As Texas Central Railway works to develop a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, its leaders say they expect to avoid the pitfalls that killed a similar project more than 20 years ago.
Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, many Texans have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs. They are always eager to meet fellow Texans, grab some barbecue and talk about life back home.
When voters approved spending $2 billion in state money on water financing last November, they also agreed to reserve 20 percent of funding for "water conservation and reuse." Now, planners are debating exactly what that means.
During a TribLive interview, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she’s not concerned by primary losses in several border counties, and that she was a better option for South Texas voters than Greg Abbott.
For the second time in two years, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in a primary runoff. And the odds are heavily against him. He'll face state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who finished first in Round 1 of a race that Dewhurst hopes will win him another term.
A report released this week says oil and gas companies could help slash methane emissions. But Texas, the nation’s top energy producer, is unlikely to lead the way.
Whole Woman's Health announced late Wednesday that it is closing two abortion clinics — one in the Rio Grande Valley and another in Beaumont — as a result of strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.
Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
Many poor seniors in Hidalgo County lack access to basic necessities like food and health care. A Texas A&M University professor and his team of "promotoras" are trying to find ways to help improve conditions for those seniors.
Among the changes to the SAT being announced by The College Board in Austin on Wednesday: The test will revert to a 1600-point scale, and the essay portion will be optional and scored separately.
In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial match-up is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.
Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they have no plans to change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course.
Texas' drought has sparked discussions on the need to build desalination plants and new reservoirs, but some scientists and water planners want to add "weather modification" to that list. This story was produced in partnership with KUT News.
With an unusually large number of statewide primary candidates running for an unusually large number of open seats, many races are expected to head into a runoff after Tuesday's election. For some campaigns, that likelihood has meant considering how their actions may impact a second round.
Dawn Nettles' passion for the Texas Lottery started as a report on lottery results and related articles, and over the last 20 years it has evolved into a full-time job.
Everybody knows that the Hispanic growth of the state might change Texas politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to consider: Who will replace elderly voters in their constituency?
The East Texas town of Jasper has reached an $831,000 settlement in the federal discrimination lawsuit brought by its first black police chief after his 2012 firing.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the state’s peak power demand is growing more slowly than previously though, buying time for regulators hoping to bolster reliability on the electric grid.
Luling, a tapped-out oil town once known as Texas' "toughest," has found a unique way to celebrate its heritage: decorating its aging pump jacks with a full cast of characters.
The crowded field of candidates campaigning against 90-year-old U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall argues that 17 terms are enough for the Republican lawmaker.
Texas' voter ID law, which was passed in 2011 and will face its biggest statewide test yet in Tuesday's primaries, presents an added hurdle for transgender voters, who advocates fear may be discouraged from showing up at the polls.
With low turnout in statewide primaries and the two-decade dominance of Republicans, a bloc of a relatively few voters determines how Texas will handle long-term public policy challenges. And some worry that means voters who don't reflect the demographic makeup of the state are making most of the calls.
After less than two years leading the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Executive Director Mike Griffiths announced Thursday that he is resigning.
The University of Texas System has been conducting an inquiry into whether lawmakers have undue influence in admissions decisions at the University of Texas at Austin. An email obtained by the Tribune could shed light on the deliberations.
The University of Texas System has been conducting an inquiry into whether lawmakers have undue influence in admissions decisions at the University of Texas at Austin. An e-mail obtained by The Texas Tribune could shed light on the deliberations.
As Republican lawmakers seek to rein in the president's executive authority, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes.
With five Republicans fighting for the open state Senate seat vacated by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, one thing is almost certain: a May runoff.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, a candidate for comptroller, amended his personal financial forms this week to include more information about his wife's income and investments.
All of the major Republican candidates for Texas agriculture commissioner strongly oppose any pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — a position that the agricultural lobby says would cripple the industry in Texas.
A slight majority of Texas registered voters would support an overhaul of federal immigration law that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Presiding U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is the latest of a slate of federal judges in Republican states to rule against same-sex marriage bans, following last year's U.S. Supreme Court case Windsor v. U.S., which required the federal government — but not states — to recognize same-sex marriages.
Battleground Texas, the Democratic group working to make the state politically competitive, wrote a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday saying it has broken no laws.
