Cities and school districts across Texas are asking voters to approve more than $6.6 billion in local debt in next month's bond elections. The elections are drawing attention to the state’s growing amount of local debt, which accounts for 85 percent of the state’s total debt.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona and Laredo have arrived in the area.
On the heels of an expansion of Fort Bliss, El Paso is seeing an increase in the number of children who can't be placed in foster homes because there aren't enough English-speaking homes available.
In his latest education policy plan, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott proposes giving school districts and parents more control of students' education by tossing out state mandates and regulations.
A grand jury is considering whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law when he threatened to cut state funding for the public integrity unit of the Travis County DA’s office. No matter what happens, its decision will figure into his future as the 2016 presidential race begins to loom in political conversation.
Sources say that after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the agency that prosecutes public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg's resignation for restoration of the money.
The Lower Colorado River Authority is proposing significant rate increases for Central Texas cities and Gulf Coast-area rice farmers, saying its operating costs aren't being covered. But critics say the agency should focus more on cutting costs.
Republicans Mike Schofield and Ann Hodge are speeding toward a May 27 runoff for House District 132, the Houston-area seat that state Rep. Bill Callegari is vacating after serving seven terms in the lower chamber.
Facing the third straight year of cutoffs for irrigation water from the Lower Colorado River Authority, some Gulf Coast-area rice farmers are spending millions of dollars drilling wells to pump groundwater instead.
A new report by the University of Texas School of Law Human Rights Clinic claims that extreme conditions in Texas prisons violate the basic human rights of inmates.
At least a half-million Texas workers have no workplace insurance coverage, either through the workers' compensation system or the private market, state insurance officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
Texas officials are seeking more information on the federal government's plans to potentially take control of 90,000 acres of land long managed by North Texans.
A member of the House committee considering impeachment proceedings against a UT regent received a campaign contribution from a PAC that got hefty financial support from that same regent.
State Rep. Stefani Carter might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. Now she's in a tight spot heading into her May runoff with Linda Koop.
Lawmakers on Tuesday will examine ways to reduce recidivism among prisoners with mental illness and substance addiction.
Behind bars, art can be an important form of expression for women who have suffered from trauma, drug addiction or mental illness. Advocates plan to ask lawmakers for more money to provide inmates with art supplies and art therapy.
Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, canceled his appearance at a Tea Party event Monday evening so he could focus on a review of his financial disclosure filings, a moderator said.
A new study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that three out of four Texans at least occasionally speak on a cellphone while driving and nearly half sometimes read or text while driving.
For decades, water wars have been rare in East Texas, where annual rainfall can be twice that of West Texas. But as drought keeps its grip on the entire state, the Brazos River is bucking that trend, forcing regulators to scrutinize its users in ways that could have implications for many in-demand Texas waterways.
The campaign of attorney general candidate Ken Paxton is "reviewing and researching" its disclosure obligations in the wake of a Tribune investigation into his work as an investment adviser representative and other business relationships.
At the state’s technical colleges, controversial changes to the state's high school curriculum in House Bill 5 have been met with a sense of excitement — and anticipation that the shift could lead to significant expansion.
Lawmakers have a hard job when money is tight and they're writing state budgets. It's even harder when they have all the money they need.
Before the end of the school year, nearly 400,000 eighth-graders will have chosen a career track as part of Texas' new high school graduation requirements. The changes already have some students — and their counselors — on edge.
In a letter on Thursday, University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee Jackson suggested that multiple issues with the system's financial accounting are not "long-lasting or permanently damaging."
The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen. Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.
After landowners sign off on power line routes, can transmission companies install them somewhere else? The Public Utility Commission is set to consider a rancher’s complaint that a 345-kilovolt power line that a transmission operator erected is 150 feet north of where it was originally mapped.
Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball.
Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.
In Garland, north of Dallas, two dozen teachers are on the verge of losing their jobs after the school district's foreign teacher recruitment practices drew federal scrutiny. Garland, however, isn't the only district in the state facing teacher visa problems.
