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House launches investigation into 11 state agencies

House launches investigation into 11 state agenciesThe Texas House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics has launched an investigation into contracting practices at 11 state agencies on Monday.
  • Politics
  • 4 days, 5 hours ago
Defenders

2 years after West explosion, little regulation proposed

2 years after West explosion, little regulation proposedTwo years after the West explosion, some watchdog groups say the state has done little to improve safety involving chemical facilities.
  • Defenders
  • 1 week ago
Politics

Open carry, urban drilling bills get OK in Texas House

Open carry, urban drilling bills get OK in Texas HouseDelayed by procedural issue earlier this week, "fracking and packing" bills pass through the Texas House on Friday.
  • Politics
  • 1 week ago
Politics

Faith leaders pray for lawmakers to listen

Faith leaders pray for lawmakers to listenTexas Impact is concerned that 45 bills currently up for debate this session meddle directly in the affairs of religious organizations.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Politics

Abbott: Sales, property tax cuts both on the table

Abbott: Sales, property tax cuts both on the tableGov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said his veto declaration only applies to a budget without significant business tax relief.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Politics

Legislators propose regulations on gender and school bathrooms

Legislators propose regulations on gender and school bathroomsA bill being discussed in the Texas Legislature on Wednesday would regulate the way students, staff and faculty use bathrooms in the state's public schools.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Texas

Dallas CEO says woman shouldn't be president

Dallas CEO says woman shouldn't be presidentThe CEO of a small marketing firm in Dallas is defending a private Facebook post that declared "a female shouldn't be president," noting "hormones" and other arguments.
  • Texas
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Politics

Austin teen's Civil War holiday bill faces first test

Austin teen's Civil War holiday bill faces first testAustin eighth grader Jacob Hale testifies before House committee on bill making changes to state's Confederate holiday.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Politics

Tuesday at the Capitol: What legislators are discussing

Tuesday at the Capitol: What legislators are discussingLawmakers will tackle a variety of hot-button issues at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Local

Adler delivers first State of the City address

Adler delivers first State of the City addressAustin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his first State of the City address Monday night.
  • Local
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Politics

Republican opposition mounting to Texas 'DREAM Act' repeal

Republican opposition mounting to Texas 'DREAM Act' repeal2001 law allowing certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition being increasingly opposed by Republicans.
  • Politics
  • 1 week, 4 days ago
News

Candidates use social media to spread message

Candidates use social media to spread message"It allows (Hillary Clinton) to talk directly to the people," said Joe Deshotel, the communications director for the Travis County Democratic Party.
  • News
  • 1 week, 4 days ago
Politics

With Cruz, Paul in and Clinton to come, 2016 taking shape

With Cruz, Paul in and Clinton to come, 2016 taking shapeAs more candidates formally enter the race, the 2016 presidential field is gradually firming up.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks ago
Politics

Body cam lawmaker: South Carolina video 'case in point'

Body cam lawmaker: South Carolina video 'case in point'Texas lawmaker says bystander video used to charge officer with murder shows why police body cams are needed.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Local

'Colton's Law' passes House Committee in unanimous vote

'Colton's Law' passes House Committee in unanimous voteThe Texas House Committee on Juvenile and Family Issues voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve House Bill 2053, also known as "Colton's Law."
  • Local
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

Unprecedented hearing held on lowering pot penalties

Unprecedented hearing held on lowering pot penaltiesWitnesses bring facts and figures to ask lawmakers to lower laws for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

1,000 retired teachers rally for healthcare benefits

1,000 retired teachers rally for healthcare benefitsAbout 1,000 retired teachers from across the state rallied at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, urging legislators to continue funding their retirement benefits with $768 million.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

Kids set to take over the White House for a day (sort of)

Kids set to take over the White House for a day (sort of)Having a parent who works at the White House is no longer a prerequisite for participating in "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

Texas business hammers 'religious freedom' bills

Texas business hammers 'religious freedom' billsThe state's most powerful voice for conservative business interests doesn't want Indiana-like attention on Texas.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Politics

Students share personal stories defending 'Texas DREAM Act'

Students share personal stories defending 'Texas DREAM Act'Scores of students ask lawmakers not to repeal law allowing some undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Local

Lawmakers discuss repealing the Texas Dream Act

Lawmakers discuss repealing the Texas Dream ActLawmakers discuss repealing the Texas Dream Act
  • Local
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

Cruz rockets upward following 2016 campaign launch

Cruz rockets upward following 2016 campaign launchSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) enjoys bump in fundraising, poll numbers after becoming first candidate to enter presidential race.
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  • 3 weeks ago
Politics

Houston, Dallas would be largest cities to allow open carry

Houston, Dallas would be largest cities to allow open carryHouston, Dallas would be largest cities to allow open carry
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  • 3 weeks ago
Politics

Lawmaker demands data from DPS on border operations

Lawmaker demands data from DPS on border operationsState Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) contends the reply he received from the department's director contains major holes.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

Lawmakers could open liquor stores to retail superpowers

Lawmakers could open liquor stores to retail superpowersFacing federal lawsuit filed by Wal-Mart, some lawmakers consider striking down restrictions on liquor store ownership.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

Child protection advocates rally at Capitol

Child protection advocates rally at CapitolAdvocates for victims of child abuse want lawmakers to make changes to keep children out of the Child Protective Services system, according to organizers rallying during Child Protection Day at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

House debates budget for nearly 18 hours

House debates budget for nearly 18 hoursLawmakers had been working since noon Tuesday hammering out amendments.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago