On the anniversary of her filibuster, Wendy Davis' message moved beyond women’s health and abortion to broader criticism of the state’s Republican leadership. Greg Abbott's campaign called her out of touch with "Texas values.
Lawmakers considered a proposal to shutter six of Texas’ 13 state-supported living centers over two days of public hearings, renewing a long-simmering debate over the future of the state’s institutions for the disabled.
Texas is considering doing away with the licensing of X-ray technicians and 11 other types of health professionals. Some say that would put patients at risk. A Sunset Commission hearing Wednesday is set to address the issue.
The state is considering a proposal to integrate its Division for Blind Services with other rehabilitation services. While lawmakers are largely supportive of a consolidation, advocates for the blind are voicing concerns.
The Federal Railroad Administration published a document on its website Wednesday officially kicking off a highly anticipated environmental review of a proposed high speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.
Of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall’s allegations of misconduct at UT-Austin, none has gained as much traction as his assertion that there is "secret favoritism" for the politically connected in admissions. But more information — and a full-on UT System review — may be required to determine whether he has unearthed anything untoward.
It's been a year since Wendy Davis' filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Texas Democrats have used the filibuster as a rallying point, while some Republicans are using it to talk about changing the way the Senate does its business.
Dozens of Texas hospitals that receive Medicare dollars will likely be penalized for their rates of complications and infections during inpatient stays. Use our interactive map to see those hospitals and their ratings.
At a House Homeland Security Committee meeting on Tuesday, chairman Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said President Obama's immigration policies were to blame for the flood of children crossing the Texas-Mexico border.
John Cornyn's campaign is actively seeking to reach diverse communities that haven’t been traditional Republican supporters, from Indian-Americans to Latinos in the border colonias. And his team is trying to use Tea Party-style strategies to do it. Democrats have two words for them: good luck.
As the state's top elected officials debate how to halt a surge of immigrants across the border, health officials and volunteer doctors are voicing concerns over what they say is the more serious challenge: a looming medical crisis.
The office of Attorney General Greg Abbott is fighting another whistleblower lawsuit, and Democrats are hoping to make it an issue in the Republican candidate's bid for governor.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday warned that if Central American leaders do not heed the call to stop their citizens from flooding across the Texas-Mexico border, the summer months will bear witness to a “trail of tears” caused by a surge of dead migrants.
After a two-month lag, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has responded to Greg Abbott’s questions about the bureau’s claim to a disputed strip of land along the Red River, and the Texas attorney general is not impressed.
On Monday, 15 years after a U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for some people with disabilities to move out of institutions, advocates for Texans with disabilities called on state lawmakers to speed up that process.
Warning of the dangers faced by undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S., Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday called on the Obama administration to more strictly enforce immigration laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court largely rejected Attorney General Greg Abbott’s challenge of federal climate rules Monday, deciding that the EPA is allowed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from most large industrial facilities.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, has added her name to the list of lawmakers calling for a special legislative session to immediately address the unprecedented number of illegal border crossers into Texas.
With the anniversary of the filibuster that made her a star for Texas Democrats, Wendy Davis is still trying to turn a momentous event into the kind of campaign that will upset the state's entrenched political order.
Spurred in part by its fast-growing renewable energy sector, Texas has become a major testing ground for storage technology that could revolutionize the power grid.
While universities and Texas legislators support state rules limiting sports agents to a quick pre-season meet-and-greet with college football players, agents say the short window of access can lead NFL hopefuls to make bad decisions.
State authorities are supposed to maintain a bilingual, 24-hour hotline for workers to report safety violations. Officials acknowledged Friday that the hotline has been inoperative after hours.
A North Texas rancher’s protest of a power line that splits his land – one he says was built in the wrong place – could prompt new rules addressing when a transmission company can tweak a line’s route after it is approved.
Both immigrants' rights groups and conservative lawmakers are criticizing the White House's plan, announced Friday, to deal with the influx of migrants illegally crossing Texas’ southern border.
Responding to questions about whether fracking has pushed methane to migrate into a North Texas neighborhood’s water supply, the Railroad Commission of Texas last month effectively shut the door on its investigation, saying that oil and gas drilling was not to blame. But independent geoscientists remained divided on the issue.
Once again, the state's care for mental health patients is under legislative scrutiny, and county sheriffs and other local officials are hoping the state will fix a problem that has spilled into their domains.
A month after a fire destroyed 225 homes near Fritch, the small Panhandle town is grappling with questions about its future after years of drought and a steadily declining population.
Texas' Republican leaders made sure the state didn't expand its Medicaid program to poor, uninsured adults under the Affordable Care Act. But low-income parents here are increasingly getting covered by the joint state-federal insurer anyway — through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
A key Republican lawmaker and a Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner are among those expressing concerns about the Railroad Commission of Texas' practice of preventing staffers from talking to members of the media.
Texas ranks third-worst in the nation on quality of long-term care for elderly and disabled people, according to a new AARP report released Thursday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has been instructed to immediately increase its efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border with a $1.3 million-per-week operation.
The family of the widow whose murder was the focus of the 2011 film "Bernie" objects to the court's decision to free the man who killed her, and wants the court to hear their case.
Nearly two weeks after the Republican Party of Texas adopted its 2014 platform, the party has released it in full. Delegates approved the platform during the state GOP convention in Fort Worth.
In a year when immigration issues have figured prominently in primary elections, the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds voters — particularly conservative voters — taking a hard line. A majority would support immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants.
As pipeline companies scramble to provide infrastructure to support the energy boom, they are having to pay more for the right to build oil and gas pipelines across private property.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will return to court Wednesday as prosecutors ask the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reinstate convictions against him for money laundering and conspiracy.
Texans who received financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the federal insurance exchange are paying less in monthly premiums than individuals in most other states using that online marketplace.
Touting a new program as the first in Texas to be directed at reducing preventable diseases, Texas A&M University officials on Tuesday announced their Healthy Texas Initiative, which will first launch with a focus on South Texas.
Voters do not see the necessity of a college education as strongly as they did four years ago, and they are open to a range of potentially major changes in public education, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But the overall support hides some strong partisan disagreements over which proposals are best.
The future of Texas' water supply will start to take shape on Tuesday when the Texas Water Development Board releases draft rules for funding major water projects over the next several decades.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and UT-Arlington are collecting water samples from hundreds of private wells in North Texas and West Texas to examine the effects of drilling on groundwater in the state.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, said Monday that he and other conservative lawmakers are seeking a special legislative session to address the influx of undocumented immigrants in South Texas.
William Kibler, the vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University, was named Monday as the sole finalist to be the next president of Sul Ross State University.
More doctors and medical facilities are working to reduce interactions between physicians and pharmaceutical representatives, and they have some support from the pharmaceutical industry.
The state of Texas does not levy a property tax, but state lawmakers would like to lower property tax bills anyway — a quest that could take them into school finance or into relief for some taxpayers at the expense of others.
Though the state offers free tuition and fees for certain former foster youth who enroll at public colleges and universities, relatively few take advantage of the opportunity — a trend policymakers are hoping to change.
Saying the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by an influx of minors crossing the border illegally, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Obama administration for $30 million for state-based border security operations.
With state Rep. Ron Reynolds preparing to stand trial in late summer on criminal and civil charges related to an alleged elaborate kickback scheme, Republicans see a chance to take back a district long held by Democrats.
As unaccompanied minors from Central American stream across the border, overwhelming federal resources, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, says U.S. aid is needed to help Mexico secure its southern border.
Veronica "Ronnye" Vargas Stidvent was named the new chancellor of WGU Texas as WGU's Ray Martinez announced he will head the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.