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March 25, 2015

Texas Uses Obamacare Cash to Fund Medicaid

Facing a $338 million unpaid bill for Medicaid, Texas lawmakers voted Tuesday to help pay for it with a $102 million cash infusion that came from the feds under the Affordable Care Act.
March 19, 2015

Texas City Quits Fossil Fuels

On Wednesday Georgetown’s municipal utility unveiled plans to abandon traditional electricity sources like coal and gas power plants and instead use wind and solar energy to meet all power needs.
March 19, 2015

Texas Sues Feds Over Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

The state of Texas is suing the Obama administration for giving medical leave benefits to certain same-sex couples, according to an announcement Wednesday from Attorney General Ken Paxton.
March 17, 2015

Fracking Fail: How One Texas City's Ban Didn't Work Out

Four months after the Denton, Texas, historic vote, top state lawmakers don’t appear to be scratching their heads. Petroleum is winning hands down, and local control appears headed for a beating.
March 16, 2015

Texas' Lobbying Disclosure Laws Are Meaningless

Lobbyists don’t have to report the names of the legislators they are entertaining unless the expenditures go over $114 per day.
March 13, 2015

For-Profit Companies Play a Big Role in Texas Water Planning

An infusion of $2 billion into Texas' state water plan — once a little-known wish list of water projects — has highlighted the role of private engineering and consulting firms, which play a big role in writing it.
March 11, 2015

Undrinkable: Many Along Texas Border Still Live Without Clean, Safe Water

Turn on the faucet. Fill a glass with water. Drink it. Acts so commonplace you perform them without thinking twice.
March 10, 2015

Part of Texas Comptroller's Office Will Focus on Endangered Species

A law passed in 2011 put endangered species in the comptroller's purview. The idea was that any time a Texas animal ends up on a federal endangered species list, industrial activity is in danger.
March 9, 2015

Rick Perry Is Still Trying to Be President

On the ground in Iowa, which will kick off the 2016 primary season, the Texas governor is taken seriously.
March 6, 2015

Rick Perry Supporters Form Super PAC

Allies of former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday rolled out a Super PAC that can raise unlimited amounts of money to boost the likely 2016 presidential candidate.
March 4, 2015

Texas Not So Enthusiastic About Governor's Pre-K Initiative

The legislative proposal Greg Abbott favors has attracted mixed reactions from early education advocates, who hope it can be strengthened. The plan as it stands will barely change the status quo.
March 4, 2015

Texas GOP Says Medicaid Expansion 'Simply Not Worth Discussing'

Leading Texas Republicans on Monday asked the Obama administration for greater flexibility to administer Medicaid — a move that has gotten little traction in the past — while reiterating that they would not participate in an expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.
March 3, 2015

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Health Care Workers

Advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities have long pushed for higher wages for personal care attendants, who are typically paid through Medicaid-contracted companies. This year, the cause has been newly championed by a group of fiscally conservative state leaders, led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
February 25, 2015

Rick Perry's Tax Subsidies Could Haunt 2016 Bid

After Rick Perry won an upset race for agriculture commissioner in 1990, he needed a flashy issue — something that would bring him a little notoriety, get him out on the road.
February 9, 2015

Texas Again Trying to Test Welfare Recipients for Drugs

Opponents of the latest bill argue that there’s little evidence that recipients of welfare use their cash assistance to purchase drugs, and that drug testing won't help families in need.
January 30, 2015

Rand Paul Taps Texas GOP Chairman for Adviser

Weighing a 2016 run, Paul has added Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri as a senior adviser.
January 29, 2015

Texas Legislator Required Muslim Office Visitors to Declare Allegiance to the U.S.

A Muslim group has asked Texas House Speaker Joe Straus whether state Rep. Molly White violated ethics rules by instructing her staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to declare their allegiance to the United States.
January 28, 2015

Judge Refuses to Throw Out Rick Perry's Criminal Charges

A judge on Tuesday rejected former Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to throw out a two-count indictment against him, saying it's too early in the case to challenge the constitutionality of the charges.
January 27, 2015

Disabled Inmates Abused in Texas Prisons

A report contends that correctional staff at the Estelle Unit regularly neglect, abuse and even violently beat blind deaf, and otherwise disabled prisoners with little to no consequences. Inmates Abused in Prison
January 27, 2015

Ruling on Veteran Tuition Could Cost Texas Millions

U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. ruled on Monday that the University of Houston could not deny a veteran free tuition benefits granted under the Texas Hazlewood Act because he was a resident of another state when he enrolled in the military.
January 20, 2015

Perry Finally Spends BP Oil Spill Money

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ensured that BP will not be able to take back a $5 million grant that sat unused – and seemingly forgotten – for years after the company gave it to Texas following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
January 19, 2015

Prosecutors Say Rick Perry Forced an End to Several Cases by Vetoing State Funding for Offices

Travis County prosecutors said Saturday they dropped several criminal investigations — including one involving no-bid state contracts — after the Texas governor ended their funding in 2013.
January 16, 2015

After 14 Years in Office, Gov. Rick Perry Says Goodbye -- and Hello

This is a leap, but not a long one: Gov. Rick Perry started his second bid for the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, delivering a valedictory speech to the Texas Legislature on his way out of an office he has held for more than 14 years.
January 14, 2015

Texas Has a Very Complicated Cupcake Policy

Though few seem to be aware, yes, parents can bring cupcakes – or other junk food – to classroom birthday parties and school events.
January 12, 2015

Texas Bill Would Withhold Pay from Employees Enacting Gay Marriage

State or local government employees giving out same-sex marriage licenses would stop receiving their salaries under a bill filed Wednesday for the 84th legislative session.
January 9, 2015

Texas Will Eliminate Some Specialty License Plates

If fans of Dr Pepper and the Fort Worth Zoo don't get it in gear, their chance to buy specialty license plates might soon be gone. The Houston Rockets are hanging by a thread.
January 7, 2015

The Organization That Built Texas Conservatism

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has a new building, and can claim credit for the conservative makeup of the 2015 Legislature.
December 31, 2014

What Happened to Rick Perry's Plans for Toll Roads?

