State leaders in business-friendly Texas have been reluctant to put new limits on any industry, and a lack of regulation is being acutely felt by the low-income borrowers to whom the payday and auto-title lending industry most often caters.
Gov. Rick Perry might come out of his criminal indictment smelling like a rose, but he'll have to be quick about it. His hopes for another bid for president depend on ending his legal troubles quickly. Heavy campaigning for the Republican nomination will be underway in just a year.
After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday.
Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed into Texas illegally.
For-profit teacher certification companies are flourishing in Texas. But as the industry grows, so do questions about the state's ability to control the quality of training the programs provide.
It's official: Admiral William H. McRaven, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. His annual salary? $1.2 million.
Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation land purchase in Texas history.
The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday.
UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night. "This is an assault on the Constitution," the spokesman said. "We don't want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well."
Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records.
Rick Perry, facing charges related to his threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, has assembled his legal defense dream team. Here's a look at the strengths of both his attorneys and the prosecutor investigating him.
Gov. Rick Perry has waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.
Texas A&M University announced on Wednesday that Aggie fans will be able to hear complete coverage of the team's football games in Spanish this season via a new radio network.
The UT System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives — including how to keep tuition flat and find a new president for the flagship university.
Despite a last-ditch protest from a state lawmaker, Texas’ only radioactive waste dump is poised to get permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.
Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke this month at a conservative conference about how Texas could attract more jobs if it didn't have a business franchise tax. But Abbott isn't proposing a repeal of the tax, according to his campaign.
Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties said on Monday at a Texas Tribune event that they haven’t given up on crafting a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.
A coalition of ranchers and business owners from South Texas is pushing back against border officials who have criticized the build-up of law enforcement on the Rio Grande.
After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."
Texans for Public Justice, the liberal-leaning group that filed the complaint that led to Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last week, has a history of messing with Texas politicians. Critics have accused Texans for Public Justice of doing Democrats' dirty work, but Director Craig McDonald said the group is solely focused on accountability and ethics.
The public won’t know the details of Rick Perry’s prosecution unless it goes to trial. In the meantime, the secrecy surrounding the evidence the grand jury heard is providing fertile ground for speculation.
Supporters of Gov. Rick Perry, expecting him to be booked on Tuesday afternoon, are planning to stage a rally at the Travis County Courthouse to demonstrate their solidarity with him as he fights two felony indictments.
Gov. Rick Perry, who faces an indictment related to how he has used his political powers, is defending himself on two fronts: the legal one, where he has assembled an all-star team of lawyers, and the political one, where his storyline seems to be taking hold.
After a period of soul-searching, the Livestrong Foundation announced Tuesday that it is making a major strategic move — giving a $50 million gift to the University of Texas at Austin's new Dell Medical School to create the Livestrong Cancer Institutes.
Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor who secured an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, is described by colleagues as faithful and aggressive. One thing they don't call him is partisan.
Defense attorneys representing Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that there was nothing illegal or inappropriate about his veto of funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign.
The special prosecutor who secured an indictment last week against Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he's still discussing with defense attorneys about how and when Perry will be processed.
There is a lot we don't know about how the prosecution of Gov. Rick Perry will take shape. The governor said he was acting within the power of his authority as he vetoed public integrity unit funding. But a grand jury came to a different conclusion. Here are five things to remember about this case and its history as things move forward.
For years, critics have called for an end to the Driver Responsibility Program. But because the program brings in millions of dollars every year, it has proved stubbornly hard to kill.
Drillers’ mad dash to the Eagle Ford has spurred a printing boom, as publishers court new advertisers and audiences — including industry executives, natives of transformed communities and oil workers with little to do in isolated towns.
In Texas, a new model for high-speed rail is hurtling forward. If successful, it could mark a turning point for the development of public transportation around the country.
Nearly a century ago, a sitting Texas governor was indicted for allegedly playing politics with public money and yanking funding from an institution. Sound familiar?
A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state’s public integrity unit.
Texas should not bank on legal action to free itself from the Obama administration’s proposal to tackle climate change, two state regulators said Friday at a Public Utility Commission workshop.
The Railroad Commission's new chairman on the agency's dual role as an industry watchdog and champion, the push to ban fracking in Denton and the commission’s efforts on earthquakes and disposal wells.
State Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte have taken to promoting their business credentials while campaigning to become the state's lieutenant governor in a race that influential groups say should be good for business.
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.