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.
What had been a private battle over whether and when a nonprofit political group has to register as a lobbyist — or list the donors to its political purse — is slowly edging toward public hearings.
Two top state lawmakers made an unexpected visit Wednesday evening to urge the State Board of Education to follow their lead on which courses to require in high school graduation plans.
The 15-member State Board of Education may decide to make algebra II a requirement for all students to receive a high school diploma — despite the wishes of the state Legislature.
Neal Smatresk, the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was named on Wednesday as the sole finalist to lead the University of North Texas in Denton.
UPDATED: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Wednesday announced another set of interim charges for state lawmakers to study before the 2015 legislative session, this time on issues of emergency preparedness and accident response.
U.S. Border officials discover and recover 10 tons of marijuana coming across U.S.-Mexico Border.
Flooding in Central Texas last month highlighted the possibility that more Texans will be unable to pay for flood insurance if changes to the National Flood Insurance Program move forward.
Compared with several other immigrant populations in Texas, the number of Russian-speaking immigrants is small and spread out. But Russian immigrants are striking a balance between maintaining their roots and adapting to life in Texas.
Over the past three decades, Texans have contributed $678 million to fund a nuclear waste project that does not exist. A federal appeals court has ordered the federal government to stop collecting such fees.
After a contentious meeting on Tuesday, the Lower Colorado River Authority approved a drought management plan that will almost surely cut off irrigation water for coastal rice farmers for the third year in a row.
Texas teens accused of forcing grandmother to panhandle in Walmart parking lot.
College game called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" is called off at the University of Texas due to protest.
Women wrongfully imprisoned for allegedly abusing young girls walk free after 15 years behind bars.
The Automobile Club of Southern California, a AAA affiliate that is looking to expand its Texas subsidiary, is negotiating with the governor's office over a Texas Enterprise Fund grant. Thomas McKernan, the company’s president and CEO, has donated thousands of dollars to Gov. Rick Perry and helped raise money for the governor’s failed 2012 presidential campaign.
Researchers have created a biomask to help heal burns and facial wounds soldiers receive on the battlefield.
Amid ongoing technical issues with the federal health insurance marketplace, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called on state officials to postpone closure of the state's high-risk insurance pool.
Top GOP candidates in Texas have been burnishing their Second Amendment credentials by expressing support for looser gun laws. But Republicans' efforts could put them at odds with law enforcement groups.
The multitude of candidates for statewide office, mainly on the Republican side, will make it difficult for unknown contestants to get noticed in the short period between the holidays and the primary elections.
Texas High school student arrested after tweeting plan to shoot classmates.
Loose kangaroo stuns motorists in Midland County, Texas.
Environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met this week to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay's ecology. Their conclusion: Saving it could require legal action.
Ethics watchdogs are applauding gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott for proposing what would amount to a sea change in Texas ethics laws. The attorney general has introduced a policy proposal that would institute new criminal penalties for self-dealing and put more sunlight into disclosure and campaign finance laws.
Fewer than 3,000 Texans successfully found private health insurance during the first month of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment, according to federal enrollment figures released Wednesday.
The Texas Railroad Commission has nothing to do with abortion. But that hasn’t stopped some Republicans vying for an open seat on the three-member commission from touting their anti-abortion stances.
It's a busy week for the University of Texas at Austin. Lawyers will be representing the university in Los Angeles and in Austin on two dramatically different issues. And to top it off, the board of regents meets against a backdrop of controversy.
The closure of nine of 32 family planning clinics in the Rio Grande Valley has compounded the struggles of low-income, Latina women trying to access reproductive health services, according to a report released Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into whether the National Security Agency's domestic spying program has ever targeted gun owners, kept a list of firearms purchases or tracked gunshow visits.
Texas mom who pushed her kids out of the way of moving car dies in the process.
Teacher disciplined after writing on student's forehead as punishment for failing to complete homework.
The University of Texas System released five potential name and logo combinations for its new university in the Rio Grande Valley on Monday and invited the public to weigh in.
Although George W. Bush has taken himself out of the spotlight, a book on the former president and his vice president by New York Times correspondent Peter Baker sheds new light on their relationship.
The spotlight will be on the University of Texas System lawyers as the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations convenes for two days of hearings starting on Tuesday.
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott unveiled several new policy proposals related to ethics reform and privacy rights in an address Monday to a Tea Party group in North Texas.
The 2014 election season is packed with competitive statewide races pitting current officeholders against one another, which means that a lot of those candidates may not be serving in public office anywhere come 2015.
With what has been described as the worst drought in recorded history punishing parts of Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott found a way to keep watering his yard: He drilled his own well.
Texans show little faith in big institutions when it comes to privacy rights, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Oklahoma judge rules that one of three teens who allegedly murdered an Australian baseball player will be tried as an adult.
In early 2013, University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, on a call with the agent for University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, said UT-Austin President Bill Powers would be gone by the year's end.
A member of the "DREAM 34" — a group that marched to the Laredo port of entry to criticize U.S. immigration policies and to seek political asylum — is facing deportation. The onetime resident of The Woodlands says he'd do it again.
Tom Pauken is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to it is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.
During a visit to Dallas on Wednesday, President Obama called on Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.
If you're interested in studying pharmacy you can meet with representatives from the New Mexico State University Pharmacy program.
Senior citizens join push to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas.
Traffic Stop leads to multiple cavity searches of man suspected of carrying drugs inside his backside.
New Mexico teacher under fire for Facebook posts about killing students.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether same-sex couples legally married in other states can be granted divorces in Texas.
$217-million in bond sales would have covered conversion of the dome into a convention center.
Immigration, border security, federal budget matters and the economy top Texans' lists of state and national concerns, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Texas voters from across the political spectrum like many parts of the Affordable Care Act, but they don't like that law in its entirety, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Officials say Tuesday's election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in coming elections with increased voter turnout.
More than 2 million Texans are eligible for tax credits to purchase health coverage in the federal insurance marketplace, the most of any state, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
The health commission’s Office of Inspector General, which says Texas has misspent hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid orthodontic and dental fraud, has now lost its first three court battles against accused providers.
Gov. Rick Perry's failed 2012 presidential campaign is chronicled in detail in Double Down: Game Change 2012, a new book about the last presidential race. And if there was any doubt that there's no love lost between Perry and former President George W. Bush, the authors remove it.
After his part in the federal government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is still very popular with Texas Republicans and remains their top pick in the 2016 presidential pack, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
In Texas, 67 percent of low-income 3- and 4-year-old children are not enrolled in preschool.
For Republican gubernatorial candidates, going too far right in March could mean trouble in November.
Republicans see an opening for the 2014 election as they work to reach out to Hispanic voters who could be spurred to the polls by the party’s anti-abortion stance. Democrats say it's a losing proposition.
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has a single-digit lead over Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in the 2014 race for governor, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Head to head versus Davis, Abbott leads by only 6 points. In a three-way race against Davis and Libertarian Kathie Glass, his lead shrinks to 5 points.
Home sales in Texas have reached a new high.
What's normal in Texas general elections — legislators in one party endorsing candidates challenging colleagues from the other party — is turning up in primaries, where Republican incumbents are being challenged from within their own ranks.
Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional, meaning the provisions of House Bill 2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.
Gubernatorial candidate and Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis said Thursday that state leaders can keep border security a priority while not alienating those communities if local officials are part of the conversation.
Two of the nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot could benefit many of the 1.6 million veterans in Texas.
A federal judge's decision this week to block parts of Texas' strict new abortion law was just the first step in a legal battle that could drag on for months, or even years, meaning that the courtroom drama will play out against the 2014 governor's race.
Compared with residents in the state's big cities, Texans in many rural areas may have fewer options in the new federally run health insurance marketplace. But that doesn't necessarily mean they'll pay higher premiums, analysts say.
Inside a dimly lit water-pumping station that juts over choppy waters, Denise Hickey toes an imaginary line that has fueled real disputes over water, oil and property taxes, dating back to the Louisiana Purchase.
To try and stop drunk driving, the Texas Department of Transportation is visiting college and pro football games across the state to remind fans about the importance of planning for a sober ride home.
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Texas State Fair Ends
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At year's end, Texas will shut down its high-risk insurance pool for some of the state’s sickest residents, pushing participants to find private coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act.
A study released Tuesday reports that more than half of front-line fast-food workers in Texas and nationally rely on public assistance programs, a statistic one of the study's authors called "shocking."
Currently the only state that doesn’t allow seniors to use reverse mortgages for purchasing homes, Texas could switch course if voters approve a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 5 election.
By virtue of its proximity to three major Texas cities, nearly half of the state’s population relies on the Trinity River for some of its water needs. A wastewater reuse program in Dallas has helped maintain the river's flow during the ongoing drought, but future development plans along the river continue to spur debate.
Two of the nine constitutional propositions on the ballot in Texas this November will lower property taxes for disabled veterans or a surviving spouse.
