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Spokesperson: George H.W. Bush "in great spirits"

Former President George H. W. Bush is doing well.  Bush's spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement Thursday evening "President Bush had another terrific day and is in great spirits.

George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital through Thursday

It appears former President George H. W. Bush will remain at Methodist Hospital for a second night after being rushed to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday evening.

Reaction to Bob Lanier's passing

Read what family, friends and colleagues are saying after former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier died at age 89 of natural causes at his home Saturday. And leave your own condolences here.

Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier dies at 89

Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier died at his home in Houston on Saturday afternoon. He was 89.

Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference

President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress.   Watch the live stream on Click2Houston.com at 12:30 p.m.

George Bush's advice: Don't paint your mom or wife

George W. Bush doesn't readily offer political opinions, but when it comes to portraits, he has some broad-brush advice:

Stopgap spending bill clears Senate, goes to Obama

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a short-term spending bill that will keep the federal government operating through Wednesday and avert a government shutdown.

State health commission's top attorney resigns

The state health commission's top attorney has resigned amid questions about his ties to an Austin technology company to which he steered $110 million in no-bid contracts.

Abbott's priorities: Border security, cutting taxes, road infrastructure

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says his administration's top priorities will be bolstering early education, securing the Texas-Mexico border, cutting taxes and pumping $4 billion annually into a traffic-clogged state road network.

Debate about president's plan for immigration

Ahead of his scheduled announcement on plans to overhaul our country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is firing back at Republican leaders who are threatening to derail any executive action.

Houston family awaits Obama's immigration speech, hopes to qualify for benefits

Like millions across the country, Alma Rodriguez and her family are anxiously waiting for President Barack Obama's immigration speech to see if they'll qualify for the benefits under his expected executive order.

Obama to announce immigration plan Thursday

President to announce plans that could shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Local 2's Phillip Mena reports on the reaction to the plan in southeast Texas. 

Judge refuses to toss Perry case on technicalities

A Texas judge has refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue.

Drivers could use credit card to pay fees if pulled over

State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R - District 131) is proposing a new law that might soon have drivers pulling out their credit cards during a traffic stop.

Judge overturns conviction of state Rep. Ron Reynolds

A Montgomery County judge has overturned the conviction of State Rep. Ron Reynolds, who was convicted Friday on six counts of misdemeanor solicitation of professional employment.

Texas governor-elect Abbott begins transition

Republican Greg Abbott is the first new Texas governor in 14 years -- and he did it in a landslide. Abbott held a press conference Wednesday announcing how he plans to initiate the transition process.

Texas governor-elect Greg Abbott begins transition after landslide win

Republican Greg Abbott is the first new Texas governor in 14 years -- and he did it in a landslide. Abbott held a press conference Wednesday announcing how he plans to initiate the transition process. Phil Archer reports.

Abbott defeats Davis, elected Texas governor

Republican Greg Abbott has been elected Texas governor in a decisive victory over Democrat Wendy Davis, whose national star power outshined her flickering candidacy.

Dan Patrick elected Texas lieutenant governor

Tea party-backed state Sen. Dan Patrick has been elected Texas lieutenant governor and will oversee the state Senate.

Katy ISD school bond proposal approved

The Katy Independent School District will add six new campuses and renovate 43 facilities.

Republic Ken Paxton elected Texas attorney general

Republican Ken Paxton has been elected Texas attorney general but could still take office under the cloud of a criminal investigation.

Decision 2014: Complete Election Results

The polls have closed across most of Texas and votes are starting to be tallied. Local 2 News and Click2Houston.com will bring you complete election results on air, online and on the go.

WATCH LIVE: Local 2 Election Night Webcast

Local 2 has you covered on Election Day with the latest news from around Houston, Texas and the nation, as well as complete election results. Watch our Webcast from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

George P. Bush elected Texas land commissioner

George P. Bush has been elected Texas land commissioner. That makes him the first in his family's political dynasty to win his first election.

Voters OK billions from Rainy Day Fund for Texas roads

Proposition 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to spend $1.7 billion dollars from the fund to build, maintain and rehabilitate state highways.

Control of Senate could change after Election Day

Nov. 4, 2014: Key Congressional races could change the landscape of national politics. Andy Cerota reports.

Voters dealing with lockdowns, broken computers at polling locations

Among the myriad issues and problems that popped up on Election Day in Harris County, was a manhunt.

Abbott, Davis campaigns eagerly await results

Either Greg Abbott or Wendy Davis is hours away from being elected as the next governor of Texas. Phil Archer and Keith Garvin report.

Election Day: polls open this morning

Every major statewide office will get a new occupant after Election Day today, the biggest shake-up of Texas politics in decades. 

How many Texans will vote on Election Day?

The last night before elections and both major parties are pushing potential voters to head to the polls starting Tuesday morning.

Candidates make final push to win voters

Candidates in two hotly-contested races spent Monday criss-crossing Harris County..

Candidates prepare for home stretch

Nov. 3, 2014: Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are encouraging Texans to exercise their right to vote. Phil Archer reports.

Protesters flock to Houston to support local pastors

The city subpoenaed local pastors last month as part of the new equal rights ordinance. The subpoena has since been rescinded, but the anger remains.

