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.
Opponents of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law rally as lawmakers consider changes.
DPS pulled over a vehicle on US 84, yielding illegal drugs valued over $54,000, and a pistol.
The other states outranking Texas are Florida, New York, and California, of which New York and California have state marketplace exchanges setup in addition to the federal marketplace exchange.
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.
Democrat Wendy Davis said last summer that she would quit doing private legal work for her public sector clients if she ran for governor. But months after she kicked off her campaign, the Fort Worth senator continues to represent them.
Ancient and unique fish is being reintroduced to Texas' Big Cypress Bayou.
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.
Just two months into Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, the state is already learning lessons and feeling the effects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California's drought could cause major problems for North America's second largest sake producer.
Kansas schools hold state-wide tornado drills.
Crews move in to New Orleans' French Quarter to clean up after Mardi Gras Festival.
The list of Tuesday's losers — a feature of every election — includes an unusual number of well-established officeholders, particularly in top state races.
The down-ballot statewide races on both the Republican and Democratic sides yielded a number of runoffs and some surprises on Tuesday night.
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.
Anyone who has not enrolled by March 31, 2014 will have to wait until the next open enrollment period at the end of the year.
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.
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.
Iowa teen gets special wish for his 18th birthday, a flight on his dad's Army helicopter.
Egyptian writings, some thousands of years old are discovered at Iowa college.
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.
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.
Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report.
Will Governor Jan Brewer veto the state's controversial bill allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians?
Illegal marijuana growers are stealing water from California farmers and endangering drinking water supplies.
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.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is maintaining a distinction between his official endorsement of five Republican primary candidates in Texas and his praise of several others.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer holds final decision on new state law that would allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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.
Oklahoma student brings to life music notes hidden in a 500-year-old painting.
Utah school district arms school resource officers with AR-15 assault rifles.
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.
Maybe you were looking for a policy debate on transportation or water or school finance? That's not what the political candidates are talking about. They're focused on issues that motivate primary voters.
In a narrow vote Sunday, the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston opted not to leave a national Presbyterian church over a debate about the church's views on homosexuality.
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.
Republican Greg Abbott included controversial musician and entertainer Ted Nugent in a couple of campaign stops this week. It could have been scripted by his likely November rival, Wendy Davis.
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.
Thieves slam stolen car into convenience store, run away with beer.
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.
Debate over what is poisoning bald eagles in Northern Utah.
The city of Victoria, Texas turns to goats to help reduce fire danger.
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.
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 solider from Oklahoma convicted of killing an Iraqi man during interrogation will be freed from a military prison.
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.
In January, an additional 89,500 Texans selected a health plan on the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released Wednesday.
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.
The Water Trust Board (WTB) was created in 2001 to provide funding for urgent water infrastructure projects that meet the needs of regional state and water plans.
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.