The Texas House and Senate are ignoring each other's work, slowing progress on bills like open carry and border security legislation. They're ruffling feathers, too.
One of the Legislature's less consequential duties came before a House committee Tuesday: designating state capitals and symbols, from the Steak Capital of Texas (Hico) to the official State Pollinator of Texas (the western honeybee).
Amid public pressure to step aside, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis is looking to recuse himself from any potential prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton.
A key member of the Texas House’s Republican leadership blasted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a Washington-style politician a day after the Texas Senate passed its version of a sweeping border security bill.
Thousands of high school seniors who haven't passed the required state exams are close to getting a chance at a diploma anyway under a measure advancing in the Texas Legislature.
A lawmaker's push to increase consumer Texans' access to raw milk stirred controversy on Tuesday, as dairy farmers, doctors, and consumer advocates gathered at the Capitol to debate the merits of unpasteurized milk.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's grassroots advisers are blasting Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to expand pre-kindergarten programs, a move sure to increase tension between the top two Republican leaders.
The Texas House on Tuesday tentatively passed House Bill 21, the “right to try” bill that would allow terminally ill patients to try investigational drugs that have passed at least the first of three FDA trial phases.
Each spring, the Washington Post compiles a list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
A two-month long narcotics investigation by the Tyler Police Department resulted in a large seizure of Hashish, marijuana, cash, weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity, on Paul Champion age, 64, and his two sons Stephen, 28, and Christopher Champion, 32.
Dashcam video shows Mesquite, Texas officers pulling driver from burning car.
Doctors save baby after husband accidentally runs over pregnant wife.
Five years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the true environmental impact is still being debated.
Appeals court rules tiered-rate system used by some towns to promote conservation is unconstitutional.
The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate the death of a three-year-old girl after she suffered a gunshot wound and died on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Jeffrey William McCall, 41, was already on the LPD sex offender registry when he was arrested Friday evening by FBI agents and charged with production of child pornography.
Medical groups are tracking more than a dozen bills — some moving through the legislative process, some stuck — that would give more autonomy to professionals like nurse practitioners and physical therapists to operate independently of medical doctors.
As the Texas Legislature debates moving ethics investigations out of Travis County, an exchange between prosecutors and state police illustrates some of the problems ahead.
A group of lawmakers is trying – again – to change the Railroad Commission's name to reflect what it does. This time, proponents want to call the agency the Texas Energy Commission.
Scholarships funded by state business tax credits would help some low-income parents send their children to private schools under a measure tentatively approved by the Texas Senate Monday.
State politicians, high court judges and top bureaucrats would get public corruption cases against them moved to their home counties under a controversial bill that cleared the Texas House on Monday.
State Rep. John Kuempel, chairman of the House General Investigating and Ethics Committee, launched an official inquiry Monday into contracting practices at 11 state agencies.
UT System Regent Wallace Hall is questioning whether it is legal for the chancellor to restrict Hall's access to confidential student information. In a letter, he asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in.
Responding to a request by the Texas Department of Public Safety to renew an investigation into the department’s border security contracts, the head of the state’s anti-corruption unit said Monday that it was not equipped to continue the investigation.
Following news that billions of federal dollars for hospitals could be in jeopardy if the state does not expand its public health insurance program to cover more low-income Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated his opposition to Medicaid expansion.
As he readies for a 2016 presidential campaign, former Gov. Rick Perry is officially bringing on board a policy team.
Enthusiastic fans turn out in drovers for festival honoring fallen Tejano star Selena, despite rainy weather.
It's hard to see a 2016 presidential bid being shaped without the direct influence of a Texas political operative. Here's a look at staffers and advisers who wield tremendous power in the mechanics of each expected 2016 bid.
By an 8-0 vote, Gregory Fenves has been named the next UT-Austin president. He'll take over the job June 3.
Annual rally previously dedicated to marijuana legalization effort is now a victory celebration for Colorado pot smokers.
Police had to use to multiple ways of force to arrest a Lufkin man who was allegedly high on K2 and threatening officers with a knife.
The Odessa Police Department putting out a warning after multiple sexual assaults are reported over the weekend.
A crowded Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination could do for the Texas GOP what the 2008 race did for Texas Democrats: Bring a nationally competitive contest to a state that does not often get to take part. And that could influence state politics even as the state gets a word into the national debate.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz served a generous helping of red meat to GOP activists in New Hampshire on Saturday, taking time-worn jabs at his favorite targets with a few new wrinkles.
While opposition to so-called gay conversion therapy is growing nationally, Texas is not likely to restrict its use. State Rep. Celia Israel says she'd be happy just to get a hearing on her bill that would ban the practice for minors.
Federal officials called the state's health agency this week to say that Texas' reluctance to expand Medicaid — a key tenet of President Obama's signature health law — will play into whether his administration extends a waiver that helps the state's hospitals cover uninsured patients.
Three years after a police officer shot and killed their 5-year-old border collie, Mark and Cindy Boling watched Friday as the Texas House voted for a police canine training program they have been calling for since the day the dog died.
A former employee at Big Spring Correctional Center admitted smuggling contraband into the facility for an inmate.
Richard Duane Bulson, 36, was arrested Wednesday evening for arson related to the March 24 fire at Texas Land and Cattle, 7202 Indiana Avenue.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Texans grew accustomed to the swagger and bombast of Rick Perry, a governor who didn’t shy from confrontation with the Legislature and upended the notion that his office was inherently weak. Newly elected Gov. Greg Abbott, ever cautious and lawyerly, is cutting a different path.
After a bit of a Democratic gamesmanship shot down a major gun debate before it started, a measure that would allow gun owners with a concealed handgun license to carry their weapons openly in public is back on the House schedule Friday.
State lawmakers are poised to crank up the volume on this message to city halls: We set the rules for drilling in Texas.
Voting against legislation isn't the only way to kill it. Some of the most powerful tools available to Texas legislators are found in the dry pages of their parliamentary rulebooks.
Three years ago, a company called Geo Care Inc. gave HHSC chief Kyle Janek a blueprint for privatizing state hospitals. The only contract awarded — privatizing Terrell State Hospital — ended up going to that same company.
Legislation that would relocate the state’s anti-corruption unit was temporarily derailed in the House on Thursday because of a missing element in the legislation.
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp has asked all vice presidents at the system's flagship College Station campus to submit letters of resignation prior to the arrival of the school's new president.
A week after dozens of Purple Heart medals were awarded to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the Army announced Thursday that those victims will also receive all possible benefits that come along with the medals.
Border patrol seizes a trailer containing spools with more than 600 bundles of marijuana Tuesday.
Fired for not being pretty enough? That's what one Midland woman says happened to her.