Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state spends less than most others, and its students perform better than many. But the commitment to fiscal restraint has come with its own burdens for the teachers responsible for educating the state’s future workforce.
Immigrant rights groups began a three-day vigil in McAllen on Thursday in support of the thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented Central American children in Texas detention centers.
Texas-based payday lender ACE Cash Express has agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it used illegal tactics to push borrowers into a cycle of debt.
In a speech in downtown Austin on Thursday, President Obama largely avoided discussion of the ongoing immigration troubles in Texas, and instead talked about economic progress made under his watch. Then, he skipped the line for lunch at Franklin Barbecue before heading back to Washington.
President Obama’s visit to Texas became fodder in the governor’s race Thursday, with Democrat Wendy Davis suggesting he should visit the U.S-Mexico border in person and Republican Greg Abbott challenging him to adopt the “Texas model” in Washington.
Humanitarian relief efforts in McAllen will cost local governments more than $1.1 million by the end of the year, officials said on Thursday. Law enforcement officials also praised the state security surge that began last month.
The city of Houston hopes to increase recycling rates by letting residents toss everything into the same bin and sorting it out later. Critics argue that similar approaches have failed.
Many of the thousands of migrant children crossing into the U.S. are not being turned away immediately because of a 2008 law — signed by President George W. Bush and passed with bipartisan support — requiring that they get an immigration hearing.
During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama urged Gov. Rick Perry to support his call for more funds for border resources. Perry urged the president to address policies he says have made Texas a magnet for illegal activity.
Texas border Democrats are pushing back against Republicans who have said that current White House policies are responsible for the swell of Central American migrants breaching the U.S.-Mexico border.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that UT-Austin President Bill Powers will resign effective June 2, 2015. Last week, Cigarroa had asked Powers to resign or face firing at Thursday's board of regents meeting.
The population of Texas could nearly double by 2050, prompting some to worry that not enough is being done to avoid a future traffic nightmare and the drag on the economy that could come with it. Transportation officials say the state is billions of dollars short of what it needs to maintain traffic at current levels.
Nearly four years after BP awarded Gov. Rick Perry's office $5 million for recovery projects in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, most of the money remains unspent. Now, the company is asking Texas for its money back.
More than 20 years after the Texas Legislature passed a law establishing a 24-hour work safety hotline, real people are answering the telephone calls around the clock.
Travis County now finds itself, along with Los Angeles County in California, at the cutting edge of a race against time to create an alternative voting technology system.
As the state's 15-year higher education plan comes to an end, some objectives in key areas — including college enrollment among certain ethnic groups and degrees awarded in math and science — are unlikely to be met. The state's plan has been credited with preventing a discouraging tide from getting worse in higher education.
While the federal and state governments squabble over what to do about immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry is scoring political points on an issue of high importance to Republican voters.
Texas used a three-drug lethal injection cocktail for nearly three decades. But since 2011, a dwindling drug supply has forced Texas and other states to find other drugs to administer the death penalty.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Monday attributed his recent request that UT-Austin President Bill Powers resign or be fired to "a breakdown of communication, collegiality, trust and a willingness to work together."
UPDATED: A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday offered to rearrange his schedule this week if President Obama is willing meet privately with him to discuss at length the continuing surge of illegal crossings at the border.
Following the drowning of two foster children on Sunday, the Department of Family and Protective Services has halted placements by a state contractor that was responsible for overseeing the children’s care.
UPDATED: The chairs of a House committee have reminded University of Texas System leaders that they were instructed not to oust UT-Austin President Bill Powers while lawmakers investigate one of the system's regents.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will confer with the system's board of regents on Thursday about how to handle University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' refusal to resign this year.
The former Burleson district attorney who sent Anthony Graves to death row in 1994 will now face a formal hearing on allegations prosecutorial misconduct by the State Bar of Texas.
Dow Chemical's struggles to secure enough water supplies for its growing operations in Texas have sparked concerns about whether the state's diminishing natural resources can accommodate its exploding population and economy. Critics, including Dow, say Texas is falling behind in planning properly for its water future.
State legislatures are scrambling to renounce Common Core standards as a grassroots movement builds against them. But their most vocal and earliest opponent was Texas.
The experts say the state has plenty of tax revenue coming in, thanks to a thriving economy. Even so, lawmakers are asking state agencies to propose budget cuts before next year's legislative session.
Texas' historic shale drilling boom continues to boost the state's economy, but analysts say increased production is providing only modest relief to drivers at the pump.
In Texas and across the country, the birth rate among teenagers has declined significantly. But Texas has not fared as well as other states. The Lone Star State has the nation's fifth-highest birth rate among teenagers.
Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday doubled down on his stance that tens of thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally from Central America should be sent back to their countries without delay.
Desperate to keep what precious little water remains in its reservoirs, Wichita Falls may turn to an "evaporation suppressant" for help. The state environmental agency says the substance is safe, but the city must still figure out how to use it effectively to limit evaporation from its quickly drying lakes.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has effectively overruled a vote by the State Board of Education to deny an Arizona-based charter school's expansion into the Dallas area.
When the typically vociferous Michael Quinn Sullivan kept quiet at a 12-hour hearing last week, it was the latest development in a saga pitting the leader of Empower Texans against the state’s ethics enforcers. And it’s almost a sure bet that many chapters remain.
Many Texans have wondered why no application centers for the TSA’s PreCheck program exist within 100 miles of Austin or San Antonio. But the agency is now taking steps to change that.
In 1917, Gov. Jim “Pa” Ferguson became the first person in Texas to be impeached. Almost a century later, the Ferguson impeachment presents both striking similarities and key differences to the ongoing saga involving University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
In the year since the West fertilizer plant explosion, there have been no new regulations approved for such plants. Now one state lawmaker is hoping to change that, but he's already facing opposition.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, said he wants to keep the workers' compensation system voluntary in Texas. Abbott said giving employers the choice has helped make Texas an economic powerhouse.
Despite a controversial ruling that the state no longer must give citizens data about dangerous chemical locations, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Texans can still find them. As long as they know which companies to ask.
The U.S. Border Patrol’s union says that an appellate court ruling allowing a foreign national’s family to sue Border Patrol agents could seriously endanger officers, who in the future might hesitate to use deadly force when necessary.
State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, says a Sunset Advisory Commission staff recommendation to close six state-supported living centers is "inaccurate" and "slanted."
Officials at the University of Texas Law School Foundation are refuting statements conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan has made in mailers his organization has distributed throughout the state.
State and local water planning agencies in Texas were handed a narrow victory by federal judges on Monday, vindicating their decisions to supply more water to cities and industries at the potential expense of wildlife.
The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed changes to a potentially unconstitutional rule that prohibits some people from expressing themselves through signs on their property.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday, referred to the GOP using Spanish profanity. The line drew gasps and laughs from the audience and anger from conservatives.
As tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to flood over Texas' southern border, President Obama said Monday that he will try to fix as much of the broken immigration system as he can without Congress' help.
Republicans hailed a Monday Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive insurance, while reproductive-rights activists decried it as an invitation for employers to interfere with women’s access to birth control.
Following Gov. Rick Perry's travels to Sacramento earlier this month to promote Texas’ business climate, a California state senator has returned the favor.
Candidates are about to hit a deadline for financial reporting — money in, out, borrowed and on hand — that will offer a glimpse into the political health of their campaigns.
Many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have recently crossed the Texas-Mexico border will be subject to deportation, but thanks to judicial backlogs and a shortage of judges, it could take years before their cases go to court.