With a new lieutenant governor installed for the first time in over a decade Wednesday — and over the cries of Democrats — the Texas Senate voted to break from an almost 70-year tradition intended to encourage compromise among its members.
Texas Parks and Wildlife reported an increase in popularity during the 2014-15 hunting season in Lubbock County and the growing trend is also aiding the economy.
Tuesday officials at Texas Tech University confirmed, 19-year-old Gordon Fang-Wong, a TTU freshman, was missing from Lubbock.
The Texas delegation's reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday was unsurprisingly split along party lines. U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz hoped for more, while U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said it struck the right tone.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is pushing new border security legislation that would make it easier for Border Patrol agents to operate on protected lands, and fund continued National Guard presence.
Three different musical acts — along with six cash bars — entertained an estimated 10,000 guests including lawmakers from both parties, legislative staff, Capitol lobbyists and some of the state’s top political donors.
The Liberty Institute said Tuesday that it has gathered far more than the number of signatures needed to force a voter referendum on Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has set an ambitious agenda for his first legislative session, and there to guide him will be a newly minted private advisory council. A Texas Tribune analysis reveals that the companies owned and operated by many of the people Patrick has appointed to the council heavily lobby the Legislature and rake in millions of dollars in state contracts.
Full speech of Governor Martinez State of the State Address
In a moment he called "highly improbable," Greg Abbott officially became the 48th governor of Texas in a ceremony on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. His wife, Cecilia Abbott, became the first Latina first lady of Texas.
Cloud seeding helped raise lake levels last year, that's what the latest report from the cloud seeding company says.
Two young conjoined twins have undergone the first procedure that will eventually lead to their separation.
Last week, the shelter director for Klein Animal Shelter, Angela Wallace, was arrested. Charges include assault, cruelty to animals and euthanasia.
Abilene law enforcement is putting more minors in juvenile detention for drug related crimes, and Abilene hospitals are seeing more children coming in after accidentally ingesting marijuana.
In 1944, 93-year-old Charlie Screws crash landed in a field in France. He escaped the Nazi controlled country and 71 years later, a piece of his downed plane showed up at his doorstep in Abilene. Now that piece of war memorabilia is at the Slaton Air Museum.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will officially drop the "elect" from their titles on Tuesday during an elaborate daylong inauguration celebration that has been months in the making. Cecilia Abbott will also make history as the first Latina first lady of Texas.
There was music, dancing and (literally) tons of barbecue at Tuesday's inauguration celebration. Here's a selection of what folks shared on social media, along with the Tribune's on-the-ground reporting. We'll be updating this throughout the day.
In one of his last acts as governor, Gov. Rick Perry gave $4 million to two Texas university consortiums to research offshore energy exploration, oil spill prevention and coastline protection.
The South Plains SPCA convinced a man to voluntarily give up 38 Chihuahua dogs on Friday. They said the man was hoarding dogs and had approximately 80 of them at his house.
A bank ATM needs repairs after nearly being stolen with a forklift, according to Andrews police.
Midland County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from Midland Farmers Co-op Gin at 1409 South Fairgrounds in reference to a missing employee.
Texas man deposits $816 in pennies, weighing nearly 500 pounds, collected over 65 years.
Vandals burglarize a Texas store before shooting holes in several aquariums, leaving the fish inside to die.
Little girl's "Thank You" cards bring tears to the eyes of Austin, Texas police officers.
Mexican governors attended the gubernatorial inaugurations of Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry. But in a break with tradition, they won't be in Austin when Gov.-elect Greg Abbott takes his oath of office.
Oklahoma pastor says proposed hoodie ban will take racial profiling to "a new level".
With 160 confirmed kills, Chris Kyle was the US Military's most lethal sniper.
As oil prices continue to plummet, some worry a slow down is creeping up on the Basin.
Xcel Energy held meeting last week in Lubbock and Brownfield inform landowners and the general public about a proposed 159-mile project from Abernathy to Hobbs.
Sure, it's early to talk about the 2018 governor's race. But think about this legislative session and the new faces in state offices and the issues that are developing: This is what you'll be looking back on when that 2018 race starts to form. And the new governor and lieutenant governor could be at the center of that future conversation.
With other state incentive programs under attack for favoritism and weak oversight, one that seems to be working famously might get caught in the crossfire. Film industry supporters hope it survives.
Travis County prosecutors said Saturday they dropped several criminal investigations — including one first reported by the Houston Chronicle involving no-bid state contracts — after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed their state funding in 2013.
In an interview, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott also told the Tribune he wants to "learn the facts" before deciding if the head of HHSC should be canned, and plans to appoint university regents "focused on elevating" institutions.
A day after Gov. Rick Perry bid farewell to the statehouse, he spoke to Republicans at a national party gathering in San Diego, where he offered no specifics on his expected run for president — but alluded to the burgeoning campaign.
The Court of Criminal Appeals has suspended a criminal defense lawyer, arguing that he filed motions to stop executions too late. The move is part of a ongoing feud in Texas between such lawyers and judges who rule on their claims.
Texas police arrest suspect in 1984 double murder of two Houston sisters.
Oklahoma inmate Charles Warner describes pain as drugs enter his system during his Thursday execution.
Former Utah high school teacher jailed after new accusations of sex with third teenage boy.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Fort Bliss on Thursday, the last stop on his three day farewell tour. He spoke the Sergeants Major Academy about the importance of leadership
Family and friends will say goodbye today to two people killed by a camel at the "Camel Kisses Farm."
Early on, supporters of Medicaid expansion pointed to an Arkansas approach as one way Texas might go about using federal money to help low-income people get health insurance coverage. But lately, the neighbor's grass doesn't appear quite as green.
The massive field of possible 2016 presidential contenders includes a baker's dozen of governors, both current and former. The clear winners from a job creation standpoint are Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Rick Perry will only be the governor of Texas for a few more days, but as he considers another run for president, his last speech to the Legislature was as much about the next 18 months as about the last 14 years.
House Speaker Joe Straus said the House's base budget plan, released Thursday, holds "spending in check while addressing some very important challenges related to our rapid growth." The Senate's base budget is expected to come out next week.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday that Texas is in the driver's seat for a test track for a transportation system known as the Hyperloop. He also said that a SpaceX facility wouldn't have been built in Texas without economic incentives.
Gun rights groups lined up at a press conference on Thursday to voice support for legislation that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns without a license.
January designated as Crime Stoppers Month
Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry released numbers Wednesday showing double-digit growth for new Texas businesses in 2014.
Overall, Texas is ahead of much of the nation when it comes to job growth and economic development, but how long will it last?
Oklahoma death row inmate asks U.S. Supreme Court to stay execution scheduled for this evening.