Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to more regulation and a takeover of private property.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will implement new guidelines designed to better protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities, the agency announced Monday.
Three days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some Texas county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Now that same-sex marriage is legal, gay rights activists are setting their sights on pushing for more protections for LGBT people. In front of the Texas Capitol, activists vowed to target discrimination in areas including employment and housing.
Father dives into water to save son after alligator attack in Texas lake.
While 38% of Americans said the U.S. was the best country in the world in 2011, that number fell to 28% in 2014.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
A coalition of states including Texas has defeated the Environmental Protection Agency in a battle over major regulations on mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals emissions that spew from power plants, including many plants in Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will rehear a challenge to the school’s admissions rules, which allow for the use of race in some decisions. The court had heard the same case two years ago and sent it back to an appeals court. The court is now indicating that it wants to have final say on the issue.
Ernest Ray Zavala, 33, was taken into custody by authorities in Hobbs early Sunday morning, according to the Lubbock County Sheriffs Office.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is digging in his heels in an increasingly bitter spat with Karl Rove, a longtime adviser to Texas' most famous family in politics — a family now fielding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush against Cruz in the 2016 presidential race.
Can't find consensus among state political leaders in the wake of a momentous wave of news? Maybe that's because they can't find it among voters.
As expectations rise for Ted Cruz's presidential bid in his home state, the Republican senator says the Texas primary is important to him — but that his campaign is already looking far beyond it.
While Texas continues its demographic march into diversity, only one city — El Paso — requires its 911 emergency call takers to be fluent in English and Spanish. Other cities are striving to keep up with the need to handle emergency calls in a wide range of languages.
The U.S. Supreme Court settled the core question of same-sex marriage — it is a constitutional right and states must recognize those unions — but the political and culture debate will rage on.
Texas' Republican leaders suffered a historic loss on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court held that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional. But social conservatives vowed not to go down without a fight over religious liberty.
Udall, Heinrich fought to secure PILT funding after years of uncertainty
An investigation into possible negligence is underway after a child drowns.
Police are searching for a suspect after a woman in shot at during an apparent road rage incident.
Texas couple charged with animal cruelty for neglecting, starving dozens of horses.
The agency responsible for enforcing environmental laws in Texas is paying a private company $1.65 million to conduct research to challenge forthcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on ozone pollution, which exacerbates asthma, lung and heart disease.
It was a mostly new cast of characters in the Texas Senate, a chamber historically ruled by seniority, that flexed its political muscle to stop a statewide texting-while-driving ban this year.
James Wetherbe of Texas Tech University is the rare professor who thinks tenure is terrible. His opinions have him tangled up in a long-running lawsuit against the university where he teaches.
The GOP's Tea Party wing has made serious inroads into Texas state offices, but the movement has come up short when it comes to congressional elections, failing to field candidates with serious chances of ousting incumbent U.S. House members.
If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants county clerks to hold off on issuing marriage licenses to such couples until his office has given them direction.
Milton Rister, executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, plans to leave the agency on Aug. 31, according to a letter he sent to commissioners.
State Rep. Scott Turner, the Frisco Republican who unsuccessfully ran for speaker this year, has decided not to seek re-election.
Flag hanging from Houston, Texas home set ablaze.
Low river levels allow prospectors to pan for gold in areas normally deep underwater.
The biggest federal housing subsidy program in Texas — which awarded $9.7 billion in tax credits from 1990 to 2011 — effectively has been reinforcing segregated housing, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday.
Texas voters — especially conservative voters — are uneasy about domestic use of the U.S. military by the federal government, and many think the governor was right to dispatch the Texas State Guard to watch the Jade Helm exercises in Central Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
If they finish their sentences and comply with any terms of parole, Texans convicted on felony drug charges soon will be able to receive food stamps, though another strike will put them back under a lifetime ban.
Tony Buzbee, the Texas A&M regent who oversees Rick Perry's team of criminal defense lawyers, asked Gov. Greg Abbott's office a few months ago to consider him for chairman or vice chairman of the university system's governing board.
With Fourth of July around the corner and holiday spending projected to reach $346.50 on average per household, up 5 percent since 2014, the leading personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015's Best & Worst Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations.
The Henderson County Sheriff's has seized over 5,000 marijuana plants, totaling over $5,000,000 from a wooded area.
Dozens of emails obtained by the Tribune provide a rare peek into the private deliberations of Gov. Greg Abbott. The emails paint a portrait of a chief executive more interested in the nitty gritty of state policy than what’s known of his predecessor.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that families that enter the country illegally to seek asylum will no longer be detained after they’ve established a legitimate claim for relief.
Fire fighting officials have seen an increase in drones flying in the vicinity of wildfires, creating problems for their operations.
Texas woman loses sight in one of her eyes after bacteria infection after mud run.
In an interview with the Tribune, Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexico's newest general consul in Austin, discussed the challenges of reaching out to the state's diverse communities of Mexican nationals, and how he interacts with state leaders at the Capitol.
Texas' network of tolled highways stretches for more than 500 miles, but its growth was curtailed this session as lawmakers passed several measures that make it tougher for toll projects to move forward.
Oklahoma was ranked the 5th worst state.
Gov. Greg Abbott, who took office in January as an enigma to even Capitol veterans, has ended his first session with a reputation as a thoughtful behind-the-scenes player with a less aggressive approach than his predecessor had. If former Gov. Rick Perry enjoyed playing the role of actor in Austin's political theater, Abbott is much more at home as a producer, according to one longtime Capitol observer.
Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s eleventh-hour change of heart on the biggest vote since he became a presidential candidate, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle Tuesday that will likely give President Obama the authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history.
Three statues at the University of Texas at Austin that commemorate Confederate leaders were vandalized overnight Monday, hours after the school's president met with student leaders to discuss whether they should be taken down.
Texans haven't changed their answers on the biggest problems facing the state and the country — or on how the state and the country stack up, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Storm rips roofs off homes, churches, and businesses.
Website, Homesnacks says these are the places in the Lone Star State that are the real pits.
Texans believe discrimination is a hard fact of life in the U.S., but they have dramatically different views on what groups fall victim to it, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The survey also found voters split along partisan lines on where handguns should be allowed.
The conservative wing of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's party wasn't thrilled with his first legislative session, objecting most notably to his "godless" pre-kindergarten plan. But Abbott seems to be mending fences by vetoing two measures the Tea Party disliked.