University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, in his final months on the job, is taking on critics, including the head of the Association of American Universities, in an effort, he said, to correct the record.
There were 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas, whose lead author, Steve H. Murdock, is the former state demographer.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wants the state to pay college students’ tuition and fees for two years if they attend a public community college in the state.
While recommendation letters sent directly by lawmakers to UT-Austin's president have been a source of controversy there, similar letters sent to Texas A&M's leaders are not raising the same type of alarm.
A proposal by the Railroad Commission that would require companies to submit additional information when applying for a disposal well permit was welcomed as a good first step by candidates running to join the commission.
Drones have earned international notoriety for their ability to kill and destroy. But two University of North Texas professors have developed one with a much different goal in mind: saving lives, especially those of victims of disasters and emergencies.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration. The small town's leader says the extra manpower will allow police to focus on local problems.
A Texas commission that reviews government agencies officially recommended Wednesday that lawmakers shutter an Austin-area institution for people with disabilities and identify five more statewide for later closure.
A tiny, blind spider that lives in an Austin-area cave called Pickle Pit just got some bad news. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Warton's cave mewshweaver is not eligible for endangered species protection.
As the trial over ambulatory surgical center requirements for abortion facilities wrapped up Wednesday, the district judge presiding over the case questioned a key standard being used in the case.
Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday portrayed the deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border as a critical national security measure, telling troops in training at Camp Swift in Bastrop that they “now are the tip of the spear protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs.”
At a state Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, senators debated the merits and tactical strategies of Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to send Texas National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Attorneys on both sides of the courtroom fight over an abortion regulation that could shut down most of the state's remaining clinics will present their closing arguments on Wednesday.
San Antonio's water utility is negotiating to eventually pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from Burleson County. Officials say the plan is key to securing future water needs, but others still have several questions about the project.
A few years ago, lawmakers passed a bill designed to shed light on taxpayers' expenditures on security for the governor, who was gearing up to run for president at the time. But thanks to a new ruling from the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, the itemized records won't be provided after all.
The reactivation of a stretch of the 66-year-old Pegasus pipeline has stirred concerns among some Texans who live along its path. Some in communities along the pipeline's path worry that an accident like the 2013 Mayflower rupture could happen in their backyards. They hope the latest step doesn't lead to reopening the entire pipeline.
The Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is considering a reverse quarantine that would keep health staffers from patients for 21 days after they have traveled to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
Texas is “ultimately responsible” for millions of misspent Medicaid dollars, according to a new federal audit, because a state agency failed to properly oversee the contractor.
Private medical providers in the Valley welcome additional resources to address the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' massive backlog, but they say the voucher program must be improved to maximize its effectiveness.
A House committee will weigh multiple options on Monday when it meets to seek some closure to an investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall that has lasted more than a year.
As cities across Texas continue to spread out, water suppliers and local governments are faced with the question of who should pay for building the infrastructure needed to handle the growth.
The latest legal challenge to Texas’ sweeping abortion measures went to trial in a federal courthouse in Austin last week, as federal judges around the country grapple with the question of how far states can go in regulating abortion — a question likely to end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Texas agency that regulates alcohol sales is considering a rule change that would allow alcohol to be served at gun shows, as long as all the guns are disabled and there’s no live ammunition on the premises.
A convoy of anti-illegal immigration activists made it to McAllen on Friday for a rally at the city’s municipal bus station.
In the second year of a new school accountability system, nine out of ten Texas districts met state standards, according to ratings released by the Texas Education Agency on Friday. The 2014 ratings show a slight decline from last year.
Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”
Water systems in the Panhandle and South Plains last week started drawing water from a once-empty lake that is now just over 4 percent full. It's a sign of just how strapped the region is for water supplies.
Last week, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, shot down speculation she was considering a run for San Antonio mayor. The rumors could hurt her prospects on multiple fronts.
No debates have been scheduled yet between lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte. But the two spoke in front of the same crowd on Thursday, making a case for their candidacies and promoting their support for business.
Rick Perry's political star is rising again, and associates say the new man behind the curtain is Jeff Miller, a California transplant known for his fundraising prowess and overflowing address book. If Perry runs for president again, one former aide says Miller will be the "conductor of the orchestra."
Texas’ top environmental regulator suggested Thursday that the state may ignore a proposed directive from the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
In an unexpected move, the Texas Water Development Board on Thursday punted a final decision on the controversial Marvin Nichols Reservoir a few months down the road.
Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, two potential 2016 presidential candidates, are among the Texas Republicans scheduled to speak at RedState's national conference Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth.
Five years ago, Texas' largest utilities struck a deal with state regulators to set aside a combined $18.5 million to purchase high-tech thermostats for low-income households – a move intended to help them grow more energy efficient. That money, however, has not been spent due to complications implementing the program.
In December, the Texas Education Agency moved to shutter six charter school operators under a new law. Nearly 10 months later, three of those schools remain open — fighting a process they say is overly simplistic.
Galveston is still recovering from Hurricane Ike in 2008. Dilapidated homes and empty lots dot the streets. Nearly six years after the storm, though, lawmakers continue to grapple with preparation for the next big one.
Removing Texas' same-sex marriage ban could clear the way for bigamy and pedophilia, according to a brief signed by 63 Republican lawmakers including the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
The newest detention center in Texas for migrant children started operating last week. But it's already drawing disapproval from immigration attorneys, including the team that helped shut down a troubled detention center near Austin in 2009.
More than a decade ago, Andrea Yates drowned her five children. The publicity around Yates’ case brought national attention to the mental struggles of some mothers. Now, advocates are hoping lawmakers will approve mandatory screening.
A proposal by the federal government would place stricter limits on emissions from petrochemical and other industrial plants. An EPA hearing this week in the Houston area reflected the heated debate over balancing economic growth with air quality concerns.
Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, calls for reducing high-stakes testing in a new plan for Texas schools. The campaign of her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick, said the plan would do nothing to help turn around underperforming schools.
As Texas education officials announced the third year of record-breaking high school graduation rates on Tuesday, critics continued to raise questions about the method the state uses to calculate them.
A committee of Texas lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss possible legislation aimed at preventing another disaster like last year’s explosion in West — with some still skeptical of imposing regulations on fertilizer storage facilities.
Gov. Rick Perry’s office pushed back Tuesday against criticism that he overreached in funding the deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the border.
Here is the state of the Texas governor's race in the late summer of 2014: both candidates are speaking directly to their base voters and labeling each other as corrupt insiders out of touch with ordinary people.
Some Texas lawmakers are questioning Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to tap $38 million in unused Texas Department of Public Safety funds to pay for the emergency deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Houston-area voters will select a new state senator Tuesday as they head to the polls in a runoff special election for a vacant state Senate seat.
The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public comment on a request by Union Pacific to transfer some train safety inspections away from a rail yard in El Paso due to border violence.
The Tribune reviewed more than 400 pages of emails sent to UT System officials following news that the flagship's president was being given an ultimatum on his job. Most supported Bill Powers, though there were exceptions.
Seeking to aid fellow Republicans in the November elections — and perhaps bolster his own chances for a 2016 presidential run – Gov. Rick Perry has formed a federal political action committee.