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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

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

Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct

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

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

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

"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

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

Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

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

After Florida shooting, Texas Sen. John Cornyn plans to talk gun policy with a leading Democrat

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

Cruz braces Texas GOP for volatile election season amid Democratic enthusiasm

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

Trump tells Cornyn he's open to tweaking gun background check system

President Donald Trump told U.S. Sen. John Cornyn last Friday that he backs efforts by Texas' senior senator to revamp the nation's background check system for purchasing firearms, the White House … more

Texas Republicans getting almost 90 percent of money flowing into state elections

Political money follows political power, and in Texas that means it’s mostly going to Republicans, who scooped up almost 90 cents of every dollar that’s gone into state campaign coffers so far in … more

How renting furniture in Texas can land you in jail

When Melinda Sandlin walked out of Discount Furniture in Austin in late 2014, she was sure the store had put her on a payment plan to buy a new bedroom suite worth $2,750. more

Rick Perry: "I totally support" Trump's ban on transgender troops

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he backs President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military … more

Texas to receive $135M to keep Children's Health Insurance Program alive through February

The Trump administration is guaranteeing Texas $135 million to continue helping more than 450,000 uninsured children and pregnant women ... more

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven will resign in May

Bill McRaven, the nationally famous and lately embattled chancellor of the University of Texas System, is stepping down in May. more

Across Texas government, bonuses to state employees have grown

You won’t find the word “bonus” in the financial statements of the state of Texas. But an increasing percentage of the Republican-run state’s 149,000 full-time employees have … 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

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warns three school districts to cease "unlawful electioneering"

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week issued cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts he says are conducting "unlawful electioneering," adding one more chapter to an ongoing … 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
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