• December 11, 2016


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Appeals court throws out conviction of Waco man on death row

HOUSTON — Texas’ highest criminal court threw out the conviction of a Waco man sent to death row for the 2011 ambush slayings of two men, saying Wednesday that a proper search warrant wasn’t used to obtain text messages that tied him to the killings.

While people and drugs come north, guns pour south into Mexico

The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration. In this part of the project we look at how our insatiable demand for illegal drugs and cheap labor make the border less secure. Sign up to get story alerts.

Funeral directors anxious over Texas fetal remains rules

With Texas set to implement rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains, it's not just health care providers who are anxious about the recently adopted requirements. 

Texas Child Protective Services funding gets final OK — with restrictions

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Sen. Jane Nelson. 

Abbott names Norris as deputy adjutant general

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris to serve as the deputy adjutant general for the Army.

Risk of terrorists crossing U.S. border into Texas is real — but low

In border enforcement parlance, they’re known as “exotics:” distinct from the usual flow of Mexicans and Latin Americans, they are people from far away countries as distant as Bangladesh and Pakistan, arriving at the southern border and crossing illegally into the United States. 

Feds, TEA to tour Texas for public comment on special ed

The U.S. Department of Education is sending representatives to tour Texas and take comment from school community members on special education, continuing to look at whether the state is denying services to students with disabilities. 

Abbott vows to cut funding for 'sanctuary campus' schools

Rebuking a growing movement aimed at protecting undocumented students under incoming President Donald Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott vowed Thursday to cut funding for any Texas school that declares itself a "sanctuary campus."  

'We leave no man behind'

When Army veteran and Harker Heights resident Galen Bruce Pearson died recently, no family members could be found.

Fort Hood grazing rights case heads to high court

A Texas Supreme Court representative confirmed a group of ranchers Monday asked the court Monday to review a dispute with the Central Texas Cattlemen’s Association over grazing rights at Fort Hood.

Funeral attendance shows power of social media

In 2003, social media was used to organize what would become known as “flash mobs” — instantaneous gatherings often organized by teenagers and young adults for entertainment.

Analysis: Pulling the Texas House, pushing the Texas Senate

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Educators say parental rights bill could harm trust with students

A state senator’s bid to expand parental rights to information about their students is drawing spirited criticism from educators and LGBT activists who argue it does not protect students at risk of abuse if teachers or school officials out them to their families. 

Legislative preview gives insider look at 2017 session

AUSTIN — Journalists and interested community members from around the state gathered on the University of Texas campus Tuesday for a sneak peek of the upcoming 85th Texas Legislature at a preview symposium hosted by The Texas Tribune.

Flag burning irks Trump, but U.S. Supreme Court ruled it’s legal in Texas case

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

DALLAS (AP) — Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state.

For fifth time, lawmakers to decide ban on texting while driving

James Shaffer used to be guilty of looking down at his phone while driving. 

Campus carry outrage is ebbing, and schools want to leave it be

When Texas lawmakers in 2015 were considering allowing the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses by license holders, the leadership at the University of Texas System was one of the idea's most powerful opponents.  

TEA tells schools they must serve kids with disabilities

The Texas Education Agency has told schools they must provide services to all eligible students with disabilities and won’t be penalized for serving too many children.

Texas unemployment for Oct. down slightly

AUSTIN — Texas added about 13,700 jobs in October as the state unemployment rate dipped to 4.7 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Texans remember, rejoice during African-American monument's unveiling

Saturday's unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial at the Capitol could have been a somber occasion – a reflection on centuries of slavery and legalized oppression. Instead, it was a moment of rejoicing for the hundreds of guests, who celebrated how so many had overcome deep struggles and how the event appealed to a better future. 

Cold spell arrives in Central Texas

Central Texans are experiencing the first cold front of the season, which blew in Friday night.

N. Texas man sentenced to death in fatal shooting of 3

FORT WORTH — A North Texas jury sentenced a 26-year-old man to death for fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend, her mother and young brother.

2 students, teacher reprimanded for Trump skit

SAN ANTONIO — Two 10th-grade students at a San Antonio high school and their teacher have been reprimanded for the performance of a skit portraying the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump.

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