Last minute push before Election Day

It's the final weekend before Election Day and politicians are working with volunteers to make sure Houstonians get out and vote. Gianna Caserta reports.

Rhetoric intensifies in race for Harris County DA

The race for Harris County district attorney has taken on a heated tone.

Katy ISD $748 million bond proposal a hot-button issue

The $748 million bond proposal includes building six new schools across the district, many in new Katy developments, as well as a new football stadium next to the old one.

METRO police rescind endorsement of Kim Ogg for DA

The METRO Police Union has officially rescinded its endorsement of Democrat Kim Ogg for Harris County district attorney. The union said its decision came after Ogg referenced the death of Harris County deputy sheriff Jesse Valdez III during an unrelated news conference.

Deputy's death becomes issue in Harris County District Attorney race

A war of words regarding a Harris County Sheriff's deputy death has emerged in a contentious political campaign. 

New ID law prevents veteran from voting

An election worker at the multi-service Center on West Gray Street near downtown Houston said a 93-year-old veteran went home Sunday without voting because he did not have the required identification.

Political dart board offends voters at League City polling place

A controversial dart board at a polling place causes a stir among voters.

Can Proposition 1 save Texas roads?

Texas lawmakers want you to approve money from the rainy day fund for use on state roadways.

George P. Bush says dad 'moving forward' on 2016

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is "moving forward" on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son.

Straight Talk From The Candidates special on Local 2

You can watch the special live on Local 2 and Click2Houston.com on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. [NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.]

Decision 2014: Straight Talk from the Candidates

Watch Local 2's presentation of "Decision 2014: Straight Talk from the Candidates."

Governor: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Lieutenant Governor: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Harris Co. Clerk: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Harris Co. District Attorney: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Harris Co. District Clerk: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 7: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 27: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 22: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 2: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 18: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 14: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Representative Dist. 10: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

US Senator: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Land Commissioner: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Railroad Commissioner: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Agriculture Commissioner: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Attorney General: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Comptroller: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Texas Representative Dist. 144: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Texas Representative Dist. 23: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Ft. Bend Co. DA: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Texas Representative Dist. 149: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Texas Senate Dist. 17: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Texas Senate Dist. 15: Straight Talk From The Candidates

Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: Why should the voters cast their vote for you? NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.

Competition heats up between Anderson, Ogg in Harris County District Attorney race

The race for Harris County District Attorney is heating up. District Attorney, Devon Anderson, wants to remain in the office. Former prosecutor and the former head of Harris County Crime Stoppers, Kim Ogg, said Anderson wastes money on prosecuting cases involving small amounts of marijuana. 

Texas gubernatorial candidates Davis, Abbott visit Houston area

Two weeks away from Election day, and both candidates running to be Texas' next governor spent the day campaigning here in the Houston area Tuesday.

Early voting for midterm election starts Monday in Harris County

Early voting for November's midterm election starts on Monday, Oct. 20, and ends on  Friday, Oct. 31.

Locals camp out to be the first to cast their election ballots

Sunday night, a small group of voters slept in tents at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in River Oaks to be among the first to cast their ballots during early voting, which started Monday.

Abbott campaign has six times more cash on hand than Davis

Greg Abbott's campaign announced last week that the Texas attorney general has more than $30 million cash on hand for the final push to the Nov. 4 election. His Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, has a reported just over $5 million in her coffers.

Davis' attack ad remains a talking point

Oct. 14, 2014: Three weeks out from the Texas governor's race, a campaign ad about a wheelchair is grabbing the headlines. Phil Archer reports.

Supreme Court stops parts of Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state's abortion facilities.

Appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law

A federal appeals court has reinstated a Texas voter ID law that the U.S. Justice Department describes as the state's latest tool to suppress minorities in elections.

Davis stands by controversial attack ad

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday defended her campaign television ad that highlights opponent Greg Abbott's use of a wheelchair.

Texas voter ID law blocked by federal judge

A federal judge on Thursday blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID requirements just weeks ahead of the November election.

Texas voter ID law blocked by federal judge

October 10, 2014: A federal judge blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID requirements just weeks ahead of the November elections. Keith Garvin reports.

What's fact or fiction in Texas governor's race?

The war of words continues between Texas gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.

Abbott, Davis square off in final debate in Texas governor's race

Ebola, ethics and education are among the issues that dominated the final debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis.

Patrick, Van de Putte go on attack in debate

The state senators vying to be Texas' next lieutenant governor are squaring off in their only scheduled debate.

Mayor Parker leads group to South Korea, Japan

Mayor Annise Parker is leading a Greater Houston Partnership Investment and Trade Delegation to South Korea and Japan with a 30-member delegation of local elected officials and business community leaders.

Candidates declare victory in first gubernatorial debate

Questions during the first gubernatorial debate ranged from border security, to capital punishment, to economic development and trade with Mexico. However, the biggest point of contention came when state Sen. Wendy Davis sparred with Attorney General Greg Abbott over funding education.

Abbott, Davis face off in Texas gubernatorial debate

For the first time since 1998, the Republican and Democratic nominees for Texas governor will debate their positions in a South Texas setting. Robert Arnold reports.

Houston councilman a no-show to meeting after DWI arrest

The first council meeting of the month for the city of South Houston was held Tuesday and all the chairs were filled except for one.

