- Mixed bag in Texas' court challenges of Obama's EPA Updated: Aug-30-15 5:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two dozen Texas challenges against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the current administration have yielded a mixed bag.
- Texas business group head questions school graduation rates Updated: Aug-30-15 3:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The head of a key Texas business group criticized the state's high school graduation rate as inflated and unsound, questioning a statistic that is a point of pride for state officials.
- Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court Updated: Aug-30-15 10:34 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors - and there's still no end in sight.
- A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights Updated: Aug-30-15 10:34 am
AUSTIN, Texas - A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court - the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:
- Texan recalls time 70 years ago as POW during WWII Updated: Aug-29-15 1:26 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - A gold-framed black-and-white photo shows a smiling man in an Army Air Forces uniform, his cheeks still chubby with youth.
- Texas attorney general pleads not guilty to securities fraud Updated: Aug-27-15 2:47 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas' attorney general, Ken Paxton, pleaded not guilty to securities fraud charges Thursday during a hearing in which he asked the judge to bar cameras from future proceedings and his high-powered lawyer resigned.
- Man wanted for child's assault in Texas caught in Louisiana Updated: Aug-27-15 6:47 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A man wanted for sexually assaulting a child in Texas has been captured in Alexandria by the Louisiana Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension Unit.
- Comptroller seeks AG opinion on Abbott's line-item vetoes Updated: Aug-26-15 7:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' comptroller is seeking an opinion from the state attorney general on how to proceed after officials questioned the constitutionality of some of Gov. Gregg Abbott's line-item budget vetoes.
- Tentative settlement in dispute over RadioShack gift cards Updated: Aug-26-15 3:28 pm
WILMINGTON, Delaware - The old adage about looking a gift horse in the mouth may have a corollary regarding gift cards issued by retailers: Use it or lose it.
- Correction: Reality Show-Helicopter Crash story Updated: Aug-25-15 12:29 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In a story Aug. 23 about the crash of a helicopter being used to film a reality TV show, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Houston Chronicle, erroneously reported the show's name and the age of an injured passenger. The show is "Hunt Wicked Close Television," not "A Haunting," and passenger Wayne Bomstad was listed as age 71, not 77.
- Abbott: Indicted AG Paxton innocent until proven guilty Updated: Aug-24-15 9:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he hasn't spoken with indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton since the state's top lawyer was booked earlier this month on securities fraud charges.
- Former Alamo custodians granted temporary access to library Updated: Aug-24-15 7:56 pm
SAN ANTONIO - A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century has obtained a court order temporarily stopping a Texas state agency headed by George P. Bush from keeping the group away from a collection of artifacts and books at the historic site.
- New Texas deer rules pending over chronic wasting disease Updated: Aug-22-15 12:37 pm
SAN ANTONIO - They're raised in high-fenced pens, named and nurtured from birth by breeders hoping for a big payoff when the deer are sold as quarry for hunters or to propagate elsewhere.
- Lawyers: US-born kids harmed by denial of birth certificates Updated: Aug-21-15 6:46 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Lawyers are asking a federal judge to intervene on the behalf of immigrant families who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because Texas health officials refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.
- July unemployment rate in Texas holds steady at 4.2 percent Updated: Aug-21-15 11:07 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The statewide unemployment rate for July held steady at 4.2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
- 'Dark money' case puts AG Paxton's office against big donor Updated: Aug-20-15 12:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - An ethics investigation into an influential conservative group has brought Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office into court against a major donor who guaranteed a $1 million loan for his campaign last year.
- Texas troopers increase patrols for Labor Day holiday period Updated: Aug-19-15 12:31 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on the lookout for drunken drivers will increase patrols through Labor Day weekend.
- Ballot wording for Houston gay rights ordinance rejected Updated: Aug-19-15 11:31 am
HOUSTON - The Texas Supreme Court says voters in Houston must decide whether they want an equal right ordinance in their city - and not whether the existing one should be repealed.
- Texas court halts ruling to vacate gag order in biker case Updated: Aug-14-15 11:59 am
WACO, Texas - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted proceedings involving a gag order issued by a district judge in the case of a biker arrested following a May shootout in Waco that left nine dead and 177 arrested.
- Texas allows inmates to grow beards for religious reasons Updated: Aug-13-15 2:29 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas inmates can now grow their beards to a half-inch in length following January's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined they have the right to grow facial hair for religious reasons.
- 2 DPS troopers wounded, suspect dead in Odessa shootout Updated: Aug-11-15 8:06 pm
ODESSA, Texas - Body armor may have saved a state trooper from a life-threatening wound in a shootout at a West Texas convenience store that left a male suspect dead.
- Texas AG no longer facing contempt hearing over gay rights Updated: Aug-10-15 7:38 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The possibility of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton being held in contempt of court for impeding gay rights diminished Monday after a lawyer said the state agreed to update vital records policies for same-sex couples.
- Texas-Amazon sales tax deal benefited both sides, data shows Updated: Aug-09-15 1:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Three years on, a much-watched deal to settle a sales tax collection dispute between Texas and Amazon.com appears to have benefited both sides, according to an analysis published Sunday by The Austin American-Statesman.
- 92 percent of Texas school districts meet standards Updated: Aug-07-15 5:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Education Agency says about 94 percent of districts and 86 percent of schools statewide meet the state's minimum education standards.
- Long battle with mental illness marked man killed at theater Updated: Aug-07-15 4:44 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The transient glared at patrons in the dark movie theater, the dyed red tips of his hair faded to a dull orange.