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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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.