CHARTS: What is the coronavirus positivity rate in Texas?
As coronavirus testing continues to increase in Texas, some have wondered how the number of tests being performed compares to the number of cases reported in the state.
Gov. Greg Abbott says power grid better than ever as Texans asked to cut back electricity use
A number of power plants were inexplicably offline at the same time that Texas was experiencing record June demand for electricity. ERCOT officials are still working to determine why.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill that would outlaw abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned
The law would almost immediately outlaw abortions in Texas if a court ruling or constitutional amendment gave states the authority to prohibit the procedure. The governor’s signature comes after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could pave the way for more state restrictions on abortion access.
Texans can carry handguns without a license or training starting Sept. 1, after Gov. Greg Abbott signs permitless carry bill into law
Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republicans who were initially noncommittal about the bill were under immense political pressure this session from conservatives and gun rights advocates, who have long lobbied the Texas Legislature for permitless carry.
Vice President Kamala Harris says Texas is key example of why a new federal elections law is needed
After their walkout to derail a priority GOP voting bill, Harris met with Texas Democrats at the White House as lawmakers call on Congress to pass legislation to restore federal oversight of elections.
Gov. Greg Abbott announces Texas is providing initial $250 million "down payment" for border wall
The governor did not specify how long the wall would be or where it would be built. He directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to begin that research.
Las Vegas Sands went all in on legalizing casinos in Texas. Here’s why the multimillion-dollar effort did not make it far this session.
The legislation — which required voter approval — would have brought a monumental expansion of gambling to Texas, which has some of the most restrictive gaming laws in the country.
Analysis: The 2021 Texas Senate, from left to right
Based on the votes they cast during the just-concluded regular session, the author ranks the members of the Texas Senate from most conservative to most liberal.
For immigrants with protected status in Texas, U.S. Supreme Court ruling about green card ineligibility sent a "shockwave"
The high court ruled that immigrants granted protection from deportation due to conditions in their homeland are not eligible for green cards if they entered the country illegally.
Texas ‘critical race theory’ bill limiting teaching of current events signed into law
Texas is one of a handful of states that have approved legislation that prescribes how teachers discuss current events and prohibits students from receiving credit for participating in civic activities.
Is Texas headed toward another blackout? Did the Legislature fix the power grid? Here are answers to your questions about the grid.
The state’s grid operator indicated that conditions are improving and said that power outages to residents are unlikely.
Federal judge blocks Biden’s pause on new oil, gas leases
A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered an end to the Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water.
After Austin shooting, advocates and Texas Democrats renew calls for action on gun violence
State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, said a special legislative session already planned for later this year should also address gun violence.
MacKenzie Scott donates more than $100 million to Texas universities and community colleges
That includes $40 million to the University of Texas at San Antonio, which the university plans to use to boost student enrollment, retention and graduation rates at the Hispanic-serving institution.
GOAT Glamour gal: See Simone Biles’ stunning look on Glamour cover ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles is sharing a lot about who she is beyond gymnastic as the June cover star of Glamour magazine.
Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll use crowdfunding for his plan to build a border wall
Abbott made national headlines with his announcement Thursday in Del Rio that Texas would build its own wall at the Mexico border, though he provided no further details and said he would lay out the plan this week.
T-Squared: Tickets for the 2021 Texas Tribune Festival are on sale now
As we emerge from the pandemic, our signature annual ideas conference will be a best-of-both-worlds convening. Some of our programming will be virtual. Some of it will be in person. All of it will be awesome.
Watch: Meet the Texas doctors on a mission to vaccinate their rural communities
Worried about a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections, doctors Carolyn Salter and her husband, Michael Gorby, have taken it upon themselves to get lagging vaccination rates up in rural East Texas.
Analysis: The 2021 Texas House, from left to right
Based on the votes they cast during the just-concluded regular session, the author ranks the members of the Texas House from most conservative to most liberal.
Texas teachers and students, tell us how race and racism are taught in school
House Bill 3979 restricts how teachers can talk about race and current events in public schools. We want to hear from teachers and students on how it could impact what students learn about America's history — and its present.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas lawmakers would prioritize workers in 2021. But advocates say the working class was largely left behind.
After Texas workers were praised during the pandemic, many thought lawmakers would increase protections or benefits. But advocacy groups say they spent a lot of time playing defense on bills that could hurt workers.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill allowing college athletes to profit off their own name and likeness
More than a dozen states have passed similar legislation allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness as state lawmakers have called on the federal government to set national guidelines.
Texas attorney general says state board can’t ban social workers from discriminating against people who are LGBTQ or have a disability
In a nonbinding opinion, Ken Paxton said the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council doesn’t have the authority to punish social workers who refuse service to clients based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status.
Join the Texas Tribune for a conversation on the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on Texans
Three medical professionals will discuss what they have learned about where Texas is — and where it is going — in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number of outages. At the same time, the state is experiencing near-record demand for electricity in June.
Eva Guzman, former Texas Supreme Court justice, joins GOP primary challenge against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Guzman's candidacy adds a new dynamic to the primary that is already unfolding between incumbent Paxton and Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
Analysis: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott heads for the border
The Texas Legislature has left Austin, and Gov. Greg Abbott has turned his attentions to the state's border with Mexico, where the policy issues are difficult and the politics are rewarding.
Some medically vulnerable Texans feel left behind as the state returns to normal
The possibility that the vaccine won’t work — or that, as some worry, it could even hurt them — is a devastating blow after a year of sacrifice, isolation and waiting for protection against the virus.
25-year-old man dies from injuries after Austin mass shooting, police say
Police were searching for two people suspected in a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street early Saturday in which 14 people were wounded, including two critically.
State Rep. James White, an East Texas Republican, won't seek another term in Texas House
White, chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has served in the lower chamber since 2011.
2 cruise ship passengers test positive for COVID-19 as crews prepare to set sail from Galveston
Two passengers aboard the first cruise ship to set sail from North America since the start of the pandemic tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed.