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A high-spirited, Aggie-filled crowd of 10,000 roared to life Saturday evening as all five living former presidents took the stage at a benefit concert for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.On Dec. 13 Abbott … more
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
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
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
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
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be … more
One woman, in a wheelchair, sat in water to her waist when emergency responders arrived. They could not accommodate her chair and told her they’d come back. They never did. … more
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke's campaign for U.S. Senate has caught so much fire throughout the state that the new favorite betting game in Texas politics is “How close can he get to Ted Cruz in November?” more
More than a month after Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies to submit proposed new rules to his office before publishing them, a retiring Republican lawmaker has called out the policy as a … more
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is urging the Teacher Retirement System not to raise health care premiums for retired teachers, arguing that state lawmakers should take on the burden of increased … more
Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said on Thursday that he wanted to sit down with one of the leading Senate Democrats to talk gun policy in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at a South Florida high school. more
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is preparing Texas Republicans for a turbulent election year amid super-charged Democratic enthusiasm — including in his own re-election campaign.  more
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