Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.
President Obama’s visit to Texas became fodder in the governor’s race Thursday, with Democrat Wendy Davis suggesting he should visit the U.S-Mexico border in person and Republican Greg Abbott challenging him to adopt the “Texas model” in Washington.
More than 20 years after the Texas Legislature passed a law establishing a 24-hour work safety hotline, real people are answering the telephone calls around the clock.Full Story
Here's a look back at our four-part Hurting for Work project, a series on how disdain for government regulation sparked a "Texas miracle" economy — while tearing down protections for the workers who built it.Full Story
Crystal Davis, a stay-at-home mom from Tyler, finally got some welcome news in her battle against an insurance company that sued to cut off the workers’ comp benefits she got after her husband was killed on the job. The insurer is dropping its lawsuit, her lawyer said.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, said he wants to keep the workers' compensation system voluntary in Texas. Abbott said giving employers the choice has helped make Texas an economic powerhouse.Full Story
Despite a controversial ruling that the state no longer must give citizens data about dangerous chemical locations, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Texans can still find them. As long as they know which companies to ask.Full Story
Crystal Davis' nightmare didn't end when her husband died in a traffic accident on the way to work. Her husband's workers' compensation insurance carrier has sued her and her children to deny them the benefits she thought would protect them.Full Story
When Santiago Arias fell off of an industrial warehouse roof, an expert hired by his attorney called his job site one of the most hazardous he’d seen in 40 years as a safety engineer. But advocates for injured workers say Arias' case is far from unique.Full Story
When Texans get hurt or killed on the job, they have some of the weakest protections and stingiest benefits in the country. Texas is the only U.S. state that doesn’t require any private employer to carry workers’ compensation insurance.Full Story
State authorities are supposed to maintain a bilingual, 24-hour hotline for workers to report safety violations. Officials acknowledged Friday that the hotline has been inoperative after hours.Full Story
Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Rod Bordelon has announced his resignation. Bordelon is stepping down at time when workers are losing more and more major cases against insurers.Full Story
Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, is "saddened" that the Allen Police Association has withdrawn its endorsement of him in the race for attorney general, his spokesman said.Full Story
The Allen Police Association has withdrawn its endorsement of its hometown senator, Ken Paxton of neighborhing McKinney, in the GOP race for Texas attorney general. The group cited Paxton's recent admission that he violated Texas securities law.Full Story
During Dan Branch's first year in the House, he was a driving force behind an effort to prevent the disclosure of conflicts of interest that can arise when lawmakers work for firms that lobby the state Legislature.