The three-year-old Texas voter ID law heads to federal court on Tuesday, where a judge will determine whether the measure requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places is unfair to minority voters.
As candidates in the general election focus on making themselves known to voters, the latest school finance ruling provides their clearest marching orders yet.
The parish at McAllen's Sacred Heart Church has acted as a shelter for thousands of Central Americans crossing the border illegally into Texas. An effort to send some of its surplus donations into Mexico is facing hurdles.
Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more chances to earn four-year degrees at community colleges in Texas.
While receiving praise from education leaders in Austin and fending off fresh criticism about her tax return, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promoted the latest additions to her education reform proposals.
The state of Texas on Tuesday announced a second lawsuit against Xerox, alleging that the former contractor failed to turn over client health records relating to its operation of the state Medicaid program.
The arrival of the Texas National Guard to the border has been met with praise by some who say the state is taking the lead in securing the border. Others say the deployment is overkill that only serves to hamper the local economy.
This is the time of a political year when voters start — slowly — to pay attention to the candidates, issues and arguments ahead of a general election. But this year, there is something else to watch instead.
UPDATED: Asked why the state had delayed a transition away from lower passing standards on state exams, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told state lawmakers Tuesday that classroom instruction had failed to meet the rigor demanded by the new tests.
Texas cities, counties and school districts are relying more on debt to maintain services in a fast-growing state. While critics argue communities need to work harder to live within their means, conversations with local officials reveal a complex web of factors driving communities to borrow billions of dollars each year.
Saying she wants to expand Texas high schoolers’ access to technical job training programs, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced a plan to create a Career-Technical Coordinating Board.
A major uptick in earthquakes in Texas over the last several years has been linked to the state’s oil and gas boom. A Texas House subcommittee on seismic activity met on Monday to hear what state regulators are doing about it.
Lawyers for Gov. Rick Perry, saying his indictment is unconstitutional on several grounds, filed briefs Monday asking the courts to strike the charges and stop further prosecution of the governor.
Texas' top energy officials say the state has a competitive edge because of its low electricity prices. But lower prices don't always mean lower bills for customers, and what Texans pay for electricity largely depends on where they live.
Accusations about criminalizing politics go hand in hand with indictments of political figures. But prosecutors in Travis County have fumbled enough big cases to give the officeholders they chase some room for argument.
In West Texas, oil and gas development is surging, but it's also fueling a huge demand for electricity that the current infrastructure struggles to meet. The result? A congested grid and higher electricity bills for consumers.
As Houston considers a radical new plan for boosting its dismally low recycling rate, some critics worry that it will continue the legacy of putting waste facilities in predominantly minority neighborhoods.
Gov. Rick Perry has attacked the premise of his indictment as politically motivated “farce.” At Republican gatherings in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire, where Perry is testing public opinion ahead of a possible presidential run, some folks wore that viewpoint – literally.
State leaders in business-friendly Texas have been reluctant to put new limits on any industry, and a lack of regulation is being acutely felt by the low-income borrowers to whom the payday and auto-title lending industry most often caters.
Gov. Rick Perry might come out of his criminal indictment smelling like a rose, but he'll have to be quick about it. His hopes for another bid for president depend on ending his legal troubles quickly. Heavy campaigning for the Republican nomination will be underway in just a year.
After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday.
Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed into Texas illegally.
For-profit teacher certification companies are flourishing in Texas. But as the industry grows, so do questions about the state's ability to control the quality of training the programs provide.
It's official: Admiral William H. McRaven, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. His annual salary? $1.2 million.
Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation land purchase in Texas history.
The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday.
UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night. "This is an assault on the Constitution," the spokesman said. "We don't want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well."
Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records.
Rick Perry, facing charges related to his threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, has assembled his legal defense dream team. Here's a look at the strengths of both his attorneys and the prosecutor investigating him.
Gov. Rick Perry has waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.
Texas A&M University announced on Wednesday that Aggie fans will be able to hear complete coverage of the team's football games in Spanish this season via a new radio network.
The UT System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives — including how to keep tuition flat and find a new president for the flagship university.
Despite a last-ditch protest from a state lawmaker, Texas’ only radioactive waste dump is poised to get permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.
Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke this month at a conservative conference about how Texas could attract more jobs if it didn't have a business franchise tax. But Abbott isn't proposing a repeal of the tax, according to his campaign.
Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties said on Monday at a Texas Tribune event that they haven’t given up on crafting a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.
A coalition of ranchers and business owners from South Texas is pushing back against border officials who have criticized the build-up of law enforcement on the Rio Grande.
After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."
Texans for Public Justice, the liberal-leaning group that filed the complaint that led to Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last week, has a history of messing with Texas politicians. Critics have accused Texans for Public Justice of doing Democrats' dirty work, but Director Craig McDonald said the group is solely focused on accountability and ethics.
The public won’t know the details of Rick Perry’s prosecution unless it goes to trial. In the meantime, the secrecy surrounding the evidence the grand jury heard is providing fertile ground for speculation.
Supporters of Gov. Rick Perry, expecting him to be booked on Tuesday afternoon, are planning to stage a rally at the Travis County Courthouse to demonstrate their solidarity with him as he fights two felony indictments.
Gov. Rick Perry, who faces an indictment related to how he has used his political powers, is defending himself on two fronts: the legal one, where he has assembled an all-star team of lawyers, and the political one, where his storyline seems to be taking hold.
After a period of soul-searching, the Livestrong Foundation announced Tuesday that it is making a major strategic move — giving a $50 million gift to the University of Texas at Austin's new Dell Medical School to create the Livestrong Cancer Institutes.
Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor who secured an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, is described by colleagues as faithful and aggressive. One thing they don't call him is partisan.
Defense attorneys representing Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that there was nothing illegal or inappropriate about his veto of funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign.
The special prosecutor who secured an indictment last week against Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he's still discussing with defense attorneys about how and when Perry will be processed.
There is a lot we don't know about how the prosecution of Gov. Rick Perry will take shape. The governor said he was acting within the power of his authority as he vetoed public integrity unit funding. But a grand jury came to a different conclusion. Here are five things to remember about this case and its history as things move forward.
For years, critics have called for an end to the Driver Responsibility Program. But because the program brings in millions of dollars every year, it has proved stubbornly hard to kill.
Drillers’ mad dash to the Eagle Ford has spurred a printing boom, as publishers court new advertisers and audiences — including industry executives, natives of transformed communities and oil workers with little to do in isolated towns.
In Texas, a new model for high-speed rail is hurtling forward. If successful, it could mark a turning point for the development of public transportation around the country.
Nearly a century ago, a sitting Texas governor was indicted for allegedly playing politics with public money and yanking funding from an institution. Sound familiar?