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Highway fund, rainy day fund receive hefty infusions

AUSTIN — State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.The … more

Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for … more

How Texans can get help if they’ve experienced sexual harassment at work

Former lawmakers and legislative aides have told The Texas Tribune that sexual harassment regularly goes unchecked at the state Capitol. more

College tuition in Texas is poised to climb slightly in 2018

College in Texas will become a little more expensive in 2018. more

Judge strikes down Texas ban on common abortion procedure

A federal district judge handed a victory to abortion rights groups Wednesday when he struck down part of a Texas law curbing access ... more

Four years later, Texas still not drug testing unemployment benefit applicants (video)

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing for the drug testing of certain out-of-work Texans applying for unemployment. Republicans say politics is the reason they haven't been able to … more

Amid blowback over accounting maneuver, TxDOT drops financing idea for several toll projects

State transportation leaders said late Thursday they will drop plans for using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional prohibition on some toll projects. more

Texas leaders call for training on sexual harassment — but can't require it for lawmakers

Top Texas lawmakers have called for reviews of sexual harassment policies at the state Capitol following reports detailing how current procedures ... more

In Austin, Pence makes pitch for "across the board" tax cuts

Vice President Mike Pence pressed the White House's case for a major tax code overhaul by the end of the year during a speech Wednesday ... more

Capital Highlights: Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris. 

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After Sutherland Springs shooting, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn files bill on background checks

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced the release of bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at strengthening the federal background check database ... more

Texas' homeless youth slip through cracks of disjointed support system, new report says

Gage Kemp was 17 when he first became homeless. “The home I grew up in, there was a lot of drug abuse and violence, and I got bullied a lot,” Kemp said. more

Texas leaders call for reviews of Capitol sexual harassment policies

Texas leaders are calling for a review of sexual harassment policies at the state Legislature following a Texas Tribune story detailing ... more

He thought he had a free court-appointed lawyer. Then he got a bill for $10,000

After Kelly Unterburger and his girlfriend were pulled over for speeding in 2011, a state trooper searched the car ... more

At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves

Disgust overwhelmed her when she felt his tongue on her hand. A Capitol staffer, she had been at a large party celebrating the end of a legislative session a few years ago ... more

Candidate filing opens for 2018 elections in Texas

The 2018 election season is officially underway in Texas. Candidate filing began Saturday for next year's March 6 primaries ... more

With no state-approved textbooks, Texas ethnic studies teachers make do

When 16-year-old Adán Zylberberg was in need of a book about Malcolm X for an ethnic studies project, Elizabeth Close handed him a copy of "Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography," which brought to life … more

Vice President Mike Pence to speak at Republican governors meeting in Austin

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Austin next week to address Republican governors' yearly meeting, according to the group.  Pence, the former Indiana governor, will deliver a speech Nov. 15 … more

Texans in favor of all 7 constitutional amendments

All seven constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot were approved by Texas voters, according to results released Tuesday evening by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.  With … more

Texas back in federal court over anti-"sanctuary cities" law

Attorneys for the state of Texas are set to head back before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday to defend the state’s new immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 4, … more
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