Winning a large share of the Hispanic vote in Texas will be crucial for Texas-affiliated Republican presidential hopefuls. As the candidates tiptoe toward the 2016 starting gate, experts helped the Tribune handicap their chances with this critical voting bloc.
The Texas House officially approved a resolution on Monday inviting Gov. Greg Abbott to deliver his State of the State address before a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.
A preliminary autopsy released today shows a 17-year-old girl killed by police last week died of gunshot wounds to her trunk and upper body.
On a campaign swing through central Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry presented himself to Jewish voters as a man of the world — one who toured Israel and Auschwitz as governor and remains friendly with foreign leaders.
As fights brew in several Texas cities over nondiscrimination ordinances protecting gay people, state lawmakers are poised to dive into the fray. Since 2013, San Antonio, Houston and Plano have passed ordinances that offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people certain protections against discrimination.
Witness expresses outrage after man fatally shoots dog at Texas dog park, claiming the animal was being too rough with his pet.
The family of Gordon Fang-Wong, 19, the Texas Tech University freshman that was reported missing a week ago, is heading to California with ransom money and weapons, in an effort to track down their son.
The session stipends for legislators are set to rise, and because of a loophole in Texas law, that would mean lobbyists could spend more on legislators without saying whom they are wining and dining. Lobbyists must still report expenses. But they don't have to name the legislators they entertained — unless they exceed a threshold.
More black and Hispanic students in Dallas pass Advanced Placement exams than in any other part of the country. That's no accident, thanks to the National Math and Science Initiative, which has been working in Dallas schools for a decade.
In 2011, Rick Perry swept into Iowa late and unprepared. Nearly four years later, back in the Hawkeye State as he flirts with another presidential bid, he's making one thing clear: There will be no "Oops" moment this time around.
A pair of drug seizures ends with Starr County Sheriff's deputies in possession of nearly a ton of marijuana.
TxDOT is collecting feedback on a total of 201 projects across the state, including several in our area that will be the first to be partly funded with Proposition 1 funds voters approved last November.
Odessa police say a man dragged a woman by her hair from inside a home into his car before driving off with her on Wednesday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added one fugitive and two sex offenders to the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists.
Former Comptroller Susan Combs, who is off the list of statewide elected officeholders for the first time since 1999, still has a sizable political treasury and a desire to make voters out of conservative Texans who don't pay attention to politics.
Keeping up with the ins and outs of the state budgeting process can be tricky. Here's a look at where Texas gets its money and how exactly it's spent.
While other state agencies have canceled contracts with Austin technology firm 21CT, the secretary of state's office said Thursday it plans to continue its business relationship with the company.
A former Texas environmental investigator says he tried to blow the whistle on his employer. But instead of helping him, he said, a high-profile Texas law firm tattled on him, leading to his dismissal. The firm, Baker Botts, denies the accusations.
Speaking Thursday at the Texas Hospital Association conference in Austin, potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said it was a “mistake to talk about repealing” the Affordable Care Act without offering an alternative.
UPDATED: Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced his nominees to fill upcoming vacancies on university system boards, sending clear signals about his vision for those boards.
Houston lawyer Terry Giles' legal career has ranged from defending comedian Richard Pryor to taking on Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. Now he's jumping into presidential politics as the top dog for Republican Ben Carson's nascent campaign.
The Texas Department of Transportation has spent about $10.6 million in education costs since 2002, nearly half what state agencies have spent in total on tuition reimbursements and other educational programs. Check out our breakdown.
Only one private company in the state has the power to condemn and take land for a toll road. Following public backlash over its proposed road near Dallas, state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, wants to take that power away.
Civil rights advocates say a Dallas case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could weaken the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968.
In one of his first moves as governor, Greg Abbott has tapped Stuart Bowen, Jr., the special inspector general who oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq, to be the chief watchdog at the state's embattled health agency.
While former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waits to see if a judge will toss out the indictment against him, legal costs are starting to add up for both sides in the case over his threat to veto funding for a state watchdog unit.
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.
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.