The Texas governor had a toll road plan “as Big as Texas.” Then things got complicated.
December 22, 2014

Texas Counties Can't Use Oil Revenue to Fix Roads

Officials in many of the counties hoped to lease mineral rights beneath county roads and rights of way to energy companies. But a 54-year-old opinion from the attorney general’s office gives leasing rights, and the revenue, to the state.
December 12, 2014

New Math Standards Are Difficult for Many Texas Schools

Three months into the school year, standards are challenging. As parents and educators question whether the rigor of the new curriculum is developmentally appropriate, school officials say they lack the resources to help teachers learn new material.
December 12, 2014

Texas Judge Allows Gay Marriage Ban to Continue

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio won't lift a stay to allow gay marriages to go into effect immediately.
December 10, 2014

Lone Star Brewers Sue State for "Stifling the Texas Craft Beer Renaissance"

The heads of Live Oak Brewing in Austin, Peticolas Brewing Company in Dallas and Revolver Brewing in Granbury, say Senate Bill 639 is unconstitutional.
December 9, 2014

Texas Will Shut Down 14 Charter School Operators

Texas law requires the Texas Education Agency to revoke a school's charter if it fails to meet state academic or financial accountability ratings for three years.
December 8, 2014

Texas Governor's Mansion Renovated for Handicapped Governor-Elect

A few renovations are needed before Greg Abbott, the first Texas governor to use a wheelchair, moves to the 1856 house in January.
December 8, 2014

Texas Works to Improve Visitors Program for Prisoners

The Texas prison system is making it easier for family members to visit loved ones behind bars.
December 8, 2014

Report Concludes How Texas Could Have Handled Ebola Better

Building on previous suggestions, including the establishment of two specialized Ebola treatment centers, a task force on Thursday released its full report on how the state could better handle an outbreak of an infectious disease.
December 4, 2014

New Texas House Rules Require the Press to Pledge Not to Lobby

Under the new procedure, reporters will be required to affirm that they do not lobby or advocate for a political party, group or individual.
December 4, 2014

Texas Gov. Perry Issues His Own Executive Order on Immigration

At a news conference Wednesday, Perry said he would be requiring all state agencies to use E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system that aims to prevent the hiring of illegal workers.
December 3, 2014

Appeals Court Issues Stay for Schizophrenic Texas Death Row Inmate

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a two-say sentence stay for the defense team of Scott Panetti, who tried to call John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II and Jesus Christ as witnesses in his murder trial.
December 2, 2014

Denton Defends Texas' First Fracking Ban

One day before its first-in-Texas ban on hydraulic fracturing is set to take effect, Denton called the oil and gas extraction technique a “public nuisance” that the North Texas town has the right to regulate.
November 17, 2014

Texas Orders Low-Performing Charter Charter Schools to Close, But Many Stay Open

In June, the state education agency revoked the charter of the Honors Academy Charter School District, Well into the new school year, all seven Honors Academy schools, which enroll a total of almost 700 students, are still open.
November 14, 2014

Local Resistance Aids Drop in Detaining Immigrants in Jail

Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to report released Wednesday.
November 14, 2014

Perry-Appointed Board Backs Medicaid Expansion in Texas

A board of medical professionals appointed by Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that the state should provide health coverage to low-income Texans under the Affordable Care Act — a move the Republican-led Legislature has opposed.
November 12, 2014

San Antonio Turns to the Private Sector for Water Needs

Frustrated for decades in its search for a new source of water, the Texas city thinks it has finally divined the answer. It will pay big money to let private companies do the work.
November 10, 2014

Few White Democrats Left in the Texas Legislature

After the winners of Tuesday’s elections are sworn in, there will be only seven white Democrats left in the Texas Legislature.
November 10, 2014

Bipartisan Lawyers Want Case Against Rick Perry Dismissed

A bipartisan group of lawyers led by former Texas Solicitor General James C. Ho filed an amicus brief Monday in Austin, asking a judge to dismiss the case against the state's governor.
November 6, 2014

Lawsuits Already Filed against Texas Town's Hours-Old Fracking Ban

Just hours after Denton residents voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, the Texas General Land Office and the state’s biggest petroleum group fired off separate legal challenges to the new rule.
November 3, 2014

San Antonio Approves Historic Water Project

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday unanimously voted in front of a packed chamber to approve a controversial pipeline that would bring in groundwater from 142 miles away. The $3.4 billion project would pipe in 16 billion gallons of water each year from Central Texas' Burleson County.
October 30, 2014

After Earthquakes, Texas Tightens Oil Disposal Rules

Texas regulators on Tuesday tightened rules for wells that dispose of oilfield waste, a response to the spate of earthquakes that have rattled North Texas.
October 29, 2014

What Would George P. Bush Do as Texas Land Commissioner?

