Requiring voters to show a photo ID has proved controversial in the federal courts, but the law is popular with Texas voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Texas voters favor it by a 3-to-1 margin, even though 38 percent say it decreases voter turnout.
Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal.
Gov. Rick Perry took his national ambition to California Monday, bemoaning what he described as a country adrift at home and abroad and predicting that Americans will demand dramatic change in the next presidential election. Perry hit on job creation, foreign policy, energy and more.
Using oil and gas tax money for transportation — instead of sending all of that money to the state's Rainy Day Fund — appears to be just fine with the state's voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The second infrastructure amendment to the state constitution has the support of more than two-thirds of likely voters.
Even if Texas Republicans sweep this year's statewide races, there are ways to figure out whether and where Democratic organizing efforts have made any headway. Or there will be, once the results are in.
Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there.
More than 200 artifacts tied to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo will return to San Antonio — some for the first time in 178 years — this week, courtesy of British rock star Phil Collins.
The Texas Department of Transportation has ended its controversial program aimed at converting some badly damaged paved roads to gravel, more than a year after the launch of the initiative drew national attention to the agency's budget troubles.
In a month, the State Board of Education will take a final vote on the social studies textbooks that will be used in the state's public schools for the next eight years.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is straying from the Republican crowd on what to do with the Texas Enterprise Fund. Though critical of past mistakes, he wants to keep deal-closing incentives that bring business to the state.
Texas needs to be better prepared to respond to emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, the director of a new state task force on such diseases said Thursday.
Republican Greg Abbott holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the race for governor of Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. In other statewide races on the ballot, most Republicans hold even larger leads over their Democratic opponents.
Democratic state Rep. Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle are in a rematch for the state House less than a year after their last face-off.
The Texas Department of Insurance is fighting The Texas Tribune’s request for records that could shed light on why the agency has failed to collect racial data on injured workers, despite a 1993 law that requires it. The agency says release of the data would violate its attorney-client privilege and unfairly reveal its inner workings.
Gov. Rick Perry won't be making a Halloween court appearance after all. The Oct. 31 hearing that had been scheduled in Perry's criminal case has been rescheduled for Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., a court employee confirmed.
Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not fully use its own power to restrict travel, quarantine health care workers and limit possible spread of the deadly virus.
For as many as 40,000 low-income Austin households being squeezed by high rents in a booming city, Wednesday offers the barest glimmer of hope.
Attendees at the first public meeting on a proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston told federal officials they're for the project — so long as the stations are conveniently located downtown.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's former adviser Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of funds contributed to a federal candidate.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday that three health care providers in North Texas will partner to form an Ebola treatment facility, as recommended by the state’s infectious disease task force.
A steep drop in crude oil prices threatens to slow drilling in some U.S. oilfields, but officials in Texas' hottest shale plays say they're not sweating things yet. The boom is still a boom, they say, and it's way too early to walk away.
Most scientists believe less ozone pollution in the air Americans breathe would make people healthier. Texas' environmental regulators disagree.
A ballot initiative to ban fracking in Denton has put the North Texas city at the center of a nationwide debate over the safety of drilling, the money it produces and the role cities play in regulating it. As Election Day nears, the fight is growing fiercer.
After calling for an end to subsidies for wind energy production, the Texas comptroller will soon release a report that could rekindle debate surrounding Texas’ largest incentive for natural gas producers.
Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state's voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion Saturday morning removing the last traces of uncertainty over whether voter ID can be enforced in the upcoming elections.
Though Texas schools are relying on the guidance of health officials to determine the level of risk to their communities, they are making decisions like whether to cancel classes, give notice to parents, or change health screening policies largely on their own.
At a news conference Friday, Gov. Rick Perry said he has asked President Obama to ban air travel from West African countries fighting outbreaks of the Ebola virus, with exceptions for aid workers.
At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.
The Austin City Council has called for a dramatic expansion in solar power generation, earning accolades from environmental advocates. But the city-owned utility, Austin Energy, has balked at the proposal.
Public officials are nervously awaiting the high court's ruling in a fight between TxDOT and Clear Channel Outdoor that could drive up future highway project costs.
In the battle to represent Congressional District 23, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, and Republican Will Hurd have built substantial war chests for the stretch run in what many view as the state’s only toss-up race for Congress.
A lawsuit between the city of Houston and religious leaders boiled over into a national debate this week about religious liberty and freedom of speech, even as Mayor Annise Parker argued the controversy was based on a misunderstanding.
A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.
Houston officials say state regulators did little about dioxin pollution, so they're suing three companies themselves and asking for billions of dollars in fines.
Rejecting a bankruptcy monitor's objections, a Delaware federal district judge on Wednesday said Texas' largest power company can pay its executives up to $20 million in bonuses.
A representative from Gov. Rick Perry's office praised a critical state audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund at a hearing Wednesday, but warned against lawmakers restricting how the next governor can use the fund to draw business to Texas.
Texas plaintiffs on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block use of the state's voter photo ID law in November's election.
If roughly 47,000 high school seniors in December fail a final chance to pass the state exams required to earn a diploma, their last shot at graduating with their peers in the Class of 2015 may depend on the quick movement of state lawmakers.
A provision of a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers was put on hold Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court. Those standards include minimum sizes for rooms and doorways and having pipelines for anesthesia.
Texans in 2014 complained more about their electricity service than in the previous fiscal year, reversing a trend of growing satisfaction, according to a new analysis.
Texas should require photo voter identification in this year’s general election, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, overturning an earlier ruling by a federal district judge in Texas.
A state audit found the governor's office amended Texas Enterprise Fund awards given to private firms 36 times between 2003 and 2013, often in an effort to reduce the penalties the firms had to pay for falling short of job creation goals.
The results of past elections in recent history are not necessarily predictors of future ones. Lucky for Texas Democrats.
A judge ruled Monday that Gov. Rick Perry will have to appear at an Oct. 31 hearing related to his indictment. On that date, visiting Judge Bert Richardson said, he would take up two matters raised by the governor's legal team.
Wendy Davis responded Monday to criticism of her controversial wheelchair ad, saying the ad was aimed at pointing out hypocrisy in Greg Abbott's actions.
A health care worker who treated the man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital has tested positive for the virus in a preliminary test, state officials reported early Sunday. Dallas officials said the worker who became infected wore full protective gear while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
It's one thing to say highway funds should go to highways. The problem is with all of the other programs those funds support.
Most of the fifth- and eighth-graders who failed their state reading and math exams will likely move on to the next grade anyway.
Water and sewer bills are going up substantially across Texas and in many other places around the country as utilities struggle to maintain aging infrastructure, deal with drought or come to grips with the rising costs of a scarce resource while searching for new supplies.