More than 10 months after state leaders halted grant operations at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the state’s $3 billion enterprise is getting back to the business of fighting cancer.
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.
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a Texas-backed challenge to new greenhouse gas limits for big polluters like petrochemical plants, the industry is warning of dire consequences should the rules take effect.
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 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.
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.
On Saturday, Wichita Falls will enter an unprecedented stage 4 of emergency drought response, which includes a total ban on outdoor watering and an internal audit of water consumption by local businesses.
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.
For Republican gubernatorial candidates, going too far right in March could mean trouble in November.
At least nine abortion facilities in Texas have discontinued abortion services after Thursday's decision by a federal appellate court to lift an injunction on new abortion regulations in Texas.
The passage of Proposition 6, which proponents say would jump-start billions of dollars in spending on water projects across Texas, may be just the beginning of a debate over how to spend money in a new state water fund.
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.
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.
A proposal to amend the state Constitution to fund water projects in Texas is bringing together strange bedfellows both in support of and in opposition to the measure.
Half of Texans say they’d vote to approve $2 billion in additional water infrastructure financing this November, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
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.
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.
University of Texas scientists who led a study of methane gas emissions say both sides of the fracking debate are misinterpreting the results of the report.
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.
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.
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.
After hundreds of millions in federal dollars were spent on No Child Left Behind tutoring in Texas, it is difficult to find anyone willing to call the program an unqualified success. And there is disagreement on why the program didn't meet expectations. This is the second story in a series on the tutoring program.
Gov. Rick Perry's latest cross-country campaign to lure out-of-state business to Texas and Attorney General Greg Abbott's gubernatorial campaign are costing taxpayers thousands in security bills.
The famed art installation made to look like a Prada store is drawing scrutiny from the Texas Department of Transportation over whether it constitutes an illegal advertisement.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, expected to announce for governor on Thursday, is relying on a tight-knit group of people who have fought in the political trenches together — often against the odds, and often in territory seen as inhospitable to Democrats. Meet some of the key players on her nascent team.
San Angelo, which has been suffering from drought conditions since 2010, will be the backdrop for Gov. Rick Perry's remarks Wednesday in support of a constitutional amendment to use $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund toward water planning initiatives.
At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Battleground Texas Senior Adviser Jeremy Bird, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and former Houston Mayor Bill White talked about what it will take to make Democrats competitive in Texas again.
As thousands of federal workers across Texas and the nation prepare to go without paychecks during the government shutdown, some lawmakers are planning to forgo their federal pay, too.
A well-known Dallas hair braider, whose clients include Erykah Badu, is suing Texas, arguing the state is violating her constitutional rights with onerous requirements for operating a school to teach hair braiding.
Full video of Reeve Hamilton's sit-down with three candidates for Texas Attorney General — state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas; state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney; and Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman — at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.
Thousands of “nonessential” Texas federal employees will be off the job until Congress passes legislation to turn the government’s lights back on. Texas has the nation's third-highest concentration of federal employees.
The day before the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace, Democratic lawmakers alleged that Gov. Rick Perry ordered new rules on "navigators" trained to help Texans find coverage to impede Obamacare.
A new web video from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a candidate for lieutenant governor, features scenes from his campaign's bus tour and urges voters to "stand with Staples," saying that "leadership begins with action."
In a new ad touting his reelection campaign and his KeepItRed website, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, imagines a Texas gone blue. Spoiler alert: He doesn't think it would be a utopian state.
Students at Prairie View A&M University, the state’s oldest historically black public college, have fought for decades to persuade Waller County to allow a polling place on the campus. Now a coalition has succeeded in striking a compromise.
Two minority candidates are considered front-runners in the race to be the next mayor of Midland, which has never had a non-Anglo mayor. But while the candidates acknowledge the potential historic significance of the election, they are focused on how to best guide the booming city.
Dan Morales, a former Texas attorney general who served time in federal prison, wants the state to look over some sealed documents that he thinks might be worth a lot of money. The hard part is finding someone who will listen.
Texans are growing more satisfied with their electricity providers, but they still complain far more than they did before the state deregulated its power market, according to a new report.
A push led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to block a funding bill has, at least temporarily, raised the odds of a government shutdown. Though Texans would lose some services immediately, the state would not likely feel the effects of a shutdown right away.