The typically obscure agency will draw more notice if political scions becomes responsible for butting heads with some of the state's most powerful and politically influential interests.
October 27, 2014

Jeb Bush 'More Than Likely' to Run for President in 2016

During an interview for ABC News' This Week, George P. Bush, the Republican nominee for land commissioner, said it was "more than likely" that his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will make a 2016 run for the White House.
October 23, 2014

Texas Agency Responsible for Protecting State from Pollution Is Fighting Tougher Ozone Standards

Led by the state's chief toxicologist, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has spent months fleshing out its position that ozone levels in polluted cities across Texas aren't harmful to human health.
October 23, 2014

For the First Time in 8 Years, Austin Gives Housing Vouchers to a Lucky Few

For as many as 40,000 low-income Austin households being squeezed by high rents in a booming city, Wednesday offers the barest glimmer of hope.
October 17, 2014

Austin, Texas, Has a Renewable Energy Plan. The City-Owned Utility Isn't on Board.

Austin Energy has balked at the council’s green proposal and said it would be too expensive for ratepayers. And since then, a debate has ensued over how to be politically progressive and economically practical at the same time.
October 15, 2014

Meet Sam Houston, the Democrat Running a Lonely Campaign for Texas Attorney General

With little money and swimming against the tide in conservative Texas, Democrat Sam Houston has little choice but to campaign for attorney general "the old fashioned way" — on the cheap, and largely from the front seat of his Toyota Prius.
October 15, 2014

Court Reverses Ruling on Texas Voter ID Law

Texas should require photo voter identification in this year’s general election, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, overturning an earlier ruling by a federal district judge in Texas.
October 14, 2014

Rick Perry Relaxes Rules for Private Firms That Miss Job Goals

Since 2003, Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund has given out more than $500 million to private firms in exchange for a promise to create jobs in Texas.
October 10, 2014

Court Refuses to Reconsider Texas Abortion Ruling

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to reconsider a March ruling that allowed Texas to require physicians who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion facility.
October 9, 2014

Only Debate in Texas Race for U.S. Senate Will Probably Air in Spanish

The lone debate scheduled between Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and his Democratic opponent, David Alameel, could end up only being broadcast in Spanish.
October 8, 2014

University of Texas to Provide More Information about Graduates' Salaries, Debt Load

But starting this week, potential students can see how much they money they could expect to make monthly at different points in their career, as well as how much they might repay each month in loans.
October 8, 2014

Texas Elections Don't Have Many Debates

Candidates for three of the eight major statewide races on this year’s November ballot appear likely to reach Election Day without ever engaging in a debate with their opponent, according to campaign representatives.
October 7, 2014

Texas Students Not so Excited About Fixed-Rate Tuition Plans

The number of first-time students choosing the new plans ranges from zero at some universities to 4,000 at the University of North Texas. Varied interest may be because, under such the plan, first-year students tend to pay more than their counterparts on the traditional track.
October 3, 2014

Rick Perry's Worst Days

As the Teflon governor of Texas enters the last months of his 14 years in the state's top job, his troubles are piling up and the allies and colleagues who have often rallied to his side are turning their attention to other things.
October 3, 2014

Texas Abortion Law to Take Effect While Still Being Appealed

As it hears arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning new requirements for Texas abortion facilities, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state could enforce the requirements in the meantime.
October 3, 2014

The Unlikely Plaintiff against Texas' Voter ID Law: a Judge

While a federal judge in Corpus Christi mulls whether the state's requirement to show photo ID to cast a ballot violates the federal Voting Rights Act, a judge on the highest criminal appeals court in Texas is taking another approach: He's suing the state over its relatively new voter ID law.
October 2, 2014

Can Texas Handle a Public Health Emergency?

State officials have characterized the response to an Ebola diagnosis in Dallas as top-notch, but medical experts argue that the state’s public health infrastructure may be vulnerable.
October 1, 2014

States with Serious Abortion Restrictions Also Have Poor Health Outcomes

A recent study looked at 14 types of abortion restrictions that state legislatures have implemented across the country. The authors then plotted each state's number of restrictions against an evaluation of health outcome statistics.
October 1, 2014

In Texas Gubernatorial Debate, Abbott Gets Aggressive

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has mostly avoided direct confrontation with his opponent in the race for Texas governor, took a hard swing at Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis over her ethics as a lawmaker in a televised debate Tuesday night.
September 30, 2014

To Address Today's Immigrants, People in Many States Look to 1980s Sanctuary Strategy

Last week, faith-based and congressional leaders from Arizona, Illinois and Pennsylvania announced a multistate sanctuary movement patterned off a similar effort that took place in the 1980s. Texas could be next.
September 26, 2014

Texas High School Graduation Rates Improving, Mysteriously

The state’s headway with graduation rates has not been matched by similar success in measures that track students’ college and career readiness, prompting questions about what it takes to earn a high school diploma.
September 23, 2014

EPA Supports Texas Oilfield Waste Disposal Plan

Staffers at the federal agency have praised a Texas Railroad Commission proposal aimed at curbing earthquakes possibly triggered by the high-pressure injection of oil and gas waste.
September 22, 2014

Rick Perry on Immigration, Abortion and the Presidency

As he considers a second run for president, Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that he continues to support a Texas program that proved a political liability during his failed 2012 bid.
September 19, 2014

Texas May Increase the Number of Toll Roads in the State

Local and state leaders made clear that the state expected to pursue more toll projects. Neither the state nor the federal government is likely to approve other funding options like raising the gas tax.
September 18, 2014

Are Oil and Gas Operators Cheating Texas Landowners?