Abbott backs out of televised debate with Davis

Republican Greg Abbott has backed out of a statewide televised debate in the Texas governor's race with Democrat Wendy Davis.

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Perry turns himself in on abuse of power charges

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was booked on two felony counts of abuse of power Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges 'with every fiber of my being.'

Gov. Perry vows to fight charges

Aug. 16, 2014: Less than 24 hours since Gov. Rick Perry became the first Texas governor indicted in nearly 100 years, he addresses the felony abuse of power charges against him, vowing to fight them. Phillip Mena reports.

Galena Park police investigate missing city money

Galena Park police are investigating the disappearance of about $2,800 in cash from a city hall office. The money was collected for water bills and was supposed to be included in deposits made to the city's bank account June 23.

Criticism over border response as Obama leaves Austin

Fundraising and the economy remained the focus of President Barack Obama's trip to Austin, Texas, but those issues were overshadowed by mounting tensions over the growing border crisis.

Criticism over border response as Obama leaves Austin

Fundraising and the economy remained the focus of President Barack Obama's trip to Austin, Texas, but those issues were overshadowed by mounting tensions over the growing border crisis. Andy Cerota reports.

President Obama lands in Austin

Air Force One touched down at Austin Bergstrom International Airport around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. President Barack Obama will remain in Austin through Thursday afternoon.

Obama discusses border crisis with Perry in Texas

President Barack Obama met Wednesday with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other officials to discuss the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America that has become a political liability for the president and a test of his administration's competence.

Obama agrees to meet with Perry

President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to meet with Governor Rick Perry about immigration while in Texas.

Money, resources being sent to Texas border

As Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and a contingent of senior federal officials toured immigration facilities in South Texas, the White House announced that an influx of money and resources were being sent to the border to combat the growing number of Central American…

U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

The only American solider held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed from Taliban captivity

Sources: Mayor Annise Parker reportedly receiving death threats

Officers from the Houston Police Department have been assigned to keep watch outside Mayor Annise Parker's Montrose home after she reportedly received death threats, sources say.

Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

Texas Lt. Gov. runoff race pits Dewhurst vs. Patrick

Republican voters appear ready to steer Texas even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates, which could end the political career of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002. Phil Archer reports.

Texas primary runoffs reach highly-anticipated conclusion

May 27, 2014: Several key offices in Texas will be decided Tuesday. Mary Benton reports.

Sloppy conditions hinder voter turnout

May 27, 2014: The severe weather in the Houston area has caused a smaller voter turnout than expected. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Storms impact voter turnout for primary runoffs

Tuesday's severe weather could impact the primary runoff election. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Find your polling location for Tuesday's primary runoff

The Harris County Clerk's Office says polling locations for many voters for the Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections have changed from the March primary elections due to precinct consolidations.

Obama pledges to end Afghanistan war at year's end

President Barack Obama is promising troops that America's longest war will end at the end of 2014.

Early voting starts for Texas runoffs

Texans have another chance to decide who will help lead state government. Early voting has begun for the May 27 primary runoff election.

Race for Texas lieutenant governor takes nasty turn

Another political bombshell drops in the Republican primary runoff race.

Race for Texas lieutenant governor gets personal

May 16, 2014: The campaign for Texas lieutenant governor between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick continues to escalate. Mary Benton reports.

Mayor plans to remove controversial aspect of equal rights ordinance

The mayor's office has confirmed that she will make a critical adjustment to the proposed equal rights ordinance.

Results from special city, county elections

See complete results for the city and county elections on May 10, 2014.

Voting delayed in equal rights ordinance proposal

Voting pushed back a week on whether to approve highly-debated ordinance.

Pricey perks, travel paid for by taxpayer dollars

Local 2 Investigates discovered the questionable spending at the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID).

Equal rights ordinance proposal

Houstonians packed City Hall on Tuesday hoping for the opportunity to voice their opinion on Mayor Annise Parker’s proposed equal rights ordinance.

Local politician accused of stealing campaign signs

A local politician is accused of stealing his opponent's signs.

Local politician accused of stealing campaign signs

May 5, 2014: A local politician is accused of stealing his opponent's signs. Bill Balleza reports.

Dewhurst attacks, Patrick parries in Houston debate

"Who's telling the truth?" was the central issue in a much-anticipated debate between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick, candidates in the May 27 runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Texting while driving ban could revive after Gov. Perry leaves office

Efforts to implement a statewide texting while driving ban in Texas are likely to resurface next year no matter who replaces Gov. Rick Perry.

Julian Castro, Dan Patrick debate immigration

Prominent Texas figures in the debate over the country's immigration policies took their dispute from Twitter to the airwaves on Tuesday, facing off in person for audiences on the Internet and Spanish-language television.

President Obama marks 50th anniversary

A three day civil rights summit has wrapped up in Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library.

President Obama departs Houston

April 10, 2014: President Obama left Houston Thursday morning after spending the night downtown. Mark Boyle reports.

President Obama to speak at Civil Rights Summit

April 10, 2014: President Obama is one of the high-profile speakers at the Civil Rights Summit. Keith Garvin reports.

Pres. Obama to depart Houston after overnight stay

April 10, 2014: Extra security is in place in downtown Houston where President Obama spent the night. Mark Boyle reports.