Six years after Texas officials removed hundreds of children from their polygamist parents, state and local authorities seized the sprawling 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch this week.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, two Texas abortion doctors allege a Dallas-area hospital revoked their admitting privileges shortly after it became the target of anti-abortion protesters.
In keeping with a recent and often controversial trend of public universities seeking savings by consolidating services, the Texas A&M University System announced a plan overhaul its IT infrastructure.
Democrats are playing defense after a former border sheriff pleaded guilty to federal charges. The news comes after a firestorm over comments Greg Abbott made likening corruption near the Rio Grande to “third-world” conditions.
The same voters who responded well to George W. Bush's education policies oppose one of its main components: the standardized tests introduced to make schools more accountable.
During a debate on immigration this week, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick appeared to move away from divisive immigration rhetoric that has drawn fire in the past.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has stopped using its newest service firearm after state trooper recruits who were the first to use new Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm handguns reported "concerns" about the weapon.
Following the release of a special counsel's report laying out possible grounds for University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's impeachment, a legislative committee is proceeding cautiously as it determines its next steps. Emotions on both sides of the debate are high.
A federal judge has denied an El Paso abortion clinic temporary relief from a new state requirement that physicians who provide abortions obtain hospital admitting privileges.
Houston consultant Allen Blakemore on Wednesday evening confirmed that his firm’s bookkeeper created a political committee called Boats 'N Hoes PAC. Blakemore said the committee will be immediately dissolved.
A law enforcement training center based at Texas State University in San Marcos may receive $15 million in federal money to support programs that train officers how to handle situations like the recent Fort Hood shooting.
While the rate of uninsured adults in Texas has fallen slightly since the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace, a new report finds most of that change was attributable to an increase in employer-sponsored health coverage here, rather than new sign-ups in the marketplace.
After a Round Rock school police officer used a Taser to stop a fight Monday, some Texas youth advocates are urging Gov. Rick Perry to ban Tasers and pepper spray in public schools.
As they traded barbs during a televised debate on Tuesday night, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro covered a range of issues beyond the set topic of immigration policy.
As a major crude oil bottleneck moves from Oklahoma to the Texas gulf coast, many domestic drillers are ramping up their calls for the repeal of U.S. laws banning most overseas crude exports.
A state appeals court has thwarted a challenge to a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas in a ruling that signals growing difficulties for those trying to scrutinize the decisions of Texas' environmental regulators.
Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns. And now, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is seeking a congressional hearing on the matter.
Not all political candidates are chosen in primary elections. Some get on the November ballot with the votes of fewer people than you might see at a local Tea Party rally.
Supporters of a foster care redesign are hopeful that the program will improve the quality of care for children. But some advocates are raising questions about the program's oversight.
Starting in the 2014-15 school year, eighth-graders in Texas public schools will be required to have graphing calculators or tablets for STAAR assessments. Some poorer school districts are concerned that the mandate ignores fiscal challenges they're already facing.
While efforts to move crude oil to Texas via the controversial Keystone pipeline have drawn the most attention, rail companies are seeing a surge in business transporting large amounts of crude oil by train. In Texas, new infrastructure projects are facilitating the delivery of crude by rail to Gulf Coast refineries.
Not everybody who is upset with property taxes wants them abolished. A new group that started in Houston wants to increase appraised values on commercial property.
Texas doctors who treat Medicare patients earned a combined $4.6 billion from the federal insurer of the elderly in 2012, with the state's ophthalmologists and oncologists raking in the most.
Many conservative activists in Texas worry that when it comes to state water policy, Republican leaders have not focused on principles like small government, private property rights and local control.
At the Texas State Teachers Association’s convention in San Marcos on Saturday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis accused her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, of retreating from his early education policy proposal.
San Antonio ranks sixth among U.S. cities in installed solar power capacity, and Austin ranks 16th, according to a new report.
While efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to decrease Texas' sky-high rate of residents without health coverage, Texas is seeing an increase in primary care practitioners who are no longer accepting any forms of insurance.
Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman lost his bid for attorney general, but he remains an oil and gas regulator and has sought industry help retiring campaign debts and perhaps landing a job.
As drought grips most of Texas, researchers are combing the state's 1.5 million drilling records to map brackish water in the state's 30 aquifers — hidden resources that could help quench the state’s long-term thirst.
What the members of the legislative committee investigating a University of Texas System regent do with a report laying out four potential bases for his impeachment is "entirely up to them," the committee's special counsel said Thursday.
Abortion providers filed a petition on Thursday asking the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the constitutionality of new abortion regulations passed by the Republican-led Texas Legislature in July.
Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example.
At a hearing next week, critics of the Driver Responsibility Program, which levies pricey surcharges on top of some traffic violations, will tell lawmakers that it's time for the troubled program to end. Efforts to fix it, they say, haven't helped enough. But hospital officials say funds from the program are crucial to providing trauma care.
A proposal to save money by consolidating administrative services at the University of Texas at Austin has encountered resistance from faculty members, who call it "part of the overly zealous, profit-motivated corporatist mandate."
International negotiations that have lifted a longtime ban on tequila in China will have big implications for Mexico — and are likely to benefit fledgling producers and distributors in Texas, too.
On Wednesday, for the second time in five years, President Obama visited Fort Hood to mourn alongside families of victims who were killed in a shooting on the military base. f
The day before President Obama speaks at the Civil Rights Summit, a group of about 30 protesters took aim at the president’s record on deportations during a demonstration at the University of Texas at Austin.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is trying to broaden her appeal beyond the filibuster that made her famous. But in her latest fundraising mailer to supporters, that June night is front and center, in the images and in the pitch itself.
Facing an interim charge to review a bill regulating property tax loans in Texas, lawmakers are taking a closer look at the controversial industry.
Volunteers complained they were turned away from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup in 2010. Four years later, after another spill in Galveston Bay last month, volunteers have been helping officials determine where to send cleanup crews.
Ahead of State Board of Education meetings this week, activist groups rallied in support of adding Mexican American Studies as an official Texas high school elective. But at least one board member suggested the likelihood is slim.
After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.
A blogger noticed that a page on the Texas Department of Transportation's TxTag site left customers' credit card information exposed. TxDOT says it has no evidence of any security breaches.
Texas ranks highly when it comes to letting taxpayers know how state government spends its money, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
A proposal under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education would allow private foundations to pay for elected officials on the 15-member board to visit out-of-state charter schools whose applications they approve.
With expectations that state lawmakers will have a budget surplus of several billion dollars, lawmakers, activists and business groups are already discussing what to do with the money.
Four U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — will visit Austin this week for a three-day summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
There could be grounds to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall on at least four different counts, according to a report by the special counsel to the legislative committee that has been investigating him.
Despite national improvement in election performance between 2008 and 2012, Texas ranked among the lowest-performing states, according to new data released Tuesday.
Lawmakers heard arguments for and against allowing Texans to carry handguns openly during a committee hearing on Monday.
Arlington, which had been one of the largest U.S. cities without public transportation, launched its first commuter bus line on a trial basis last year. Supporters are optimistic that the service will prove popular enough to continue beyond 2015.
Replacing property taxes with sales taxes sounds simple, but would have huge consequences for the state's school districts and for other local governments.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services approved a set of new regulations Friday that are to provide more protection for foster children.
To the extent that Wednesday's Fort Hood shooting prompts a renewed discussion of guns in Texas, discussion will almost certainly be dominated by talk of increasing access to guns, not curtailing it.
Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear still exists.
Transportation Commission Picks Weber to Run TxDOT
In his first run for public office, Malachi Boyuls encountered a big state, a crowded ballot and some difficulty with names — both his own and that of the office he sought.
John Ratcliffe, who is in a Republican primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.
Wildlife officials have reported hundreds of dead and dying birds covered in oil as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of a fuel oil spill late last month in Galveston Bay.
