- Texas Legislature acts to stop cities from limiting drilling Updated: May-04-15 7:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries - a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."
- Texas House votes to prohibit politician 'double dipping' Updated: May-04-15 7:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has overwhelmingly voted to prevent "double dipping," or elected officials who retire on paper to begin drawing state pensions while still in their jobs.
- Texas, Kansas to back Florida lawsuit against administration Updated: May-04-15 6:17 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Governors in Kansas and Texas said Monday they'll support Florida Gov. Rick Scott's fight against the Obama administration to free billions of federal hospital dollars even if the states don't expand Medicaid.
- Texas governor: Criticism of State Guard request overblown Updated: May-04-15 4:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back Monday against criticism of him asking the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise that some believe is a government conspiracy to launch a hostile takeover of Texas.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Texas Senate votes to scrap high school steroids testing Updated: May-04-15 1:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has voted to scrap the state's high school steroids testing program after more than 60,000 tests caught just a handful of cheaters since 2007.
- Texas the front line on high school ECG debate Updated: May-03-15 2:52 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Cody Stephens was trying to shed some of the 290 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame before graduating high school and attending his first college football training camp three summers ago when he took a nap and didn't wake up. The autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart, which gave out.
- What to watch: Religious objection bill; Abbott pre-K plan Updated: May-03-15 9:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature is in the homestretch with less than a month left in the session - and top Republicans may have to hustle if they are going to keep their loftiest promises.
- Texas House to probe dispute over witness list Updated: May-02-15 4:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas House ethics committee will investigate after a Democratic lawmaker accused a Republican colleague of padding the witness list for a bill the GOP member supported and had him removed from a committee meeting.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Drug testing; 'Jade Helm' fears Updated: May-02-15 11:28 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Are they on drugs? We could soon know if mind-altering substances are to blame for the Legislature's often wacky ways.
- Federal judge upholds Texas' Alamo trademark Updated: May-01-15 7:14 pm
SAN ANTONIO - A federal judge has ruled that as the owner of the Alamo, the state of Texas also owns the shrine's image and can challenge those who use its likeness.
- Texas inches to tighter rules 2 years after fertilizer blast Updated: May-01-15 6:13 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - One chamber of the Texas Legislature passed the first measure to regulate the storage of chemicals since a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West more than two years ago, killing 15 people and devastating a wide area around the plant.
- Texas House votes to dissolve Perry pet startup Fund Updated: Apr-30-15 7:52 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has preliminarily passed a plan revamping the state's economic incentive programs, including dissolving a pet fund of Rick Perry that funneled $200 million in taxpayer dollars to startups.
- House OKs tapping $3B-plus per year from car sales for roads Updated: Apr-30-15 7:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has voted overwhelmingly to funnel more than $3 billion in annual tax revenue from car sales to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads statewide.
- Senate passes sales tax-free weekend for gun purchases Updated: Apr-30-15 6:57 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has approved a plan that would allow shoppers to buy guns, ammunition and hunting supplies without having to pay sales taxes during the last weekend in August.
- Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing Updated: Apr-30-15 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.
- Texas notes high-performing schools with low-income students Updated: Apr-30-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - More than 400 Texas schools have been recognized for improvements at campuses where at least 40 percent of the students are considered low income.
- Bill caps college tuition increases at 1 percent until 2018 Updated: Apr-30-15 1:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has voted to bar universities statewide from increasing tuition by more than 1 percent over the cost of inflation until the 2018-19 academic year.
- Senate advances limits on hail damage insurance claims Updated: Apr-29-15 5:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Senate has voted to impose limits on Texas homeowners filing insurance claims for roof damage following hailstorms - despite opponents' worries it favors insurers over policyholders.
- Trooper reprimanded for photo with Snoop Dogg sues bosses Updated: Apr-29-15 3:45 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas trooper has sued his bosses after being reprimanded over his photo with rapper Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest.
- Texas House OKs reporting mandate on pregnant prisoners Updated: Apr-29-15 2:52 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas sheriffs could soon have to produce detailed reports on how they treat pregnant inmates under a bipartisan bill that has won preliminary House approval.
- San Antonio man guilty in Honduras sex case with girl, 13 Updated: Apr-29-15 8:43 am
HOUSTON - A South Texas man working for the Department of Defense in Honduras faces up to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
- Texas proposal would name judges who grant teen abortions Updated: Apr-29-15 7:35 am
AUSTIN, Texas - State lawmakers are considering a bill to reveal the names of judges who permit teenagers to terminate a pregnancy if they can't get the required consent from their parents.
- Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge Updated: Apr-28-15 10:28 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas judge on Tuesday halted the execution of an inmate convicted of stabbing a corrections officer to death more than 15 years ago.
- Texas considers more abortion limits after clinic closures Updated: Apr-28-15 7:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Two years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis' star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month.