Clinton to speak at Civil Rights Summit in Austin

April 9, 2014: An address by former President Bill Clinton will cap a day of discussion by key leaders of the 1960s civil rights movement. Keith Garvin reports.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Fort Hood

April 4, 2014: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood while visiting the base.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at Fort Hood

April 4, 2014: Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood while visiting the base. 

Perry, Cruz answer questions about Fort Hood shooting

April 4, 2014: Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz answer questions following a briefing and tour at the Fort Hood military base.

Mayor Parker delivers State of the City address

Houston Mayor Annise Parker delivers the State of the City address Thursday afternoon.

Preview of Mayor Parker's State of the City

April 3, 2014: Mayor Parker is set to make her annual State of the City Thursday afternoon. Mary Benton reports.

Concerns over HFD shakeup after mayor's restructuring memo

Houston Mayor Annise Parker released a memo Tuesday restructuring who reports to which department.

Buc-ee's endorses Dan Patrick for Texas lt. governor

A candidate in the runoff for Texas lieutenant governor received a buck-toothed endorsement.

Harris County Republicans elect new county chairman

Harris County Republicans elected a new county chairman Tuesday night.

Heated race expected for Texas governor

It's the first full day of official campaign mode for the two candidates running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Greg Abbott wins Republican primary for Texas governor

March 4, 2014: Greg Abbott addressed supporters in San Antonio after winning the Republican primary for Texas governor.

Cornyn over Stockman for US Sen nom

Incumbent John Cornyn has crushed tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman and six lesser-known primary challengers to win Texas' Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Dewhurst, Patrick enter Texas lt. gov. runoff

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick have advanced to a runoff for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, extending an already bruising campaign for one of the state's most powerful offices. Watch Local 2 News at 10 p.m. for the latest.

Abbott, Davis secure gubernatorial noms; Cornyn wins GOP nom for US Senate

Wendy Davis wins Democratic primary for Texas governor, while Texas Attorney General Abbott easily wins Republican nomination. We'll have live reaction on Local 2 News tonight at 10pm.

Davis expected to win Democratic primary for governor

Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, is expected to clinch the nomination and become the Democratic nominee for governor. Jen Bauer reports.

Abbott predicted to win without a runoff

Attorney General Greg Abbott is predicted to easily win the GOP gubernatorial nomination without a runoff. Phil Archer reports.

Voter turnout could make difference in heated Texas races

One contentious race is the Republican primary for Texas lieutenant governor. Phil Archer reports.

Early voting wraps up Friday for Texas primaries

The deadline has arrived for Texas voters to cast ballots early for next week's Democratic and Republican primaries.

Common theme in campaign ads

Lots of candidates want your vote in the Texas Primary on Tuesday, but there is one politician who is not running for office but is showing up in a lot of ads.

Sen. Dan Patrick accused of hiring illegal immigrants

With the Republican primary just a few day away, state Sen. Dan Patrick is taking a lot of heat from the other candidates in the race for lieutenant governor.

City hall salary raises during budget battle

Mayor Annise Parker appears to be the second highest-paid mayor in the United States after a recent 11.75 percent raise, according to a Local 2 review of U.S. mayor salaries.

Military to purchase flags made in U.S.

It may seem odd: U.S. military using flags that were made in other countries.

Galveston's top administrator removed from office

The City of Galveston is searching for a new city manager, after their current one Michael Kovacs was removed from office Tuesday.

Court hearing underway in alleged election fraud case

A Republican candidate will soon find out whether her name will remain on a ballot in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race.

Court hearing underway in alleged election fraud case

Feb. 18, 2014: A Republican candidate will soon find out whether her name will remain on a ballot in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race. Phil Archer reports.

Early voting begins Tuesday for Texas primaries

Early voting begins Tuesday for the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries on March 4.

State representative candidate will host event discussing gun rights issues

The point of the event is to spend some time discussing gun rights issues and gun laws with voters. He knows it's one issue that resonates with both sides.

State Sen. Wendy Davis in Houston to talk education, open carry law

State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, visited Houston on Wednesday to talk about some of her education reform proposals.

Pay raise approved for many of Harris County's elected officials

Many of Harris County’s elected officials will soon be getting a raise.

Campaign workers indicted for alleged election fraud

Four political campaign workers have been indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury in the wake of allegations of election fraud in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race, first reported by Local 2 News in January.

Registration deadline Monday for Texas primaries

Texas voters have one last day to register for next month's primary elections.

Abbott ahead of Davis in governor race campaign funding

New campaign finance numbers show Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is well ahead of Democratic challenger Wendy Davis when it comes to money in the bank.

Stockman says he was working overseas, not missing

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he's back from a 10-day official visit to Egypt, Israel and Russia -- and is bristling at the notion he was ever missing.

Stafford officer heading to Washington

A Stafford police officer who was shot in the face while chasing down two suspects is getting a special honor.

Where is U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman?

The Republican congressman representing the 36th District hasn't been seen since Jan. 14 and hasn't cast a vote since Jan. 9.

Democratic Justice of Peace files suit against Republican challenger

Democratic Justice of the Peace George Risner has filed suit to throw his Republican challenger off the March ballot.