The University of Houston System's plan to convert a teaching center in Sugar Land to a branch campus of its flagship university was welcomed by Sugar Land but prompted bewilderment in Victoria, where leaders are concerned about what the change means for the future of the University of Houston-Victoria.
A special prosecutor, who is investigating whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his authority when he eliminated state funding of the Texas public integrity unit, told the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE that what he’s found so far is “concerning.”
The 2013 legislative session was viewed by many observers as a watershed moment for craft brewers in Texas. But at a Thursday hearing, the House Economic Development Committee was encouraged to do more for the industry.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted not to recommend a posthumous full pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed a decade ago after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his daughters.
When we asked Texans whether they considered themselves Texans first and Americans second, most said no. But the grandkids were more likely than their grandparents to say yes.
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott often touts the work of his office’s Cyber Crimes Unit, which he established. A review of the unit’s history found that its work extends beyond Abbott’s tenure as attorney general.
The population in Texas prisons dropped from 2005 to 2013, but statistics from the corrections agency show that officers are using “major” force against inmates more often. Officials say such changes are random, but experts point to staff turnover, inexperience and Texas summers.
A federal judge on Wednesday blocked two Texas executions, deciding that the state prison system’s refusal to disclose information about drugs that will be used to kill them violates the inmates' rights.
A group of Texas abortion providers on Wednesday plans to file a new lawsuit to block regulations that would require abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
Two of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's top political aides have left his campaign amid internal conflict about the direction of his re-election bid.
Surpassing the 5 million mark, student enrollment in Texas public schools has hit a new record, according to the Texas Education Agency. And Hispanic enrollment continues to mark the majority.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.
With the official support of the U.S. government, Texas now hopes it has a substantial edge over New Mexico in an interstate legal battle over water from the Rio Grande.
Agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman argues that marijuana legalization is the future of Texas. But for farmers in states where growing it is legal, the crop has come with a new set of problems, from depleting desperately needed water resources to attracting trespassers looking for a quick buck.
A radioactive waste site in West Texas is expected to soon receive up to 420 truckloads of radioactive waste from the federal government’s nuclear weapons program, following wildfires and a radiation leak in New Mexico.
Members of Texas' congressional delegation say they got closer than ever this year to fixing a federal Medicare formula that leaves doctors threatened with payment cuts annually.
It will be months before the state can begin drug testing certain unemployment insurance benefit applicants, and some Texas lawmakers and business leaders are frustrated with the delay.
The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are backing a rule change that would better define bodies of water protected by the Clean Water Act. That could mean increased government oversight of streams and wetlands across Texas.
Gov. Rick Perry is encouraging state transportation commissioners to tap Joe Weber, Texas A&M’s vice president of student affairs, to be the next executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Gov. Rick Perry told federal officials he would not sign a form complying with regulations meant to prevent prison rape and assault. Prison reform advocates worry the decision could have financial and legal consequences.
UPDATED: Dallas attorney Ray Hutchison, a former legislator, gubernatorial candidate and husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, has died, sources said Monday morning. He was 81.
Announcing the first of his education policy proposals Monday, Greg Abbott called for reforming pre-kindergarten programs before expanding access, saying that additional funding should be tied to academic outcomes.
A Waco family has made headlines for publicly telling their school district that they do not want their fourth-grader taking state standardized tests, which begin this week.
The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation.
For the first time on the border, the National Guard is teaming up with the Border Patrol in Laredo to help rid the city of dwellings that were once havens for drugs and smuggling.
San Antonio is internationally renowned for its successes in water conservation, but it still struggles amid explosive growth. Its search for new water supplies has had limited success and sparked accusations of the city being overly aggressive. It also has sparked fear that the city could lose its green reputation.
For providers who treat the state’s poorest patients, a settlement between the state and a Medicaid provider raises questions about how the state distinguishes fraudulent intent from human error.
