A law banning the trade of shark fins goes into effect in Texas on Friday.
A law banning the trade of shark fins goes into effect in Texas on Friday.

In Time for Shark Week, Fin Ban Takes Effect

A ban on the trade of shark fins in Texas goes into effect Friday — just in time for the popular string of Discovery Channel programming known as “Shark Week.” The ban is an attempt to fight back against the practice of finning, in which shark fishers cut off the fin of a live shark before throwing it back into the sea, where it generally dies.

 
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.

Trump Campaign Makes Hires With Ties to Cruz, Texas

As Donald Trump moves to professionalize his presidential campaign, the presumptive Republican nominee is turning to a stable of top-flight operatives with ties to Texas and its junior U.S. senator. 

Trump Campaign Makes Hires With Ties to Cruz, Texas

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.

As Donald Trump moves to professionalize his presidential campaign, the presumptive Republican nominee is turning to a stable of top-flight operatives with ties to Texas and its junior U.S. senator. 

 

The Brief: Statistics Show Drop in Texas Abortions

Lauren Baker (right) of Plano and Mary Baumgard of Minnesota held signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 2, 2016, as the court arguments in a case on a Texas abortion law.
Lauren Baker (right) of Plano and Mary Baumgard of Minnesota held signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 2, 2016, as the court arguments in a case on a Texas abortion law.

The number of drug-induced abortions performed in the state fell sharply in the first full year after the enactment of a controversial 2013 abortion law, parts of which were struck down this week.

Abortion Ruling Dominates Week in Texas Politics (Video)

The High Court overturns the state’s abortion regulations, the Texas Attorney General weighs in on the Fort Worth superintendent’s transgender policy and a new poll shows a little promise for the Clinton campaign in Texas.
The High Court overturns the state’s abortion regulations, the Texas Attorney General weighs in on the Fort Worth superintendent’s transgender policy and a new poll shows a little promise for the Clinton campaign in Texas.

In the Roundup: The High Court overturns the state’s abortion regulations, the Texas Attorney General weighs in on the Fort Worth superintendent’s transgender policy and a new poll shows a little promise for the Clinton campaign in Texas.

Analysis: No Political Benefit if Voters Can't Feel Property Tax Relief

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, talks with an aide during testimony Dec. 7, 2015 before the Senate Education Committee on teacher-student relationships.
Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, talks with an aide during testimony Dec. 7, 2015 before the Senate Education Committee on teacher-student relationships.

Texas lawmakers want to get a leash on property taxes, which requires them to restrain local governments. The local governments point to expensive state government mandates that drive up their costs. It's hard to fix blame, or credit.

Pentagon Lifts Ban on Transgender Troops

Jennifer Ingram left the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011 because she was tired of hiding her gender identity. Now that the Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender troops, she's considering returning to the army.
Jennifer Ingram left the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011 because she was tired of hiding her gender identity. Now that the Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender troops, she's considering returning to the army.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Thursday that the Pentagon is lifting its ban on transgender troops. While some Texas lawmakers have raised concerns, transgender Texan service members and LGBT advocates are cheering.

Sharp Drop in Abortions Followed Restrictions

Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.
Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.

The number of drug-induced abortions in Texas plummeted in the first full year after the state's strict 2013 abortion law took effect, according to statistics released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

The Brief: Cruz’s Role in Cleveland Up in the Air

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

Three weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it’s still unclear who will attend and speak — and what role former presidential candidate Ted Cruz will play there.