Nearly half of registered Texas voters support legalization of marijuana for any use in some quantities, and nearly three in 10 would legalize it for medicinal use only, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
The way Democrats see it, Greg Abbott hurt himself by campaigning with caustic rocker Ted Nugent. In the Abbott camp, though, the Nuge blowback theory is another fiction spun by the liberal elites.
While the number of women farmers nationally is in decline, in Texas, their ranks are swelling, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Census of Agriculture.
Detailed campaign finance records show that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis received a fundraising boost last week as her likely GOP opponent, Greg Abbott, came under fire for campaigning with controversial rocker Ted Nugent.
The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case challenging the state's regulations on eyebrow threading, which several businesses and threaders say have hurt their ability to operate in Texas.
Opponents of a proposed open pit coal mine on the border will see this week if their last chance at stopping the venture has legs. Representatives for the project say fears have been overblown.
Boosting funding for public schools and cutting standardized tests top the list of ways the state could change public education most effectively, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. While some numbers on education point to partisan differences, some ideas win high marks from both conservatives and liberals.
Three Texas Supreme Court justices up for re-election face GOP primary challenges. Backers of the incumbents are critical about where support for those challengers is coming from. And those challengers have questioned the current court's conservatism.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading GOP candidate for governor, has raised another $2.45 million in the last month, his campaign said. His likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, has not yet reported her figures.
In at least three high-profile cases that will be heard in federal court in Texas this year, environmental groups are suing companies directly for allegedly violating pollution laws, saying they cannot depend on the government to take action. Analysts say such lawsuits are likely to become more common.
Thousands of residents of Texas colonias could be largely left with little hope of obtaining health insurance after falling into the "coverage gap." But community-based organizations are working to educate them on their options.
Maybe you were looking for a policy debate on transportation or water or school finance? That's not what the political candidates are talking about. They're focused on issues that motivate primary voters.
In a narrow vote Sunday, the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston opted not to leave a national Presbyterian church over a debate about the church's views on homosexuality.
Republican Greg Abbott holds an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, and a number of Republican primaries appear to be destined for May runoff elections. Both Abbott and Davis hold gaping leads over the other candidates in their party primaries.
Republican Greg Abbott included controversial musician and entertainer Ted Nugent in a couple of campaign stops this week. It could have been scripted by his likely November rival, Wendy Davis.
Though Republicans have dominated Texas politics over the last 20 years, GOP leaders have been preaching about the need for better minority outreach and updated technology. The emergence of the Democratic group Battleground Texas finally gave them a reason to get moving on it.
Amarillo receives a higher ratio of new refugees to the existing population than any other Texas city. Local officials are worried that the refugee population is straining the city’s resources.
The Department of Family and Protective Services has ramped up its efforts to conduct predictive data analysis and reduce the high turnover of CPS caseworkers, the agency’s commissioner told a panel of senators on Thursday.
The Senate Health and Human Services committee discussed Texas’ efforts to expand access to women’s health services across the state at a hearing on Thursday.
The number of homeless people in Texas has declined in recent years. But this unusually cold winter has driven people into shelters across the state.
In the 12-way Republican primary for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, the candidates are running more against President Obama than against one another. The crowded field of candidates has had just three months to convince voters they are the best pick for Congress.
How the Texas State Board of Education has handled its purview over curriculum standards has cropped up in three primary races that will likely determine who will join the board in January.
The office of Secretary of State Nandita Berry suggested that voter registration practices by Battleground Texas might rise to a “potential level of offense” of state election law. Battleground said it did nothing wrong.
Many candidates' reluctance to acknowledge a link between oil and gas drilling and a recent spate of earthquakes in North Texas has stirred new debate in the race for Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator.
The state suspended a physician's license last week after he was found to have violated a new state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The case has brought new attention to that provision, which is being challenged in court.
Fox News pundit and famed political consultant Karl Rove has become fodder for both Democrats and Republicans in this year's elections. Once considered among the most powerful people in Texas Republican politics, Rove is being used by some GOP candidates to challenge Sen. John Cornyn's conservative credentials.
State senators will hold a hearing Thursday to assess Texas’ efforts to expand access to women’s health services across the state. Abortion rights advocates say an essential issue has been left off the agenda.
Ryan Sitton (bottom right), a Republican candidate for railroad commissioner, says that if elected, he would remain involved with his company, which consults with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Some of his opponents have raised concerns.
When news broke that Greg Abbott, the Republican front-runner for governor, would be appearing at a campaign stop in North Texas with Ted Nugent, the self-proclaimed “Madman,” Democrats and social media erupted.
Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks about states’ rights and marijuana laws drew national attention, though his staff said they were nothing new. But many folks are wondering if Texas could soon move toward decriminalization or legalization. Don't count on it, several criminal justice analysts say.
In a general election in November, a voter who doesn't know the candidates by name can make choices based on political party. It's not so easy in March, especially when the primary ballot is crowded.
A new Harris County Jail program is helping pregnant inmates and young mothers transition back into society. Its goal is to ensure they learn how to be good mothers and to avoid going back to jail.
To address shortfalls in Medicaid financing and billions in annual uncompensated care costs, Ted Shaw, president and chief executive of the Texas Hospital Association, issued a call to action to hospitals on Friday.
While customs officers on the border have their hands full searching for heroin, marijuana and other drugs, at least once a year they face another foe with the potential to wreak havoc on the country's economy: flowers.
Texas Democrats are hoping to win the support of people who have never voted before. They should be looking, as well, for Texans who voted for Democrats once before and never came back.
All of the GOP candidates for agriculture commissioner have benefited from farm subsidies, and they could benefit from the new farm bill. But they are also critics of the federal government, which writes those subsidy checks.
As the elderly population grows in Texas and throughout the United States, more seniors are finding themselves in need of home care workers. But that workforce is aging, too, and attracting young people to the profession has proven challenging.
UPDATED: A natural gas producer is suing the city of Dallas, after the city denied the company drilling rights to 3,600 acres of land it has leased.
A federal judge in San Antonio heard arguments Wednesday in a case seeking to overturn Texas' gay marriage ban. But even if the judge strikes down the ban, an appeals process will likely prevent same-sex couples from rushing to get married.
President Obama has been a frequent target for the candidates in the Republican race for Texas attorney general. Now the campaigns for two of those candidates — state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton — are accusing each other of benefiting from the president's 2009 stimulus package. Those are fighting words in a Republican primary in Texas.
In January, an additional 89,500 Texans selected a health plan on the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released Wednesday.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has released the latest of her education reform proposals, calling for the state to increase access to full-day pre-kindergarten programs and prioritize early-childhood reading programs.
Since the Corsicana juvenile detention center was founded in 1887 as the Texas Orphan Asylum, the facility's history has followed national trends in juvenile justice issues.
Following instructions from House Speaker Joe Straus, Texas lawmakers plan to study the benefits of accepting high-level nuclear waste from around the country, a controversial proposition. But even if Texas seeks a waste facility, huge hurdles would stand in its way.
After at first distancing himself from Rick Perry on the campaign trail, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is set to make a joint appearance at a fundraiser in Houston on Wednesday with the man he's hoping to succeed, marking a shift in campaign strategy.
A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that seeks to overturn Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. It's one of several cases statewide challenging Texas' stance on same-sex unions.
Injecting acid to help drill for oil isn't a new practice, but Texas' oil and gas regulator doesn't track where or how much acid is used by drillers in the state, and that has some people concerned.
In the short run, the GOP appears to be embarking on a winning strategy to mobilize a reliable and larger electorate using the rhetoric that motivates its voters.
Full video of 2/7 TribLive conversation with three Amarillo lawmakers: State Sen. Kel Seliger and State Reps. "Four" Price and John Smithee.
Among young Texans who started eighth grade in 2001, less than one-fifth earned a higher education credential within six years of their high school graduation, according to data in the Tribune's new Higher Ed Outcomes Explorer.
At least three members of Texas' highest criminal court will be replaced in the next year, and observers say the unusually high turnover could have a significant effect on the court's decisions.
Campaigns, always trying to raise money, shift into another gear when the primaries are looming: It's time to spend some of that cash.
Greg Abbott's comparison of South Texas corruption to "third-world country practices" has made the GOP gubernatorial candidate a target for Democrats and drawn criticism from border leaders.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most Texans must have health insurance by March 31. That includes refugees, who often lack the English skills needed to understand the complexities of the American health care system.
Drought-stricken Texas cities have succeeded in encouraging residents to slash water consumption — but they've lost money in the process by selling less water. That means everyone must pay higher rates.
When Bernie Tiede went to trial in 1999 for murdering a wealthy Carthage widow, many in the town wanted the young man to see a light punishment. But 15 years into his life sentence, as court proceedings begin that could lead to Tiede's early release, many now say prison is where he belongs.