The Texas Supreme Court weighs in on a mineral rights fraud case.
September 17, 2014

Texas School District Will Create 'Petroleum Academy'

Midland, Texas, will launch a pilot program in January for a special high school for students who want to work in the oil industry.
September 16, 2014

Study Says Faulty Drilling Wells, Not Fracking, Tainted Drinking Water

A group of Duke University scientists often accused of anti-fracking bias have published their most definitive research to date linking shale gas exploration with methane gas contamination of drinking water.
September 10, 2014

Former Rick Perry Campaign Manager Gets in the Pot Business

Joe Allbaugh, former FEMA director and Perry and Bush campaign manager, gets piece of pot business, He says his mind was changed through his wife’s fight with cancer.
September 8, 2014

Anti-Abortion Groups Say Davis' Disclosure Changes Nothing

Reacting to news that state Sen. Wendy Davis had two abortions for medical reasons, including one because brain damage was detected in her unborn child, Texas’ leading anti-abortion groups reiterated their opposition to the termination of pregnancies, including ones where severe disabilities can be detected in a fetus.
September 2, 2014

Texas Voter ID Law Goes to Court

Plaintiffs will try to convince U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos that the law puts an unfair burden on minority voters.
August 28, 2014

Wendy Davis Introduces Education Platform

Her new policy ideas draw praise and criticism from critics.
August 27, 2014

The National Guard on the Border Doesn't Reassure All Texans

Is Rick Perry overdoing border control?
August 27, 2014

It's Election Season, But Texas Has Bigger Things Going On

Despite the calendar, campaigns are taking a back seat in the Texas news cycle.
August 26, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants Need Lawyers to Use U.S. Legal System

The Texas Bar Association has created a web page for lawyers interested in providing help, but immigrants face more than the challenges of a complicated system. They must also grapple with judges who apply legal standards differently.
August 26, 2014

Houston's Recycling Center Has a Problem: Its Neighborhood

Environmental justice advocates question Houston's recycling plan. Where should the new sorting facility be located?
August 26, 2014

Texas Finally Buys Long-Planned Conservation Land

The state purchases conservation land in Calhoun County with oil spill money.
August 21, 2014

ACA Signups Are Difficult for Recent Legal Immigrants

Glitches threaten Obamacare coverage for some immigrants, even when they have the proper documentation.
August 21, 2014

Texas Expands How Much Radioactive Waste It Can Store

Texas’ only radioactive waste site has permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.
August 19, 2014

Rick Perry Assembles a High-Powered Legal Team

Three days after he got indicted on corruption charges, Gov. Rick Perry rolled out a high-powered defense team that slammed the prosecution as outrageous and political — but left a lot of answered questions.
August 6, 2014

Border Towns Hoping for Help Despite Congressional Inaction

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president.
August 4, 2014

Texas Schools Plan for Surge of Undocumented Immigrants

With a lot of uncertainty, schools try to prepare for new arrivals.
August 4, 2014

Why Toledo, Ohio's Water Crisis Is a Warning for Every State

No states require testing for such toxins, which are caused by algal blooms. And there are no federal or state standards for acceptable levels of the toxins, even though they can be lethal.
August 1, 2014

Texas Looks to Study the Transportation of the Future

It's time for self-driving automobiles, jet packs and hover cars, really.
July 22, 2014

Farmers Insurance Company Gave a Lot of Money to Texas' Greg Abbott

The state's GOP attorney general got $50,000 from the company PAC amid a lawsuit about homeowners’ insurance rates. Was there preferential treatment?
July 21, 2014

No Smoking in Most Texas Jails, But Many May Soon Sell E-Cigs

Some sheriffs are interested in selling electronic cigarettes so jails can shore up tight budgets.
July 17, 2014

Voters to Decide Whether to Be First Texas Town to Ban Fracking

Voters will decide whether this North Texas college town will become the state's first city to ban hydraulic fracturing.
July 16, 2014

Appeals Court Rules Race Can Factor into College Admissions

In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled — for the second time — that the University of Texas at Austin can use race as an element of its admissions decisions for candidates not admitted via the state's Top Ten Percent Law.
July 15, 2014

Texas Utilities Might Be Ready for New EPA Regulations

Politicians are complaining about the climate targets, but some say Texas utilities — companies that would be tasked with helping Texas comply with the regulations — are well-positioned to meet the potential carbon target due to investments in natural gas and renewable energy sources
July 14, 2014

Texas Scientists Bothered by Climate Change-Denying Politicians

Climate scientists say Texas is missing an opportunity to plan for the future.
July 9, 2014

BP Wants Unspent Spill Recovery Money Back

After watching a $5 million grant to Gov. Rick Perry’s office go unspent nearly four years after it was presented in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is asking Texas for its money back.
June 24, 2014

The Texas Immigration Problem Is About to Become a Huge Health Problem

Health officials say the immigrant surge is a medical crisis because of the conditions where people are housed.
June 23, 2014

The Real Energy Innovation of Texas

The state is an important testing ground for energy storage.
June 19, 2014

Texas Seeks Boost in Border Patrols

The Texas Department of Public Safety has been instructed to immediately increase its efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border with a $1.3 million-per-week operation, the offices of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday evening.
June 18, 2014

It's Costing More to Build Energy Infrastructure in Texas

Recent jury verdicts in eminent domain cases reflect an upward trend in the cost of building oil and gas pipelines in Texas.
June 13, 2014