Italian gymnast cites American gymnast's skin color as reason for her recent win in World Gymnastics Championship.
Aging dams have raised concerns that parts of the state may be ill equipped to deal with future flooding. But a law the Legislature passed this year has made it harder for the state to monitor many of those potentially hazardous dams.
High water damage classrooms in Sealy, Texas.
Flooding forces Austin City Limits Music Festival to cancel its final day.
Developers expect to soon flip the switch on the final electrical transmission projects built under a nearly $7 billion effort to connect Texas' windiest, mostly secluded regions to communities that demand more power.
Singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist and former independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman will seek the Democratic nomination to be the state's next agriculture commissioner.
The management is turning over in state government, no matter which party wins. But with a couple of exceptions, Republicans don't want to change the way things operate now.
Students found with new form of liquid meth at Texas middle School.
Texas strip club ordered to pay nearly $19 million in deadly drunk driving wreck.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is appealing a lawsuit that it has already won — and that was filed by children. Environmental advocates say the case is a waste of state resources.
Armed with new legislation, the Texas Department of Transportation is starting to put more pressure on the tens of thousands of drivers who use toll roads without paying. On Oct. 17, the names of habitual offenders will be made public.
More than 150 years after about 500 Wendish people came to Texas on a ship called the Ben Nevis, descendants of those immigrants and of others are striving to maintain their culture, customs and heritage.
John Cornyn seems like the luckiest fretful incumbent in politics right now. But it’s not all luck.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is appealing a lawsuit that it has already won — and that was filed by children.
Republicans running for Texas lieutenant governor are practically tripping over themselves to oppose the 2001 law that gives in-state college tuition rates to young undocumented immigrants living in Texas.
Texas mom says son suffered broken arm and dislocated shoulder at the hands of gym teacher.
School districts in Texas are required to provide accommodations and services to students diagnosed with dyslexia. But getting districts to recognize a student's learning disability can sometimes prove challenging.
As lawmakers in Washington call for a review of how asylum law pertains to Mexicans seeking protection, a group of exiles is embarking on its own public relations campaign. Carlos Gutierrez of Mexicanos en Exilio, who sought safe harbor in the U.S. after criminals chopped off his legs, is riding his bike from El Paso to Austin.
Brother and sister are taking the field together on Texas middle school football team.
Texas dropped two spots, from ninth to 11th, on the Tax Foundation's widely cited State Business Tax Climate Index. But the index did not factor changes lawmakers made to the franchise tax this year.
State lawmakers are expected to give the Texas Department of Transportation an extra $250 million for work in counties affected by the drilling boom, but that likely won't stop some paved roads from being converted to gravel.
The state of Texas last performed a study on the economic impact of undocumented immigrants in 2006. The majority of the candidates running for comptroller in 2014 say it's time for that analysis to get an update.
The Longhorns and Sooners won't be the only ones looking for a win this weekend in Dallas. More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to turn the Red River Rivalry game into campaign cash.
For University of Houston President Renu Khator, the biggest challenge in her ongoing effort to raise the institution's reputation may be public perception that hers is a "university of last choice." Following five years of rapid growth, she said, "now, people are choosing us over other very good universities."
While in San Antonio on Monday, state Sen. and gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis praised the city's new ordinance offering protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, providing a stark contrast with Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The lieutenant governor's race heated up Monday when Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson accused state Sen. Dan Patrick of lying about Patterson's stance on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
In a letter to state Rep. David Simpson, the co-chairs of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations wrote that if he wanted to attend the committee's executive sessions, he would need to take it up with the House parliamentarian.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said Monday that they will not heed a request to return a supply of execution drugs from the pharmacist who sent them to the state.
Hot air balloons blown off course makes emergency landing on Albuquerque golf course.
The governor likes to talk about the state's low tax burden when he's selling companies on Texas. He's right about that, but only sometimes. Taxes are low for individuals, but not for businesses.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, a newly minted candidate for governor, has hit the road. Davis went to Waxahachie, a traditionally Republican area south of Dallas, where she tiptoed around the issue of the ongoing government shutdown.
A surprise decision by Megabus earlier this year to cancel its rural routes has left local officials scrambling. The company's move is the latest consolidation of the state’s makeshift intercity bus system.
The Republican field is already crowded with four candidates in the race. Names of potential Democratic candidates are swirling, but no contender has officially announced.
Father of Texas boy makes son hold "anti-bully" sign after 4th grader is caught bullying student at school.
Houston area McDonald's are telling customers to pull up their sagging pants.