When Texas legalized brewpubs in 1993, the owners could only sell their product on-site. That changed Jan. 1 with the implementation of the largest overhaul of the craft beer industry in two decades.
Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.
Texas Hispanics lean Democratic, but they are more likely to be Republican than Hispanics elsewhere in the country, according to a new Gallup poll.
Though there are no major differences on immigration policy between the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor in Texas, the issue has taken center stage in the race. Heated rhetoric has drawn concern from groups focused on courting Hispanic voters.
Nine internationally renowned researchers from various fields will be welcomed on Friday as fellows of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study, part of a group that administrators have nicknamed the Genius Corps.
For voters who don't know all of the candidates, slate cards that list this or that group's endorsements in the primaries can be useful. And sometimes, that drives the campaigns batty.
Four Republicans running for Texas railroad commissioner are working to differentiate themselves. But speaking Thursday at a Republican Women of Austin luncheon, they found plenty upon which to agree.
More than three years after San Antonio Water System asked the private sector to develop plans for a new water supply for the growing region, the utility has decided not to use any of them.
Sen. Wendy Davis has riled conservatives with talk of gun restrictions. But now she's stirring controversy among fellow Democrats for embracing reforms that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns — even into the state Capitol.
Legislation that President Obama is expected to sign on Friday will cut $8.6 billion in food-stamp benefits over a decade, but Texas recipients won’t be affected.
The snowstorm that created a traffic nightmare last week in Atlanta last week sheds light on the challenges facing car-dependent urban areas in Texas and other states that see severe winter weather infrequently.
Millions of dollars may be headed to Texas from BP to help make amends for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But a state agency has sparked a debate over a proposal to charge fees when that money is used to restore coastal habitats.
The contentious relationship between Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency was the primary focus of a Wednesday hearing of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
A new national report on water use for hydraulic fracturing suggests that oil and gas companies are at risk of running short on the precious resource — especially in South Texas.
During a two-day DNA hearing that ended Tuesday, prosecutors argued tests confirmed Hank Skinner’s guilt in a 20-year-old triple murder, but his lawyers said the results raised too many questions to allow him to be executed.
Fundraising reports for the month of January show Greg Abbott largely outraising Wendy Davis with the help of several six-figure contributions, while Davis relied on smaller donations.
After years of political fighting, Congress has passed a farm bill that will bring certainty to agricultural and food assistance policy until 2018. The changes could be substantial for Texas farmers and ranchers, who will no longer receive direct cash payments but will benefit from subsidized insurance policies.
After about a year and a half of development, Texas A&M University-Commerce and South Texas College in late January unveiled a new, innovative response to Gov. Rick Perry's $10,000-college-degree challenge.
Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, has proposed a dramatic increase in state spending on border security and other crime-fighting initiatives. But he hasn't identified the funding to pay for the programs.
Should Texas overhaul its electricity market? And if so, how much would it cost? A highly anticipated report has shed some light on those questions amid an increasingly contentious debate.
Texas in 2013 exonerated more people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes than any other state, according to a new report.
More than 20 years after then-Texas Comptroller John Sharp launched a popular program to cut government waste, the candidates to be the next comptroller are talking about reviving it. But the reasons that state lawmakers stripped the office of that power in 2003 may remain a roadblock.
The University of Texas System met the Feb. 1 deadline for responding to a set of directives dictated by the legislative committee that is investigating one of its regents, Wallace Hall of Dallas.
Six people were arrested on Monday in front of the Travis County Jail during a civil disobedience protest against a federal immigration program.
Trackers, operatives who seek to harm their political opponents by gathering secret audio or video, are at it again in the Texas governor's race. This time Democrats are distributing a recording they say demonstrates that Attorney General Greg Abbott is pushing attacks on Democrat Wendy Davis.
After a crackdown a few years ago in Laredo, gaming halls are on the rise again. But local officials aren't quite on the same page about whether to enforce the gambling laws or to try to change them.
Looking for income disparity? Look at the Texas campaign finance reports, where contributions from big donors outstrip the contributions from thousands of small ones.
Texas' refusal to issue required greenhouse permits for almost two years may have hurt business. Energy companies say they have been unable to take advantage of the area's shale boom.
The State Board of Education voted Friday to drop an existing requirement that all students at Texas public schools take algebra II to graduate. It also approved two high-level math courses that students can take as an alternative.