Voter signature investigation

January 23, 2014: Democratic justice of the peace, George Risner, filed suit to throw his Republican challenger off the March ballot.

City of Houston sues firefighter pension system

The City of Houston filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF).

City sues firefighter pension system

Jan. 22, 2014: The City of Houston has filed a lawsuit against the firefighters pension system. Mark Boyle reports.

Dave Wilson to take seat on HCC board

Harris County dropped a request to have Dave Wilson barred from taking his seat while a dispute on his residency is resolved.

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis facing questions about her life story

She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year. Now State Sen.Wendy Davis is facing questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for governor.

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis facing questions about her life story

She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year. Now State Sen.Wendy Davis is facing questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for governor. Lauren Freeman reports.

Dewhurst: Texas teachers paid 'very fair salary'

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says Texas teachers pull "a very fair salary" as a judge begins weighing whether the state is adequately funding public schools.

Pasadena election investigation: Forged signatures on ballot

Harris County Justice of the Peace George Risner a Democrat, is accusing his Republican opponent of using forged signatures to get her name placed on the Republican primary ballot.

Texas politicians file campaign finance reports

Texas politicians are filing their campaign finance reports, providing a clue as to how well they're doing ahead of the March 4 primaries.

HCC Board Member-Elect Dave Wilson in court to fight for seat

In a packed downtown courtroom the controversy is far from over as to just who will ultimately hold the Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat.

HCC Board Member-Elect Dave Wilson in court to fight for seat

In a packed downtown courtroom the controversy is far from over as to just who will ultimately hold the Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat. Irika Sargent reports.

Attempts to block HCC trustee's inauguration over residency questions

The newly elected trustee was accused of tricking voters in a predominately African-American community into thinking he was African-American by sending election flyers that featured blacks and linked him to prominent community leaders.

Mayor Parker, city council members sworn in

Thursday morning was a time for pomp and circumstance as hundreds of people attended the swearing-in ceremony for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Controller Ronald Green and city council members.

Raw video: Mayor Annise Parker sworn in

Jan. 2, 2014: Houston Mayor Annise Parker was sworn in for her final two-year term Thursday morning.

Governor Rick Perry picks next Texas Secretary of State

A University of Houston graduate will become Texas' next Secretary of State.

Low turnout expected for voting

The Harris County Clerk's office predicted about five percent or less of eligible voters would cast their ballots in Saturday's runoff election.

Possible change to Houston's alcohol sales ordinance

Houston City Council members discussed a way to help bring larger grocery stores into low income areas on Wednesday.

Judge to run for DA after resigning following unethical conduct allegations

A district court judge who resigned Friday following allegations of unethical conduct, will run for Polk County District Attorney.

Stockman challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate race

In a last-minute surprise, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman has filed paperwork to challenge fellow Republican and incumbent John Cornyn for U.S. Senate in Texas.

Early voting ends Tuesday in runoff elections

Tuesday is the last day for early voting in the runoff elections for Houston City Council and HCCS Board of Trustees.

Political leaders react to Nelson Mandela's death

President Obama, both Presidents Bush, Governor Perry and state and U.S. senators from Texas react to the passing of Nelson Mandela.

KPRC's Ryan Korsgard

VP Joe Biden says Port of Houston will create commerce, jobs

Vice President Joe Biden has brought to the busy Port of Houston the Obama administration's assertion that boosting federal investment in the nation's infrastructure will help create jobs and grow the economy.

Community leaders address recent gun violence involving teens

Another deadly shooting at a high school party is bringing awareness to the issue of gun violence.

Rep. Lee addresses teenage gun violence

Nov. 18, 2013: Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee brings attention to the recent gun violence involving teenagers in Houston. Courtney Gilmore reports.

VP Joe Biden to visit Port of Houston

Nov. 18, 2013: Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit the Port of Houston on Monday. Ryan Korgard previews the event.

Controversy surrounds Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat

There's controversy surrounding a Houston Community College position and how the person who's sitting in the seat won it. While some would say David Wilson's campaign strategy was clever, others say it was deceitful.

Controversy surrounds Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat

There's controversy surrounding a Houston Community College position and how the person who's sitting in the seat won it. While some would say David Wilson's campaign strategy was clever, others say it was deceitful. Mary Benton reports.

Politician flying private plane at taxpayers' expense

Local 2 Investigates has discovered State Senator Kevin Eltife used a state aircraft a total of 26 times in 2011 and 2013 to fly from Austin to his home in Tyler when the legislative week ended.

Perry: Obama's Texas visit won't save health law

President Barack Obama spent Wednesday night in Dallas to rally support for his new health care reform law, since Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state.

Election Day changes the face of Houston City Council

Mayor Annise Parker was greeted by a round of applause and hugs when she returned to City Hall Wednesday after fending off eight challengers to win a third and final term in office.

Changing face of Houston city council

November 5, 2013: The results are in and election night has created a lot of changes and potential shifts in how the city of Houston government will operate. Mary Benton reports.

What's next for the Astrodome?

Nov. 6, 2013: A plan that would have saved the Astrodome was narrowly defeated Tuesday night. Mark Boyle reports.    

AP: Proposal to save Astrodome fails

November 5, 2013: Memories will likely be all that's left of the Astrodome. Robert Arnold reports.