Texas' Plan for Getting Veterans Health Care Faster

Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday announced that the state has reached agreements with health facilities to provide care for veterans who cannot get timely treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 12, 2014

Lawmakers to Investigate Why Texas Has Some of the Longest VA Wait Times

State lawmakers preparing to hear from veterans about excessive wait times at VA clinics have new ammunition: In a new report, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that Texas medical facilities have some of the longest patient wait times in the nation.
June 10, 2014

The Texas Car-Share Battle

Uber and Lyft are rolling forward in the state, but uncertainty lingers.
June 3, 2014

New Texas Laws Are Keeping Kids Out of Court

Texas students receive fewer disciplinary tickets thanks to reforms.
May 30, 2014

Texas AG Allows Execution Drug Secrecy

In a reversal of his previous rulings, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday decided that the Texas prison system can keep secret from the public information about pharmacies that provide execution drugs.
May 22, 2014

People Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Don't Talk Much About Farming

The candidates are talking more about conservative credentials and pot than farming woes.
May 21, 2014

Texas Is Dangerous for Walkers

Texas gets low marks on pedestrian safety.
May 19, 2014

Why Texas' Department of Public Safety Is Getting Ripped

A law helps state workers find time for the gym.
May 14, 2014

Texas Inmate's Execution Halted over His Mental Competency

A federal appeals court halted the planned execution in Texas of Robert James Campbell just hours before he was to be put to death Tuesday based on questions about whether the 41-year-old inmate is mentally disabled.
May 12, 2014

Texas' Big Medicaid Waste

Texas cancels its Medicaid contract with Xerox and sues over allegedly misspent money.
May 12, 2014

Texas Strip Clubs Lose Appeal on Pole Tax

A $5-per-patron fee is not an unconstitutional occupation tax and must be paid by Texas strip clubs that serve alcohol, an appeals court ruled Friday.
May 8, 2014

Lawyers for Death Row Inmates Challenge Texas' Execution Process

Lawsuits address the transparency of the state's execution system.
May 8, 2014

Lawsuits Challenge Transparency of Texas Execution Process

Lawyers have zeroed in on Texas' secrecy in the aftermath of a botched execution in neighboring Oklahoma, raising questions about whether the lack of information about how the death penalty is implemented could lead to cruel and unusual punishment.
May 6, 2014

Texas Comptroller Demands New Fees from State’s Strip Clubs

A controversial strip club fee that lawmakers approved in 2007 is still winding its way through the courts, but Comptroller Susan Combs is demanding the clubs to pay six years' worth of “pole taxes.”
May 5, 2014

Video: Rick Perry Seems to be Considering a 2016 Run

The Texas governor talks 2016 on "Meet the Press."
May 1, 2014

Texas Carries Drug Used in Botched Oklahoma Execution

The drug used in Tuesday night’s botched execution in Oklahoma – midazolam – is stored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can be used at any time in the state's death penalty protocol, raising concerns among defense lawyers and others about the state’s secretive lethal injection process.
April 28, 2014

Why Hasn't Texas' Law to Reduce Standardized Testing Worked?

New law limits standardized tests, but not school-level examinations or prep work.
April 22, 2014

Texas to Examine What Happens to Mentally Ill, Drug Addicted Inmates

Since 2005, the number of Texas parolees who commit new crimes has dropped, but room for improvement remains. On Tuesday, lawmakers will examine ways to reduce recidivism among those with mental illness and substance addiction, a group most at risk to reoffend.
April 16, 2014

Texas Could Rake in Millions for 'Active Shooter Response Training'

One state university could get $15 million in federal money to support programs that train police how to address situations like the recent Fort Hood shooting.
April 14, 2014

Texas Takes First State Steps to Regulate Bitcoin

Texas will not treat Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as legal money, according to a new memo from the Texas Department of Banking. Yet some companies that deal in Bitcoin transactions could draw state oversight, even if they are based outside of Texas.
April 11, 2014

Some Doctors Switch Back to Making Patients Pay Cash

Giving up on red tape, health care providers turn to a cash-cased model, “direct primary care," to cut costs.
April 8, 2014

Texas Governor's Campaign Backers Also Beneficiaries of State Economic Development Programs

Prolific donors are behind Rick Perry's marketing tool.
April 7, 2014

Texas Issues New Rules for Foster Care

After a rise in foster care deaths, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has approved new regulations.
April 3, 2014

Judge Blocks Two Texas Executions, Says Inmates Have a Right to Know About the Drugs That Will Be Used to Kill Them

“Until Plaintiffs have full disclosure of the product with which Texas will cause their death, they cannot fully develop a challenge to its process,” U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore said in her ruling.
April 3, 2014

State Impact of the Supreme Court's Campaign Donations Ruling

In a 5-4 decision, the justices struck down federal limits on how much an individual may make in total political contributions, also known as aggregate limits.
April 2, 2014

Texas' Next Big Crop: Pot?

Is marijuana a potential moneymaker for Texas farmers?
April 1, 2014

Texas GOP Candidate for Governor Wants to Link Pre-K Funding to Outcomes

Greg Abbott proposes an addition $1,500 per preschool student if they're inn programs that meet "performance requirements set by the state."
April 1, 2014

Texas Governor Won't Comply with Prison Rape Law

Rick Perry says that federal anti-rape standards are "impossible."
March 31, 2014

San Antonio: Innovative, Creative, Environmentally Conscious. And Still Running Out of Water

Despite policy successes, water still vexes San Antonio.
March 27, 2014

Dallas Institutes Plastic Bag Tax

As Texas debates whether plastic bag bans violate the state's health and safety laws, Dallas passes its own restriction.
March 24, 2014

Impact of Texas Oil Spill Will Be Huge

The Galveston Bay spill will take a gigantic economic and ecological toll on the state and the region.
March 21, 2014

Texas Government's Big Gender Wage Gap

The evidence that men make more in government is most striking among the highest-paid workers at state agencies.
March 17, 2014

The Other Woman in the Texas Gubernatorial Race

If Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wins, his wife will become the first Latina to be the first lady of Texas.
March 12, 2014

The Big Change in Texas Elections? More Time.