Nearly four years after the BP oil spill, a fight over how to spend the recovery money paid to Texas has erupted between environmentalists and the state's parks and wildlife department.
Republicans running for lieutenant governor demonstrated in their debate Monday that they are concerned about their March primary, not about how their positions might sound in November.
Texas ranks 33rd for its percentage of female legislators. The number of women in the upper chamber is unlikely to increase, even as two of the seven in the Senate — Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte — pursue statewide office.
As oil booms in La Salle County, so have 911 calls. In response, officials have unleashed a plan to professionalize the county's firefighting forces, which had long relied on volunteers who were not equipped to handle the increased workload. Officials hope the county will become a model for similar communities in Texas.
Congressional Republicans a set of guidelines for comprehensive immigration reform on Thursday, saying immigrants should have a path to legal status only after paying fines and passing background checks.
In Texas, 49.8 percent of households lack enough savings to pay for three months of basic expenses in case of a crisis such as a job loss, according to a new study.
The Texas A&M University System regents on Thursday voted in favor of a new tuition and fee structure for its flagship institution, Texas A&M University.
After a polarizing freshman term in the state House, Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, a Tea Party backer, has drawn backlash from some Republicans in a closely watched race.
In the high-stakes gubernatorial race, the candidates are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in a competition to raise more money — and, hopefully, win more votes — than the competition.
As the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents gathers for a meeting in Galveston on Thursday, some students in College Station are concerned that the regents, while miles away, will increase tuition at the flagship university.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is reviewing its Death Row Plan, and inmates' rights advocates, along with the prison employees union, are urging less restrictive housing for the condemned.
Months after her husband was killed in Mexico, Lorena Acosta finally laid her husband to rest on Monday in West Texas. Acosta hopes to use her personal tragedy to spotlight what she said are deep-seated problems within law enforcement south of the border.
A controversial groundwater pumping plan that opponents argue could threaten the lower Rio Grande's already depleted supply is highlighting a conundrum in Texas water law. Texas rivers and springs are the property of the state, while water flowing below ground belongs to landowners. But many of the state's surface water resources are fed by groundwater.
The number of immigrants apprehended while attempting to cross the United States' southern border rose last year, but most of the increase can be attributed to immigrants coming from countries other than Mexico.
Twenty candidates — including seven Republicans and five Democrats — are hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. It is by far the most crowded statewide race in Texas this year.
President Obama's recent focus on economic disparity, which he touted in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, has drawn attention to the issue in Texas, which has the nation's eighth-highest level of income inequality.
Saying she’d “had enough,” state Sen. Wendy Davis unloaded on Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday night, blaming him and his allies for waging a smear campaign against her family.
In open letters released Tuesday, Amber and Dru Davis fired back at critics who have suggested that their mother, state Sen. Wendy Davis, misrepresented her early biography.
The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor took on end-of-life issues, border security, and of course, each other, in an hour-long Dallas debate.
The Obama campaign operative who founded Battleground Texas touts the group's successes nearly a year after its launch, weighs in on a controversy involving some of his volunteers and talks about the fierce criticism directed at his party’s candidate for governor.
Republican Mike VanDeWalle and Democrat Celia Israel will face off Tuesday in the special election runoff for House District 50. Freezing temperatures could keep many voters at home.
Oklahoma says it will allow a North Texas water district to resume pumping water from Lake Texoma, even though some of the district’s pumps sit — just barely — inside Oklahoma territory.
Everybody is nervous about privacy, and most voters don't have a high level of confidence in many public and private institutions. But their level of trust has a lot to do with their political alignment, too.
The leading candidates for governor have already started a war of words. Last week, it was about divorce and disability — and political correctness.
As provisions of Texas' new abortion law await their fate at a federal appeals court, judges will have to decide whether the restrictions present an "undue burden" on women seeking the procedure.
The two leading candidates for governor are making education a talking point in their campaigns. Attorney General Greg Abbott is exploring charter schools and virtual learning, while state Sen. Wendy Davis is focused on teacher recruitment.
GOP gubernatorial front-runner Greg Abbott attacked chief Democratic rival Wendy Davis — though not by name — at a boisterous anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol on Saturday.
Companies that exist only to collect dormant patents and then sue for infringement are a growing threat to firms, but both businesses and lawmakers are beginning to take action. While bills slowly grind through Congress, some Texas lawmakers are considering ways for the state, which has increasingly invested in the software industry, to address the issue.