The new federal health care exchanges opening Oct. 1 could provide a safety net for the families who earn too much money to qualify for state and federally subsidized health care plans like Medicaid and CHIP.
It has been just shy of four decades since a state House committee conducted an investigation into whether a public official should be impeached. Ahead of the hearings on University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, here's a look at how the process works and the questions likely to come up.
As the nation watched Ted Cruz on Tuesday argue for hours to defund Obamacare, the Obama administration released data showing that premium rates in the new insurance marketplace will be comparatively low for Texans.
The Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, plays a major role in Texas' energy production, which has only grown since the state's drilling boom. But how much do voters care about the commission candidates?
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that 25 mobile locations will begin processing free election identification certificates on Oct. 1.
Former state Rep. Norma Chavez will announce next month that after two sessions away from Austin, she’s ready to fight to get back her seat in the Legislature.
Wary environmentalists and thirsty Texas towns are closely watching the TCEQ's decision on whether to approve Lake Ralph Hall, which would be the first major new reservoir built in the state in decades.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency next week will complete its assessment of damage from an April fertilizer plant explosion in West. As the city continues to recover, state agencies are implementing changes to further ensure safety.
A push for stricter training requirements for insurance "navigators," who will help uninsured residents sign up for health coverage, is fueling the latest political clash over the Affordable Care Act in Texas.
Data from the Pew Research Center indicates that of the six states with the largest number of unauthorized immigrants, Texas was the only one that didn’t witness the significant dip in population figures that took place a few years ago.
A Tribune analysis of violent-incident data in state prisons shows that far more violent incidents occur at facilities with large populations of mentally ill inmates. Criminal justice reform advocates say Texas needs a new approach to incarcerating the mentally ill. But criminal justice department officials say the numbers don't tell the whole story.
A new report shows that among the 60 metro areas in the United States with the largest Hispanic populations, Corpus Christi has the smallest percentage of Hispanics who are foreign-born at 8 percent.
The oil boom has transformed the West Texas economy, bringing jobs and higher wages to several sleepy communities. But the new prosperity has introduced another unexpected and troubling trend to the region: more residents going hungry.
Democrats are looking for candidates who might fill out their 2014 ticket, including San Antonio state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who is thinking about it — with reservations.
Though the state has refused to implement some provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including a health insurance marketplace, new regulations of insurance plans — and their rates — will still take effect in Texas.
On the same day that the co-chairmen of the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus introduced a bill to help keep federal immigration reform efforts alive, two Texas congressmen left a bipartisan group of House members that had been working on its own legislation.
Four years after emerging as a Tea Party darling, Debra Medina is eyeing the open race to succeed Comptroller Susan Combs. But as she weighs another run, she knows that donations from grass-roots supporters can take a candidate only so far in Texas.
Earlier this week, Patrick, a lieutenant governor candidate, released selected results from an internal poll. The message: Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst “has taken a major hit,” and Patrick is “building support in a two-man race.”
Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s political money laundering conviction was overturned by the state’s 3rd Court of Appeals on Thursday.
Texas is one of two states in which the poverty rate declined between 2011 and 2012, according to data released late Wednesday from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is campaigning for Texas lieutenant governor as an unapologetic foe of abortion. But prominent abortion opponents want him to explain how he wound up owning stock in the company that makes the Plan B “morning after” pill.
Gov. Rick Perry has directed the Texas Department of Insurance to establish strict rules to regulate so-called navigators trained to help Texans purchase health coverage under Obamacare.
Texas has improved its criminal justice system following dozens of exonerations in recent years, but a new study the American Bar Association will release Wednesday finds that the death penalty system here still falls far short when it comes to fairness and eliminating the risk of executing the innocent.
A past Texas State Board of Education chairman and outspoken creationist urged his former colleagues on Tuesday to approve high school biology textbooks he said would "strike a final blow to the teaching of evolution."
Texas continued to have the highest rate of people without health insurance in 2012 at 24.6 percent, according to the Current Population Survey estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday.
TribLive conversation with Tom Pauken, a Republican candidate for Texas governor in 2014.
Administrators at Sul Ross State University in Alpine recently announced a 3 percent raise across campus, a reward, they said, for hitting increased enrollment goals, which may be the beginning of a turnaround for the school.
Congressional border Democrats still seeking a deal on immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship conceded on Monday that time is slipping away and the issue could be on hold until next year — or beyond.
