A vehicle with Chihuahua State, Mexico, license plates turning onto Loop 375 in El Paso on Aug. 20, 2012.
A vehicle with Chihuahua State, Mexico, license plates turning onto Loop 375 in El Paso on Aug. 20, 2012.

Border Toll Roads Face Enforcement Issues

As El Paso prepares to open new toll roads, officials' inability to mail bills to Mexican drivers means only U.S. drivers will be required to pay. But the head of the local tolling authority says the issue hasn’t resulted in significant lost revenue for existing toll roads. 

 
Workers prepare for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin Sunday morning.
Workers prepare for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin Sunday morning.

Confederate Group Tries Again on Davis Statue

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is seeking to overturn a previous decision allowing the University of Texas at Austin to take down a statue of Confederate Jefferson Davis. The group hopes a new judge will order the university to put it back up. 

Confederate Group Tries Again on Davis Statue

Workers prepare for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin Sunday morning.
Workers prepare for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin Sunday morning.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is seeking to overturn a previous decision allowing the University of Texas at Austin to take down a statue of Confederate Jefferson Davis. The group hopes a new judge will order the university to put it back up. 

 

The Ticket: Ted Cruz Returns to Texas

This week on The Ticket: Jay Root and Ben Philpott discuss one of the only GOP presidential candidates who's survived the Summer of Trump: Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and they talk to Texas activist JoAnn Fleming about Cruz's rise to prominence on the national stage.

Gov. Abbott to Visit Mexico, Meet With President

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña shakes hands with Gov. Greg Abbott during a meeting at the governor's mansion in Austin on July 9, 2015.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña shakes hands with Gov. Greg Abbott during a meeting at the governor's mansion in Austin on July 9, 2015.

Gov. Greg Abbott will travel to Mexico City next week to meet with Mexican officials to discuss the economic ties between Texas and Mexico. The visit marks Abbott's first international trip as governor. 

Showdowns Loom in Congress, and Texans Will Have Starring Roles

From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

When Congress reconvenes next week after its August recess, there are a couple of things you can count on: impassioned debate on domestic and foreign policy, and Texans having major parts in those debates.

Could Cruz Prompt Another Government Shutdown?

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz will head back to the U.S. Senate next week. With his return comes anxiety that he could instigate yet another government shutdown, this time over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. 

Troopers Ticketing Fewer Overall, More Hispanics

Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas
Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas

State troopers are writing far fewer traffic tickets now than five years ago, but an increasing share of them are being issued to Hispanic drivers, a Tribune analysis of state data shows. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it can't explain why that's happening. 

 

University of Houston Pours Millions into Sports

A football practice at TEDECU Stadium at the University of Houston in Houston Friday, August 28, 2015.
A football practice at TEDECU Stadium at the University of Houston in Houston Friday, August 28, 2015.

In recent years, the University of Houston has transferred more than $100 million from its academic side to athletics, aiming to shore up struggling athletic programs and enhance its bid to become a tier one university, and maybe a member of the Big 12.

 

Walker Vows to Wreak Havoc on Washington

Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visits with supporters at the Highland Park Soda Fountain in Dallas, Texas on September 2, 2015. (Cooper Neill for the Texas Tribune)
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visits with supporters at the Highland Park Soda Fountain in Dallas, Texas on September 2, 2015. (Cooper Neill for the Texas Tribune)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched a three-day swing through Texas on Wednesday, his first visit as a presidential candidate, with stops in Dallas and San Antonio where he fired up his anti-establishment rhetoric.