This week, a federal appeals court is set to consider two prominent Texas cases: a legal challenge to the state's strict abortion regulations and an attempt to overturn the state’s longstanding ban on same-sex marriages.
Republican challenges to sitting Republican speakers of the House could backfire on the renegades — showing them to be far less numerous or politically powerful than they previously appeared.
Its brand-new headquarters is almost done, and its influence on public policy in Texas — and nationally — cannot be denied. At age 25, the Texas Public Policy Foundation is the big kid on the block among Austin think tanks, but its growing pains aren't over.
Before he was even sworn in, freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd had to pick sides in a leadership fight and decide whether to knife a colleague. There were also breakfast tacos.
Voting ended Tuesday night in three crowded elections — Senate District 26, House District 17 and House District 123 — and all are now headed for runoffs.
Irving has experienced scores of small earthquakes in recent months, and seismologists are headed to town to help figure out what’s behind the shaking.
David Lakey, the state's public health chief, will accept a joint position with the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, sources tell the Tribune.
Gun rights advocates will use a 3-D printer to manufacture weapons at the Texas Capitol during an armed rally set for the opening day of the 2015 legislative session.
Thousands of rural Texas homes get their natural gas from "farm taps," hooking up to nearby pipelines that carry raw gas on its way from wells to processing plants. One homeowner shut down his furnace when he learned of the risks.
Joined by many of Texas’ Republican elite as he was sworn in as the state’s attorney general on Monday, Ken Paxton said the state would have to guard against complacency.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott visited Austin High School on Monday to tour new automatic push-button doors, which were paid for by funds raised by an Austin High School senior.
Big names in state and national politics gathered in the Texas Senate chamber Friday to welcome George P. Bush, the state's new land commissioner, into the family business. The 38-year-old former investment consultant said that he would “practice the politics of aspiration" in his new post.
Amid accusations of cronyism involving a state agency's handling of a $110 million Medicaid fraud contract, a new state audit has found conflicts of interest and sloppy accounting in one of the agency's contracts with AT&T.
Former President George H.W. Bush was released on Tuesday from Houston Methodist Hospital, where he had spent a week after experiencing shortness of breath.
Ryan Sitton, the incoming Texas railroad commissioner, says he is following through on a campaign promise to step away from his oil and gas consulting firm and place its assets in a blind trust.
Thirty years is a lot to attribute to mere luck. Like Rick Perry or not, his considerable political skills have sustained him throughout his career in state politics.
Despite its critical acclaim, the new movie "Selma," which depicts the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Lyndon B. Johnson, is getting pushback from some in Johnson's home state.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission chief Kyle Janek said Tuesday he was misled in briefings on a no-bid, $110 million deal handed to an Austin company for unproven software to detect Medicaid fraud.
Three Republicans and a lone Democrat say they're running for the District 13 House seat left open when Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, moved to the Senate. Kolkhorst was sworn in Monday to take Comptroller-elect Glenn Hegar's SD-18 seat.
Legislators hate to be pinned down — unless they're keeping score. In the race for speaker of the House between incumbent Joe Straus and challenger Scott Turner, both sides want to know who lines up where.
A 54-year-old state attorney general’s opinion keeps counties from making money on mineral leases under their roads. But officials say they need the money to fix the damage caused by oil field traffic.
Almost a decade after voters overwhelmingly added it to the Texas Constitution, the clock may be running out on the state's gay marriage ban. A legal challenge will be argued in federal appeals court next month.
Incoming Comptroller Glenn Hegar is on the hot seat as a nosedive in crude oil prices – and the increasingly gloomy forecasts that have followed – cast a pall over the next legislative session.
A Rio Grande City teacher acquitted on charges of having an improper relationship with a student may remain in the classroom as he continues to appeal the revocation of his teacher certificate, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.
Since capital punishment was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, the cost of carrying out a death penalty trial has risen steadily.
Texas Tech University expelled Tim Cole after he was arrested in 1985 and charged with rape. Cole died in prison in 1999, but DNA evidence cleared the way for a posthumous pardon in 2009. Now there's a push for Tech to award Cole an honorary degree.
When an out-of-state retailer doesn't add Texas sales and use taxes to your bill, it's not because no taxes are owed — and it's not because the retailer is doing something illegal. Texas consumers fail to pay almost $1.8 billion annually.
State Sen. John Whitmire asked the state's public integrity unit on Thursday to investigate deals between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and 21 Century Technologies.
Texas' outgoing governor told Texas A&M graduates on Thursday evening that he needs a job too — preferably one with a big jet and travel to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Just a few years ago, Texas was shipping millions of dollars in food and goods to Cuba. The White House's decision to ease sanctions could reignite the state's once flourishing economic ties with the island nation.
The Railroad Commission wants to beef up oversight of oil and gas wells in cities, and ease tension between the industry and the growing number of urban Texans living next to well pads, compressor stations and disposal wells.
A new governor who touts public schools as a top priority and plenty of money in the state bank account don’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.
The Health and Human Services Commission has canceled a second contract involving Jack Stick, who resigned as the agency's top lawyer amid concerns over a $110 million contract that was not competitively bid.
The University of Texas System is extending its contract with Kroll Associates, the firm hired to investigate the integrity of the admissions process at the University of Texas at Austin.
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's office is facing a lawsuit in which a former staffer has alleged sexual harassment. A Farenthold spokesman has denied the accusations, but operatives are mulling what could happen to Farenthold on Capitol Hill.
The Texas House hasn't held a contested record vote for speaker since 1975, but state Rep. Scott Turner aims to change that. Turner is looking to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus, who has held the office since 2009. With more than 70 House GOP Caucus members backing Straus, Turner faces an uphill battle. But he is undaunted.
The homicide rate in El Paso has almost doubled since last year. But officials say it doesn't have anything to do with Mexican cartels and spillover violence.
Steve Adler defeated current councilmember Mike Martinez in a runoff in Austin’s mayoral race Tuesday. Austin's first council under a new district system will have 10 brand new members.
Within four years, North Texas could become home to the world’s most advanced indoor snow center. Inevitably, the megaproject, which would include seven ski slopes, has raised questions over its impact on the environment and the economy.
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will meet on Thursday to consider renaming a historic building on the flagship College Station campus after Gov. Rick Perry.
State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and, now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
No one disputes that high levels of methane have shown up in several Parker County water wells. But the source of the gas has stirred a heated debate involving homeowners, academics, the Railroad Commission and the EPA.
The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday it is launching a new center to help its players — and high school student athletes — develop life skills such as financial literacy and responsible decision making.
The instinct for flight in the face of fright often turns one-day stories into running narratives, and hurts the reputations of the runners.
Battery storage could revolutionize the state’s electrical grid, making it more reliable and friendlier to renewable energy. The problem? It is likely to require a fundamental change in state law.
Gov. Rick Perry has proposed addressing a joint session of the Legislature one more time before he leaves office, a spokesman for the governor's office confirmed Sunday.
Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January.
Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is resigning his post amid a crumbling state contract with data warehouse 21CT.
A judge on Friday declined to lift a stay that is preventing same-sex marriage in Texas.