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Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill. more

In historic win, charters getting state funding for facilities for the first time

For the first time in Texas, public charter schools will receive state funding to pay for leasing and maintaining buildings and facilities — expanding their access to the state's limited money for … more

Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm. more

Judge blocks Texas secretary of state from giving voter information to Trump commission

A Texas district judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos from handing voter information to President Donald Trump's voter fraud investigation … more

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event by Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune Oct. 4, 2017 … more

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Darrell Kenyon had been punting for years on various medical issues — fatigue, headaches, mood swings. The 43-year-old uninsured carpenter was particularly worried about his blood … more

Almost 400,000 Texans' insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for a federal program. Congressional authorization for the … more

Texas officials respond to shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead

After a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Texas officials condemned the violence while offering condolences and prayers.  The gunman, … more

Major Texas overhaul aims to improve the odds for students who begin college unprepared

As Texas tries to educate a growing number of college students who come from struggling schools or speak English as a second language, a grim stat highlights the challenge it faces: 60 percent of all … more

New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

David Mimlitch was on his lunch break in 2011, flipping through the 606 aerial photos he had just taken with a drone outside Dallas, when he noticed something strange: a creek stained scarlet with … more

Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. more

Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey. more

New law aims to help elderly Texans fooled by scammers

Prompted by a man she had never met, an elderly woman in Dallas County recently decided to sell her home and wire the $200,000 windfall to a mysterious bank account, a victims advocate … more

New law lets Texas drivers help tackle the state's rape kit testing backlog

State Rep. Victoria Neave agrees that everyday Texans shouldn't have to pass around a figurative hat to help rape victims get justice; footing the costly bill to test sexual assault kits should be … more

Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and … more

Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

AUSTIN — Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread … more

Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature. Both the … more

Hurricane Harvey will hit Texas Saturday, here’s what to expect

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane Thursday, where it’s expected to bring potentially devastating flooding to coastal Texas, meteorologists said. more

Federal judge tosses new Texas voter ID law; state plans to appeal

A federal judge has tossed out a new law softening Texas’ strict voter identification requirements. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Wednesday ruled that Senate Bill 5, signed by Gov. … more

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more … more
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