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Here's how Texans can get involved in their party conventions

Texas primary season is quickly approaching, which means some Texans are wondering how they can engage with state politics beyond just casting votes. by Regina Mack and Sierra Juarez, The Texas Tribune Feb. 7, 2018 Today’s Texplainer … more

"Bathroom bill" fizzles as Republican primary issue

The "bathroom bill," once touted as a surefire issue for the 2018 Republican primaries, is barely registering in them with less than a month until Election Day. Last year, state lawmakers waded … more

Abbott announces sweeping plan to combat sexual misconduct, human trafficking

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a sweeping proposal aimed at better protecting people from human trafficking as well as tackling sexual misconduct allegations at the Texas Capitol and … more

Analysis: A cloudy day for sunshine laws in Texas

It might deflate your confidence in the state of Texas to find that the people protecting your access to government information have their thumbs on the scale. That they’re playing favorites. … more

National Weather Service, AccuWeather trade blame for false tsunami warning that alarmed Texans

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, residents of Texas' Gulf Coast — as well as many on the East Coast and in the Caribbean — woke to a tsunami warning. Thirty minutes later, the National Weather … more

Texas community health centers fear layoffs, closures without federal funding

Karina Ramirez has been going to community health centers with her family all of her life. It’s affordable, the Nuestra Clinica del Valle is only 15 minutes away from her home in Mercedes, … more

Cedar Park lands transportation startup company, city to gain 230 jobs

A $1.3 million economic development package approved by the Cedar Park City Council Thursday night will help bring a Pennsylvania transportation company and more than 230 jobs to the city. more

More than half of Texas public school students are in districts where teacher certification isn’t required

More than half of Texas public school students are in districts that don't require teachers to be certified, according to state officials, due to a recent law giving schools more freedom on … more

"Costly and unsustainable:" After spending $75 million, a troubled UT System technology institute shuts its doors

"Costly and unsustainable:" After spending $75 million, a troubled UT System technology institute shuts its doors February 7, 2018 After spending $75 million and struggling to create a signature … more

How a federal proposal could affect millions of dollars in Texas workers' tips

A U.S. Department of Labor proposal that could change how workers in Texas and the rest of the nation receive tips is facing greater scrutiny after a report revealed the department withheld an … more

Texas denied thousands of students special ed services. Does the policy go back to George W. Bush's presidency?

In the wake of a scathing federal report last month blasting Texas for excluding thousands of students from special education, a wave of accusations has rolled through the state's education … more

Cedar Park Police Department investigation questioned in Meagan Work case

A judge is expected to rule on March 21 on whether to suppress evidence in the case of a 23-year-old mother charged in connection with the death of her young son.Meagan Work, a former Leander High … more

Despite sunny economy, Texas budget forecast is dreary

The Texas economy is growing healthily, but that doesn’t mean state budget writers will have more money at their disposal next year, state officials said Tuesday … more

Developer pitches for Leander bonds, proposes 1,200 homes

Leander stands to gain miles of road, a boost in property values and as many as 3,240 new residents from a proposed residential development presented to the City Council at a workshop at its Feb. 1 meeting.  more

Leander Council adds charter changes to May 5 ballot

Election ballots for the May 5 Leander City Council election set at last Thursday’s meeting will include eight proposed amendments to the city charter. Early voting is April 23-May 1. more

Federal judge grants Texas request to block Obama-era restrictions on criminal background checks in hiring

The federal government can't enforce in Texas a rule limiting the use of criminal background checks in hiring, a federal judge in Lubbock ruled Thursday. As part of a years-long legal quest to … more

White House to withdraw controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

The White House plans to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, according to two administration officials briefed on the matter … more

After land office inks Harvey contract, Land Commissioner George P. Bush gets donations from contractor

The government’s seemingly sluggish response to Hurricane Harvey has been a headache for Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose office plays a major role in getting Texans back into damaged … more

H-E-B accepting entries for “Primo Picks” placement in stores

Think your homemade recipe has got what it takes to make it big time? more

After lawsuit, Texas plans to install air conditioning in a stifling prison

The state of Texas plans to install air conditioning in a notoriously hot prison after reaching a settlement with inmates in a federal class action lawsuit, an attorney for the inmates said … more
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