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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touts immediate plans to stop school shootings, but avoids talk of a special session

After a closed door meeting Tuesday on school safety and gun violence, Gov. Greg Abbott proposed a series of initiatives to prevent future school shootings, though he largely avoided talk … more

Hard-line conservatives lose big in Texas House runoffs

If most Texas House Republican primary runoffs split the party into two warring factions, voters on Tuesday clearly chose a side. Establishment Republicans backed by groups like the Associated … more

Voter turnout in a Texas Democratic gubernatorial runoff hasn’t been this low in nearly 100 years

A tiny fraction of Texas registered voters had an outsized impact on the May 22 runoffs. Here’s a look at what you need to know about Tuesday night’s election returns — and what … more

Lawsuit claims one of Texas' top Republican judges fired his secretary for supporting Democrats on social media

A former secretary to a judge on Texas’ highest criminal court, a nine-member panel of Republicans, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was fired for her Democratic-leaning … more

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus creates work group to combat sexual harassment in the Legislature

Months after reports detailed a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the state Capitol, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday announced another measure to address the issue … more

When Texas standardized tests have glitches, special education students can be deeply affected

When technical problems in 2016 affected more than 14,000 computerized State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — or STAAR — tests, Sarah Martinez questioned whether online … more

They failed to unseat Joe Straus and Byron Cook. Now, can they best the House leaders’ favored successors?

If the gavel-wielding silhouette of retiring Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will be the most conspicuous absence when the Legislature reconvenes in 2019, the empty chair of House State Affairs … more

In reversal, Texas agency says ex-FBI agent who called Islam "barbaric and evil" can't train law enforcement

After receiving complaints from advocacy groups about officers getting education credit for taking a class taught by an anti-Islamic speaker, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement reversed an … more

How the "bathroom bill" helped push a Republican PAC to spend millions on moderates in Texas

In September, the Texas Capitol was finally starting to calm down. A couple of contentious legislative sessions had pitted the Legislature’s Republican centrists against hard-line … more

Analysis: Texas lawmakers asked for a study on open government. They’re still waiting.

It makes little sense to scold someone without first reminding them that they are supposed to take care of something — and that they haven’t taken care of it yet. Hold the … more

Lawmakers: Change state law that bars Texans in default on student loans from renewing work licenses

State lawmakers, including some of the most conservative members of the Texas House, say changes should be made to a state statute that bars workers from renewing their professional licenses if … more

Lawmakers weigh changing Texas law that lets rent-to-own stores file criminal charges on customers

After hearing tales of shady dealing and criminal charges being filed against Texans who fall into the crosshairs of rent-to-own companies, the chairman of the state House Business and Industry … more

In recovering Sutherland Springs, Cornyn touts gun background check bill

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS — The flag they raised over the church Friday morning came from Washington, D.C., as did the law they were there to celebrate. Five months after a gunman killed … more

H-E-B issues precautionary recall

H-E-B has issued a product recall of H-E-B branded Cranberry Turkey Salad products. The recall affects those products with a sell-by date of March 19 or earlier because of potentially … more

Here's what happened in the 2018 Texas primaries

As polls opened in the Texas primaries on Tuesday, The Texas Tribune laid out seven key questions for election night. Now that the smoke is clearing, here are the answers … more

Here are results from primary races for Texas' eight open congressional seats

Despite contributing millions of her own dollars to her campaign, GOP fundraiser Kathaleen Wall failed to make it to a runoff in Texas' 2nd Congressional District, which was one of eight open … more

Some lawmakers think free speech is endangered at Texas colleges. But what can they do about it?

Free speech on campus may be a hot-button issue, but it has spurred only tepid action in the Texas Capitol so far. After months of media conflagration, hand-wringing and attempts to push through … more

Audit: Company behind Texas "clean coal" project used federal funds for liquor, limousines and lobbying

A now-bankrupt company that received a major federal stimulus grant to build a “clean coal” power plant in West Texas spent millions of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, lobbying, … more

Hazard mitigation funding for Harvey recovery becomes available

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Rockport and Houston on Feb. 13 to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of … more

Analysis: On Texas’ high property taxes, there’s plenty of blame to go around

Texas state senators are touchy, touchy, touchy when it comes time to hand out blame for rising property taxes. They’ve spent a decade hacking away at the state’s share of public … more
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