- Patrick wants Texas lawmakers to focus on religious liberty Updated: Oct-08-15 1:37 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants the Texas Legislature to better protect religious liberty by examining whether local anti-discrimination ordinances violate state and federal law.
- Texas court: State flag-desecration law unconstitutional Updated: Oct-07-15 5:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' ban on flag desecration is unconstitutional, a state court ruled Wednesday, invalidating a seldom-enforced ban that lawmakers enacted in 1989 after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down nearly identical legislation on First Amendment grounds.
- Appeals court will review Rick Perry's abuse of power charge Updated: Oct-07-15 11:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The highest criminal court in Texas will consider whether former Gov. Rick Perry should be prosecuted on charges of abusing his veto power before leaving office.
- Texas Department of Transportation director to step down Updated: Oct-07-15 8:27 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The director of the Texas Department of Transportation has announced he'll step down at the end of the year.
- Publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers' Updated: Oct-05-15 7:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America "workers" in a geography textbook used widely in Texas, where the wording went unnoticed during the state's combative and politically charged classroom curriculum reviews.
- Lawmaker seeks AG opinion on police showing religious motto Updated: Oct-05-15 12:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A state senator is asking the Texas attorney general for an opinion about a police department displaying "In God We Trust" on its patrol vehicles.
- Cameras show arrests down amid Texas border security push Updated: Oct-03-15 2:16 pm
DALLAS - Data from the Texas Department of Public Safety's 1,200-plus border cameras shows that in the 14 months since the state began a surge of law enforcement along the Texas-Mexico border, the number of arrests in smuggling events detected by the technology has dropped, according to a newspaper report.
- Texas birth certificate denials for US-born kids get hearing Updated: Oct-02-15 6:24 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Lawyers for immigrant families denied birth certificates for U.S.-born children by Texas health officials told a federal judge Friday that a state agency must provide another option if certain forms of foreign-issued identification cannot be accepted.
- New public website involves officer shootings in Texas Updated: Oct-01-15 12:53 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Attorney General's Office has established a website for online reporting of officer-involved shootings.
- $10M OKed for school bus seat belts largely spent elsewhere Updated: Oct-01-15 11:31 am
HOUSTON - Six years after the Texas Legislature approved $10 million to equip more school buses with seat belts, the money has been spent but little of it went for its stated purpose.
- Cruz announces endorsements of 41 Texas state lawmakers Updated: Sep-30-15 1:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators.
- Texas wins conditional 'No Child Left Behind' reprieve Updated: Sep-29-15 7:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Department of Education has granted Texas a conditional waiver to avoid academic accountability standards under the No Child Left Behind law.
- Ethics panel continues review of Texas lawmaker Updated: Sep-28-15 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is continuing an investigation of Republican congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas, despite a recommendation by an investigative panel that the complaint be dismissed.
- Abbott looks to lure top researchers to Texas campuses Updated: Sep-27-15 1:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott is emphasizing the importance of research in luring academic stars to Texas and elevating the state's universities as well as its economy, according to a newspaper report.
- 4 killed in 2 vehicle wreck in West Texas, near Baird Updated: Sep-26-15 10:10 am
BAIRD, Texas - Investigators say a Texas trucker and three men from California have died in a two-vehicle traffic accident south of Baird.
- Texas gives Virginia lethal drug for execution next week Updated: Sep-25-15 6:23 pm
HOUSTON - Texas prison officials are helping their counterparts in Virginia prepare for a scheduled execution next week by providing the state with pentobarbital, a lethal drug that corrections agencies nationwide have had difficulty obtaining.
- Red tide along Texas coast cancels some beach cleanup plans Updated: Sep-24-15 2:13 pm
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The algae bloom known as red tide has led to cancellation of some Texas adopt-a-beach cleanups.
- Texas trooper fatally shoots man near hospital in Paris Updated: Sep-22-15 3:20 pm
PARIS, Texas - A trooper in Northeast Texas has fatally shot a combative man during a fight that left the officer hurt.
- Texas man says wife was arrested in China on spying charges Updated: Sep-22-15 3:12 pm
DALLAS - Chinese authorities have held a Texas businesswoman in custody for six months on allegations that she's a spy who stole state secrets, the woman's husband said Tuesday.
- Top Texas land office staffers got large, frequent bonuses Updated: Sep-20-15 1:24 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Top staffers at the Texas General Land Office routinely collected cash bonuses worth tens of thousands of dollars despite earning annual salaries exceeding $100,000 under its former commissioner - and many remained in powerful posts until a major staff shakeup in recent weeks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
- Texas' historical bridges have charm, but many are obsolete Updated: Sep-19-15 12:44 pm
CUERO, Texas - The narrow metal bridge across the Guadalupe River was built in 1938 and full of picturesque charm - but it's not very functional for today's traffic needs.
- Texas unemployment rate slips to 4.1 percent in August Updated: Sep-18-15 11:36 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The unemployment rate for Texas slipped to 4.1 percent in August - the state's lowest jobless level since January 2001, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
- The Latest: Muslim student with clock plans transfer Updated: Sep-16-15 8:13 pm
IRVING, Texas - The latest on the Muslim teenager who was questioned by police after officials at his North Texas high school thought his homemade clock looked like a bomb (all times local):
- Small South Texas town upset about oil and gas waste dump Updated: Sep-14-15 3:30 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The small South Texas town of Nordheim, population 307, is none too happy about the prospect of oil and gas drilling waste - enough to fill the Empire State Building - getting buried in its backyard.
- Indicted Texas attorney general hires new legal team Updated: Sep-10-15 2:27 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has hired new lawyers to defend him on felony charges of defrauding investors.