Annise Parker re-elected Houston mayor

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been re-elected to a third and final term after challenger Ben Hall conceded the race. Phil Archer reports.

Ben Hall concedes mayor's race to Annise Parker

Challenger Ben Hall remained optimistic until the very end and thanked his supporters for helping him run a wonderfully competitive campaign. Andy Cerota reports.

Recap of Houston City Council races

We're also learning election results for some very important city council seats. Mary Benton reports.

Katy votes down bond issue to build $69 million stadium

Voters in the Katy school district on Tuesday voted down a bond package that would have provided $69.5 million for a new, 14,000-seat football stadium. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Texas voters OK spending $2 billion on future water projects

Texas voters have backed a plan that would use $2 billion in reserve funds to help the state meet the future water needs of its booming population and economy.

Voters deciding fate of Astrodome

November 5, 2013: When voters in Houston head to the polls Tuesday, they could be deciding whether shuttered Astrodome is saved or razed. Robert Arnold reports.

Houston mayoral race down to the wire

November 5, 2013: Houston Mayor Annise Parker is hoping voters will elect her to a third and final term. Phil Archer reports.

Texans help seniors cast ballots

November 5, 2013: Former and current Houston Texans players are did their part on Election Day to make sure some of Houston’s older voters got their chance to vote. Idolina Peralez reports.

Texans vote on first Election Day under new voter ID law

The first Election Day in Texas under a new photo ID law was being as closely watched for how voters fare under the mandate.

Voters headed to the polls

November 5, 2013: The first Election Day in Texas under a new photo ID law is being as closely watched for how voters fare under the mandate as how they vote. Mary Benton reports.

Voters head to polls on Election Day

Nov. 5, 2013: Voters are heading to the polls on Election Day to vote for a number of races and issues on the ballot. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Houston hit with record numbers during early voting

Houston voters are showing up to the polls in record-breaking numbers, responding to everything from the proposal to save the Astrodome to a bitter race for mayor.

Record numbers for early voting

The city of Houston experiences record breaking numbers for early voting.Mary Benton reports.

History of Republican, Democratic parties

The Republican Party is the second oldest currently existing political party in the U.S. behind the Democratic Party.

Mayoral race heats up

With just two days to the election, Mayor Parker spent her Sunday manning the phones, calling voters herself, right along side members of her campaign team.

Annise Parker, Ben Hall compete for mayor

Nov. 3, 2013: Election Day is Tuesday and the candidates for mayor are making a final push for votes. Bill Spencer reports.

Early voting ends Friday

Voters have a final day to cast ballots early for Tuesday's election on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Nov. 3: New voter ID law for Election Day

With election day right around the corner, voters throughout Texas have new rules to follow. Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart stops by Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall to talk about what you need to know.

Texas appeals court approves sexually explicit messages to minors online

A Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday sexually explicit images can now be sent online to children from other minors and even adults.

Judge: Texas abortion law unconstitutional

October 28, 2013: New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled. Irika Sargent reports.

Attorney Vega challenging Sen. Cornyn in GOP primary

An attorney and immigration activist has announced she will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in next year's Republican primary.

Katy ISD bond battle

October 22, 2013: As early voting gets under way, parents and taxpayers in the Katy ISD are trying to decide if they support a controversial bond proposal. Mary Benton reports.

Katy taxpayers to decide on controversial $99 million bond proposal

As early voting gets under way, parents and taxpayers in the Katy ISD are trying to decide if they support a controversial bond proposal.

No reported problems so far over new voter ID law

According to the Harris County Clerk, the new voter law did not keep people away from polls as some critics predicted.

New ID laws for voters

October 22, 2013: According to the Harris County Clerk, the new voter law did not keep people away from polls as some critics predicted. Mary Benton reports.

Welcome home rally held for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston

Ted Cruz is home in Houston for a rally Monday night less than a week after the partial government shutdown ended.

Welcome home rally for Sen. Ted Cruz

October 21, 2013: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz remains focused as was welcomed back to Texas by supporters. Keith Garvin reports.

Early voting begins for Nov. 5 Texas election

Voters have a chance to cast ballots early for the Nov. 5 election involving nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Investigators looking into Twitter threats against Sen. Ted Cruz

Local 2 Investigates confirmed the FBI and U.S. Capitol police are looking into a series of tweets directed at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Voters need photo ID to vote in early voting starting Oct. 21

Harris County is alerting voters of a big voting-related change for the upcoming election. Citizens can vote early in person starting Monday, October 21. Early voting ends Friday, November 1.

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley died at his home in Washington, D.C., his wife Heather confirmed Friday.

Furloughed NASA employees return to work

Oct. 17, 2013: Previously furloughed workers, including those at the Johnson Space Center, are getting back to work on Thursday. Courtney Gilmore reports.

Houston Newsmakers: Oct. 13, 2013

The latest estimate is that Houston drivers lose an average of $1,090 a year because of the time we spend idle in traffic.

State Sen. Wendy Davis talks with Local 2 about running for governor

"It was a tough decision of course, but ultimately I wanted to run for this position, run for the next governor of Texas because Texas is looking for a new voice," Davis said.

State Sen. Wendy Davis talks with Local 2 about running for governor

"It was a tough decision of course, but ultimately I wanted to run for this position, run for the next governor of Texas because Texas is looking for a new voice," Davis said.

