President and chancellor of Baylor University Ken Starr during the Higher Education Symposium in Waco, Texas
President and chancellor of Baylor University Ken Starr during the Higher Education Symposium in Waco, Texas

Amid Reports of Starr's Firing, Baylor Says Expect Announcement Soon

Amid reports that Kenneth Starr, Baylor University's high-profile president, was fired this morning over a scandal related to the university's response to sexual assault allegations against football players, university officials said they expect to announce the results of an internal inquiry by June 3. They declined to directly address Starr's future.

 

 
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

In High-Profile Case, Texas Defends Its Voter ID Law

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller warned the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that “all voting laws could be in jeopardy" if Texas' voter ID law is struck down.

In High-Profile Case, Texas Defends Its Voter ID Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller warned the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that “all voting laws could be in jeopardy" if Texas' voter ID law is struck down.

 

Does Rick Perry Still Carry Clout in Texas?

Former Gov. Rick Perry campaigns for Ted Cruz in San Antonio a day ahead of Super Tuesday, Feb 29, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry campaigns for Ted Cruz in San Antonio a day ahead of Super Tuesday, Feb 29, 2016.

Former Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed at least 10 candidates this election cycle — including an aspiring sheriff and a would-be congressman — providing a measure of his political influence since leaving office. 

At the Top of Texas, Town Offers Lessons In Oil Bust Survival

Bruce Jones, president of Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce, offered a sip of a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage to a man from Woodward, Okla., on June 16, 1987. The driver was passing by during a town celebration of rising oil prices.
Bruce Jones, president of Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce, offered a sip of a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage to a man from Woodward, Okla., on June 16, 1987. The driver was passing by during a town celebration of rising oil prices.

Nearly three decades ago, Perryton's town-wide celebration for $20-per-barrel oil made news across the country, delivering a hopeful message to those mired in an oil bust. The Panhandle town faces a modern day oil bust, but residents are sure they'll stay on the map.

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New in TribTalk: Who Fixes School Finance Now?

Texas State Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court as oral arguments begin in Texas' latest school finance trial at the , Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Attorneys for more than 600 school districts suing Texas argue that the funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed, making it hard for students and schools to meet stringent academic standards. Attorney General Ken Paxton's office counters that, while not perfect, public education money meets state constitutional requirements for an efficient system providing a "general diffusion of knowledge."(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas State Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court as oral arguments begin in Texas' latest school finance trial at the , Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Attorneys for more than 600 school districts suing Texas argue that the funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed, making it hard for students and schools to meet stringent academic standards. Attorney General Ken Paxton's office counters that, while not perfect, public education money meets state constitutional requirements for an efficient system providing a "general diffusion of knowledge."(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

If judges cede their authority to interpret the Texas Constitution over public school finance, writes Texas Association of School Business Officials Executive Director Tracy Ginsberg, then what is the next stage of school finance purgatory?

Border Patrol Agent Indicted in Sweeping Drug Probe

After chasing away the smugglers using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline near Roma, Texas, on March 8, 2016. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000.
After chasing away the smugglers using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline near Roma, Texas, on March 8, 2016. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted in a sweeping corruption probe into a drug ring that allegedly recruited law enforcement officials to steal dope from traffickers.

Mexico OKs "El Chapo's" Extradition to the U.S.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted in a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on Feb. 22, 2014.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted in a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on Feb. 22, 2014.

Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is one step closer to facing charges in the United States after Mexico’s secretariat of foreign relations said the Sinaloa cartel boss can be extradited.