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.
Texas college hands out coasters that test whether your drink has been drugged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woman told she'd be paralyzed for life makes miraculous recovery.
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.
Texans are almost twice as positive about the direction of the state than about the direction of the country, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
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 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.
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.
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.
Infant found in Houston trash bin expected to survive.
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.
Five years after their dog was stolen from their car outside a convenience store, a Texas family is finally reunited with their long lost pooch.
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.
During the traffic stop, a DPS canine unit was called and searched the vehicle. During the search, 16 packages of methamphetamine and two packages of cocaine were discovered.
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.
Gulf War veteran and his service dog are turned away from Texas bar and restaurant.
Texas store gives unknown customer the gift of a lifetime.
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.
Hundreds of friends and neighbors rally to create a special day for 5-year-old cancer patient.
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.
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.
Parents say they fear infestation could pose rabies danger to their children.
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.
The city of Victoria, Texas turns to goats to help reduce fire danger.
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.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) issued a statement to mark the five-year anniversary of the signing of President Obama’s stimulus plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state's export revenues for 2013 amounted to nearly $279.7 billion, up 5.4 percent from the previous year and outpacing U.S. export growth.
Dozens of students at Texas elementary school become sick from school lunches. Officials believe the cause is recalled rice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aide fired after witness steps into stop her abuse of special needs student.
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.
SUV carrying nine people slams into oncoming semi-trucks.
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.