TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/28/14
by ROSS RAMSEY, The Texas Tribune
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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/28/14







While dental providers accused of overbilling Texas' Medicaid program by hundreds of millions of dollars remain in legal limbo, the contractor that approved the procedures is still being paid more than $100 million annually by the state. Health officials have repeatedly raised concerns with a state contractor for its role in opening the door to a massive Medicaid fraud scheme, they have not severed its multiyear contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

A hearing on Thursday examining whether some nonprofits engaged in political activity should have to reveal their donors drew sharp comments from activists as well as input from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Two Texas universities are on a federal list of higher education institutions currently under investigation for possible violations of federal law in their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is storing dozens of vials of the drug used in Tuesday’s botched execution in Oklahoma, raising concerns about the state’s secretive lethal injection process.

Several Texas politicians have helped draw national attention to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to manage a stretch of Red River land. Area lawmakers who have been working this year on a resolution welcome the extra attention. After a presentation in Clay County on Red River land that's the subject of a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Texas officials and lawmakers sought to reassure Texans who have managed some of the land for decades.

This week, the lesser prairie chicken will officially be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act — a designation likely to affect economic development, including oil and gas drilling, in the Panhandle and West Texas.

The first round of the GOP fight for attorney general resembled most of the Republican primary battles this year. But in the runoff, allegations that one candidate broke the law may have shifted the dynamics of the race.

Seven teachers, backed by the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers, are suing the Houston school district over a new approach tying standardized test results to pay and employment decisions.

Texas enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace more than doubled in the month leading up to the deadline, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As he ponders whether to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his faith by getting baptized in the spring waters once used to wash the sins off Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas.









This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/03/tribweek-top-texas-news-week-42814/.

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