A shift in election law has prompted Texas to extend the time between primaries and runoffs. That means primary night results might not carry into runoffs.
March 11, 2014

Texas Hydropower Plan Stalled by Drought

Faced with dwindling water supplies, the Lower Colorado River Authority, which supplies water and energy to much of Central Texas, is limiting downstream water releases.
March 10, 2014

Texas Tries to Build a Bullet Train, Yet Again

The fast train failed once, but It's back for another go.
March 10, 2014

Harvey Hilderbran Ends Run for Texas Comptroller

The state legislator ended his campaign Friday after finishing second in the Republican primary.
March 6, 2014

Two More Texas Abortion Clinics Close

An abortion provider will shutter clinics in McAllen and Beaumont due to strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.
March 5, 2014

Texas Election Teaches Tea Party That Money Matters

As the Republican primary results poured in Tuesday evening, a general rule of thumb emerged in races featuring Tea Party insurgents challenging Republican incumbents: Money matters.
March 4, 2014

What to Watch in the Texas Primary

Tuesday's primary is the first of three elections that will select the state’s next set of officeholders.
February 28, 2014

Rick Perry Doesn't Endorse Many Candidates

On lists of endorsements, the governor of Texas' name is rare.
February 18, 2014

When Pregnant Women Go to Jail

Pregnant inmates in Houston find help to stay out of prison in the future.
February 18, 2014

No, Texas Drug Laws Are Probably Not Going to Change

Expecting pot penalties to decrease? Slow your roll.
February 13, 2014

Wendy Davis Calls for More Early Education in Texas

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate calls for increased access to full-day prekindergarten classes.
February 12, 2014

Rick Perry Helps Out Texas GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

Greg Abbott brings the Texas governor into the fold on his campaign trail.
February 7, 2014

San Antonio Gives Up on Groundwater Plan

The city's water system asked the private sector to develop plans for a new water supply for the growing region 3 years ago. The utility has decided not to use any of them.
February 6, 2014

The New Fracking Problem: A Water Shortage

A new report indicates that water availability is a risk for oil and gas drillers.
February 5, 2014

GOP Candidate for Texas Governor Proposes More Border Security

Greg Abbott touts a $300 million border security proposal.
February 3, 2014

In a Rare Occurrence, Texas’ Anti-Regulation Stance Hurt Business

How anti-regulation politics may have been a problem for the energy industry.
January 31, 2014

Texas A&M University: the Same Fee All 4 Years

The Texas college adopts a guaranteed tuition plan.
January 29, 2014

Wendy Davis Says Opponent Is Waging a Smear Campaign

The state senator says her critics have picked on the "wrong Texas gal."
January 28, 2014

Texas Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Has a New Tactic: Spanish

Greg Abbott bolsters outreach with a Spanish-language website.
January 15, 2014

Texas Will Delay New Unemployment Drug Testing Program

The Texas Workforce Commission said it will not be able to start the drug testing program on the state’s timetable because the United States Labor Department has not set the required parameters.
January 6, 2014

Texas' Kinky Friedman Wants to Run Again

In third statewide bid, Friedman hopes to win with marijuana.
October 4, 2013

Wendy Davis Announces Run for Texas Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, standing on the stage where she got her high school diploma more than 30 years ago, finally announced Thursday what has been anticipated, telegraphed and talked about for weeks: She is running for Texas governor.
September 16, 2013

State Records Show Little Need for Texas' New Abortion Law

In their successful push this summer for strict new regulations on abortion facilities and the doctors performing them, proponents of the legislation said it was needed because conditions at existing facilities made it unsafe for women seeking to terminate pregnancies.
August 6, 2013

Celebrated Texas Sen. Wendy Davis to Run for Governor or Re-Election

In remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Davis said she’d either run for governor or try to hold on to her hard-fought state Senate seat.
July 30, 2013

Study Links State Prison Reforms to Drops in Welfare Spending

Prison reforms may result in better conditions for inmates, but those improvements come at the expense of welfare cash assistance and other government relief for the needy, according to a study released this month by Rice University and Louisiana State University.
July 18, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Abortion Bill into Law

HB 2, which was filibustered by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the first special session, passed in both the House and Senate last week during the current second special session. The law, which would impose several new regulations on abortions and abortion providers, has drawn criticism from abortion advocates and incited demonstrations from both sides.
July 8, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Not Running for Re-Election

Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, creating the first open race for Texas governor since 1990 and making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him.
July 8, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Announce Political Plans Monday

It's looking increasingly unlikely that Gov. Perry will seek a fourth term in the Governor's Mansion.
July 1, 2013

Texas' 2nd Special Session Gives Rick Perry More Time to Decide His Future

Gov. Perry had signaled that he would make his decision about the 2014 governor’s race known by July 1. But that turned out to be the day the next 30-day special session begins.
June 28, 2013

