The University of Texas System's newest institution now has a name. The board of regents unanimously decided Thursday that it will be called the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Texas veterans sleep in a dumpster and ask for donations for homeless vets.
Fire erupts at Houston gas station after accident causes car to slam into pump.
Texas woman nearly killed when power pole falls and crashes through her car window.
After years of speculation, Bill Powers' future as president of the University of Texas at Austin may finally be put to a vote by the UT System's Board of Regents on Thursday. His supporters are warily hoping for a vote of confidence.
Republican candidates in Texas have figured out how to talk about immigration without stepping on political land mines: They talk about border security instead.
As Texas continues to rebuild the state’s network of family planning providers, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, sees the potential for the state to further expand women’s health services.
On the first day of the trial to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, the judge told prosecutors to explain how their witnesses' testimony could prove that Lehmberg was a future threat to the public.
State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, is the subject of an ethics complaint alleging that he failed to disclose certain companies in his personal financial statement, as required. Carona calls the complaint a "stunt" by his primary opponent and says it has no merit.
Earlier this year, Texas legislators passed a law reducing standardized testing and changing graduation requirements. The changes don’t go fully into effect until next year, but a 90 percent attendance requirement was immediately implemented.
University students gather to remember Texas college student shot and killed by campus police.
Texas man begins cross country journey carrying huge cross in all 50 states.
The Texas House has four Kings, three members named Davis, three Turners and two each named Gonzalez, Rodriguez and Thompson. But it's the two who share the name Sheffield who could face some voter confusion.
Efforts to ban double dipping by longtime politicians went nowhere in the last legislative session. That could change now that the two leading candidates for governor have expressed support for banning the controversial practice.
A look at the ripple effect of the weather on Houston's Hobby Airport.
A Travis County grand jury has indicted a former high-ranking official at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on charges that he unlawfully secured the execution of an $11 million grant.
The Pecos River, in remote West Texas, has avoided some of the challenges that increased development has brought to many of the state’s other waterways. But it has not been spared from a less direct threat: the ecological changes brought by the manmade lakes bookending its passage through the state.
Two Republican Dallas legislators — one state, one federal — each face conservative challengers in the coming primary elections. Their districts overlap, and so do their risks that anti-establishment voters might come knocking.
State Sen. Wendy Davis has joined a chorus of lawmakers who are urging the Public Utility Commission of Texas to put the brakes on efforts to transform the state’s wholesale electricity market.
University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's appearance before the legislative committee that is considering recommending his impeachment remains up in the air following an exchange between lawyers on Thursday.
New $24 million Customs and Border Patrol facility opens in Corpus Christi, Texas.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020.
The push to curb grade inflation at Texas public colleges and universities will be back in the next legislative session, state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, said Wednesday.
As more charter schools in Texas and across the country establish partnerships with universities, some education experts worry that traditional public schools — which are already grappling with new high school diploma rules — are being left behind.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Wednesday charged lawmakers with examining a recent crime enforcement surge effort in the Rio Grande Valley and making recommendations on how to implement similar operations in the future.
In a letter sent to the Texas congressional delegation on Tuesday, a coalition of public and private higher education leaders shared their concerns about the effects of federal sequestration on university research and education in the state.
The Mérida Initiative, a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package whose beneficiaries include Mexico, has faced its share of criticism. But in Ciudad Juárez, many say they see the positive results of the initiative every day.
Democrat Wendy Davis only makes $7,200 a year in salary as a state senator, but her take-home pay more than doubled between 2010 and 2012 thanks to steadily rising income from her private law practice, tax records show. The tax returns, released to the Tribune late Tuesday, also show modest donations to charity and gains from mutual fund sales.
Gov. Rick Perry has missed a legislative deadline to assemble a commission tasked with answering lingering questions about Texas' border with Oklahoma along Lake Texoma.
Greg Abbott will launch a series of education policy roundtables Tuesday, debuting what his campaign said would be a "major issue" for the campaign of the leading Republican candidate for governor. The lineup of events could hint at policy initiatives he is expected to announce in January — including a possible focus on online learning and charter schools.
Many Texans in individual health care plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act have been spared cancellation notices. But for the Texans whose plans have been dropped, health care experts are encouraging them to proceed carefully.
Democratic dental center mogul David Alameel, who spent millions on a losing campaign for Congress in 2012, told the Tribune on Friday that he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Cornyn in 2014.
Man buys groceries for ten strangers following him in line.
The mother of twin sisters Mitzi and Nitza Alvarado Espinoza disappeared from their home in Mexico in 2009. Now exiled in El Paso, the sisters have formed a movement aimed at providing comfort to young victims of the drug war.
For the third time in a row, Texas Democrats are staking their hopes for a win in the lieutenant governor's race on a Latina, betting this time that the political environment will favor San Antonio's Leticia Van de Putte.
Although Texas lawmakers loosened physician supervision requirements for advanced practice nurses in the 2013 legislative session, some health providers argue they should have allowed them to practice independently, too.
Thanks to conservation efforts and its remote location, the Devils River is seen as one of the state's last pristine rivers. But change could be coming for the river, as some are eyeing its basin for new water supplies.
Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott has proposed allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry firearms openly. Gun advocates say Abbott’s statement reflects growing acceptance in Texas of unconcealed handguns, and some predict open-carry laws could hit the books as soon as 2015.
Mom defends 11-year-old's use of BB pistol when threatened by alleged school bullies.
A 2011 settlement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Union Pacific could play a role in ending the current stalemate over the transfer of a Cameron County rail scanning machine.
Oklahoma grandmother and great aunt arrested after 4-year-old boy shows up at school smelling like marijuana.
David Reisman, the executive director of the Texas Ethics Commission, will become the chief compliance officer of the embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, officials confirmed on Monday.
At a contentious hearing on Monday, lawmakers expressed skepticism about transforming Texas' wholesale energy market in an attempt to ensure the long-term reliability of the state's electric grid.
Fort Bend has been called the most ethnically diverse county in America, with a population that comes close to an equal division among blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos.
Texas police officer accused of sexually assaulting 19-year-old during traffic stop.
Chanting in English and Spanish, protesters in downtown Austin on Saturday criticized what they called an improper firing of an injured worker. They also called for more protections for workers in Texas.
The State Board of Education on Friday denied an Arizona-based charter school's application for a Dallas campus, despite previous approval from the state's education commissioner.
As technical problems persist with the online federal health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber decided Friday to postpone shuttering the state’s high-risk health insurance pool until March 31.
Shifting from a previous proposal, the State Board of Education voted Thursday to require algebra II only for students who pursue an honors plan or a diploma specializing in math and science.
As the drought continues to take its toll across the state, more oil and gas companies are considering the long-term benefits of water recycling, and state officials are trying to make that transition easier. Despite that momentum, recycling is far from a mainstream practice.