Neither Greg Abbott nor Wendy Davis has spent much of their gubernatorial campaigns talking about the energy industry and regulations. But Texans should have little trouble distinguishing their positions on the issue. As a lawmaker, Davis has a detailed record, and Abbott has staked his position in the courts.
Amid national debate over disclosure of information about execution drugs, Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said they will appeal a judge’s order to reveal the supplier of its execution drugs.
Siding with the state of Texas, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that there isn’t enough evidence that the state's new abortion regulations create an undue burden on the majority of Texas women attempting to access abortion.
Mayors Annise Parker of Houston, Mike Rawlings of Dallas and Betsy Price of Fort Worth announced their support Thursday for a privately funded high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke filed a bill that would establish increased oversight committee for Border Patrol agents when it comes to use of force, training and community engagement. The bill came the same day House Democrats began collecting signatures to force Congress to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
The former Houston mayor and past Democratic candidate for governor on his new book, a history of federal debt spending and the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.
Texans have received $591 million in premium subsidies to help pay for health insurance through the federal marketplace, but they have left millions of dollars in additional funding on the table, according to a new report.
Amid debate over whether plastic bag bans violate the state's health and safety laws, Dallas on Wednesday became the largest city in Texas to pass an ordinance restricting use of the bags.
Health reform advocates in Texas say they will continue to focus on enrolling individuals in the federal health insurance marketplace by the original Monday deadline despite an extension for certain applications that was announced this week.
The accrediting body for four of the colleges in Alamo Community College District has raised questions about plans for a new mandatory "Learning Frameworks" course designed to better prepare students for the workforce.
A disease that has decimated bat colonies in the Northeast and Midwest may be headed toward Texas. But the disease may not affect bats in Texas the same way that it has elsewhere.
While the most compelling scenes of devastation from the oil spill in Galveston Bay have been above the water, scientists and fishermen worry about the underwater ecosystem that feeds a multibillion-dollar industry.
Federal and state officials are in talks to work out a conflict in testing requirements under the state’s new high school graduation standards and federal education law that could mean "double-testing" eighth-graders who take algebra I.
More than 2,000 pages of heavily redacted email documents — many pages were blacked out entirely — clearly reveal growing tensions among regents and top administrators at the University of Texas System and its flagship university. The Tribune and others sought the documents after Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa resigned earlier this year.
Though 2013 ended with signals that the years-long rift between the UT-Austin administration and the UT System Board of Regents might be mended, a review of documents suggests that doesn't appear to be in the cards.
Though bats in Texas appear untouched by a fungus that has decimated populations in the Northeast and Midwest, the disease is spreading west. Now, however, researchers have a powerful tool to track the spread of the disease.
As Affordable Care Act enrollment figures continue to lag behind expected totals, health reform advocates are running a final blitz to enroll uninsured Texans in the federal marketplace ahead of the March 31 deadline.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear two cases that could exempt corporations from providing coverage of certain contraceptives to their employees based on the owners' religious beliefs. In Texas, advocates for reproductive health are watching the debate closely, given previous cuts to subsidized family planning services and the closure of some women's health clinics.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday renewed her attack on her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, for his opposition to a Texas version of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
With no end in sight to containing a spill that may have dumped 150,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday, the hit to Texas’ economy and environment is already huge — and sure to grow. One of the world's busiest waterways and ports, and one of the nation's most productive estuaries, is at grave risk.
A handful of candidates seeking election this year are trying to win the favor of some of the same voters who previously voted them out of office.
Francisco Cigarroa's improbable tenure as chancellor of the University of Texas System was as notable for its achievement as it was for its discord. In some ways, his arrival was more surprising than his departure.
A small group of Texas farmers and environmental advocates is pushing for the labeling of genetically modified foods. But the effort has received little interest from Texas' Republican-dominated Legislature or from major agribusinesses.
The Texas Senate's swing to the right started more than 20 years ago, when the incumbents' definition of extreme simply meant a Republican had entered the Capitol. Now some of those same Republicans are under fire for being too liberal.