Dan Patrick to Challenge David Dewhurst for Texas Lieutenant Governor

Citing the need for "authentic conservative leadership" in Texas, state Sen. Dan Patrick announced on Thursday that he would run for lieutenant governor against incumbent David Dewhurst.
June 28, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Voter ID, Redistricting Cases

In the wake of its decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out two Texas cases on voter ID and redistricting.
June 28, 2013

On Abortion, Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Didn't Learn from Herself

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday slammed the woman who this week led a filibuster in the state legislature, derailing sweeping abortion legislation.
June 27, 2013

Texas Abortion Fight Sparks a Second Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry also put transportation funding and a juvenile justice measure on the agenda for the session, which is set to begin July 1.
June 27, 2013

Abortion Filibuster Thrusts Texas Sen. Wendy Davis into National Spotlight

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, which Governing previously named a legislator to watch, entered the national spotlight this week when she successfully led a rare and possibly temporary victory to kill a restrictive abortion bill.
June 26, 2013

Technicality Kills Controversial Abortion Bill in Texas

Republican senators made a last-ditch effort to approve SB 5, voting 19-10, but by then the clock had ticked past midnight. Under the terms of the state Constitution, the special session had ended, and the bill could not be signed, enrolled or sent to the governor.
June 17, 2013

Texas Enacts Unemployment Drug-Testing Law

Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill that will subject Texans applying for unemployment benefits to a drug test if their responses to a screening questionnaire indicate possible drug use.
June 12, 2013

Texas' Truancy Process Challenged in Court as 'Unconstitutional'

On behalf of seven Dallas-area students, Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas and the National Center for Youth Law will ask the Justice Department to declare that the state's process of prosecuting truancy as a crime is unconstitutional.
June 11, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Adds Transportation Funding to Special Session's Agenda

Gov. Rick Perry has asked the legislature to consider the funding of transportation infrastructure projects during their current special session.
June 11, 2013

Texas Legislature Fails to Pass Statewide Workplace Smoking Ban

For a fourth consecutive legislative session, a proposed statewide ban on smoking in public workplaces fell short, as critics argued that such a ban could unconstitutionally curtail businesses’ freedom.
June 10, 2013

Texas Governor Heads to NYC to Raid More Jobs

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is making another jobs raid, this time in New York City. His visit will be supplemented with a $1 million television advertising campaign in the city promoting Texas' pro-business environment.
May 29, 2013

Texas Water Plan Faces Legal Challenges

After a ruling by the 11th Court of Appeals in favor of landowners seeking to block construction of a reservoir, the state's water plan may be subject to an increasing number of legal challenges.
May 28, 2013

Texas Gov. Perry Calls Special Legislative Session

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday called lawmakers back into an immediate special session to consider redistricting measures for the Legislature and the Texans who serve in the U.S. Congress.
May 17, 2013

Texas Enacts Law Requiring Prosecutorial Transparency

Known as the Michael Morton Act, the law aims to avoid wrongful convictions by preventing prosecutors from suppressing evidence.
May 16, 2013

Texas GOP Donor Releases Anti-Obamacare Songs

Houston physician and Republican campaign donor Steve Hotze has written two songs about his opposition to federal health reform.
May 10, 2013

Texas Scrutinizes Chemical Stockpiles in Wake of Plant Explosion

Following the explosion of a fertilizer plant last month, officials and residents across the state are reexamining safety regulations.
April 22, 2013

Will Texas Gov. Rick Perry Run Again?

The Texas governor has said he won't lay out his political plans until June. Whether he decides to run for a fourth term in office may affect races across the state.
April 16, 2013

Report Urges Texas to Divert Prostitutes from Jail

A new report shows that reducing penalties for prostitution and sending more defendants to diversion programs would decrease the practice and save the state money. A bill that would follow that recommendation is under consideration by the legislature.
April 10, 2013

Texas Asks for Feds' Help Getting Water from Mexico

Gov. Rick Perry and a number of Texas politicians are seeking help from the Obama administration to hold Mexico to its treaty obligations to release water from the Rio Grande to Texas cities along the border.
April 1, 2013

Texas Courts Gun Manufacturers

Texas Governor Rick Perry is pushing to have more weapons made in the state. His office has sent letters to 34 different firearms and accessories manufacturers in other states encouraging them to relocate to Texas.
March 27, 2013

Water-Free Fracking Catching On in Texas

New early-stage technology that uses chemicals for fracking is gaining popularity in the state as a way to alleviate concerns over the high quantities of water needed for hydraulic fracking.
March 25, 2013

Texas Seeks to Move Gold Deposits Back Inside State Borders

In a move aimed to make the state appear more financially stable, the Governor and some lawmakers are working on a bill that would move the state's gold deposits from a Federal Reserve Bank in New York City to a secure location in Texas.
March 7, 2013

Texas Seeks New Execution Standards for Intellectually Disabled

A new bill seeks to clarify the standards used when deciding to execute intellectually disabled criminals.
March 5, 2013

Texas Governor Speaks Out on Release of Immigrants

The Texas Governor, outraged at the release of undocumented immigrants due to Federal budget cuts, has written a letter of protest to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
March 1, 2013

GOP Leaders in Texas Want More Flexibility on Medicaid

GOP leaders in Texas are remaining firm about not doing the Medicaid expansion as designed in the Affordable Care Act, but are leaving the door open to work with the Obama administration if they are given more flexibility.
March 1, 2013

Mental Health Training for Teachers Being Considered in Texas

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, filed legislation Thursday that would provide mental health training to Texas teachers.
February 8, 2013