On Friday, the University of Texas at Austin will announce a $60 million gift from the Mulva Family Foundation to support the university's McCombs School of Business and Cockrell School of Engineering.
As the utilities and big energy users spar in Austin over how to best encourage the building of power plants, another important issue that is getting less public attention is about how Texas can curb its energy use.
Lawmakers love to say that they have solved the state's school finance problems. With that system being challenged once again in court, it's clear that all they can do is readjust it every few years.
Wednesday night’s execution in Texas of a Mexican national convicted of killing a Houston police officer has given the candidates vying to be the state’s next attorney general an opportunity to weigh in on the death penalty.
The Texas Comptroller's Office will use $5 million appropriated by state legislators to fund university-centered research on three species at risk of being classified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A gruesome murder in a Texas hotel room and a 9-year-old’s futile effort to call 911 has sparked a national petition — and prompted federal officials to seek a legislative remedy.
After re-electing Harvey Hilderbran every two years since 1992, the voters in House District 53 are vetting a group of fresh faces and hosting a slew of candidate forums to hear where the GOP primary candidates stand on issue No. 1 — water.
Texas appears to be headed for another clash with the Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas limits — this time, for existing power plants. A letter from Texas regulators to the EPA about a new plan raised concerns about the federal rule-making process and a potential strain on the state's electric grid.
With most candidates' campaigns for the March primaries in full swing, Hispanic Republicans trying to increase their numbers in the state House are mostly looking past the primaries. The three Hispanic GOP incumbents don't have any primary challengers, and Hispanic Republicans will challenge four Hispanic House Democrats in November.
An Arizona-based company plans to build a 22-megawatt solar plant in West Texas. When it's up and running — officials say the plant could be online as soon as June — it will rank among the state's largest.
Texas' recent designation as one of six test states for a federal project that seeks to expand the use of drones is spotlighting how far apart border lawmakers are on using more unmanned aircraft for border security.
Scientists say satellites in space may someday help explain why one air pollution monitoring station in a tiny Texas town south of Houston keeps recording the highest levels of ozone pollution in the region.
The Texas Department of Insurance on Tuesday issued state regulations for health care "navigators," the workers who assist people seeking health insurance in the federal marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.
Local government officials are eyeing extra revenue from Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande to save on items after a sales tax increase in Mexico's border regions. But leaders and business owners in Texas say cross-border traffic may turn a potential boon into little more than a bump.
Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, wants to be speaker of the Texas House. That could make him a topic of discussion in this year's Republican primaries for the House.
Attorney General Greg Abbott demonstrated his fundraising prowess over the last half year with 25 six-figure donations, including a total of $900,000 from the late Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons.
A plan meant to balance the needs of the Edwards Aquifer's 2 million water users with those of threatened species will receive a national award Thursday, but the state's severe drought could hinder the proposal's success.
A coalition of public officials in the U.S. federal government, the Mexican federal government and Texas are discussing how to develop and finance a high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio to Monterrey, Mexico.
Touting it as a first-of-its-kind higher ed gadget, the UT System on Thursday launched a new interactive website that includes salary and debt information for graduates after one year and five years in the workforce.
In the past decade, pipeline accidents caused by construction crews have killed and injured workers and inflicted significant property damage in Texas. One measure that’s supposed to prevent such accidents has stirred concerns.
Democratic and Republican voters favor many provisions of proposed immigration law reforms and of the Affordable Care Act. But the rhetorical emphasis on unpopular provisions of those policies has made them nonstarters with those same voters.
After reviewing University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's handling of information that may be confidential under federal student privacy laws, outside lawyers for the system concluded that no prosecution was warranted.
Democrat Wendy Davis got several huge contributions in her race for Texas governor, including a whopping $1 million donation from an Austin doctor.
Despite critics' calls for more scrutiny, federal pipeline regulators say they see no reason to delay activating the Oklahoma-to-Texas leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which is set to be turned on next week.
Republicans have a comfortable majority in the Texas Legislature, but in the primaries, the debate is over which sorts of Republicans should be in control.
Legislative efforts to regulate lenders failed last year amid sparring between lenders and consumer advocates. Now, the issue is flaring in the gubernatorial race amid calls for the resignation of the appointed head of the Finance Commission of Texas, who is also an executive for one of the lenders.
