A Republican judge on Texas’ highest criminal court says he now opposes the death penalty. Judge Tom Price, one of nine members of the Court of Criminal Appeals, wrote Wednesday that he has “given a substantial amount of consideration to the propriety of the death penalty as a form of punishment for those who commit capital murder, and I now believe that it should be abolished.”
A hunting accident in Hale County early Tuesday evening injured a man one mile west of Amigo Road and Farm to Market Road 179.
The fact that Scott Panetti is facing lethal injection on Dec. 3 despite a 30-year history of documented mental illness demonstrates that the ambiguities of the legal standard of “competency” he helped to define are far from resolved.
Over the objections of Texas officials, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a long-delayed rule to slash levels of ozone – a smog-forming pollutant known to worsen asthma, lung disease and heart conditions.
Father rushes into flames, but is unable to save children inside burning mobile home.
The owner of a dead puppy found chained to a fence is now charged with animal cruelty after an investigation.
One family in Iowa Park is extra thankful this week after being reunited for the first time in 8 months.
College students foiled the will of permanent residents in Denton's vote to halt hydraulic fracking, the ban's opponents claim. The Tribune crunched the numbers, and found the argument difficult to support.
Climate scientists project that Texas will be hotter and drier in the coming decades, which means less rainwater will make it into lakes and reservoirs, and more will evaporate. That could spell trouble for the state's fast-growing cities and industry.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a request to delay Scott Panetti's execution because the proper appeal was not filed in time.
Thanksgiving is a pertinent time to focus public attention on the prevalence of hunger in Texas and the ways we can help our neighbors in need.
Allies of both current House Speaker Joe Straus and challenger Scott Turner are calling for a record vote in January when House lawmakers convene to elect their leader. Such a record vote hasn't occurred since 1975.
The Ector County Sheriff's Office unveiled a forensic facial reconstruction Monday, in hopes someone will identify the body.
Wounded veterans returning home find healing at the firing range.
Now that the elections are over, its time to get down to business. So as the Texas lawmakers head to Austin, they are set to vote on a dozen bills—one of those hot button issues is the Driver Responsibility Program.
When Rep.-elect Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. And a nonprofit she founded counsels against both birth control and sex education that promotes it.
The booming activity in the Houston Ship Channel may be the best evidence of Texas' economic success. But it also demonstrates the state's vulnerability to climate change, with the prospect of stronger storms and rising seas threatening severe damage to the stability of Texas, the United States and the world.
Less than a month after Election Day, some Texans are already headed back to the polls to fill the state Senate seat given up by Glenn Hegar after he was elected Comptroller of Public Accounts.
A state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order shielding as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation could come from Texas in the next two weeks, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says.
DPS troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways throughout the holiday weekend to promote safety and identify dangerous drivers.
Open spots in the political firmament are prompting officeholders to shop around some, and voters are about to see some names on special election ballots that were on the general election ballots just a couple of weeks ago.
Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge, 36, has spent his entire professional career working for Greg Abbott. In so doing, he has become one of state government's more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the incoming governor's administration.
After the president doubled down on his promise to change the immigration system, Greg Abbott made his own vow: Expect a lawsuit from Texas. But some legal experts doubt Abbott can successfully challenge the president's order.
Nothing better demonstrates San Antonio's distinction as a political springboard for Hispanic Democrats than the political turnover triggered when Mayor Julián Castro left to join the Obama administration.
Newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is reaching out to a former House colleague to fill a key staff position in his new administration.
A major publisher has decided to withdraw a social studies textbook under consideration for approval in Texas amid ongoing controversy over last-minute content changes.
A private company's plan to spend billions of dollars to develop a bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston has drawn strong support from the two cities. But reaction from communities along the 240-mile route has been mixed.
As the numbers mount in favor of House Speaker Joe Straus' reelection, the establishment wing of the Republican Party in Texas appears to be prevailing over activists who insist the state is more conservative than its Legislature.
Attorneys for schizophrenic death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti on Thursday asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to halt his impending Dec. 3 execution, saying their client is too incompetent to be legally put to death.
His Senate career was marked by pioneering work on end-of life decisions, AIDS, mental health treatment, the prison system and the issuing of state debt. He earned the nickname “Fairabee” for his ability to work across the aisle.
Gov. Rick Perry and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka helped break ground Thursday for a new gymnasium in West during a celebration of the town's rich traditions and efforts to recover from the April 2013 fertilizer explosion.
Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick adds two Capitol veterans well versed in state finances and legislative procedure to his staff for the upcoming legislative session.
A man tangles with a thorn bush before tangling with police.
The man identified as the gunman in a Thursday morning shooting at Florida State University, Myran De’Shawn May, was a 2009 graduate of the Texas Tech University Law School according to the website for the State Bar of Texas.
The Orion space capsule, eventually expected to take astronauts to Mars, will soon blast off for an unmanned test flight.
The finalists were chosen from all 13 Texas Farm Bureau state districts with the top three advancing to the state competition.
Two of Gov. Rick Perry's top former aides, GOP strategists Deirdre Delisi and Rob Johnson, sit down with two Democrats, consultant Harold Cook and Rep. Donna Howard of Austin, to size up Perry's legacy after 14 years as Texas governor.
Police seize a million dollars in marijuana from grow house.
A former Abilene High School employee is no longer employed with the school district allegations of inappropriate behavior, the Abilene Independent School District confirmed Wednesday.
Since 2009, Texas manufacturers have reported at least 19 other unauthorized releases of methyl mercaptan, the lethal chemical that killed four at a Port Arthur DuPont plant, according to a Tribune analysis of state data.
Two weeks after losing her bid for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced that she was running for mayor of San Antonio and would not finish her term at the Texas Capitol.
As state regulators fret about how President Obama’s effort to combat climate change would affect the Texas power grid, a new study says the rules would save the state billions of gallons of water annually.
A Wichita Falls couple is jailed on $50,000 bonds after police say they left their two children alone in a cold apartment while they went to smoke meth.
After wrangling over the proper definition of jihad and the influence of Moses on the Founding Fathers, the State Board of Education’s initial vote on new social studies textbooks was ultimately derailed by Common Core.
Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.
Immigration is transforming Texas and its suburbs. Take North Texas' Grapevine-Colleyville school district, where over the last decade the student population has shrunk but the number of English language learners has climbed by 60 percent.
The special prosecutor pressing criminal charges against Gov. Rick Perry will not be disqualified from the case over questions around the oath of office he took. A judge ruled Tuesday that the prosecutor was properly sworn into office.
11-year-old claims he is the target of bullying, gay slurs at school; uses social media to fight back.
The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers.
Chip Roy, a longtime GOP adviser who most recently worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, will serve as first assistant to Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton, his campaign announced Tuesday.