Despite Reforms, Some Texas Elected Officials Still Lobby

Ten years ago, the Texas Legislature passed laws to clamp down on lawmakers lobbying state agencies on behalf of private clients. Despite the reforms, some elected officials continue to find work lobbying, or something that resembles it in the eyes of critics.
February 5, 2013

Texas Schools Inadequately Funded, Court Rules

In a decision certain to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, state district Judge John Dietz ruled that the state does not adequately or efficiently fund public schools.
January 23, 2013

States Consider Special Fees for Electric Cars

While many states offer tax incentives for people to purchase energy-efficient vehicles like hybrids and electric cars, lawmakers in several states have proposed levying special fees on owners of some such vehicles.
January 18, 2013

Social Media Bills to Protect Online Privacy Filed in Texas

With the emergence of new technology, legislators have filed a bevy of bills that could change the way some Texans use social media.
January 16, 2013

White House Responds to States' Secession Petitions

Responding to petitions from eight states calling for the right to secede, the White House has called for healthy debate, but to not let "that debate tear us apart."
January 10, 2013

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants

As Congress prepares for what is expected to be a contentious debate over immigration reform, with issues like the DREAM Act and what kind of reforms constitute "amnesty" expected to be at the forefront, immigration lawyers say addressing lesser-known and arcane policies could be just as important and effective.
January 2, 2013

Texas Lawmakers Turn to Guns to Beef Up School Security

Following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.
December 17, 2012

Talk of Term Limits Returns to Texas

The Tea Party want to replace some current lawmakers with fresh ones, preferably from their own flock.
December 14, 2012

Texas' Death Row Population at Its Lowest Since 1989

The population on Texas' death row is at its lowest in more than 20 years, and the state has seen a 75 percent drop in death sentences since 2002.
December 12, 2012

Texas Gov. Perry Backs Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

Opponents say such legislation erodes women's legal access to abortion, and that a similar fetal pain law in Arizona is currently being reviewed by a federal appeals court.
December 10, 2012

Texas Regulators Prepare Major Drilling Rule Changes

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial process of shooting water, sand and chemicals underground to access oil or natural gas trapped in shale rock, has made plenty of headlines in recent years. But the drilling process involves many other steps beyond breaking up rock, and several opportunities for things to go wrong.
December 7, 2012

Entire El Paso School Board Stripped of Authority After Cheating Scandal

The move comes in the wake of accusations that the trustees failed to catch a scheme tied to former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia that either removed or advanced students who were not passing.
December 6, 2012

UT System Tackles Issue of Growing Student Debt

On the agenda for Thursday morning's meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents is a discussion on a topic near and dear to the pocketbooks of many students and their parents: student loan debt.
November 27, 2012

Florida Gov. Scott Challenges Colleges to Offer $10,000 Degree

Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a similar challenge in 2011. Since then, 10 Texas universities have announced the launch of such a degree plan, or the intention to launch one in the near future.
November 12, 2012

Despite "Green" Label, Austin is a Growing Oil and Gas Hub

Subjects like solar panels and smart-grid technologies become a topic of discussion at plenty of Austin happy hours. But when dozens of people gathered at a lakeside bar earlier this month, the talk drifted toward oil prices, shale plays and hydraulic fracturing.
November 12, 2012

Texas' Online University Graduates Its 1st Students

Cherlyn Jones was one of 110 students who walked across the stage at the Hilton as part of the first-ever graduating class of WGU Texas, the state’s online university. Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order creating the school in August 2011. Just more than a year later, 450 total students from around the state have completed degrees.
October 29, 2012

In College Entry Rule, Reality Can Trump Logic

Let us pause for a moment to consider the legislative wizardry of the late Irma Rangel. The Kingsville Democrat shared much of the credit for the brainstorm that created the state’s top 10 percent rule for colleges in 1997. That law says high school graduates in that top tier get automatic admission into state colleges and universities.
October 25, 2012

Texas Towns Pass Lighting Laws to Protect Star-Gazing

A small but growing number of Texas cities are passing lighting ordinances to keep the night sky dark as the state grows.
October 19, 2012

With the Death of Texas Sen. Mario Gallegos, What Happens to His Seat?

The late Texas state Sen. Mario Gallegos' name will still appear on the ballot in November, and if he wins, Gov. Rick Perry will call a special election to fill his seat.
October 17, 2012

Voting by Party is Fast But Problematic

Lots of people get elected by voters who didn't look at their names but instead voted by choosing all candidates from one party or another.
October 16, 2012

Some Texas Inmates Forego Health Care to Avoid Higher Fees

When lawmakers decided to charge inmates $100 a year for medical treatments, they expected it to help plug holes in the prison budget. But critics of the new policy say the result is less health care for sick inmates.
October 11, 2012

Study: Texas Can't Handle Care if Planned Parenthood is Defunded

Women's access to affordable health care will be reduced if the state follows through with its plan to eschew federal funding for the Women’s Health Program and create a state program instead, according to a new study from George Washington University.
October 10, 2012

Veterans Need More Mental Health Help, Says Texas Lawmakers

Seeing a recent increase in suicides by military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Texas lawmakers are looking for ways to address mental health challenges faced by soldiers as they come back to the state.
September 28, 2012

Do Jewish Prisoners Have a Right to Kosher Food? Court to Decide

The court will decide whether a Jewish inmate has a right to be provided a kosher diet. Lawyers say the change would cost TDCJ between $1,000 and $3,000 per year, or an extra 0.02 percent of the agency's annual budget.