Wendy Davis and a joint "victory committee" committed to her election as governor have raised a combined $12 million since July, her campaign announced Tuesday. Greg Abbott announced he raised $11.5 million in the same period.
In 2012, Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities, warned that Texas was “ground zero” for a controversial push to make higher education more utilitarian. Now, his tone is more hopeful.
A pregnant North Texas woman being kept on life support against her family's wishes is stirring political debate in a state immersed in competitive primary races, and fresh off a legislative session where lawmakers had tense debates over when life begins and how it can end.
Election Day is right around the corner — at least for voters in one Travis County state House district. Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle will face off Jan. 28 in a special election runoff to succeed retiring Rep. Mark Strama.
If the past is a guide, gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott will soon report big money from wealthy donors, and his opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, will report many small donors from around the U.S.
Republican candidates in the crowded field for agriculture commissioner could benefit from talking about a lot more than agricultural issues, and some are relying on that strategy more than others.
Nearly 120,000 Texans purchased coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That number represents a tiny fraction of the state's uninsured.
There are an estimated 880 trillion gallons of brackish water underneath the state's surface. But using the salty resource can be tricky: Treating it carries a hefty price tag, and the oversight of its withdrawal isn't clear-cut.
The Texas Transportation Commission on Tuesday selected James Bass, the Texas Department of Transportation's chief financial officer, as TxDOT's interim executive director.
The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday morning in an online defamation case that could have far-reaching effects on individual freedom to post online.
An influx of ships from Asia expected to start coming to the Port of Houston via a newly widened Panama Canal has some Texans looking west for guidance on how to address environmental concerns amid rapid port growth.
A new political action committee will allow Texans for Education Reform, the education advocacy group that became a lobbying powerhouse during the 2013 legislative session with the backing of tort reform heavyweights, to put some of its resources toward candidates for office.
The Texas Railroad Commission said it would hire a seismologist to research the link between earthquakes and disposal of oil and gas waste in injection wells.
The Sunlight Foundation found $16,000 in donations that were made to U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman's re-election campaign committee that the committee did not report.
In 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is continuing its quest for a politically palatable model of performance-based funding for public universities.
Lawmakers passed a bill that requires a study of solitary confinement in Texas prisons, but the panel charged with hiring a third party to conduct the research does not have money to fund the study.
Self-appointed "conservative" special-interest groups have intervened in some House races to exert political power. It's time for those of us who believe in truly conservative solutions to push back.
While Texas awaits a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on the state's abortion regulations, the strict new rules that have forced some facilities to stop performing the procedure remain in effect, leaving swaths of the state without a nearby provider.
As in the rest of the country, Texas lacks enough mental health professionals to serve the state's rapidly growing elderly population. To combat the problem, experts are looking to technology to help seniors cope with disorders like depression.
Kinky Friedman — noted singer, humorist, novelist and hawker of tequila — has tried multiple times to add “elected official” to his résumé. His celebrity status and unique charm have not translated into success at the ballot box. In his most recent attempt, his campaign has a clearer focus: legalizing marijuana.
As a deep chill grips much of Texas, the state's electric grid operator is asking consumers to reduce their energy use, though a brief threat of rolling blackouts has been averted.
The state's longest-serving governor is beginning his last year in office. His people are finding long-term jobs, and his allies and appointees can start thinking about what happens next.
Many Republican officials have pointed to George P. Bush, the odds-on favorite in the 2014 land commissioner's race, as an example that Hispanic candidates are able to win statewide GOP primaries. But several political observers do not see a trend starting.
In the last month, both Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, have reached out to gubernatorial appointees to share their thoughts on government oversight, which has recently become a touchy subject.
A growing number of North Texas mineral owners — including the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth — are suing oil and gas companies, alleging that they have been shortchanged millions of dollars in royalty payments that the companies deducted to cover postproduction costs.
Dec. 31 is not a political deadline voters care about — but candidates sure do. It's the last day they can bring in money for a report that will demonstrate their strength to supporters.
A surge in truck traffic related to the drilling boom in parts of Texas has resulted in a smaller boom in the windshield replacement industry.
Unlike the rest of the state, the Texas Gulf Coast has been working for decades to reduce dependency on groundwater because pumping from the Gulf Coast Aquifer has caused the land to sink. But in Fort Bend County, some areas are resisting calls to end the pumping.
Steadfast supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say that to have a chance for any change in 2014, they may have to be content with legislation that only addresses some of their overall objectives.