The city of Houston, which recycles only 6 percent of the waste it collects, has a new idea to improve that figure: Eliminate that extra blue bin altogether.
The number of youths detained for minor infractions has fallen nationally and in Texas, but thousands of youths remain in detention for misbehaviors like violating curfew, according to a report released this week.
Only 28 percent of Texans say they are opposed to legalization of marijuana for any reason. Most would OK it for medicinal use, and nearly half would approve it for recreational use. But the state's most conservative voters are not likely to go along.
In 2013, developer Don Huffines and state Sen. Ken Paxton backed the expansion of a taxing district in North Texas — a practice that isn’t uncommon, but that has exposed a fiscal rift among conservatives. Neither Paxton nor Huffines sees a conflict with their conservative ideology, but critics on the left and right have raised questions about the districts.
For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new.
Allegations that a drilling equipment company illegally dumped dangerous chemicals in Ector County have stirred concerns over whether state agencies are doing enough to monitor and regulate hazardous waste in the drilling industry.
The CEO of the Borderplex Alliance on what El Paso needs to do to shed its reputation as a hub for low-skilled and low-wage industries, why he thinks the war in Ciudad Juárez is officially over and his thoughts on immigration reform.
With Obamacare enrollment among 18- to 34-year-olds lagging behind expectations nationally, pro-reform groups are targeting Texas in an effort to up their numbers.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could determine how courts across the state apply a new law that allows courts to consider changing scientific evidence.
Tesla, a manufacturer of high-end electric cars, has named Texas one of four finalists to house its planned $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory. But the state's strict auto dealership laws could hurt its chances, company officials say.
As they put their focus squarely on the November general election, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis are pushing the issue of potential conflicts of interest for officeholders into a brighter political spotlight.
Texas Democratic leaders tried to keep Kinky Friedman off of their November ticket, for fear voters will not take him seriously. But if he wins a runoff for agriculture commissioner in May, he might offer them their best odds for a win.
Environmental officials in five states, including Texas, say interest in a plan to save the lesser prairie chicken should persuade the federal government not to list the bird as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
As University of Texas System regents hired consultants to help find a successor for Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, UT-Austin's president said he would be comfortable with Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, the governor's reported favorite for the post.
A week after the primary election, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reflect on their failed bids for lieutenant governor, weigh in on David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick and the May runoff, and talk about what the future holds for them.
A 19-year-old UT-Austin student responded to Texas lawmakers' restrictive abortion regulations by founding Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that pays travel expenses to help Texas women get abortions in and outside of the state.
Will primary night results carry into runoffs? Not necessarily, political observers say. A recent change in election law has prompted Texas to extend the time between primaries and runoffs.
Some Texas-based advocacy groups say the release of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force policy for Border Patrol agents is a positive step for transparency. But they add that more could be done.
Gov. Rick Perry has ruffled feathers across the country by encouraging businesses in other states to relocate to Texas. Now, cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C., are doing the same thing at South by Southwest — right in Perry's backyard.
A letter from a state lawmaker asks the attorney general's office to give an opinion on whether Texas cities' bans on plastic bags are in compliance with the state’s health and safety laws. At least nine cities, including Austin, have enacted such bans.
The number of early college high schools, which allow students to get a head start on college credits without paying tuition, has surged in Texas.
Texas' controversial new abortion law requires doctors to follow a federally approved protocol, rather than a more commonly used method, when administering drug-induced abortions. The requirement is under scrutiny in a case challenging the law.
The former TWIA chief said in a deposition that two top Republican lawmakers tried to pressure him into fighting more cases in court and complained that fees paid to lawyers in settlements were ending up in the coffers of Democrats. The Republicans said their actions were appropriate and had nothing to do with political donations.
The ongoing drought in Central Texas is claiming an innocent bystander: hydroelectricity. As the Lower Colorado River Authority limits water releases downstream, hydroelectricity — a power source that spurred the LCRA's creation almost 80 years ago — has faded further into obscurity.
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.