Rep. Al Green arrested at Capitol immigration rally

Houston Congressman Al Green was arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Houston mayoral debate to be held Tuesday night

The eight candidates running for Houston mayor in November will hold their one and only debate Tuesday night.

President Obama urges Boehner to hold vote to reopen government

After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a threatened default -- in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on measures to reduce deficits and change the…

Houston Newsmakers: Oct. 6, 2013

In this highly politicized environment, the challenge is monumental in finding the truth about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Finance Chairman Williams to resign

Texas state Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, says he'll resign before the 2015 legislative session.

Oct. 6: NO Spin Zone for Affordable Care Act

In this highly politicized environment, the challenge is monumental in finding the truth about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act.

State Sen. Wendy Davis announces bid to run for governor of Texas

Texas Democrats are looking to Wendy Davis to lead them out of the political wilderness for the first time in 20 years. Phil Archer reports.

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Texas Congressman confronts park ranger over closed WWII Memorial

Since the shutdown began, hundreds of veterans have shown up at the World War II Memorial crossing barricades to enter the site. That's lead to several confrontations including one between an officer and a Texas Congressman.

Sen. Wendy Davis to make announcement

October 3, 2013: Sen. Wendy Davis is expected to announce her politcal plans to run for Texas governor. Phil Archer reports.

Shutdown furloughs 94% of Johnson Space Center workers

More than 3,000 Johnson Space Center employees were among the 750,000 federal workers in the Houston area that were sent home from work Tuesday morning.

Social Security services during the shutdown

During the government shutdown, Social Security benefits will continue, but not all services will be available.

Johnson Space Center workers furloughed

Oct. 1, 2013: More than 3,000 Johnson Space Center employees are among the federal works that were send home from work because of the government shutdown. Mary Benton reports.

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NBC, CNN back out of Hillary Clinton TV projects

NBC and CNN have both packed out of high-profile television projects about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Houston debate features 4 GOP Lt. Gov. hopefuls

The crowded Republican primary field for lieutenant governor is squaring off in another debate.

Sen. Cruz pledges salary to charity

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pledging to donate his salary to charity for the duration of the government shutdown.

Local 2 answers questions on the government shutdown

Up to 800,000 federal workers across the country, including those at NASA, could be without paychecks to take care of food, bills and other needs for as long as the shutdown lasts.

Local workers face shutdown furloughs

Oct. 1, 2013: Many at the Johnson Space Center are waking up Tuesday knowing that they don’t have to report for duty and won’t get paid. Mary Benton reports.

How will government shutdown affect you?

It could still be avoided but it's looking more and more likely that we will see a partial government shutdown. Robert Arnold reports.

Kim Ogg announces candidacy for Harris County DA

A former assistant prosecutor announced Monday her candidacy to become the next Harris County District Attorney.

President Obama on possible government shutdown

September 30, 2013: Pres. Barack Obama speaks on budget negotiations and a possible government shutdown.

AP sources: Wendy Davis running for Texas governor

Two people with knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press that Democrat Wendy Davis is running for Texas governor.

Senator Cruz ends marathon session on Affordable Care Act

Senator Ted Cruz says he feels energized after ending a marathon session of standing and speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate to draw attention to his fight to de-fund the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz ends talkathon, Senate heads toward vote

Since Tuesday afternoon, Cruz -- with occasional remarks by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and other GOP conservatives -- controlled the Senate floor and railed against Obamacare.

Sen. Cruz crusades against Obamacare

Sept. 25, 2013: Local politicians respond to Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-Obamacare effort from the Senate floor. Mary Benton reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to defund Obamacare

The Senator from Houston has not left the Senate chamber since 2 p.m. Tuesday.  Courtney Zavala reports.

Cruz takes control with 8-hour filibuster

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas not only spoke about his effort to defund Obamacare -- at times the Houston resident's speech on the Senate floor has touched on everything from family and children's stories, to social media and Hollywood, to White Castle hamburgers.

Harris County District Attorney's Office

Mike Anderson's widow appointed new Harris Co. District Attorney

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed the widow of Mike Anderson to take over as Harris County District Attorney after Anderson lost his battle with cancer last month.

A Historic Handshake?

The U.N. General Assembly convenes today, and the question for many is whether Obama will shake hands with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas appellate court

A Texas appeals court has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Tom DeLay conviction overturned

Sept. 19, 2013: The former U.S. House majority leader has been acquitted after he was convicted of money laundering in 2010. Mary Benton reports.

Davis for governor campaign begins slow roll out

State Sen. Wendy Davis has begun the slow roll out of her campaign for Texas governor with an e-mail to supporters to spread the word and raise money.

President Obama's speech on Syria: Hit or miss?

Sept. 11, 2013: Local 2’s Andy Cerota interviews Andrew Bowen, a scholar of Middle Eastern Affairs for the Baker Institute at Rice University, about President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria.

U.S. comes closer to taking action in Syria

The U.S. is one step closer to taking action in Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.

Houstonians mourn death of Harris County District Attorney

The death of District Attorney Mike Anderson leaves a hole in the hearts of his friends and family, and a void at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.

New state laws take effect

It's a new month, and with that, new laws are on the books.

