Several academics on Tuesday pointed to flaws — including inaccurate descriptions of world religions and out-of-date racial terminology — in proposed social studies textbooks up for adoption by the Texas State Board of Education.
NASA announced in Florida on Tuesday it will use private companies Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station beginning in 2017.
Texas continues to rank as the state with the highest rate of residents without health insurance, with 22.1 percent of the population lacking coverage, according to early U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Perry spoke about the need to embrace every possible way to finance road construction — outside of raising taxes — in a speech to a toll road industry conference in Austin on Tuesday.
In a shift for a state that has shunned other federal education initiatives like Common Core and Race to the Top, Texas will participate in a signature Obama administration program focused on early learning. The news has already become a political football.
The only identification that you have that says you are, in fact, a registered voter is the one ID you do not need when you go cast a vote.
At a special meeting of the University of Texas System regents on Monday, the board unanimously voted to keep lawmakers out of the room during an investigation into alleged political influence in admissions at UT-Austin.
Even Texans who have health insurance often face steep, unexpected costs for emergency-room care, consumer advocates told lawmakers at a Monday hearing of the Senate Committee on State Affairs.
The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.
At least 10 Texas school districts have received armored plating, tactical vests, military vehicles, rifles, pistols and rounds of ammunition through a federal military surplus program.
In three of Texas' most populous counties, organizers are working to use Hispanic support of affordable health care to spur a movement they think could change the state’s electoral tide. Republicans suggest the issue ranks far behind unemployment and the economy — areas where they say their policies have the market cornered.
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted last month for allegedly overstepping his authority, the charges came from a type of grand jury that is not the norm in Austin’s criminal courts: one whose members were chosen at random.
It can be jarring for a political movement built around restraining the legal system to spawn a collection of officeholders eager to use the courts to get their way.
During a Spanish-language townhall on Univision, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, advocated for raising the minimum wage in Texas.
State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Lyle Larson say they intend to attend all interviews conducted during an external investigation of UT-Austin's admissions process. It's not clear yet whether they'll be allowed.
The foundation that maintains the quirky art installation outside of Marfa found a way around state regulations that threatened its closure by getting classified as an art museum, officials confirmed Friday.
Moody's Investors Service described a judge's declaration of the state's school finance system as unconstitutional as a “credit positive,” saying the ruling would compel Texas lawmakers to “redesign the school finance system.”
As drought continues to grip Central Texas, those looking to provide water to the region’s fast-growing cities and suburbs see a solution in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which they say has enough water to support growth for centuries in the area. But others fear the resource will be drained at their expense.
It's easier to govern if you have a mandate, and you build the mandate while you're campaigning. So far, the agenda for the next set of officeholders is a little murky.
University of Texas System officials are preparing to sign an agreement with the Mexican government to encourage more student exchanges and faculty collaboration across the border, and to launch a space-related research project.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a harsh rebuke of the Mexican government on Thursday for issuing what he called an “offensive” statement on the border surge that coincided with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Texas saw a decline in the number of people killed on the job in 2013, but the state still leads the nation in workplace fatalities, according to preliminary government data released Thursday.
The campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott filed an ethics complaint on Thursday alleging that the Wendy Davis book tour represents a conversion of political contributions into personal use.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, has bucked businesses and some Republicans in his battle to phase out the agency that finances U.S. exports. KERA takes this look at Hensarling, a rising political star, who may lose the short-term battle, but expects to win the fight.
State Sen. Wendy Davis' revelation that she had an abortion late in her 1997 pregnancy is shedding light on a provision in the restrictive abortion legislation she tried in vain to stop last year — the part that bans abortions after 20 weeks, including in many cases when there are fetal abnormalities.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will not threaten a government shutdown by seeking to attach a provision that ends the president's deportation-relief program for certain undocumented immigrants to a must-pass government funding bill, his spokeswoman said Wednesday night.
Increased funding for preventive care and luring medical professionals to Texas are at the center of gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott’s health care plan, unveiled in Houston on Wednesday.
Scholars hired by the Texas Freedom Network criticized social studies textbooks that are up for consideration by the State Board of Education, saying they include distortions of history and current events.
Texas Senate Democrats say their request for more mobile units on Texas streets to give voters without an acceptable photo ID a chance to get one before November's election have been virtually ignored.
Despite having the largest warchest in Texas politics, Attorney General Greg Abbott keeps adding to it with a series of fundraisers scheduled into at least mid-October. In the process, the gubernatorial candidate is exhibiting plenty of confidence that Texas will remain in GOP hands come November.
A Texas death row inmate who fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and her brother in 1993 is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night in Huntsville.
It's like a variation on a famous advertisement about energy: "If you don't have an oil well, get one!" But a new Austin venture is about the more prosaic business of government, and about how to get policy ideas in front of lawmakers.
Attorneys for death row inmate Willie Trottie, who is scheduled for execution this week, say the lethal injection drugs that will be used on him have expired. TDCJ insists the drug it uses, pentobarbital, has not expired.
In a sign of how much the pot business has changed, Joe Allbaugh, a former GOP confidante to George W. Bush and Rick Perry, is now serving on the board of a marijuana lab company doing business in states where weed is legal.
State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and former George W. Bush aide Jodey Arrington are considered the front-runners in the race to succeed state Sen. Robert Duncan.
The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report put Rice University at 19th, the University of Texas at Austin at 53rd and Texas A&M University at 68th. Texas universities saw little change in their position in this year’s rankings.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on Monday became the second of the state's three oil and gas regulators to raise concerns that Russia is waging a misinformation campaign against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers have filed a second challenge to the governor’s indictment on Monday, asking a judge to dismiss the charges against him as unconstitutional.
Texas now has 104 natural gas fueling stations, according to a map released Monday by the Railroad Commission of Texas. That’s nearly 50 more than Texas had last year. Meanwhile, 67 more stations are set to open in 2015.
Legislators in 2015 are poised to take up a proposal that would have the state close nursing homes that rack up high-level federal violations on three separate days over 24 months. Supporters say the plan provides needed protection for the state's seniors, but the nursing home industry says it is already heavily regulated.
One the of state's political parties can’t get itself together, and the other can’t seem to stop tearing itself apart.
Texas school districts will have accumulated a legal tab of over $8.5 million in the course of challenging the state's school finance system — a sum that the state will have to pay if they prevail.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, reveals in her new book that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, both more than 15 years ago, according to media reports.
Gov. Rick Perry will meet with Central Japan Railway Company president Koei Tsugi on Monday while he is in Tokyo. The company is working with an American firm to develop a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.
When Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott unveiled his higher education plan on the University of Texas at Dallas campus on Tuesday, students were not invited, according to the president of the university's student government.
As Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reaches for one of the most powerful jobs in Texas, the blurred lines between her private work and public role are giving rise to familiar questions in a part-time Legislature, where low pay and lax disclosure laws have fostered the perception of conflicts of interest.
The candidates and the campaigns are encouraging people to vote, but some of the political news in Texas makes voting sound difficult — or even criminal.
A tainted water well in North Texas has already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in the Texas Supreme Court.
Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, concerned over the low number of residents eligible to vote who have no photo identification to do so have asked Secretary of State Nandita Berry to work on making mobile ID units more available between now and November.
UT System Regent Wallace Hall said Thursday that he was "comfortable" with his actions being investigated by the Travis County district attorney's office, which has confirmed that it will put the case before a grand jury soon.