 special election in Travis County next month will have to start campaigning all over again for the March primary. But the victor will enter the race next year with a key advantage: four months of incumbency.

KUT News’ Ben Philpott reports: http://trib.it/1dlbdDG

Whoever wins the House District 50 special election in Travis County next month will have to start campaigning all over again for the March primary. But the victor will enter the race next year with a key advantage: four months of incumbency.

KUT News’ Ben Philpott reports: http://trib.it/1dlbdDG

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put its stamp of approval on a plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development — especially oil and gas drilling — in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Neena Satija reports: http://trib.it/1fVXJ2r

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put its stamp of approval on a plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development — especially oil and gas drilling — in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Neena Satija reports: http://trib.it/1fVXJ2r

WASHINGTON — Failures in the foster care system put children in Texas and across the nation at greater risk of falling into the sex trade, activists and lawmakers asserted Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The Medill News Service’s Bryan Lowry reports: http://trib.it/18d3yQ0

WASHINGTON — Failures in the foster care system put children in Texas and across the nation at greater risk of falling into the sex trade, activists and lawmakers asserted Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The Medill News Service’s Bryan Lowry reports: http://trib.it/18d3yQ0

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