Glenn Hegar (far right) stands with chief revenue estimators past and future. From left: Dale Craymer, Billy Hamilton and Tom Currah, the incoming estimator.
Glenn Hegar (far right) stands with chief revenue estimators past and future. From left: Dale Craymer, Billy Hamilton and Tom Currah, the incoming estimator.

As Oil Prices Plunge, Texas Eyes Are on Hegar

Incoming Comptroller Glenn Hegar is on the hot seat as a nosedive in crude oil prices – and the increasingly gloomy forecasts that have followed – cast a pall over the next legislative session. Less than two weeks after taking office, Hegar must divine what the future holds.

 
Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.

Texas Supreme Court: Acquitted Educator Can Teach For Now

A Rio Grande City teacher acquitted on charges of having an improper relationship with a student may remain in the classroom as he continues to appeal the revocation of his teacher certificate, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Border Apprehensions in Texas Spiked in 2014

Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.

Texas Supreme Court: Acquitted Educator Can Teach For Now

Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.

A Rio Grande City teacher acquitted on charges of having an improper relationship with a student may remain in the classroom as he continues to appeal the revocation of his teacher certificate, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

 

Border Apprehensions in Texas Spiked in 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.

 

Analysis: Who Actually Owes State Sales Tax? Hint: It's Not Retailers

When an out-of-state retailer doesn't add Texas sales and use taxes to your bill, it's not because no taxes are owed — and it's not because the retailer is doing something illegal. Texas consumers fail to pay almost $1.8 billion annually.
When an out-of-state retailer doesn't add Texas sales and use taxes to your bill, it's not because no taxes are owed — and it's not because the retailer is doing something illegal. Texas consumers fail to pay almost $1.8 billion annually.

When an out-of-state retailer doesn't add Texas sales and use taxes to your bill, it's not because no taxes are owed — and it's not because the retailer is doing something illegal. Texas consumers fail to pay almost $1.8 billion annually.

A Push to Award a Degree to a Symbol of Injustice

Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis were among those attending the unveiling of a statue of Timothy Cole at a Lubbock park on Sept. 17, 2014. Cole was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985 and died in prison in 1999. He was posthumously exonerated in 2009.
Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis were among those attending the unveiling of a statue of Timothy Cole at a Lubbock park on Sept. 17, 2014. Cole was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985 and died in prison in 1999. He was posthumously exonerated in 2009.

Texas Tech University expelled Tim Cole after he was arrested in 1985 and charged with rape. Cole died in prison, but DNA evidence cleared the way for a posthumous pardon in 2009. Now there's a push for Tech to award Cole an honorary degree.

The Brief: Dec. 18, 2014

Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The awarding of a no-bid Medicaid fraud detection contract to the 21CT company continues to draw scrutiny with three separate news reports published Wednesday evening.