New state laws take effect

Sept. 2, 2013: It's a new month, and with that, new laws are on the books. Courtney Gilmore reports.

Houstonians react to possible U.S. strike against Syria

The potential for U.S. involvement in Syria brought dozens of Houstonians to the intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak.

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Crisis in Syria

August 30, 2013: Former ambassador of Qater, Chase Untermeyer, joins Local 2 to talk more about the crisis in Syria.

Gun-friendly Texas gets even friendlier on Sunday

Already a gun-friendly state, Texas is taking steps to be even cozier for concealed handgun license holders.

Houston-area congressman speaks on Obama and crisis in Syria

With a potential U.S. military strike against Syria looming, a Houston-area congressman says President Barack Obama should consult Congress before taking action.

Leaders divided over crisis in Syria

August 29, 2013: Not everyone is ready to support President Obama if he decides to move forward with military action against Syria. Mary Benton reports.

Intelligence officials brief lawmakers on Syria

August 29, 2013: With a potential U.S. military strike against Syria looming, a Houston area congressman says President Barack Obama should consult congress before taking action. Mary Benton reports.

VP Joe Biden speaks at American Legion convention

Vice President Joe Biden returned to Houston Tuesday afternoon to speak to delegates attending the 95th annual American Legion Convention.

Vice President Joe Biden to speak in Houston

August 27, 2013: The American Legion Convention welcomes Vice President Joe Biden to Houston on Tuesday. Mary Benton reports.

Judge: Early education tax proposal not on Nov. ballot

A campaign to put a tax increase for early childhood education on November's ballot for Harris County votes has been struck down by Judge Ed Emmett.

Dewhurst staying out of spotlight after potentially damaging call

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is staying out of the public spotlight following the release of a potentially damaging phone call he made to the Allen Police Department.

Dewhurst staying out of spotlight after potentially damaging call

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is staying out of the public spotlight following the release of a potentially damaging phone call he made to the Allen Police Department. Mary Benton reports.

RAW: Audio recording of call Lt. Gov. Dewhurst made to Allen PD

In an unusual move the Allen Police Department released an audio recording of a call made to the department by LT. Gov. David Dewhurst following the arrest of a family member.

Lt. Governor asks for family member not to spend night in jail

In an unusual move the Allen Police Department released an audio recording of a call made to the department by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst following the arrest of a family member.

Justice Department sues Texas on voter ID law

The Justice Department says it will sue Texas over the state's voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over the state's redistricting laws.

Mayoral candidate Ben Hall officially announces candidacy

Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall held a rally Tuesday night officially announcing his candidacy.

Sen. Cruz talks Obamacare, citizenship while in Houston

Sen. Ted Cruz spoke in Houston Tuesday about Obamacare and his dual citizenship.

Ted Cruz tours to stop Obamacare

August 20, 2013: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited the Texas Medical Center in Houston on Tuesday to continue his call to defund Obamacare. Mary Benton reports.

Abbott, Cruz meeting with Republican groups in Houston

Two Texas political figures are making their way to the Houston area on Monday.

Houston mayoral candidates gather to discuss issues

Five candidates vying to be the next mayor gather in southeast Houston to share their views for the Bayou City.

Mayor's race heats up early

Decision 2013 is beginning to heat up. The top two candidates for Houston mayor will meet for a 'discussion' ion Saturday night. Meantime, there's a debate about whether it should be called a 'debate.'

Mayor's race heats up early

Decision 2013 is beginning to heat up. The top two candidates for Houston mayor will meet for a 'discussion' ion Saturday night. Meantime, there's a debate about whether it should be called a 'debate.' Mary Benton reports.

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Sen. Wendy Davis in Vogue’s September issue

State Sen. Wendy Davis is coming to a newsstand near you.

Mayor Parker attacks opponent in new mayoral campaign ad

A week after her opponent questioned her handling of the city's finances in a TV ad, Mayor Annise Parker is firing back.

Ire over Hillary film

NBC plans a four-hour miniseries on Clinton starring Diane Lane, and CNN is separately planning a documentary to air in 2014.

Pres. George W. Bush recovering after stent procedure

August 6, 2013: Former President George W. Bush is recovering after having a stent placed in an artery in his heart. Mary Benton reports.

Third special session ends with transportation bill

The Texas Legislature has adjourned, ending the third special session of the year after passing a major transportation measure.

Sen. Wendy Davis considering a run for governor

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis says she’s considering a run for governor.

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Perry, Cruz speaking at RedState Gathering 2013 in New Orleans

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz are among the speakers at the RedState Gathering 2013.

Obama orders review of chemical plant rules in response to West explosion

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant.

July 21: State senators debate successes, failures of current session

State Senator Patrick and Senator Rodney Ellis discussed the good and the not so good from this year's legislative session so far.

Local 2 Investigates: County judge impeachment effort

An embattled Polk County district court judge already under investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct could be removed from public office by way of impeachment.

Gov. Perry signs into law sweeping abortion restrictions

Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions that could shutter most of the clinics in the state.

Greg Abbott speaks in Houston about gubernatorial plans

One day after announcing his campaign for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Houston.

Greg Abbott stops in Houston

One day after announces his campaign for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Houston.

Texas House approves abortion bill

The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests.

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