Environmental experts say the severe flooding in parched Colorado proves that just because drought-stricken states like Texas haven't seen that kind of weather in years doesn't mean it's gone for good.
Under a law passed this year, Texas school districts can choose to allow trained employees to carry concealed handguns on campus. But some districts that already employ their own peace officers have no plans to implement the program.
Gov. Rick Perry is preparing for yet another battle in his war against Obamacare.
As Texas’ rivers run dry and lakes fall to record low levels, part of the fight over water supplies is moving underground.
The wettest part of the state will have an outsized say in the state’s water planning.
In their successful push this summer for strict new regulations on abortion facilities and the doctors performing them, proponents of the legislation said it was needed because conditions at existing facilities made it unsafe for women seeking to terminate pregnancies.
A group of environmental advocates and business leaders is calling on Texas officials to adopt a new statewide energy building code, saying the move would slash air pollution and lower utility bills across the energy-guzzling state where the electric grid often strains to keep up.
As the debut of a federal health insurance exchange approaches, some Texans say they've been left with a number of key questions, like how much plans on the marketplace will cost and what they'll cover.
While the Hispanic vote has been the focus of much of the analysis of Democrats’ prospects for turning the Republican tide that has swamped them since 1994, in the short term, they will almost certainly need to look to suburban women in the 2014 election — especially if Wendy Davis is at the top of the ticket.
U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, will face a primary challenge from Katrina Pierson, a well-known Tea Party activist from Garland.
As University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers prepares to begin his year-long term as chairman of the elite Association of American Universities in a matter of weeks, he used his annual "State of the University" address on Wednesday to outline his thoughts about the direction of higher education heading into the future.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday the start of a second program to help poor drivers pay off expensive surcharges and get their driver’s licenses back.
Gov. Rick Perry is taking aim at Maryland and its business climate — his latest effort to lure out-of-state companies to Texas.
The Texas Education Agency recently announced it would create a department devoted to reviewing compliance with accountability requirements.
Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court and a member of that court since 2001, will resign at the end of this month, the court announced Tuesday morning.
The federal government has denied the state's request to waive No Child Left Behind testing requirements for students in elementary and middle school, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday.
Law enforcement officers are working with drillers to track stolen equipment, and they’re asking battery recyclers to be their eyes and ears. Some say Texas lawmakers could help, too, by expanding a law that now only applies to scrap metal recyclers.
After 10 years, the sides that fought for and against tort reform in Texas are still fighting. Now it’s about whether the legislation that limits how much someone can sue for nonmedical damages has made Texas a better place for doctors and patients.
Small-town hospitals are worried that a federal recommendation to cut costs by re-evaluating which rural hospitals receive higher Medicare reimbursements could threaten their financial security — and even prompt them to shut their doors.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday declared September “Texas Craft Spirits Month” as the state begins to implement new laws that give distillers more freedom to produce and sell in the state.
Former State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, on Monday announced his candidacy for the Texas Railroad Commission, the powerful agency that does not oversee railroads, but regulates the oil and gas industry, pipelines and natural gas utilities.
After helping to landing a high-profile federal contract as Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Brett Giroir is being named interim executive vice president for the Texas A&M Health Science Center, officials announced on Monday.
In the last legislative session, in the wake of dozens of exonerations in recent years based on advances in forensic science, Texas lawmakers approved Senate Bill 344. The first law of its kind in the nation, it allows courts to grant defendants new trials in cases in which forensic science has evolved.
Texas' child welfare agency has launched a new program aimed at improving foster care in the state.
The state’s 2014 primaries will be held using the congressional and legislative maps approved by lawmakers this summer, a federal panel of judges ruled Friday.
For down-ballot statewide candidates, the first challenge is financial traction.
As this year's legislative session made clear, the Texas Department of Transportation needs more money to keep pace with the state's booming population. But recent funding requests and plans for reducing costs have stirred alarm throughout the state.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told congressional leaders in a Wednesday letter that the Obama administration would no longer enforce a law banning same-sex spouses of veterans from receiving military benefits.
The impacts of a new oil and gas drilling boom on this South Texas city and the communities surrounding it have been staggering. Towns that didn’t have gas stations before now have multiple hotels. Laredo’s population has grown by one-third since 2000.