Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.
Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.

Texas Veterans Vetting Options for Next Commander-in-Chief

The state's 1.7 million veterans are largely split on their choice for the next commander-in-chief. While some say they favor Republican Donald Trump’s boldness, others see promise in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s steadiness.

 
A gas well is shown in 2014 sitting less than 400 feet from a home in Denton.
A gas well is shown in 2014 sitting less than 400 feet from a home in Denton.

Analysis: In Texas, You Can Fight City Hall

The Texas Legislature has become the court of last resort for companies and industries fighting local regulations in the state's cities and counties. And for those interests, Austin can be a very favorable venue for appeals.

House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.
House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.

Texas Lawmakers to Highlight Education Spending Divide

The state’s escalating dependence on local tax dollars to fund public schools is expected to be a focus during a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday and Thursday.

Analysis: In Texas, You Can Fight City Hall

A gas well is shown in 2014 sitting less than 400 feet from a home in Denton.
A gas well is shown in 2014 sitting less than 400 feet from a home in Denton.

The Texas Legislature has become the court of last resort for companies and industries fighting local regulations in the state's cities and counties. And for those interests, Austin can be a very favorable venue for appeals.

Texas Lawmakers to Highlight Education Spending Divide

House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.
House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.

The state’s escalating dependence on local tax dollars to fund public schools is expected to be a focus during a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday and Thursday.

 

African-American Monument Being Installed at Texas Capitol

Sculptor Ed Dwight talked with workers who were installing the Texas African-American History Memorial Monument at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 27, 2016.
Sculptor Ed Dwight talked with workers who were installing the Texas African-American History Memorial Monument at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 27, 2016.

After more than two decades of effort by lawmakers to install a monument at the Capitol celebrating African-Americans, the main components of a bronze and granite memorial were quietly lowered onto the south lawn on Tuesday.

The Brief: Dripping Springs Parents Debate Bathroom Access

Jaime Coble, who has three children currently enrolled in the Dripping Springs Independent School District, at a Dripping Springs Independent School Board meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016. Coble and her husband are against the policy allowing a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity.
Jaime Coble, who has three children currently enrolled in the Dripping Springs Independent School District, at a Dripping Springs Independent School Board meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016. Coble and her husband are against the policy allowing a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity.

Parents and children at Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs debated at a board meeting Monday night the school’s decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use the girls’ bathroom.

In Dripping Springs, Parents Weigh In on Bathroom Debate

The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.
The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Walnut Springs Elementary School's decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use girls' bathrooms sparked contentious debate during a Monday night meeting of the Dripping Springs School Board.