With a plan that would add $3 billion to the state's public education budget, the Texas House has decided to take on school finance reform this legislative session.
The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved billions of dollars in property tax cuts, the biggest piece of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s $4.5 billion tax relief package. It will take up bills on business margins taxes next.
In the wake of three child deaths under the state’s ward so far this year, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday told the Department of Family and Protective Services to straighten up and fly right.
A woman previously charged with abandoning or endangering a child is back in jail now for violating the terms of her probation.
An overdue book checked out in 1966 has been returned to an Albuquerque library.
The debate over vaccinating children came to the Texas State Capitol Tuesday. Lawmakers discussed legislation that, if passed, would make finding out which students opted out of vaccines easier.
Texas Republicans have long used the Affordable Care Act as a political punching bag, but that hasn’t stopped state budget writers from taking $102 million from the president's signature health care law to pay some bills.
Legislation that would remove Texas judges from the straight-ticket voting process garnered a mostly cool reception Tuesday at a hearing, as both Democrats and Republicans said that tinkering with the ballot turns off voters.
A Senate committee has advanced legislation to limit local control over oil and gas activities across Texas. The proposal is among nearly a dozen filed in response to a North Texas town's vote to ban hydraulic fracturing.
The final piece of a high-profile border security package got moving Tuesday when a House committee heard House Bill 12 by state Rep. Oscar Longoria, which would elevate the state's Border Prosecution Unit into an official statutory being.
The House Public Health Committee on Tuesday discussed five bills that would extend current restrictions on tobacco products to vapor products like e-cigarettes. The Senate passed similar legislation last week.
On his second official day as a presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz sat down with The Texas Tribune's Jay Root for a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview that touched on global warming, marijuana legalization, and his use of email.
Abilene Restoration's website appears to have been hacked by ISIS supporters.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday backed a $209.8 billion two-year budget that would leave $8.4 billion on the table, along with billions more in the state’s savings account. The budget plan now goes to the full House.
A family can't bury their loved one because Texas law leaves her husband, who allegedly confessed to killing her, in charge of remains.
Child sex abuse images are found on electronics belonging to a man suspected of child rape.
A feisty Texas centenarian says her daily full-sugar soda habit has helped her live a long and healthy life.
Pennsylvania photography company says guidelines weren't followed when shopping mall Easter Bunny was hired.
Kentucky man wounds man who entered yard and threatened to take on of his grandchildren.
Driver considers court action after being denied custom "LGBTALY" License plate.
Five state lawmakers — all former college athletes — gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to talk about the parallels between athletics and governing and the lessons they learned from high school and college sports.
A police report listed more than 40 victims by name after the arrest of Sheena Ellingson, 30, of Lubbock.
A group of Midlanders are hoping to push for stricter bestiality laws in the state of Texas.
Even Texans with the greenest of lawns are watering them too much, experts say. And if everyone would turn on the sprinklers only twice a week — still probably more than necessary — the water savings would be significant, according to a report released Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz faces the next stage in his fledgling presidential candidacy: turning a splashy debut into a viable campaign. That includes showing he can raise the money needed to compete in the long haul.
The full Senate is set to vote this week on a package of tax cut bills Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has championed, yet the measures have drawn opposition from some big business groups who argue that senators are cutting the wrong taxes.
After Denton voters decided to ban fracking in their town, it seemed likely this Legislature will do something to rein in cities that try to regulate oil and gas production. But one likely approach by Rep. Drew Darby is stoking local fears.
The event was headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
A man is behind bars after police say a child suffered facial injuries while in his care.
It turns out the Battle of the Alamo — or rather the Battle of the Alamo's library — is just getting started. On Monday, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed a lawsuit against the Texas General Land Commissioner.
Supporters at a Texas Capitol rally on Monday voiced support for a variety of bills filed aimed at either stopping new toll road projects or undoing the state’s current tolling system entirely.
On Sunday, March 22nd, a DPS Trooper conducted a traffic stop on the driver of a 2006 Ford Focus on U.S. 281, north of San Manuel.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized $1,537,470 in alleged cocaine and methamphetamine that was detected in three separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.
The first candidate to jump into the race for president was a political nobody who had never run a campaign just three years ago. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is famous now, but hopes to reach the same voters he relied on in 2012.
A little-noticed bill filed on deadline by the chairman of the House's tax-writing committee could hold the session's biggest tax cut, but only if the House and Senate decide to cut taxes on sales instead of property.
Here's a breakdown of House Bills 1-20 and Senate Bills 1-20, providing a window into where House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are placing their priorities for the 84th legislative session.
More Texans are earning higher education degrees within six years of graduating from high school than ever before. But the year-over-year growth is painfully slow. And attainment is abysmal among poor black and Hispanic men.
A battle over Texas license plates bearing an image of the Confederate flag will reach the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The court will hear arguments about the extent to which First Amendment freedoms protect offensive speech.
Recent episodes — including a parking kerfuffle and a request to leave the House floor — highlight a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the cowboy hat-wearing agriculture commissioner and the Legislature that once counted Sid Miller as one of its own.
A pregnant Colorado woman is seriously injured after another woman stabs her and removes her unborn baby.
A rookie LAPD officer wanted for murder in Southern California most likely fled to El Paso with the help of his father, according to the FBI.
Now, card carriers look for ways to protect their bank accounts.
An elderly man was arrested after throwing a beer bottle at a woman following an argument.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $2.1 million for three clean diesel projects to help reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines.
A close-knit Abilene neighborhood helps police catch three burglary suspects.
House budget writers intend to add $433 million to the current two-year budget with a supplemental bill laid out Thursday, though some lawmakers expressed concern with plans for millions in leftover funds from some state health programs.
Four San Antonio women were convicted of molesting two girls in the 1990s, but one of the girls has since said they were coerced to make false accusations. The women's case is getting a new look.
Residents of a small unincorporated community outside Houston hope legislation by state Rep. Armando Walle will help them get safe, reliable water service, and shine a light on parts of Texas with problems like theirs.
Rick Perry, after all of those years as governor, was pretty predictable. With Gov. Greg Abbott two months into his new job, there is a fresh vibe at the state Capitol: uncertainty. The next 10 weeks should be telling.
Hoping to prompt quicker turnarounds at struggling schools, Texas lawmakers are considering a controversial policy that would let parents petition the state to make changes at their kids' campuses.